How to Care for Natural Hair in a Dry Climate October 13 2018
If you live in the desert, you might be totally confused about how to care for natural hair in a dry climate. All hair behaves differently depending on the weather.
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Listening to YouTube vloggers can easily steer you in the wrong direction, since their advice tends to be for their own hair. It’s not enough to follow your curl twin when you’re trying to create a good regimen.
And sometimes, it’s not about your hair at all. Rather, it’s about the climate in which you live. Humidity can make a huge difference in your routine.
Even if you’re only vacationing (and not permanently living) in a dry climate, you’re going to want to know how your hair will react to the weather.
Check Out the Humidity Percentage
First thing’s first. You need to know exactly how dry your city is before you start following any of the advice in this post. If you’re unsure whether your city is dry, just have a look at the weather report.
Humidity is defined by how much moisture there is in the air. Every day, your city’s humidity level changes, and it gets listed alongside the temperature, usually in smaller writing.
Most of us are in the habit of looking at the temperature when we check the weather report. Hot and cold does make a difference, but the humidity level plays a huge role in how dry your hair is going to react on any given day.
Water constitutes a major part of your body and hair. The average human body contains about 60% water and a hair strand contains 10 to 13%.
When the air around you are dryer than you are, you’ll start to feel your skin and hair becoming dryer and more brittle. The air is looking to your body and hair to feed it moisture.
If you live in a city that gets down below 40% humidity, your hair and skin are bound to be affected. You’ll need to drink more water and apply more of it to your skin and hair to beat the dryness.
How to Moisturize Hair in a Dry Climate
So, you’ve just found out you live in a very dry climate and your hair is so brittle that your ends are starting to break.
How do you keep your hair hydrated and moisturized? Here’s a list of helpful things to do if you’re in a dry climate, where the humidity level often dips below 40%:
Hydrate Your Hair More. You’ll need to add water to your hair much more often than other naturals do. Women who say they only wash their hair once every couple of weeks probably do not live in a dry climate like you do, so you should not follow their advice.
You need more water in your routine. You don’t always need to use shampoo; your hair isn’t necessarily dirty. It’s just dry.
Try adding cowashing and rice water rinses to your regimen between washes so that you’re getting your hair completely saturated in the shower more than once per week.
Skip excessive oils. Moisture comes from water, not oils. When you live in a dry environment, you need all the water you can get. Think about this: When you’re stranded in the middle of a desert, you’re reaching for the water, not the bottle of olive oil, right?
It’s true that oils will help to seal moisture in, but that method only works if you have a lot of water in your atmosphere and you don’t need to constantly re-hydrate your hair.
Once you have to add water to your hair several times per week (and you do if you reside in a dry climate), you won’t want anything blocking your way and limiting the water’s chance of reaching the hair shaft.
Drink More Water. Drinking enough water is a good way to create healthier and more lustrous hair. Your body produces better hair when it’s hydrated. Most experts recommend drinking about 8 cups of water per day.
However, 8 cups may not be enough if you live in a climate where the atmosphere is constantly leaching water from your body. If you’re struggling with dry hair, you’ll want to up your water intake.
Use a Water Spray Bottle. Spray your hair with water every day. This may seem obvious but keeping a spray bottle on hand in your bathroom is a good way to make sure your hair doesn’t get parched between wash days.
A spray bottle is not as hydrating as letting the water completely saturate your head in the shower, but it will help. You can also add a couple tablespoons of conditioner to your spray bottle to make a detangler.
What About Using Glycerin on Natural Hair in a Dry Climate?
You’ll probably have a question or two about glycerin if you’re in a dry climate. Glycerin is a known humectant that can draw water from the air and into your hair.
But, if your city’s air has little humidity, then the opposite holds true. Glycerin will take the water from your hair and distribute it into the air.
Glycerin can work with climates that are not too dry or too humid. This is why glycerin works great for some people and is horrific for others.
Being in a dry climate, you probably won’t have much use for an entire bottle of glycerin. However, if you notice that glycerin is listed as an ingredient in one of your favorite products, don’t fret.
You just need to make sure you use that product along with a shower. The shower is very humid, and the glycerin can help draw water from the shower in through the cuticle.
However, you’ll want to avoid using glycerin if you live in a dry climate and you’re not planning on getting in the shower. Look for styling products that don’t contain glycerin.
As a side note, glycerin should always be mixed with water even if you live in a humid climate.
Dry climates don’t have to be a bad thing if you have natural hair. After all, you’ll probably enjoy being able to hold your natural hair styles better since there’s no humidity in the air.
However, make sure you add lots of water to your routine daily and follow the above tips to keep your curls soft and luscious.
Now, it’s your turn to discuss. How do you care for your natural hair in a dry climate?