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5 Things you Can Do Now for Supple Moisturized Hair

Dry hair is a nightmare! We buy all the products and we follow the directions to a tee, but at the end of the day (or shall I say by the morning) your hair isn’t feel as moisturized as it did when you first applied the product. What gives??

Here are a few things that you can incorporate into your daily routine to keep your hair moisturized.

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Get REAL Satin in your life

For the past year and some change, I’ve been wearing a REAL satin bonnet.  I hope you noticed the emphasis on REAL, because most likely the bonnet you purchased from the beauty supply store is NOT real satin. Take that bonnet off your head girl and take a peek at the tag on the inside. What’s it say? 100% polyester right? A real satin bonnet is most likely made with charmeuse satin and does not cost $2 or even $5. Satin is a high quality form of polyester with fibers that are so tight that moisture has a hard time escaping, unlike the cheap bonnets most of us buy (my self included at one point). The cheaper bonnets do protect your hair to a certain degree, but not as thorough.  If your hair is always drying out, then I highly recommend you buy real satin. I get my bonnets from Flor Bella Boutique. Save 15% with the code kccm15

Watch my satin bonnet review!

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Oil it Up, Oil it Up

Contrary to popular belief, oils don’t moisturize your hair *gasps* shocking I know. Oils are lubricants, thus they do an amazing job of sealing the moisture in. But when used as a moisturizer, they don’t soften the hair at all. Using oil properly will keep your hair moisturized longer. Try this! When styling your hair, mist a section of your hair with water, apply a light leave in conditioner, rub oil on your hair and then top it all off with your favorite moisturizer. Twist or braid your hair as desired. Using your oil as one of the many layers of products versus using it as your only product will seal in the moisture 10X better.

More info on your favorite oils!

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Twist Your Hair at Night

I know we have long days and long nights and with work and the kids and cooking and cleaning and all the hours we spend watching youtube videos the last thing we want to do is twist or braid our hair up at night. But did you know that for tighter hair textures (namely type 4b/c) going to bed with your hair loose can be the number 1 culprit of dry broken rough hair?? Spending 15min to an hour or so, depending on your hair length can make or break–literally–your hair.  When your hair is twisted or braided the strands are pressed tightly together making it difficult for moisture to escape. The more moisture in your hair the less dry it is, catch my drift?

More Hair Regimen Info!

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Pre-poo (pre-shampoo)

For many women, shampoos can be harsh on the hair leaving it so clean that the strands are stripped of moisture.  A pre-poo is a great pre shampoo treatment that you can do now to protect your hair later.  Before applying shampoo to your hair, apply your favorite oil and/or conditioner to your wet or dry hair and massage it through. This is also a great opportunity to detangle your hair if you have the time.  Hop in the shower after, and allow the water to saturate your hair with your pre-poo mixture. Apply shampoo and clean your hair as usual.

Watch my tutorial to see how I pre-poo!

Deep Condition

This has to be my favorite thing to do. I deep condition just about every wash day or every other wash day because deep conditioners are infused with rich ingredients that are stimulated by heat.  They are the ultimate moisture boost for your hair especially to restore the moisture removed from a shampoo.  Incorporate this into your wash day and enjoy supply soft hair for days!

Watch my Deep Conditioning Tutorial!

 

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Tieasha Samuels

    Such great tips. Thanks hun.

  • Blessed1Nae

    JUst wondering how you feel more or less about steamers?
    Not the thermal caps for 20 minutes…
    I’m thinking I really need to start steaming……
    Thanks in advance Mz Jenell♥
    Blessings♡

  • Saniyyah Greene

    Hello,
    Thanks for the great tips. I am trying to order the bonnets online and putting in the discount code but its invalid??

    • disqus_bYZelhSGkS

      I am having the same discount invalid problem. Please let us know what is going on? Thanks.

  • queenbee9

    Great article but Satin does not have to be made of polyester. Satin can be used to describe a certain weave of fabric OR a finish which is dull on one side and shiny on the other. True Satin as we know it is made from SILK not Polyester and is called Silk Charmeuse or Satin, the cost of a satin bonnet (if you can find a real silk bonnet) is around 35.00 OR you can get a Polyester bonnet which is still not as slippery or as warming as real, natural silk.

  • peachy951

    This article was very helpful my hair type is a 4b/4c and I have gone to bed with myv hair just out and it was very dry and brittle but I did that because myvhair is so thick sometimes I just don’t know what to do with it! I would put it in a bun or ponytail but im in that in between length that can only be clipped up can someone help me with regimens plz!