There are various reasons you might have overly dry hair, but it can be annoying and cause breakage. Due to the tight curl pattern of natural hair, which prevents natural oils from freely penetrating the hair shaft, natural hair tends to be dry. Giving your hair extra attention might help restore moisture levels if it appears drier than usual. Although it won’t be fixed overnight, dry hair can be softened and made easier to style with time and care.
How To Treat Dry Natural Hair
Wear Protective Styles
Your hair ends suffer damage when you wear it out and it rubs against cotton garments, wool caps, and wool sweaters. You’ll lose hair since split and broken dry ends are common.
If you have natural hair, you don’t always need to wear a protective style, although braids and twists are always fashionable. To keep your ends covered and less prone to dryness and breakage, other styling alternatives include cornrows, topknots, buns, chignons, and French rolls.
Limit the use of heat styling
Heat styling with blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and hot combs can all make your hair dry by breaking the hair cuticle and your natural elasticity, leading to split ends and possibly irreversible heat damage.
Heat above 350 degrees Fahrenheit that doesn’t call for chemical assistance is the most harmful. When heat styling, I would strongly advise using low heat and, of course, heat protection.
Keep your hair covered at night
Protecting your hair at night while you sleep is equally as vital as using protective styles during the day. Scarves and pillowcases made of satin or silk are significantly kinder to hair than those made of cotton. (Your hair clings to cotton while gliding against smooth materials.) Additionally, cotton may rob your hair of moisture, causing, you guessed it, dryness.
Don’t alter your natural colour
Although many individuals prefer coloured hair, it can occasionally cause moisture problems. Ammonia, which is present in colour goods, is typically the culprit. Dry hair will undoubtedly follow if that bleach is applied on top of relaxers.
Your hair follicle is deprived of the natural oils it produces, leaving your natural hair drier and more brittle than before. Natural hair colouring is a high-maintenance hairstyle that needs extra attention to keep healthy and glossy, but it still damages hair.
Until your hair is less dry, stick to softer rinses or wait to colour it at all. And when you do go back to colouring your hair, stick to hues that don’t deviate too far from your natural tone.
Black hair can rarely be over-conditioned, especially if you choose to wear it naturally. The moisture levels you require can be restored with routine deep conditioning.
Deep condition your hair once or twice a week if it is very dry. A hood dryer is not required for this. Apply a quality deep conditioner, seal it with a plastic cap, and unwind for a few hours.
To generate more heat and soften your hair, wrap a towel around your head. Any heat could make the conditioner more effective at penetrating your hair’s cuticles. Apply a rinse-out conditioner after each shampoo, followed by a leave-in conditioner.