3. Baggy your ends

Do what to my ends?! Baggy them which is done by moisturizing the ends of your hair and then covering them with a plastic cap or bag for several hours. I do this a few nights a week and wake up with moisturized and soft ends. You can see how I do this by watching the video below.

4. Deep condition regularly

Do I need to say more? Pretty much every hair issue can be helped by deep conditioning, as long as the right deep conditioner is used. I’ve been focusing on moisturizing deep conditioners when washing my hair each week. Occasionally I’ll rotate in a protein-based deep conditioner to keep the moisture and protein balanced in my hair.

If you’d like to see more about deep conditioning you can check out these videos and blog posts

5. Give your hair a good steam

Hair steaming is great for dry hair. Especially when paired with a moisturizing deep conditioner as the moist heat helps to lift the hair cuticles allowing the conditioner to really penetrate your strands. This can help with moisture retention.

To steam your hair you can use a steamer like this one or follow the steps in this article by Little DIY to DIY it. 

6. Stop using direct heat

Direct heat dries out things including our hair so it just makes sense to use less direct heat or none at all if we have hair that tends to be dry. I used to blow dry my hair once a week but realized that wasn’t doing much to help my hair. So I switched over to roller setting and sitting under my hooded dryer which uses indirect heat. I’ve noticed a big difference since I started doing that. 

7. Avoid too much protein

While our relaxed hair needs protein we have to be careful to not give it too much which is called protein overload. When our hair has too much protein the protein can keep moisture from getting to our hair strands leaving them feeling dry and brittle. 

If you find or think that you have protein overload check out this video where I share my protein overload experience and how I overcame it. 

8. Redo your hair regimen

Sometimes the reason for having dry is not using the right products for our hair type or needs so we need to redo parts or all of our relaxed hair regimen.

The best place to start is to understand your hair porosity and density. Knowing these two things combined with the issue of dry hair can help direct you to the types of products that would work best for your hair. 

You can find out more about building or rebuilding a relaxed hair regimen in this blog post.

9. Check your water

If you have hard water it could be a reason for your dry hair. Hard water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that can build up on the hair and keep moisture from getting in. 

Some ways to deal with hard water are

10. Reduce exposure to the elements

When possible reduce exposing your hair to things like the sun, cold, and wind as much as possible as all of those things can remove moisture from your hair leaving it dry. 

Some things you can do to protect your hair when you’re outside are

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