As I get older, I’ve noticed that my hair has gone through so many changes. I have had periods of stick straight hair with not a curl to be seen. Now I’m embracing my newly-surfaced wavy hair, trying to find the perfect solution for the frizz that comes along with living in South Florida.
As my hair changes, so do you the products that I need to use. The biggest problem I encounter is the lack of hair hydration.
What is Hair Hydration?
Hair hydration is the process of keeping your hair healthy and moisturized.
When you’re not properly hydrated, your hair can become brittle and prone to breakage. This means that it’s more likely to fall out or break off when combed or brushed through. Hair that isn’t properly hydrated also tends to be dry and frizzy–and those are just some of the problems you’ll face!
To avoid these issues with your locks, it’s important to make sure they’re getting enough moisture every day (or at least every other day). There are plenty of ways for you to do this:
Why is Hair Hydration Important?
Hydration is important for your hair because it can help you achieve a healthy, shiny look. It also makes your hair feel soft and smooth to the touch.
If you’re wondering why hydration is so important for your tresses, here are some of the benefits:
- Hydrated hair tends to be stronger and healthier than dry or brittle strands. This means less breakage and damage from brushing or styling tools like curling irons or flat irons when you have properly hydrated locks!
- Properly hydrated strands are easier to style because they’re more malleable than dry ones–you’ll be able to work through tangles without tugging at them too much (which can cause breakage).
Tips for Hydrating Your Hair
- Use natural hydrators.
- Use the right shampoo and conditioner. I have been using Vegamour’s new Hydr-8 line and see a visible difference in the texture of my waves! The Hydr-8 shampoo is gentle and filled with nutrients. My hair is super soft thanks to the conditioner – and they both smell delicious!
- Use leave-in conditioners to keep your hair hydrated throughout the day.
Homemade Hair Hydration Treatments
- Avocado and honey mask: Mash up half an avocado with two tablespoons of honey, then apply to your hair as a mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing out with cool water.
- Banana and olive oil mask: Mash up one ripe banana with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then apply to your hair as a mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing out with cool water.
- Egg yolk and yogurt mask: Mix 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt) with 1 egg yolk until well blended, then apply evenly over damp hair from roots to ends–don’t rinse!
- I personally love the Hydr-8 Deep Moisture Repair Mask from Vegamour. I put it on while in the shower, right after shampooing. By the time I’m done washing and shaving, I rinse. The results are super soft and smooth waves for me!
How to Protect Your Hair from Dehydration
In order to protect your hair from dehydration, there are a few things that you can do. The first is using a heat protectant before applying any hot tools. This will help prevent damage and breakage by keeping the moisture in your hair during styling. Another way to avoid damage is by avoiding hot tools altogether if possible! If this isn’t an option for you, try using natural oils like coconut oil or olive oil on damp strands before blow drying them instead of using a round brush (which tends to pull out more strands).
The Best Products for Hydrating Your Hair
You can use shampoos, conditioners and leave-in conditioners to hydrate your hair. Shampoos remove dirt and excess oil from the scalp while conditioning agents help prevent damage to the hair shafts. Leave-in conditioners are used after washing your hair to lock in moisture as well as provide protection against heat styling tools like blow dryers and curling irons. Hair masks are used once a week or more often depending on how dry your locks are; they usually contain ingredients like coconut milk or olive oil that work deep into each strand of hair for maximum hydration benefits. Finally, oils like argan oil contain fatty acids that penetrate through layers of cuticle cells so they can moisturize even the driest areas beneath the surface (like split ends)
DIY Hair Hydration Treatments
- Avocado and honey mask: The combination of these two ingredients is an excellent way to hydrate your hair. Avocado contains vitamin E, which helps repair damaged hair and prevent breakage. Honey is also a great moisturizer that can soften the skin on your scalp while strengthening strands from within.
- Banana and olive oil mask: If you’re looking for something more natural than avocado, this treatment may be right up your alley! Bananas contain vitamins A, B6 and C (all good for maintaining healthy hair), along with potassium–an essential mineral that helps regulate water balance in cells throughout your body–and biotin (vitamin H), which promotes healthy cell growth overall. Olive oil has similar benefits as coconut oil but tends not to weigh down curls quite as much when applied directly onto them; it also helps lock in moisture so that it doesn’t evaporate immediately after application like other oils might do over time due to their lighter consistency compared with buttery substances like butter itself would provide upon being spread across dry locks before baking under hot lamps until golden brown perfection emerges from beneath those heat lamps’ glare.