Once you begin learning more about the science of black hair care, this process. May possibly lead to you questioning why natural black hair is so dry?
Even though you are unable to change the shape of your hair follicles, knowing and understanding more about why black hair is the way it is might help you accept your black hair more easily. Especially and including your approach to hair care with a positive and can do attitude.
The answer to the question of why black hair is typically so dry is obvious when you think about it: it curls. Whether your hair strands are wavy, curly, kinky, S-shaped or Z-shaped, all those curves hinder your scalp’s natural oils from reaching the ends of your hair.
Everyone’s scalp produces oils, but it’s the difference between a straight road versus one with lots of curves. You’ll reach your destination more quickly by taking the straight path, because every single curve slows you down. Meaning, Each curl and coil in your black hair strands slows the process of the oil traveling to the ends.
In straight hair, the oils travel easily down a straight path, which is one reason many people with straight locks need to shampoo more frequently.
In curly hair, however, oils don’t have it so easy; it’s harder to navigate their way through those zigs and zags, twists and turns.
If you review the cross-section of a hair follicle, you’ll see that individual hair strands are made up of several parts including the outer layer and the cuticle. (The cuticle suffers anytime heat or chemicals are applied to it.)
Although the cuticles on curly hair can be twice as thick as the ones on straight hair, they’re still not indestructible. The inner layer, or cortex, is also prone to damage and abuse. For example, anyone whose hair has lost a good deal of elasticity has greatly affected the cortex in their strands.
It can be quite a chaw looking after black hair when natural tendencies make it more challenging to style and to retain precious moisture. Accepting our black hair and knowing that black hair grows the way it grows and this is something that we cannot change.
Relaxers and Perms cannot change the shape of the follicles, the chemicals only affect the outer layers of the hair strand, not its biological makeup at the scalp level.
Knowing that your hair isn’t out to get you may make it easier to deal with on a daily basis, whether you wear it natural, pressed, texturized or relaxed. One of the reasons the black hair care market is so huge is the dryness issue. We spend millions of pounds trying to increase the moisture levels in our hair.
However, our unique textures won’t naturally feel the same as straight hair, so sometimes we may think our hair is dry when it’s really not. We just need to understand how our hair feels when it’s healthy and well-conditioned vs. how other hair textures feel. It can be a matter of getting used to a cottony-soft feel, instead of a silky soft one.
As long as you follow a healthy hair regimen with products designed for you, your hair will probably stay very well-moisturised. The main thing to remember with a regimen is to stick to it. Caring for your hair only on occasion doesn’t do your hair much good at all. With a good routine in place, your tresses won’t feel as dry.
Below, some of our favorite products to moisturize dry strands.
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (£7.99)
This miracle-in-a-jar contains shea butter, to hydrate the scalp, as well as sea kelp and argan oil, to provide luster to strands.
Amika SoulFood Nourishing Mask (£21.62)
This product—formulated with Amika’s signature ingredient, sea buckthorn berry—can be used daily, or weekly, depending on how parched your hair is. The berry has been found to protect against the elements, making this an especially nourishing product.
DevaCurl Heaven In Hair Divine Deep Conditioner (£44.95)
Specifically formulated for curly hair, this deep conditioning mask can be left on for 15-30 minutes or, as needed, overnight (just throw a plastic cap over your hair and let it do it’s thing).
Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturising Shampoo ($18.00)
As its name suggests, Ouidad’s moisturizing shampoo quenches the hair follicle, imparting botanicals and healing natural oils (chamomile, corn oil, and other vitamins) to dehydrated strands.