Best Hydration Methods For Natural Hair
We all love great hair. Hair which is soft, supple, breakage free and most of all it has shine. More often than not your hair will have issues which are okay because there are factors which cannot be controlled viz-a-viz weather, water quality, genetic-issues to name a few, but you can counteract it
We all love great hair. Hair is soft, supple, breakage free and most of all it has shone. More often than not your hair will have issues that are okay because there are factors that cannot be controlled viz-a-viz weather, water quality, genetic issues to name a few, but you can counteract it with hydration treatments. This blog will showcase hydration treatments for natural hair that will ensure you have the best hair.
What Are Hydration Treatments For Hair?
The hydration treatment is where your hair’s capability to absorb and retain moisture is increased. Hydration allows your hair to be managed, styled and avoid more frizz than usual. It also fights dryness in hair. An effective hydration treatment should be able to penetrate deep within your hair shaft and make sure it moisturises your hair & make your hair soft.
Hydration Methods For Your 4c Hair
Hair steaming is a very common way of hydrating your 4C hair. Steaming your skin, especially your face has proven beneficial, but steaming your hair makes for an even better treatment for your hair and scalp.
Your hair can be streamed using a handheld or hooded steamer. This is a great treatment because it puts heat which is moist on your hair. This allows for your hair cuticles to open up and absorb all the moisture from the water.
But a word of caution, steam for long hours will cause your hair to become fragile and break. 15-20 minutes is a good amount of time. Steaming is also inexpensive and can be done at home most easily. You can just put on a shower cap and then tie it with a cloth. You can put a shower cap on slightly wet hair and put on a heated cap over it. This will help your hair have the steam it needs and absorb it. Steaming helps open up pores on your scalp, which in turn helps your hair have better growth. Applying Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Pack can be used, and while you have applied the conditioner, you can steam your hair.
Masks For Hydration
Applying hair masks for hydration is one of the easier ways to do it. Using the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque is a great way to ensure your hair has all the moisture it needs. You can also do a DIY and choose what you want to put in your hair, albeit leaving it to the experts is the best decision.
LOC stands for Liquid Oil Cream. It is a well-known way of hydrating your hair and locking it in.
In the first step of the Loc Method, you have to wet your hair. The water itself is a moisturiser. You can also use a water-based moisturiser for your hair. Since 4C hair cannot retain moisture for long, the following steps have to be done.
Oil is applied because it covers the water molecules and makes sure that the water doesn’t escape the hair cuticles. It helps the hair also take in the goodness of the oil. The drawback is because water and oil cannot mix; that is why a cream makes sure both of these substances are locked in and keeps your hair moisturised for longer.
The cream is basically a sealant. It will keep the water and the oil in, makes sure that your hair can have the best shine while being hydrated for longer.
Max Hydration Method
This method is longer, more extensive and has to be done for seven days in a row. This is meant for extremely dry and brittle hair. It is best for natural hair which loses its moisture even after a moisture treatment.
The max hydration treatment will have the following steps:
– Clarify your hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse. This will clean out the build-up and dirt. This will also restore the pH balance of your hair.
– Cowash and detangle your hair with a sulphate free conditioner. This will help your hair restore the initial amount of moisture.
– A clay rinse with bentonite clay is a great way to have your hair not have a build-up
– A leave-in conditioner along with a botanical gel will help your curls be more defined.
What to Keep in Mind While Hydrating?
There are some factors you should keep in mind while hydrating your hair.
- Hair Porosity: The porosity of your hair will determine how much and how well it holds moisture. The three types of porosity are low porosity which has a tight cuticle layer, which means it takes longer for the moisture to penetrate your hair, but it also takes longer for it to seep out. Medium porosity hair has a steady flow of moisture going in and out of the hair, thus allowing it to hold moisture better. High porosity hair has issues holding onto moisture because the hair cuticles are open. This is the kind of hair that does need hydration but in moderation or else it will cause the hair to be limp and hygral fatigue.
- Time: Time is of the essence when it comes to doing a hydration treatment. If you have a time constraint, then it is best to use a quick method of hydrating your hair. Never do half work while hydrating your hair; this will cause your hair more harm than good. On holidays or when you have time on the weekends, choose to do a longer more time-consuming hydration treatment, this will help your hair absorb all the goodness.
- Products: Having the products available easily around is of importance because that will make sure if you should follow that particular treatment or not. If you have issues procuring it, it might just deter you from actually doing a hydration treatment for your hair.
These were some treatments and tips to let you know why Hydration is necessary, and what methods you can try. Following these tips will ensure the improvement of your hair’s moisture-retaining ability. This, in turn, will help your hair grow strong enough to fight breakage. So, you must have realised by now that it’s high time you take your hydration treatment seriously and incorporate the tips mentioned above in your hair care routine. If you need more help, you can check our website for more blogs that can help you understand your hair better.