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Tips For Moisturizing Dry Hair | Natural Hair Care

Hey Guys!

A popular question I receive on my Facebook Wall and Twitter Page is

How can I repair my dry hair? I can't get it to retain moisture!?"

I did a video on this specific topic, which I'll link below, but I also wanted to address it on my blog for anyone who might have missed the video.

Dry curly hair, especially dry African-American curly hair, is normal! Our hair is naturally curly, coarse and dry, it's just how it grows out of our heads. With straight hair, it's easy for the natural oils to travel down the hair shaft, keeping it moisturized. But with curly, coily hair, it's a lot harder for the oils to navigate, which causes the hair to remain dry, especially towards the ends. So don't assume that because your hair is dry, it's always an indication of how well you care for your hair, or signs of neglect. Most of the time it's just a characteristic of our hair! I can moisturize the heck out of my hair and still have it be dry by the end of the day.

My coily hair dries out more often, when worn in a "Wash and Go" state. In a twist out state, my natural coils are combed out and less-defined (hair is straighter) causing moisture to last longer.With that being said, there are ways that we can return the moisture to our hair! There are solutions, but know that they wont be permanent. Since our hair is naturally dry, you'll need to repeat these processes daily and weekly in order for your hair to remain moisturized. Similar to drinking water to keep hydrated, and plants that need to be watered every single day, our hair needs the same treatment or it will return to it's natural dry state.

Personally, my hair is really thirsty and get's dry really fast. In order to keep my hair moisturized I do the following "regimen." I'm not perfect in doing the same thing every single month, but I always do some variation of the following:

Daily Moisture Treatments:

One of the most simple solutions to combating dry hair on a daily basis is to apply water on your hair day and night. In my experience, it's not enough to just apply products or oils to your dry hair, it needs water first. The water is the moisture, while the oils and products are what seals the moisture in.

I fill my spray bottle with two-thirds water and one-third aloe vera juice. Then give my hair a light spritz every morning and night, just enough to penetrate my strands, but not enough to make my hair soaking wet, so it doesn't ruin my style. I add the aloe vera juice because of it's amazing healing properties. It also helps to ease frizz and calms the ends of your hair.

After lightly spritzing with water, follow up with a bit of your favorite oil-based hair product to seal the moisture in. My favorite sealing product is my homemade shea butter cream.

This method works well on any style you're wearing: wash and go, twist out, bantu knot out, etc.. The only style you won't want to do this to is a silky, smooth flat- ironed style, as the water might revert your straight hair.

Weekly Moisture Treatments:

Once-per-week or once-every-two-weeks, a deep conditioning treatment is really helpful. Two of my favorite deep conditioning treatments are my Homemade Mayo Deep Conditioner and my Homemade Greek Yogurt Deep Conditioner, both uploaded to my Naptural85 Youtube Channel. They're both packed with protein, so they're extremely helpful in helping to strengthen your strands.

Give them a try if you're not protein sensitive! Otherwise, use any deep conditioner of your choice at least once per week in order to infuse moisture and beneficial minerals and vitamins to your hair.

After your deep conditioning treatment, while your hair is wet, be sure to seal in the moisture with your favorite oil-based hair product.

Anytime Moisture Treatments:

"Water Bagging"
If you're hanging around the house with nothing to do, why not condition your hair! A really quick way to infuse moisture into your hair without a lot of fuss, is to "water bag".

Spritz your hair with water (and aloe vera juice if you like) and throw on a plastic cap! Keep it on for as long as you want. You can even sleep with it on if you want to! When you take the plastic cap off, your hair will be extremely soft, and the best part, there's nothing to wash out! Just follow up with your favorite oil-based hair product to seal the moisture in.

The same "Wash and Go" from the image above after one night of "Water Bagging". I slept in my plastic cap and woke up to plump, moisturized hair"Conditioning on The Go"
This is one of my favorite things to do, especially in the extreme cold of winter and extreme heat of summer. I uploaded a video of this to my Youtube Channel, but I'll also attach it here!

So that's basically all I do to retain the moisture in my hair. Again, my hair is naturally very dry, but these simple daily and weekly treatments really help me maintain the moisture. There's a lot of products out there that promise to help you retain your moisture, but for me, water, shea butter, and various oils has done wonders for the structure of my strands.

Again, not everyone's hair is the same, but I believe that water is the best moisturizer you can use. I think what makes the difference is the product that you use to seal the water in. If your hair has a looser curl pattern, you can get away with lighter products to seal the moisture in, like light oils. But if you have a tighter curl pattern, you'll want to stick to heavier creamier products, like butters (shea, mango, etc…) to really help the hair absorb the moisture.

So I hope this post helped guys! Have a great week and I'll talk to you soon!

XoXo Whit


Reader Comments (104)

I came across your youtube channel this weekend and have been hooked! Making my notes here and there! Thanks for the valuable info!!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Ugh this looks like something I should do for purposes of working out. That last picture is perfection, so shiney and soft looking.

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElle of Chellbellz

Thank you for this! It is quite helpful!
Last week I purchased AVJ and distilled water. I made my spritzer and added some essential oils and evoo to it. I find myself drinking it (4oz per day) more than spritzing. Lol!
I will get better at spritzing day and night. :)

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Do you have a rss feed so I can add your site to my google reader? Thanks!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

This is off topic but I wanted to capture on a current post for your followers....I tried Terrestials this weekend and I LOVE this stuff. I picked up a couple of trial sizes just in case is wasn't for me....My hair was so moisturized and not stripped. It has never felt this nice right after washing. I have been subscribed to your YouTube channel for a while. Thank you for taking the time to make videos and keep a blog to help the rest of us out 8-)

Peace and Blessings,

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermommykent

Whitney, you are so correct about this. I started using your whipped shea butter recipe and my hair has now started looking like your hair twin (the pic of you with your eyes closed). My daughter has even drier texture and so it's helping her kinks too.

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShirl

Thanks for the tips Whit, sometimes I think I'm all alone in the dry hair world! I'm transitioning and seem to be minimizing any breakage using a lot of your tips. I love my shea butter cream, and the deep conditioner is awesome. I even used the water bagging method one day that I was off work, my hair was sooooo soft. I'm so excited to have a blogster like you to help me on this journey, can't wait to cut at the one year mark so I can really see my coils:-)

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSchonell

I have been thinking about adding aloe vera juice to my spray bottle and now I'm even more convinced! Do you keep the mixture in the refrigerator? I need to try deep conditioning again and I love the water baggy method. I have to try that asap!


@Crystal - you can type the web address into google reader to add it. Just click the subscribe button and type it there.

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Serious hair envy over here! LOL

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeeTee

Hey Whitney,
I was just wondering if a humidifier would help. I use one in the winter to help put moisture back into the air because using electric heat tends to dry out the air in my room very quickly. It just crossed my mind, could this also have some added benefit for my hair as well? Hmmm... Let me know your thoughts.

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternaturalelekins

Your hair is GORGEOUS in the last picture. Is that a twist out?

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaNeshe

Hey Whitney. I was wondering where you got your Anita Grant Rhassoul Bars? They have been out of stock on Hairrogant for MONTHS! I'm so frustrated! Did you order directly from Anita Grant? I can't seem to find your vid on it. Thx!


January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM

Hi Whitney,
I have been watching your Naptural85 hair videos on YouTube and I love the advice and information. This is my second transition and I am also transitioning my 8 year old granddaughter. It has been 2 months and I am so happy that my research lead me to your videos. I have already made the Shea butter moisturizer, it's great. Keep up the good work. Thank you very much.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDK

Thank you for sharing this with us! Just in time when my hair is dry without knowing what to do with it! Thanks again.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I am SO glad that I came across your YouTube channel & blog! I often find it hard to manage my extremely dry 4a hair, but your videos have shown me that it is possible. I can't wait to try out some of your tips. Thanks so much! <3

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Is it necessary to put the two (fluffy and stiff) mixed shea butter creams in the fridge?

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

My Daughter is 8 and has never had a perm, she has had a press one or two times. Do I have to cut her hair short to transition or can we work with what we got?

I also looked into Ms. Jessie's stuff, but I heard in your video that it is not natural. I am not clear on the product if it is texturizer or just another cream??? Help!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hey Naptural85,
Thanks so much for all the great tips! I have been natural alitte over a year now & I've decided to stop applying heat. However I hate leaving home wet what can I do?

March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

HAIR-ray for Naptural85!! I Googled Natural Hair Flexi-rod set and your video for No heat Flexi Rod set popped up a few days ago. I've been intrigued ever since. Great tips and your hair is GORGEOUS!!! Truly, water is the key--Inside and Out and your hair will groooowww!! Kudos to your hubby for encouraging you; mine has been hinting that I should show my natural more often. Your videos are a treasure chest for us 4a-b girls and you're a Gem for sharing your journey:-) Keep up the Great Work!!

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolamor8894

Hi Withney...
I have been following quite lately ... I just discovered you... I love the positive energy that comes accross ur vids... and ofc your hair is to die for!!!
I have a quick question. Your spray bottle, does it mist or just squirts in one jet? I keep buying these spray bottles and they always squirts so instead of having a mist i end up with water running at one spot on my scalp... If it does mist, would you mind giving me a link to where I can get it online?
Thanks a lot

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoutchi

Hiiiiii Whitany!!!!!!!
I found ur youtube page a couple of months ago and you are awsome! my mom and i watched your flaxseed gel vid. last year and it was really helpful. You are an insiration to me and a big help. i went totaly natural last summer but i had no idea what to do with my hair until you came along. lol. Your hair is beautiful and my goal (although my hair is like 4z! lol). I wish i had started sooner:-( but im good. QUESTION: how can i get my hair to slick back eaisier when i do just plain afro styles? Also how can i get my curls to be even more defined when i try to do a twist out or something like that? Cuz after i take the braids out i try to fluff it a little but it just puffs up. BTW could you put some tips for those of us that have thicker hair, mostly on the hair styles. thx! luv ya much!!!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBriBri

it's me again i forgot something:-D You talk about mango butter in some of your vids. Do you think you could make a vid on it or give a referance on where i could find the best recipie thx. I dont have a credit card or anything and my parents won't let me use theirs really so i can't really order the shea butter online to make the mixture you showed us. sooooo yeah... you think you could do that. it be great thx again :-D

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBriBri

Hey chick! So funny, I've been 'following' you for about a year now so it's kind of weird that I haven't commented until now. Well, more of a question, actually: I've grown to trust your vids above others and so I'm at a bit of a standstill because I'd really like to henna my hair and see that you don't have any videos on that. Have you just not needed to do it? I shed! It's grown tremendously in just a year (thanks to your shea miracle solution et al) but it's def porous and prone to split ends. I haven't been doing the aloe/water spritz so I'm going to jump on that soon but I needs me a serious treatment.

Thoughts or video recommendations? Cheers and thanks for the info, jokes and good works!

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeishaRae

Dry curly hair, especially dry African-American curly hair, is normal! Our hair is naturally curly, coarse and dry, it's just how it grows out of our heads.

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhair restoration

Hi Whitney

Thanks for all the great tips and pointers. I really enjoy your vids (been enjoying them for nearly two years now).

I thought I remembered seeing a video you had (about a year ago?) on how to add extension hair for a protective style. It was kinda a step-by-step guide to putting them in.

Your instructions were very clear - and I thought I'd bookmarked it! - much to my chagrin alas no!!

Been searching for it on your site but not found anything - can you help please?

Many thanks


April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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