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Naptural85’s Daily, Weekly and ‘Anytime’ Moisturizing Regimens

• Jan 21, 2013

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By Naptural85

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!

Ladies, how do you retain moisture on a daily, weekly and ‘anytime’ basis?

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68 Comments on "Naptural85’s Daily, Weekly and ‘Anytime’ Moisturizing Regimens"

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Yvette
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How do you moisturize when in an updo?

Treece
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I lurve her. I’ve gotten great tips from her and love her Shea butter recipe

Vonnie
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I’ve followed Naptural85 and formed my hair regimen after hers since going natural over a year ago. I love her basic formulas of caring for her hair, and how she’s anti-product junkie — I’ll be darned if I spend as much on my hair natural as I did when it was relaxed! Her info is a godsend.…..and yes, there is no such thing as “curing” your natural hair of dryness just keeping it moisturized on a daily basis…

merry
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i love her hair.

laila at fusionofcultures on youtube and whitney have the most beautiful hair to me.

someone once told me my hair was like theirs. i didn’t believe them but i took the compliment. lol.

whitney’s hair is just total hairgasm all day every day.

Adrienne
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I know what you mean! 🙂

I think I’d give up on YouTube all together if it weren’t for Laila or Whitney. Their videos are the only ones that I can watch repeatedly without getting bored.

Tabatha
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Its really great, but with my hair I can’t sprits my hair at my short length for some reason my hair thinks that that is permission to fuse together and knot up. I have to wait for my hair to grow out some more before I try this.

candace
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I just love how simple Whitney’s regimen is.

Shundara@ SavyNaturalista
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I love her hair, I also use this on my own hair except the baggy method that is a no can do for me, I have had some serious tainted smells doing that method…

Karen
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What was she paid for this advertisement?

goyta
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seriously?

breanne
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…an advertisement… for water?

goyta
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thank you

Candice
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I was just telling someone that Whitney couldn’t possibly know the place she has in Black History. She had taught millions of women what our mothers didn’t. I love her and I owe my beautiful head of hair almost entirely to her videos!!

TINA SMITH
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IN HISTORY?? THAT’S GOING A BIT FAR DON’T YOU THINK

tonisha
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way to far

D.P.
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I don’t often agree with Tina Smith (its all of the capitalizations, I read everything as if you are screaming, sorry) but I have to agree with this one. I highly doubt you will be seeing Whitney in high school history books anytime soon haha. It’s also unlikely that she will even end up in cosmetology books or anything of the sort. These women simply did what many have done before, which is actually take care of their hair. We just have an infinite amount of access to their information and we can see their results, which is what is… Read more »
meowmix
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I thought Napturals85 was Whitney.

D.P. (at meowmix).
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I accidentally wrote it as if it were two different people. I was just typing quickly and thinking of both names at the same time and typed it as if they were separate people. My mistake. Sorry if it was confusing to anyone.

bg
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Calm down love.

Kelly
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Finally, they profiled Whitney! I love her channel! The only tip she’s given that doesn’t work for me, personally is her advice on spritzing the hair daily with water. Quite a few other YouTubers advocate that, too. My hair gets very frizzy when I do that, shrinks up, and mats up. But different strokes. It obviously works for her. The nicest thing about her is that she doesn’t beat you over the head with info or talk to her viewers in a condescending way. Great article on her.

Vonnie
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Have you tried spritzing with water, then sealing & twisting or braiding to stretch the hair? Or do like the old ladies in the department store (lol) and spray the water in the air then let it mist down on your hair. I do this when my hair needs moisture but I wanna stretch it and don’t want to shrink so much..

EG
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I love, love, love Whitney. She has a beautiful family and even with a new baby finds time to educate and stay connected to her fans. Wish her all the best in the future.

meowmix
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You know I read this as ‘the baby educates’ and was like ‘not surprising’. Oh time for bed:)

Adrienne
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I know right? Once it got closer to her due day I thought for sure I wouldn’t be hearing back from her for at least 6 months afterwards. I truly do admire her dedication to her fans

Lulu
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i love love her family/personal v-logs so much. Their newborn baby is so beautiful too!

Lele
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My sis introduced me to napnatural85 channel and ever since I see big improvements on my hair. I love her simple recipes and her instructions are you simple. She makes hair journey fun!!!!

Shirley
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Whitney/Naptural85 you rock! I love your youtube videos and I can honestly say that you are one of the few people that have changed my life for the better and we’ve never met.

chris
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I am so glad I came across her videos on youtube, I have streamlined my natural hair routine and love the results. I save myself time and money, keep doing what you do Whitney!

**Sweetie06**
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I really like her vlogs…

maralondon
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Is her blog only for AA women because she labels afro textured hair as if it is exclusive to the women from the States. A lot of the websites and blogs on natural hair are viewed by sisters across the globe and no doubt some brothers. Can Naptural85 and others not take this into consideration. Aside from that i applaud the young lady on the achievement and success of her natural hair journey, she obviously serves as inspiration to many and myself of course.

merry
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you don’t realize that it’s just a way of saying it’s hair that people of african descent generally have?

there’s nothing in her descriptor that excludes african descended women anywhere around the globe.

i mean, what is she supposed to say?

maralondon
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Not all people of African descent are of American nationality, it makes no sense to label afro textured hair American. That part of the label is not what connects all of us sisters across the globe, in terms of these natural hair blogs it’s our hair.

Treece
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I think it’s just semantics not an attempt to ignore or exclude women with textured hair outside the US. In the US, they use the terms African-American and black somewhat interchangeably to refer to people with African ancestry.

goyta
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she is my fave vlogger. congrats on the newborn. i thought it wonderful of her to share that moment with her fans. she has such a great personality and spirit and the styles she’s created over the years are really awe-inspiring. her creativity is neverending. i love how she showcases curlformer styles too, because not manny popular vloggers really consider curlformers as a great tool to have in the natural arsenal, like whitney does. i’m going to revisit them, myself. as for her moisturizing tips, well…i don’t go out of my way to moisturize my hair, as i’ve found that… Read more »
jenna marie christian
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i love her!!! I am always on her youtube channel.

meowmix
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Jumping up and down like a 6 year full of skittles. JOY. Just love her sign off. She ALWAYS helps:)

Ugonna Wosu
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OMG!!! SHE ACTUALLY CAME HERE!!! AND WROTE!!!! HEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angelica
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Moisturizing your hair is so important. Here is what I’ve learned in my decades of trying to figure it out.

m2
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Ok, so moisturizing my hair is not the problem… The sealing is my problem. I keep my hair in a 2std twist 2–3 weeks then wash n re-twist. How do I seal in a twist? Its just get tangled. I’ve resorted to untwisting, spray, seal re-twist each individ one. Takes forever.

C
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Check out kimmaytube videos (I know they are hella old by now), but she wets her twist with water, oils are hands then pats/squeezes the oil into her twist and ends.

Cesscurls
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Hey M2 I too am a lover of two strand twists mainly because I find it easier to retained moisture. I spritz my twists with water then use a pea (no more than a dime size) amount of oil then my moisturizer ( currently Shea Moisture smoothie). I kinda squeeze it into the twists rather than rub concentrating on the ends. I am able to go sometimes up to three days before i have to redo this. Frizz is minimal and I leave my twists in up to three weeks. HTH

Phoxxie
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Spritz your hair and rub some oil on your fingers, then gently smooth it on each twist. Or spritz with water then spritz with oil.

Ugonna Wosu
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you can’t just dab some oil at the end of the twist? You know a little goes a long way, you don’t have to rub very hard and end up tangling your ends. And yes, Fusion of Cultures on Youtube has a video on how she does it. :)))))

Lolita
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She said everyone has different types of hair so dabbing a little hair might work for some while others need thicker butters.

Yvette
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Laila from FusionofCultures on YT just did a video on that. Basically the same thing you do when you undo your twists, but she keeps the twists in.

Jada
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Naptural85, your hair is beautiful! Thanks for the tips!

Felicia Garcia
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I completely agree! I’ve had a lot of trouble with maintaining moisture with my ends in the past. The way that’s worked best for me was to spritz my hair with water (especially my ends) then go ahead and seal it with an oil or a butter. That duel combo and sometimes adding a leave-in also will make all the difference.

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Felicia Garcia
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I apologize for the replicated pictures, I only uploaded it once, but my computer crapped out on me.

Mona
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I love Naptural85’s channel!! She is so informative and get’s to the point. No useless talking.

melissa
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Thank u so much for these advices! I’m new nappy and it’s very helpful to see simple and clear tips about moisture of natural hair!

Antrelise
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Naptutal85 proves once again why she is the best out there!! Anyone who hasn’t viewed her YouTube channel.…..what are you waiting for?! :). Anyway, thank you so much Whitney for all of your knowledge. I was considering getting a relaxer again (after 21/2 years) b/c it was so dry (plus i live in humid south florida) ‚but after I stumbled on to your channel and made your DIY creams and conditioners…people are stopping me almost everyday to compliment my hair!! Thanks again, you are the best.

Reese
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Antrelise! I live in South Florida as well and am looking for help with my truly out of control natural. Can you share some of the conditioners and moisturizers that have worked via my email? It’s msfit606@aol.com. Thank you so much! And thank all of you ladies for your wisdom! Natural hair is truly a journey and so many of our sisters can get lost in the process without helpful websites like this one.
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Hairguide
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She has my exact texture of hair. I get confused on the different hair grades and frankly had no ideal if I’m a 4 or 3 or a,b,or c whatever she is that’s what I am. Of course it took 3 years of now relaxer to discover what my real hair actually looked like. Does anyone know what her hair grade is?

[to nooni] lilkunta
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hairguide : i think naptureal said she is 4b.
there is a hair guide on here too.

Mod
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She’s 4a

Angella
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Hi I just started checking out your YouTube videos since this past Tuesday April 16, 2013. You are simply the best. I stick mostly with you because you don’t promote any heat styling. I just stopped blow drying my hair about 5 weeks now. I don’t plan on going back. I tried your two strand twist out and my hair looks great, many compliments, I think I run between a type 4 b to 4 c hair mostly. I have a lot of fun watching your videos!!!

Tiffani
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I just ran across your website and I thank you because that’s exactly my problem with my hair. It will be moist in the morning, but by the end of the day its dry looking on the ends. So I will try your steps and see if that will make a difference for me. Thank you so much. I was really getting discourage.

Iris
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Thanks so much that was my problem and when I spray with the water it always stayed dry so I see what my problem was I was not adding the enough moisture to the ends so I just want to say thank you.

Thanks,
Iris

kiki
Guest

I am wondering, she doesn’t use moisture treatment? Greek yoghurt and mayo are protein treatment. So every month, she uses protein? and after that she doesn’t follow with moisture treatment. I’m lil bit confused!

Toni
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Water is her moisture treatment as there is no product which contains moisture (water) more than water itself. The butters and oils are sealants which lock in the water. She doesn’t need a moisture treatment because her hair gets it every day.

pw
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When wearing a wash and go I lightly spritz with water and aloe vera juice then baggy as soon as I get home from work. Then before going to bed I remove the baggy let dry for about 15 min then place on my bonnet and go to bed. This routine adds needed moisture which was lost throughout the day.

rebecca
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I am newly natural, today I washed my hair with my regular shampoo. I mixed raw aloe vera, vitamin e and jojoba oil mixed it with my Ninja and combed twisted my hair. It stayed with no gel or anything. I found my combination. So excited about my natural hair journey.

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tiffany bridges
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its difficult being natural in the army because of the ongoing activities. Naptural85 have been helping me out a lot far as keeping my hair moist. its starting to get a little hard to have whats needed for my hair but i do what i can. thank you

AfroPoodleRamenNoodle
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AfroPoodleRamenNoodle

Its not hard for me to maintain moisture in my hair.i do 2 strand twists every week and spray water and conditioner combo and seal the ends with my favorite shea/cocoa butter from target every day,every other day whenever it feels dry and take the twists down and start the process all over again.
If you keep it simple and not make it too complicated for you youll be on your way to long kinky poodle hair 🙂

Kiwana
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can you use any particular brand of aloe vera juice or is the brand used above the only one that works?

Claudette UK
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Any brand. Even your own homemade aloe vera juice.

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