Moisturize

Our hair is naturally dry, making moisture the most important topic in the natural hair community.

This is also why moisturizing is the first physical skill of our series, moisturizing should always be followed by proper sealing.

Your hair type, texture, porosity other factors play a large part in how you should moisturize. If you have not yet, find out your hair properties are in the first post of this series: Hair Basics.

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Find a tutorial for each of these skills linked below.

I am working on building out a tutorial page for each of these skills. I expect to finish by April 1st. Check back then for more information!

Why is Moisture Important?

Type 4 hair is very coily and as a result is extra fragile. Dry hair has decreased elasticity, this means manipulation can exacerbate any split ends present.

What is sealing?

After you have chosen your water based moisturizer based on your hair properties, you will need to use an oil to seal this moisture into your strands. Sealing forms a barrier between the outside environment and your hair. Maintaining the moisture levels inside of your strands.

  • Any moisture added to your strands without an oil will need to be refreshed more frequently.
  • Any oils added to your hair without a moisturizer will dry out your hair. Unless you add water (the moisturizer).

How Do I Moisturize My Type 4 Hair?

Start with a clean slate. 
  1. Shampoo your hair to remove excess product, follow with conditioner. This will ensure that the product we add to the hair really gets into your hair and not just sits on top of other products.
  2. If you have been using a lot of heavy butters and oils, you should treat your hair with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to help remove excess product
Moisturizing by Stretching
  1. Apply your moisturizer to your section. Pay special attention to your ends. Run your hands along the section smoothing and pulling the hair down to remove shed hairs and stretch your curls.
  2. If you are low porosity like me, you may find that the hair does not automatically feel moisturized. A trick for this is to loosely twist the section with your moisturizer and move on to the next section. After the twist has had some time to settle and soak up the product, it will be much more manageable. 
  3. Seal. Your. Moisture. Oil is not made to moisturize the hair, but it will be a great addition to your moisture routine.  Repeat the same process as you did with your moisturizer, smoothing the section and removing shed hairs. 
  4. Rope twist or braid the section to lock in the moisture and reduce tangling due to shrinkage. 

All Done! Remember that tying your satin scarf is important to keeping the moisture you just worked to add to your hair in place. The bonnet and scarf also trap in the heat and moisture at night, allowing your hair to refresh on its own overnight. 

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