There are many ways to condition locks that don’t involve commercial cream conditioner, so you have other options if you’re scared to use it. Soft, moisturized hair is hair that is hydrated — and water is the only thing that can do that. (Contrary to popular belief, oil does not hydrate hair on its own.) So the key to conditioning your hair is finding ways to attract moisture to your hair strands and encourage it to stay in the cortex.
With that in mind, here are some tips!
- Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. Really.
- Use a diluted conditioner with a fatty alcohol as the second-listed ingredient. Dilute with either water or vinegar.
- Use humectants such as glycerin and aloe to draw moisture to your hair and scalp
- Avoid sulfate shampoos, because they dry out the hair and scalp
- Co-wash in between shampoo days with aloe or coconut milk to “refresh” your hair without stripping it
- Use a pH-balanced shampoo, or balance the pH of your shampoo by adding vinegar to it
- Seal in moisture after washes with a sealant oil such as jojoba or argan
- Do pre-poo treatments with hot penetrating oils before washing
- Do not sleep on cotton pillows. Buy a satin pillowcase or wrap your hair in a satin head wrap/sleep cap..
- Cover your hair in harsh, dry weather
- Use distilled water to spritz or steam your hair and scalp on days between washes. For dry scalp, adding some aloe or oil to the spritz will help.
- Avoid baking soda because it damages the cuticles of hair and encourages hygral fatigue, even when followed by ACV. Baking soda is alkaline to the scalp and contributes to dryness and irritation as well.
- Use hydrolyzed protein treatments to repair cuticles of hair (retains moisture)
- Sleep with a humidifier nearby if you live in a dry climate