I've gotten a few questions about moisturizing the hair while it's straightened. Here's my take on it!
First of all, if you put any kind of moisture on your straightened hair (moisture meaning anything having to do with or containing water) your hair will certainly revert. This means, no contact with water, no humectants (products that help draw moisture into the hair. Glycerin and honey are examples) and no products that contains any water. So, how will the hair be moisturized?
The post I wrote up before I actually straightened my hair covered preparing your hair to be straightened. Check it out here. Preparing your hair to be straightened includes infusing as much moisture into your strands as possible, by conditioning, deep conditioning, and using a good moisturizer, before your hair meets the heat. Doing this will keep your hair as moisturized as possible while it's straightened, so that there won't be any need to moisturize it while it's straight and thus, no need to cause it to revert again before wash day.
In addition to moisturizing it well before straightening it, I've been reading that coconut oil is great to use on the hair while its straight. The claim is that coconut oil is thin enough to penetrate the strands of the hair like water can, thus moisturizing the hair just like water or a water-based product can. It's claimed to be the only, or one of the only oils that can penetrate the hair instead of just sitting on top of the hair and blocking out moisture. I decided to try using coconut oil on my straightened hair! I have Spectrum Naturals Organic Coconut Oil.
Without coconut oil
With coconut oil
Not only was the shine factor improved greatly, but my hair felt pretty good! To be honest, my straightened hair hadn't been feeling dry or like it needed to be moisturized at all since I straightened it, and I think I can safely say that all the conditioning and moisturizing I did the day before helped. But, my hair was definitely shinier and felt much smoother. I had applied the coconut oil to my ends, and then used the remainder of the oil on my hands on the rest of my hair. It looks and feels great!
As you can see, my hair, especially the ends, do not appear as straight as the first day. It is slightly reverted due to humidity. Wash day is coming up and I'm anxious to see how my natural curls held up in the heat!
Do you use coconut oil on straightened hair to moisturize it? How do your keep your straightened hair "moisturized?"