Do's and Don'ts of Moisturizing Your Hair

Whether your hair is long or short, straight or curly, we all have one thing in common: we need to moisturize. When someone says the word moisturize, most of us think of skin, but the reality is that our hair needs it too. 

Between extreme climate conditions and abrasive styling treatments, our lovely locks are screaming for a little down time to rejuvenate, re-energize, and rebuild. With that being said, let's explore some of the most important do's and don'ts of moisturizing our hair. 


1. Over-wash your hair. 

Most of us grew up learning to wash our hair every day, but the truth is it just isn't necessary. Too much washing can leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. If you are using a heavy or homemade moisturizer, don't leave it in overnight. Your hair will reap all of the vital benefits in thirty to forty-five minutes and anything longer just equates to a bad night's sleep and messy pillow cases. 

2. Use ammonia hair dye. 

If you color your hair, reach for the box without ammonia. Our hair suffers enough between abrasive styling products, UV rays, and chlorinated water. 

3. Style hair without heat protection

If you style your hair with heat often, you'll want to opt for a heat protectant – it will help maintain moisture and prevent breakage. 

Goldwell Stylesign Straight Hot Form 3 Heat Styling Lotion
Goldwell Stylesign Straight Hot Form 3 Heat Styling Lotion

4. Don't be afraid to put your hair up

Wear a hat or just put your hair up every once in a while. Just like anything else, your hair will often benefit from a day off! Whatever you do, just don't ignore your lovely locks.


1. Consider natural moisturizers

Not only are natural moisturizers economical, most are non-abrasive and they will add volume in addition to reducing frizz. Natural products are readily available and easily adaptable to your hair type. Even when using market products, make sure to choose the right one for your hair type. 

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose® Conditioner
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose® Conditioner

2. Drink more water 

You'll also want to make sure to drink plenty of water. Drinking enough water will give your hair that high gloss and lustrous shine. 

3. Increase vitamin intake

Do contemplate taking some vitamin supplements. Adding B vitamins, folic acid, and magnesium to your diet will help keep your hair at its best. 

4. Make use of natural oils 

Styling oils, such as Argan, can also do wonders for your moisturizing routine. Just be sure to use it on damp hair after your normal wash. You might even consider adding a little to your regular conditioner for super results even on wash days. 

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment for Hair - Light
Moroccanoil Oil Treatment for Hair - Light

The above are the basics for moisturizing your hair. Of course, there are always the obvious. For example, try to use a wide-toothed comb to keep breakage to a minimum. 

Also, make sure your brush stays clean, as the build-up of hair, grease, and products will weigh your strands down and make it hard for any moisturizers to be effective. With a little purposeful consideration, your lovely locks will love you back in no time!

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