If I were to ask you the top three rules for keeping natural, curly hair soft and healthy, I bet one of the answers most of you would say is: “Keep it moisturized, of course!”. Well then, isn’t it ironic that your hair can feel most dry shortly after it has been washed? For years I wondered why the day after I washed my hair it felt brittle and rough to the touch. Sure, it felt supple when it was damp after washing but by the next morning I felt I need to apply oils and creams on my hair just to make it pliable enough to style. So, why does your hair feel dry after washing and what can you do about it? Hopefully, my recommendations will be helpful and allow you to enjoy moisturized hair one, two and even three days after washing your hair.
Why Does It Feel Dry?
There are a number of reasons why your hair may feel dry shortly after washing. One reason has to do with the quality of the water we use when washing our hair. If the water you shower with is “hard water”, that is water containing mineral deposits, it can dry out your hair, make your skin feel dry and even slowly erode your clothing. There are companies that will purify your water but the price tag isn’t cheap (I received an estimate of approximately $9,000). Another reason you may experience dry hair post-wash is the cleansing products you use. Now, if you’ve visited BGLH for any length of time then you know that sulfates in cleansers are NOT your hair’s friend, so remove those products from your stash ASAP.
So what do you do if you don’t want to spend nearly ten grand on some fancy water purification system (I chose not to), but you’ve invested in good shampoos and STILL suffer from dry hair after washing? I recommend that you modify your post-wash moisture routine.
Post-Wash Moisture Routine
How you choose to moisturize your hair after washing will all depend on your texture, density and even how much oil your scalp produces on a weekly basis. There is no moisture panacea, but rather a few guidelines that you may tweak depending on your hair needs, styling preferences and the weather.
Currently I use two products in my post-wash moisture routine. I know some of you unfamiliar with my hair texture may want to know how it compares to your own. If using the typing system (I know some dislike that system) then I’d fall in the 4a/4b range. My hair shrinks around 75% and absorbs moisture quickly. These older videos of my hair also give you an idea of my hair texture when dry and when wet.
So, what are the two products? I first apply a generous amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today, followed by Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Creme. If you have finer hair I’d recommend diluting a light moisturizer with a little aloe vera, in order to prevent your hair from feeling weighed down. Because my hair is so dense, the slightly sticky texture of the Kinky Curly not only acts as a moisturizer, but also helps to limit frizz. I find that this post wash routine not only prevents hair brittleness after washing, but it keeps my hair soft for days. For example, I washed my hair this past Saturday and didn’t reapply any product until Wednesday morning. In the winter I may have to reapply more frequently but for now the fall weather makes this post wash moisture routine just about perfect for my hair.
Does your hair feel dry shortly after washing it? What effective moisturizing methods do you use following a wash?