Curly hair needs more moisture than straight hair, and curlies have come up with a variety of methods for moisturizing and sealing natural hair. Even those with the same hair types may use totally different methods! Do you use conditioners and other moisturizers and then seal the moisture in or do you use your styling products before adding in moisturizers? Does the order even matter?
1. Moisturizer Then Styler
If you moisturize before adding styling products, your hair is probably very dry and needs moisturizer as a primer. I coat my hair first in a good leave-in conditioner before doing anything else. In fact, even if Im not going anywhere and am not going to style my hair, I still use my leave-in conditioner. No matter what my plans are for the day, I dont want to leave my hair exposed to the days weather or activities.
If I dont use a leave-in conditioner, there is just no detangling my hair. When Im done with the leave-in, Ill add in some scrunching gel to style as I head out the door. Luckily, I dont really need to seal in moisture with any types of oils. In fact, doing so would just weigh my hair down big time, resulting in limp hair that will not cooperate by the time I get to the gel. Still, my type 3c/4a mixture of hair requires a good deal of moisture before it will even consider agreeing to look good!
2. Styler Then Moisturizer
Some of you need do something to keep your curls in check before treating them to moisture. You may have found that your hairs response to moisture is to poof up. As a result, youve learned that you need to organize your locks first with a gel before topping it off with moisture and then sealing it in with a sealant or with oil. If this describes you, youre not alone. Many of our curlies on CurlTalk have to do this as well.
3. Mixing it Up
To expedite the styling process, you may be able to mix a sealant and moisturizer. You could add a hair butter or oils to your moisturizer. You could also try a conditioner that has a sealant already in it or mix some type of sealant into your conditioner. Ouidad, who is always on the cutting edge of curly hair care products, has also developed Moisture Lock, a hair cream designed to help define your curls, infuse them with moisture and act as a styling gel all in one product!
The bottom line: there is no "right' or "wrong" method of sealing and moisturizing natural hair.The only right way is the way that works best for your hair. What works best for you? Do you feel like the oddball in doing something that most others with your hair type dont seem to have to do?
What's your favorite way to trap moisture for your curls?
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