1. Rinse and Conditioner Wash
Dark-colored hair does better if not shampooed daily. However, if you work out regularly or swim throughout the summer, you need to rinse off perspiration, saltwater or chlorine. After every dip in a pool or every physically demanding workout, rinse your hair thoroughly and follow by using a conditioner. Conditioner washes are good between shampoos for keeping your own scalp and hair thoroughly clean without over-drying with excessive sudsing.
2. Protect Your Hair at Night
Along with wearing protective styles throughout the day, it’s important to protect the hair at night while you sleep. Satin caps and silk or satin pillowcases are much gentler to your hair than cotton pillowcases or scarves. Your hair glides against silky fabrics, while clinging to organic cotton. Plus, cotton sucks moisture from your hair, leading once again to, you guessed it, dryness.
3. Wear Protective Styles
Whenever you wear your hair out and it rubs against cotton clothes, wool hats and wool sweaters, your ends take the beating. Because dry ends frequently split and break, you’ll experience hair loss. Wear protective styles such as braids, cornrows, buns, topknots, flat twists, two-strand twists, chignons and French rolls to keep your ends protected and less vulnerable to dryness and breakage.
4. Leave the Color Alone
While hair color agrees with many women, sometimes it can dry the hair out, especially if you’re applying bleaches to lighten the hair. Put color on top of relaxers and dry hair will be the result. Either stick to rinses, which are gentler, or avoid color altogether until the hair is healthier. And when you do get back to color, stick to shades that don’t vary a whole lot from your natural hair color.
5. Cut Back on Heat Styling
Blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons and very hot combs can all lead to dryness. Too much heat can be damaging, so if you use these tools daily or just about every day, cut back to a maximum of once a week. Experiment with wet sets, wraps and air drying instead. If you can cut out all heat hair styling, your hair will recover much faster. Plus, you’ll explore gentler options in styling that you might not have tried in the past.
6. Condition, Condition, Condition
It is extremely hard to over-condition dark-colored hair, especially if you wear yours natural. Regular deep conditioning can easily restore the moisture levels you desperately need. For excessively dry locks, deep condition once or twice weekly. You don’t need a hood dryer with this. You can slather on a good deep conditioner, cover it with any plastic cap and relax around the house for about two hours. Wrap it in a towel for additional warmth to soften it.