Updated: Nov 15
Keeping curly and afro hair moisturised is often seen as a challenge. Multiple factors may contribute to this hair’s natural affinity for dryness, including the shape of the hair shaft, the climate in which we reside, poor hair product choices, use of hair dye, medications, the sun, and even air pollution. Finding ways to infuse moisture into this hair so it consistently remains rich with hydration requires effort for many of us. There is a lot of misinformation floating out there on YouTube University and the natural hair community about the best ways to moisturise your hair. How do you begin to separate fact from fiction?
If the latest tricks and trends have left you scratching your head, you are not alone. Millions of naturalistas struggle to find the best tips and tricks to infuse moisture into their hair. They also find themselves desperate to purchase the best moisturising hair products. Every naturalista has a magical arsenal of natural hair care products dedicated to soothing and healing their hair. Unfortunately, we often find that those products which promise to moisturise hair do not always deliver stellar results.
Does this narrative sound familiar?
There are dozens of myths floating out there in the natural hair universe that you should be aware of as you examine the best ways and work hard to identify the best products to moisturise your hair. Let’s tackle a few of the most prominent myths for moisturising natural hair.
Essential Oils Alone Moisturise Hair
There are thousands of blogs written about essential oil power and their ability to repair and moisturise hair. You should know that experts agree that essential oils do not necessarily moisturise your hair. In fact, an over usage of essential oils can dry and damage your hair. Moisturising products that contain essential oils, however, may somewhat moisturise your hair. Essential oils contain several properties that enable them to aid your hair in sealing in moisture, which is vital for establishing hair elasticity and minimising breakage.
You Should Sleep in Your Store-Bought Pre-Poo or Conditioning Treatment to Moisturise Your Hair
Many natural hair mavens tout one of their best practices for moisturising their locks is to sleep in their pre-poo or conditioner treatment. Sleeping in your pre-poo treatment will not necessarily create moisture for your kinks and coils. In fact, sleeping in your pre-poo or conditioners may actually have the opposite effect and trigger a relentless cycle of hair damage.
Soaking those tresses in conditioner and pre-poo frequently can damage your hair structure. Once this occurs, your hair loses its elasticity and becomes susceptible to breakage.
Only Deep Condition Your Hair Every Other Week
If you believe that you can only deep-condition your hair every other week, think again. The frequency in which naturalistas apply hair masks or favorite deep conditioner treatment will vary by individual. Deep conditioning one's hair every other week may work well for your mother, sister, friend, or cousin, but your natural curls may benefit from a weekly deep conditioning regimen.
For Best Results, You Have to Change Your Shampoo and Conditioner
One of the biggest myths we fall prey to in our quest to moisturise natural hair is that our favorite products will lose their potency after many uses. That is not true. If you find a shampoo and conditioner package that works best for your hair --stick with it. There is nothing wrong with a little bit of trial and error, but do not feel obligated to ditch the products working for your hair.
Do Moisturising Hair Products Work?
Are moisturising products a myth? The short answer to this question is "no." Moisturising products absolutely work...when they fit your hair structure! Water moisturises! The challenge is to get the water to your hair strands and actually lock it in. The key to determining how effective a moisturising hair product will be for your tresses has everything to do with how familiar you are with your hair. Two critical areas of focus for determining how effective a moisturising product will be are knowing your hair type and porosity. Once you identify one or both of these characteristics, choosing those products that work best will put you on the right path to achieving healthy hair.