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Why is my Natural Hair Sooooo Dry???

Published On June 26, 2016 | By Aishia Strickland | #30DayHairDetox

Why is your natural hair so dry?  Why does your hair eat all of that oil that you keep dousing it with? Why can’t you get hydration from that new moisture milk that you were told was the TRUTH but it has proven to be nothing more than a lie?  Why does your hair feel like a brillo pad that was left in the sun of a vacant lot for the entire summer?  Why can’t you find a clear answer about this ANYWHERE?

You’ve done everything that you’ve learned from the internet, you’ve rinsed with oil, you’ve slept overnight in conditioner, you’ve pre-poo’d with a special sauce, you’ve exclusively co-washed, you’ve made salad dressing and special 32 oil blend…I mean seriously, you’ve tried everything and yet and still you keep coming up with dry, brittle, limp hair.

So you wanna know why?

1.Your Cleansing Routine Needs to be Reevalutedimage

A solid cleansing regimen that includes regularly shampooing the hair every 7-10 days is the holy g
rail to achieving healthy, hydrated hair. Also, it is very important that every natural includes a clarifying shampoo in the mix on an as needed basis. Clarifying will not only do your scalp good, but it will also remove build up, dirt,heavy oils and butters while allowing your curls to pop. Shampoo lifts the cuticles allowing water/hydration/moisture to get into the hair strand.  If that cuticle doesn’t get lifted the hair stays in a perpetual cycle of dryness.

2. Your Products are Not Water Soluble

A water-soluble silicone means that it is able to dissolve in water. It is a silicone that is easy to wash out of the hair and doesn’t leave heavy build up. Look for products containing cyclomethicone. This is the most commonly used silicone in hair care products and it does everything silicone promises to do, but won’t leave build up on the hair. Dimethicone copolyol is water soluble, too. It’s a bit more pricey, but it’s lightweight and leaves very little build up on the hair.

3. You’re Going Too Hard With The Oils and Butters

Most naturals swear that life is incomplete if they can’t add their oils/butters to their hair but honestly they really aren’t all that necessary. The role of oil is to act as a sealant. But actually, your conditioner has already fulfilled that responsibility once you added it to your hair, especially a well-formulated conditioner that has oil listed in the ingredients. As for butters, their role is to act as the cream in the LOC method. If the butter you’re using has no hold to offer your hairstyle then what is the point other than to add another layer of product to your hair? Thus adding more work for your shampoo to do on wash day.

4. You Use Too Many Cheap Products

It is a known fact that you get exactly what you pay for and this is totally true when it comes to haircare products.  The cheaper products are filled with fillers that are not generally beneficial to the hair. When you use quality concentrated products you in turn use less product and are less likely to create build up on your hair.

5. You Approach Your Hair With a Relaxed Mindset

Your natural hair isn’t going to shine like your relaxed hair used to. It’s not going to be frizz free like it used to and it’s definitely not going to feel the way it used to. Please cue “Let It Go” from Frozen and begin the process of accepting every piece of fiber that emerges from your scalp for what it is. It’s unpredictable, rebellious and imperfectly beautiful!

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About The Author

Editor of Chocolate Curls Beauty, Co-Creator of the 30dayhairdetox, Contributor to BlackDoctor.org , Beauty School Student and Full-Time Mom to a little Chocolate Prince.