How to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized and Defined

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Going natural is a big commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There will be a lot of trial and error because no two curl patterns are exactly alike. YouTube videos should inspire you rather than be a source of frustration. Over manipulating your hair can lead to damage, so keep your expectations in check.

The end-goal is to enhance what your hair naturally does. It took me close to a year to figure out how to keep my hair moisturized and defined. I am sharing what I learned with you, and hopefully, it won’t take you as long as it took me.

Here are 13 tips to keep your natural hair moisturized and defined. 

1. Use Products From the Same Line

Hair products in the same line should be used together because they complement each other. Moreover, the results get better over time. Choose 2-3 product lines and alternate them every month. I was a product junkie until I found my staple products. Find what works and stick with it.

Best Natural Hair Care Products

2. Create a Routine 

Everything thrives on a routine, and your hair is no exception. Commit to a routine that works for your schedule.

3. Add Co-Washing to Your Hair Care Regime

 If your hair is brittle, you need to co-wash more and shampoo less. With this in mind, shampoo your hair once a month and co-wash weekly. Always follow your co-wash with a regular conditioner.

Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner
Devacurl No-Poo Decadence Milk Cleanser
Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
Camille Rose Creme Restore Conditioning Cleanser Coconut & Argan Oil
Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner
Devacurl No-Poo Decadence Milk Cleanser
Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
Camille Rose Creme Restore Conditioning Cleanser Coconut & Argan Oil
Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner
Devacurl No-Poo Decadence Milk Cleanser
Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
Camille Rose Creme Restore Conditioning Cleanser Coconut & Argan Oil

4. Know Your Hair Porosity 

Hair porosity refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are three types of porosity:

  • Low porosity hair has a hard time absorbing moisture. Products sit on your hair and lead to build-up. Use clarifying shampoos to remove product build-up. Treat low porosity hair by adding heat to deep conditioning and avoiding heavy products.
  • Medium (Normal) porosity hair absorbs moisture and retains it for an extended time. Normal porosity hair requires the least amount of maintenance.
  • High porosity hair absorbs moisture and loses it quickly. Treat high porosity hair with heavy creams, protein treatments, and deep conditioners.

5. LOC vs LCO vs Another Method 

Experiment with different methods until you find what works for you. Select products based on your day 3 and 4 results rather than your day 1 and 2 results. Trial and error led me to the following method:

  • thick cream or butter
  • light oil
  • curl defining gel or custard
DevaCurl Ultra Defining Hair Gel,
DevaCurl Arc Angel Gel
DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
DevaCurl Styling Cream, Define and Control, Touchable Hold
DevaCurl High Shine Multi-Benefit Oil
DevaCurl B’Leave-In Miracle Curl Plumper
DevaCurl Leave-In Moisturizing Decadence
Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Style Gel
Alikay Naturals Creme Brulee Curling Delight
Alikay Naturals Essen 17 Growth Oil
Alikay Naturals – Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer
Alikay Naturals Moisturizer Rich Hair Parfait
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter, 8 Ounce
Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

6. Add Heat to Your Deep Conditioning Treatment

Heat turns mediocre results into amazing results because it opens your hair cuticles. Use a microwaveable heat cap to add heat to your deep conditioning treatment. I use the Hot Head heat cap because it makes my hair silky soft.

7. A Satin or Silk Bonnet Isn’t Enough

Your pillowcases might be the problem if you wear a bonnet, and your hair is dry. Cotton pillowcases extract moisture from your hair, whereas satin and silk pillowcases help your hair retain moisture. 

8. Refresh Your Hair With Steam 

Do you spritz your hair with water daily? Is it brittle after it dries? If so, use a handheld hair steamer to refresh your hair or the steam from your shower. Shower steaming sans a shower cap is my preferred method because it’s super easy.

9. Skip the Tools

The Denman Brush worked when my hair was shorter. As my hair grew, I developed single strand knots and excessive shrinkage. The solution was to use my fingers. 

Here are some of the benefits of finger combing:

  • less breakage 
  • strengthens hair
  • less shrinkage
  • prevents knots and tangles
  • more control over the process

10. Diffuse Your Hair 

Use a diffuser if you struggle with body and volume. I use the DevaDryer and DevaFuser because it enhances the appearance of my natural curls. I diffuse my hair on the lowest setting for 5-10 minutes and then let it air dry.

11. Get a DevaCut

The big chop is not equivalent to the DevaCut. A big chop is cutting off your relaxed hair. On the other hand, a DevaCut is cutting the hair curl by curl. Your hair will require less manipulation after a DevaCut. Read about my first Devacut here: My First DevaCut Experience

Natural Hair Growth and Journey

12. Hydrate Color-Treated Hair With an Olaplex Treatment

Olaplex is a godsend for curly girls with color-treated hair. Visit a salon for steps No. 1 and No. 2 of the Olaplex system. The only step available for home use is Olaplex No. 3. This treatment dramatically improves hair health, strength, and texture. Moreover, it revives your hair color.

13. Drink More Water

Dehydration contributes to dry and frizzy hair. A water bottle with time marker can help you drink enough water daily. Drinking more water will result in:

  • stronger hair
  • healthier hair
  • hydrated scalp
  • hair growth  
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  1. Kimberlie
    May 4, 2020 / 9:10 am

    My hair doesn’t retain moisture well, so I’m happy to have read your post to see these tips. I already condition with heatx but had not thought about a steam treatment, Deva cut or Olapex treatment. I can’t wait to try them all.

  2. April 18, 2020 / 11:33 pm

    I’ve been natural for 11 years. I like the Shea Moisture line and have been using it for years. I agree about the Denman brush. I did manage to use it when my hair had some length to it.

  3. April 1, 2020 / 12:17 pm

    I’m going to try to get my hands on a steamer. Hopefully Amazon Canada has one.

  4. April 1, 2020 / 8:50 am

    These are some great tips. I have been natural for 11 years now and I am not looking back. When I first became natural, I took very good care of my hair. As I’ve gotten older, I find that I have become lazier about it. I really need to get back into really caring for my hair again. Thanks for the tips.

  5. April 1, 2020 / 4:05 am

    After lots of trial and products hoarding, I still have found the right product that makes my hair smooth, detangled and defined. I’m happy with the ones I have now, because they do the job. But I will check on these I might find the one.

  6. March 31, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    All great tips!! I am still trying to find the right products for my hair. I’m going to try that hot head cap.

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