Hair Moisturization is a process of locking moisture into one’s hair. This is usually done after the
hydration process. So, while hydration is about moisture absorption, moisturization is about moisture
In this article, we will be looking at how you can moisturize your hair in a protective style.
The whole idea of moisturizing one’s hair is to retain humidity, to keep the hair soft, and
healthy. This is important because it is the secret to long, healthy hair.
Hair Moisturization Explained
There are many ways to moisturize one’s hair depending on the hair type. But generally, the hair is moisturized with a moisturizer. When using the moisturizer, be it a conditioner or mask, the product is added to the root first because growth begins from there, and then it goes way up to the middle of the strands.
The moisturizer is applied on wet hair only to allow the strand to properly absorb the product. The mask or oil should then be left for up to 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Hair could also be
moisturized in a protective style for faster results.
Why Moisturizing your hair in a protective Style is Important
Moisturized hair is more elastic, less prone to breakage, and less prone to tangles. That is to say, moisturized hair does not fall off easily, and the moisture helps you retain hair length.
Knowing that the secret to hair growth is growing the hair and maintaining the length, hair moisturization is thus, an important process to recognize.
Moisturizing one’s hair while on a protective style is very advisable and very efficient. This is because it
allows the product to swim through the hair leaving your hair growing even while on braids.
The aim of protective hairstyles is, just as the name implies, to protect the hair from damage, breakage, or anything that could cause negativity to the hair while allowing it to grow. There are two types of protective hairstyles. There are styles with extensions or attachments and there are some without extensions or attachments, just your natural hair.
3 Simple Steps to Moisturizing Your Hair in a Protective Style
The moisturizing process for both types is different but the results are almost the same.
Step 1 – Clean Scalp
While moisturizing your hair under a no-extension protective style, the first thing to do is to clean the root or scalp and then sprinkle water on the hair using a spray can.
Step 2 – Get in there
Then you move over to apply your leave-in conditioner while massaging the scalp.
Step 3 – Don’t forget the tips
Afterward, you take care of the tips by applying any moisturizing oil or shea butter. This is so that you can retain the length.
But with protective styles that have extensions or attachments, the focus is more on the root/ scalp
because the extension already covers the tips. There is no need to use water here, if not the hair would
start smelling with time.
It’s just a simple routine of first cleaning the roots then applying any hair growth cream or oil and massaging the scalp very nicely. The process is very efficient and sustainable.