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3 Reasons You Have Dry Natural Hair

Dry Natural hair can be one of our biggest pet peeves (I know it is definitely one of mine) especially when you can’t pinpoint why your hair is feeling a lot like straw. Here are 3 of the biggest and main causes of dry natural hair.

1. Too Much Or Too Little Clarification: If you are clarifying too often (too much shampoo, bentonite clay or ACV treatments) you are doing your hair a huge disservice. Even with a prepoo step, over clarifying your hair will strip it of its natural oils and your will struggle to retain moisture. I clarify once a month at most with a simple Bentonite Clay/ACV/Almond Oil blend. Three weeks out of the month I co-wash. The same holds true if you are not clarifying often enough. If your hair has too much product buildup that will also make it extremely difficult for your hair to retain moisture. If you can see or feel the product residue when you touch your hair, it may be time to have a fresh clarified start so that your hair can have a chance at taking in and retaining moisture.

2. Ingredients In Your Products: Take a look at the ingredients in your products, because they could potentially be the number one culprit in your dry hair conundrum. If your products contain sulfates, alcohols, silicones…etc they may be sucking the moisture right out of your hair without you even realizing. Harsh ingredients will take away from all of the moisturizing attempts you make. You want to focus in on moisturizing ingredients to add into your hair regimen. The best and most moisturizing ingredient= water! If your moisturizing products don’t have water listed as the first ingredient that is a problem. For a list of the ingredients you should be avoiding check in with our previous post here.

3. Improper Moisturizing Techniques: If you are not properly moisturizing then your hair will always be in a state of dryness. The LOC method or LCO method helps you layer your hair products properly to add in moisture and seal it in. You always want to start off first with a liquid/moisturizing base and a heavy sealant (an oil of your choice), then a butter/cream styler. You may make some changes depending on your needs in regards to the the density and porosity of your hair.

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