Natural hair, especially curly hair, craves moisture. Moisturizing your natural hair every day will help it thrive and keep your natural texture bouncy, smooth, and defined. But it’s also important to keep in mind that scalp health plays a key role in your hair’s overall health and moisture level.
After all, your scalp is skin, so it needs moisture just like the skin on any other part of your body. And hair that grows from a well-balanced scalp will be properly nourished, too. But, as you’ve probably noticed, maintaining a proper moisture balance in natural hair isn’t always easy.
Why? Well, curly hair in general has a hard time retaining moisture due to the curl pattern, which lifts the hair’s cuticle. Porosity and damage caused by chemical treatments, styling habits, or environmental factors also play a leading role.
There are so many things that can suck the moisture out of natural hair. The good news is, just like your skin, moisturizing natural hair daily isn’t that difficult. Read on to learn about the best daily routine to bring moisture and life back into your natural hair.
Why Does My Natural Hair Get So Dry?
Before we dive into the various ways to moisturize natural hair, it might be helpful to understand what is likely making it so dry in the first place. Of course, the causes can be a little different for everyone, but there are usually some common links.
First, the curl pattern of wavy or curly hair makes it difficult for the natural oils in the scalp to travel down the hair shaft. In general, straighter hair tends to be more hydratedmoister from roots to ends. This is why many curly-haired girls and guys often find that their roots are well moisturized but tend to get drier from the mid-shaft to the ends.
It’s not uncommon for those who blow dry their natural hair straight to notice that their hair gets oilier more quickly than normal. In fact, another common cause of dryness in natural hair is extreme temperatures. Things like heat styling, washing in hot water, exposure to cold dry air, or spending a lot of time in the sun can really take a toll on the hair and strip it of its natural moisture.
And finally, your hair’s porosity level is a key consideration. Porosity determines how well the hair retains moisture. Depending on the porosity of your hair’s cuticle, moisture will either sit on the surface or it will penetrate the hair. Let us explain.
When the hair and cuticle are healthy, the cuticle opens up to let moisture in and then seals itself to retain it. But when the cuticle is compromised, the cuticle might open but never lay back down… or it may never open up at all. Either way, dry hair is the result.
What is a Natural Hair Moisturizer?
If you’ve ever wondered how to keep natural hair moisturized, you’ll be happy to hear that hair moisturizers work on the hair just like certain skincare ingredients hydrate the skin.
Ingredients like honey, which is a natural humectant, can attract water to thirsty hair while natural moisturizers like botanical oils and butters provide essential hydration and nutrients to nourish the hair. A good hair moisturizer not only boosts hydration but also locks it into the hair shaft.
The Best Ingredients to Moisturize Natural Hair
So, what ingredients should you look for in a moisturizer for natural hair? Start by choosing one that has a humectant and hydrating component that attracts hair to the cuticle. Then look for an oil that seals the cuticle to lock in moisture and smooth the hair shaft.
The best humectants to look for in your hair moisturizer are honey, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. Honey also contains a variety of natural compounds that nourish the hair, including amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, making it an excellent choice for improving overall hair health.
Botanical oils like grapeseed, coconut, sunflower, and almond can penetrate the hair shaft to help add additional moisture, while jojoba oil and castor oil smooth the hair shaft and seal the cuticle.
Choosing a hair moisturizer that contains a combination of these natural ingredients will give you the best results, especially when used daily over time. Your hair will become softer and more supple, as well as more elastic, so it will be shinier and less prone to breakage.
How to Moisturize Natural Hair Daily
Now that you know what ingredients to look for and why, let’s talk about how to moisturize your natural hair daily for the best results. We’ll start from the beginning, with your daily washing routine.
Step One: Cleanse your hair the right way.
Layering on the moisture starts with choosing the right shampoo. Our Honey Infused Hair Wash combines the naturally nourishing and humectant properties of Mirsalehi honey with natural botanical oils to gently cleanse and moisturize the hair. It’s also free of sulfates, which can dry out the hair and scalp by stripping them of their natural oils.
Step Two: Replenish lost moisture.
The next step is to condition the hair and replenish lost moisture. Our Honey Infused Hair Conditioner pairs with our hair wash to bring essential hydration back to the hair with the powers of Mirsalehi honey, natural shea butter, plus botanical oils and other strengthening ingredients to nourish and detangle the hair.
Step Three: Layer on the moisture with a leave-in conditioner.
A leave-in conditioner brings in another layer of hydration and nutrients and helps the hair retain much-needed moisture throughout the day. Since you don’t rinse it out, it works its magic all day, protecting the hair from moisture loss while taming the frizz and smoothing the hair shaft.
Our Honey-Infused Leave-in Conditioner is the perfect choice for this step because it’s lightweight, so it won’t weigh your hair down. It also contains humectants like honey to bring moisture to the hair and natural oils for better moisture retention. It also smooths and detangles while protecting the hair from heat damage and breakage.
Step Four: Amp up the moisture and seal it all in.
Now for the icing on the cake. Just a few drops of our Honey Infused Hair Oil will amp up your hair’s moisture level and seal in the moisture from your other products, without weighing down natural hair.
Infused with Mirsalehi honey and our proprietary blend of cold-pressed botanical oils, our honey hair oil is the perfect moisturizer for natural hair. It is formulated to maintain the hair’s natural moisture balance while rebuilding and repairing it on the deepest level.
How Often Should You Moisturize Dry Natural Hair?
With natural hair, there’s no such thing as overdoing the moisture. You can follow the steps above to moisturize your hair daily. But, if you find that washing your hair every day is too much, simply applying a few drops of Honey-Infused Hair Oil will provide essential moisture in between wash days.
Honey Infused Hair Oil is the ideal daily moisturizer for all hair types, including those with 4C hair, and there are several ways to use it. We’ve already mentioned applying it after washing, but you can also use it in between washing to smooth away flyaways and add extra shine.
Its dry oil properties won’t leave your hair feeling greasy and it’s perfect for defining natural curls and eliminating frizz. You can also use it as an overnight treatment or add it to your deep conditioning hair mask to amp up the moisture.
More Ways to Moisturize Natural Hair
Wondering what else you should be doing to moisturize your natural hair in-between wash days? Here are some essential steps you don’t want to miss:
Use a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
Using a deep conditioning hair mask once or twice a week is the perfect way to deeply hydrate and nourish natural hair. Our Honey Infused Hair Mask can be used on wet, dry, or damp hair, in the shower or overnight to deeply hydrate, nourish, and repair the hair.
Infused with Mirsalehi honey, our hair mask is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids to intensely nourish and hydrate the hair. Botanical oils like coconut oil, sunflower oil, and castor oil, plus glycerin make it the perfect intensive hair mask for moisturization, elasticity and shine.
Protect Your Hair from the Sun and Heat
Any time you’ll be heat styling your hair or spending time in the sun, applying a heat protectant is essential for preventing damage and moisture loss. Our Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray protects the hair from heat damage and also includes a UV filter.
It contains multiple botanical oils plus Mirsalehi propolis, so it's rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep your hair healthy. We chose propolis as the key ingredient because it strengthens the hair and prevents breakage while also enhancing texture and definition.
Don’t Overlook Scalp Care
A dry, irritated, flaky scalp often equates to dry hair. Many of the steps listed above are part of a healthy scalp care routine, but incorporating a weekly scalp treatment is also crucial. For best results, incorporate our Honey Infused Scalp Treatment into your routine twice a week after shampooing and conditioning.
Our honey scalp treatment balances the scalp’s microbiome and includes five active ingredients that target dryness, flakiness, and inflammation. With continued use, your scalp will be healthier and your hair will be visibly fuller, shinier, and healthier overall.
Ready to Give Your Hair Some Extra TLC?
Hopefully, we’ve answered all of your questions about how to keep natural hair moisturized. When you’re ready to give your natural hair the extra moisture and nourishment it needs to thrive, Gisou’s Honey and Propolis Infused Hair Care products will set you up for healthy hair success!