Remove Shed Hair
Allowing shed hair to remain trapped in your new growth is an unnecessary road block to hydration. Think of it this way, removing shed hair creates an open path for moisturizer to travel to the right spots to penetrate down to your dry new growth.
Moisturize Hair with Spray Moisturizer
I love creamy moisturizers but a spray moisturizer is an excellent option when targeting dry new growth. A spray moisturizer provides you with the control needed to effectively hydrate trouble areas. Deliberately spraying your hair with water (or hydrating product of choice) is the quickest way to moisturize new growth and restore moisture to your hair.
Deliberately Apply Product
Say goodbye to applying moisturizer to your hair without strategy! When you lack strategy, you often will overlook the inner layers of hair. You then end up with a moisturized outer (top) layer and a dry inner layer with extremely dry new growth.
Applying product in a deliberate fashion will help you target your dry new growth. A great application method to use is the relaxer method. This simply means to apply your moisturizer in the manner a relaxer would be applied to new growth during a relaxer touch up –> part the hair, apply product, part the hair, apply product. You continue this process until every inch of your new growth is covered.
Work in Sections
Tackling your entire head at once can be a bit overwhelming and increases the opportunity for uneven product distribution. Working in sections makes navigating through thick new growth easier. It also ensures product distribution is maximized and reach all problem areas.
Ok sure, your hair may not love cowashing as a regular practice but you cannot knock the technique entirely. It provides amazing hydration when dealing with dry new growth. Check out Jay’s Faves for product ideas!
Avoid Sulfate Shampoo
I prefer sulfate shampoo to remove product from my hair so that my hair is capable of accepting the moisture I provide it on wash day. However, shampoo can be drying so you should opt for sulfate free shampoo until moisture is properly restored to your hair. Again, check out Jay’s Faves for product ideas!
Clarify & Chelate
Perhaps you have been avoiding sulfate shampoo but you’re still battling dry new growth and dry hair in general. You then should clarify and chelate your hair. Clarify means to remove product buildup and chelate means to remove hard water buildup and minerals from your hair. I love Redken Cleansing Cream as it does both, clarify and chelate! Buildup prevents your hair from accepting moisture so you will find yourself dealing with chronic dry hair. I recommend clarifying and chelating at least once monthly (or sooner if you use a lot of product).
Baggy / Greenhouse Method
To baggy or to use the green house method simply means to place a plastic processing cap on your hair and wait for the presence of moisture to build. The heat from your body will produce condensation / moisture on the inside of the plastic processing cap just like a greenhouse would within 30 minutes to an hour.
Once upon a time, I would baggy overnight but I no longer do so because it’s not healthy leaving the hair wet for extended periods due to the potential for hygral fatigue. However, 1 to 2 hours is sufficient to generate moisture. If you find that your hair is barely damp after 1 to 2 hours, consider clarifying and chelating as you’re likely suffering from product builup.
The baggy method / greenhouse method is a great moisture boost and can be done with or without product. Applying moisturizer to your hair before utilizing this method will magnify the moisture to the hair. In essence, this is a form of steaming your hair with your own body heat.
Sometimes our hair just needs a good deep conditioning session when we are suffering from dry hair. Using a hair steamer on wash day is a great way to moisturize new growth and restore moisture. When steaming your hair, moist heat provides an added level of moisture to the hair. No hair steamer? No fret, check out my article, How to Steam Hair Without a Steamer!
Simple Technique to Moisturize New Growth
Don’t have time to do the relaxer method? Then try Moisturizing with an Applicator Tip Bottle to distribute product to your dry new growth. It’s simple, quick and highly effective.
Perhaps your hair does better with product layering? Try using the LOC method which stands for liquid, oil and cream. This technique calls for layering on liquid, oil and a creamy product in that order. The layering effect ensures product is deeply penetrated and sealed into the strands for lasting hydration. Think of it as creating a thicker barrier against the hydration evaporating into the environment.