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4 Essential Tips for Keeping Natural Hair Moisturized in Dry Heat

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June is more than halfway over and July is well on it’s way! For many ladies, this means humidity,and fighting a losing battle against a seemingly endless supply of moisture in the air. Wash and go’s shrink, twist-outs turn to puffs and you can forget about straight hair. I really do sympathize with you ladies that must contend daily with the dewy air. But I live in L.A. and I can seriously only identify two days since the beginning of my transition in 2012 where humidity was a problem. That doesn’t mean things are all easy peasy for me and that I’m just over here walking on sunshine. There are elements that ladies like myself are dealing with too — like incredibly dry air. Chronically dry air = chronically dry hair. Check out these 4 tips for retaining moisture and keeping hair soft in the dry summer heat:

1. No half stepping!

Just like most ladies have to work extra hard to retain moisture in the winter, ladies in dry climates have to put forth the same effort during the summer. Make sure you pre-poo regularly, with a penetrating and moisturizing oil, conditioner, or combination thereof. My personal picks are coconut oil and this combo. Also, make sure you’re vigilant about deep conditioning — every single time you wash your hair. Even if it’s only for 12 minutes in the shower, while you get ready for the day. For a powerful deep conditioning session that won’t take all day, try Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Hair Mask, Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask, and Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioner.

2. Seal underneath stylers.

  A simple swap in layering of products has been a game changer for me. Previously (for my wash and go styling), I would layer my leave-in conditioner first, my moisturizer/hair lotion second, then my styling product third. Then, I would seal it all in with an oil or butter blend. Now that I’ve moved where the oil or butter goes in (I caught this tip in a frizz-fighting video from LipsticknCurls), my moisture retention is through the roof! My hair feels so much softer and I find myself refreshing and re-hydrating less.

3. Trade in gels for creams.

Although there are plenty of amazing gels and jellies that work wonders on natural hair and don’t typically cause dryness, I have noticed combined with air that lacks moisture (think Vegas), they can make the hair feel dry, rough and brittle. Although cream stylers may not give you 7 or 10 day hair, they tend to mitigate the tumbleweed feeling that dry air causes. Set the Eco Styler aside, and give TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier, tgin Twist and Define Cream, Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls, or even Mystic Divine Creations Curl Creme.  

4. Keep a travel-sized booster spray.

  Admittedly, I’ve never been a huge fan of refresher sprays. As far as I was concerned, all I needed was a good run through with my Q‑Redew, and a few scrunches with oil or a moisturizer. But as temperatures creep up and the sun is stays out longer, I am learning that having a good refresher handy is everything in battling against dry air and dry hair! My personal picks in this department aren’t labeled as refreshers at all, they are actually two leave-in liquids that are awesomely priced and multi-purposed. Both are long time staples from me, that I have carried with me from my transitioning days. The first is my trusty ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer Spray, and the other is Infusium 23 Pro-Vitamin B5 (aka Repair and Renew) Leave-In Treatment. Both are great as leave-in sprays, have proteins and amino acids for repair and strengthening the hair, and provide UV protection. Just grab a travel spray bottle, pour a little in, and carry it in your purse, work, or gym bag!

How do you keep your hair moisturized when the air is bone dry?

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Jo
Jo
5 years ago

The spray is a great idea. I can moisturize my hair on my work breaks. 🙂 I never could have thought of this

JENNID
JENNID
5 years ago

I discovered # 2 like two weeks ago and was like why didn’t I do this sooner? My hair stayed soft for days. These are really good tips that can work for everybody. Does that green tea spray from aphogee leave your hair sticky?

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trich315
trich315
5 years ago

Today was my wash day and I just incorporated #3 into my regimen. I live in Cali too. My hair was ssssoooo dry last week! I really think it was the gel. Today I styled my hair with Eden Bodyworks Curl Defining Creme.

loverlyone
loverlyone
5 years ago

I use the Green Tea spray from Aphogee and it doesn’t leave my hair sticky at all. I like to use it before I apply my creamy leave-in. It works great!

Lana
Lana
5 years ago

That picture confuses me. Maybe it because I don’t see a part in her hair or the comb in her hand.

Honeybrown1976
Honeybrown1976
5 years ago
Reply to  Lana

She parts with her hands. I don’t use combs to part my hair; I use my hands and naturally part.

KP
KP
5 years ago

I don’t think I’ve heard much about dry heat. Usually it’s about frizz and humidity. This article definitely helps to get the wheels turning to alter a hair care routine.

jl
jl
5 years ago

I live in the desert and one thing I have to avoid is glycerin.I use to make a glycerin mix and spray it into my hair. NO matter what I did, or how much info i heard on what you are suppose to do, it would stay dry and split. It gave me the worst splits I’ve ever had, midstrand, holes etc.

Globetrotter5K
Globetrotter5K
4 years ago
Reply to  jl

Been spritzing my hair with water+glycerin and did not learn until yesterday that that is ineffective and actually counterproductive in dry weather. Worked beautifully in New Orleans and DC in the summer months but now that I moved back to L.A., I have to adjust and re-learn some things about taking care of my luscious 4C hair!

AnaDion
AnaDion
5 years ago

What is this “dry heat” you speak of? I’m a southeastern-er and summer feels like a steam room. Ugh

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