Keeping my hair moisturized has been the biggest struggle while being natural. Of course we watch tons of YouTube videos and buy hair products hoping that cream or butter will work this time. Adding moisture to your hair doesn’t mean adding a lot of product to your hair. When you seek moisture through adding tons of product it will only clog your hair cuticles and make it twice as difficult to keep your hair moisturized. It’s important to know what will give you the moisture you need. I definitely had to learn the hard way, by trial and error. I learned that oil and different products will not give you moisture but instead lock the moisture in.

The process of moisturizing your hair takes place before you style your hair. Once I learned that, I was able to find out what my hair needed the most and my hair felt softer, more manageable and I decreased breakage. People may think adding moisture to their hair is harder than what it is.

If you want less dry and brittle hair, stop doing what you’re doing and try adding these 5 things to your hair regimen:

1. Pre-poo

Pre-pooing your hair will prepare your hair before washing it. This process will make it easier to detangle and manage your hair while washing it. Pre-pooing will consist of using oil and moisturizing conditioner. You can also use a cap to intensify the pre-poo.

2. Shampoo Hair and Scalp

You may have heard it is better to co-wash your hair and not use shampoo. There are many benefits of co-washing your hair but you must cleanse your hair to unclog your pores and cuticles. After adding products and oils to your hair all of it can sit on top of your hair. It is suggested to use clarifying shampoo every time you wash your hair. It is important you don’t miss a wash day because this is where you begin the process to moisturize your hair.

3. Water, water, water

Water is needed for any living thing to grow. Water is the number one thing you should look for when your hair is depleted of its moisture. Not only should you add water to your hair but make sure you are drinking a lot of water. If you aren’t hydrating yourself first, it is impossible for your hair to be hydrated.

4. Deep condition

If you haven’t been deep conditioning your hair, START! Deep conditioning makes your hair less prone to breakage and helps with the dryness of your hair. Make sure you don’t over condition your hair. Adding heat with your deep conditioning can also assist in retaining your moisture.

5. Choose sealing method for your hair type

As mentioned earlier, products and oils don’t give your hair moisture but they do seal it in. It is important you know your hair type and can identify the best sealing method for your hair. What works for my 4b hair may not work for someone with 3b hair. Know what your hair type is and what products works best for your hair. Once you know what products work, you should see a difference in your hair.

How do you keep your hair moisturized? Share your experiences below!