It is of the utmost importance that you learn to balance protein and moisture in your hair. Without maintaining this balance your hair will become susceptible to breakage.
Let’s first start with defining what a moisturizer actually is!
In order for something to be a moisturizer it MUST HAVE WATER. Which means oils, greases, and butters are not moisturizers, they are sealants, so in other words they help to keep moisture in your hair but they are not moisturizers.
When you moisturize you want to follow 3 basic steps, using the LOC (Liquid. Oil. Crème.) method for moisture:
- Moisturize with water or a water based product (you can let the steam from the shower moisturize your hair or use a water based leave in conditioner solution)
- Seal the moisture in with an oil (Coconut oil is good for this, as it has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft.)
- Use a creme to seal in the other two underlying layers for extra moisture
Since the ends of your hair are the oldest part they are the most weathered portion that is often lacking in moisture. Every time you moisturize your hair, show your ends a lot of love they need it!
Only you can determine the frequency of how often you moisturize your natural hair. You may feel that moisturizing daily, every other day, or every week works for you, it all varies from person to person. There are also other factors that play into this.
Your Hair Needs Protein Too
Hair is composed of keratin which is a protein. When your hair gets damaged it loses protein, which is why protein treatments are helpful for strengthening your hair. Quality protein treatments, like Aphogee 2 Step protein treatment only need to be implemented every six weeks. Always follow the instructions for protein treatments and do not implement too frequently or this can make your hair too stiff and brittle.