Updated: Oct 2, 2020
One activity you should master or at least incorporate into your weekly routine is moisturizing your hair. This is a trial and error process because of varied hair types and schedules. Because of our hair texture, moisturizing is vital. If you don't already have a moisturizing routine, try this method and, if necessary, adjust it to what works for you.
1. While working in sections, spritz your hair with water or apply a leave-in conditioner. Make sure to apply to the entire hair shaft, especially the ends. I use the “rake” method, which is using your fingers as a comb and pulling the product through each section. This is a great way to detangle as well. When I spritz my hair with water, I use a combination of cool distilled water and aloe vera juice (AVJ). The AVJ helps to manage the ph balance of your hair. I use a 3 to 1 water/AVJ ratio in a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator until needed. For a leave-in, I take three equal parts of distilled water, AVJ, and Zedian Queen's Moisturizing Conditioner in a spray bottle and apply.
2. Next, add an oil (I use Zedian Queen's Herbal Hair Growth Oil) to your scalp and along the section of hair. Massage the oil into your scalp and gently smooth oil into your hair.
3. After the oil has been applied, I seal in the moister with Zedian Queen's Whipped Shea Moisturizer. Take the product, rub it between the palms of your hands until it is melted or liquefied, then apply to the section of hair. Again, focus on the ends of your hair as this is the oldest part of your hair.
4. At this point this section of hair is moisturized. I twist this and clamp it out of the way until all sections are complete.
5. Continue this process until you have moisturized all sections.
6. Finally, style as desired.
I wash once a week, but I apply the leave-in and shea mix two or three times a week (depending on how my hair is styled. I prefer to twist or braid after applying because it helps my hair retain moisture.
I usually leave each section twisted until dry then I style. If you plan on straightening your hair you can blow dry, then use the flatiron. I only straighten my hair once or twice a year. I braid my hair in multiple sections, let them air dry (takes a day or two) then use the flat iron on each braid, working in small sections using the “chase” method with a small tooth comb.
Once a month I wash with Rhassoul clay and AVJ. It’s a natural clay that is used for the body and hair that cleans and softens wonderfully! I always follow-up with my routine moisturizing technique.
I hope these tips help you as you continue on your journey to healthy and beautiful hair!