Q: West, I love reading your posts and watching your videos! Your hair always looks so moisturized and bouncy. I’ve checked out your regimen and noticed, unlike me you don’t have to moisturize everyday. This Winter weather has made things even worse. I moisturize everyday because I don’t want to experience a set-back caused by breakage, but before the day ends my hair is a desert. What gives?! Any recommendations? -Kenya
A: Hi Kenya! Sounds like daily moisturizing alone, is not cutting it. Have no fear! Captain Save-A-Mane is here! #Corny lol. Anywho, now that there is a permanent chill in the air, I can admit that I experienced the same issue. Consider this, not only should you layer your clothing in the Winter, but your should also consider layering your products and protecting your hair as well.
Deep Condition The need to moisturize hair occurs well before adding your moisturizer/leave-in and styling. Deep conditioning is your first line of defense when building moisture in your strands.
Leave-in Conditioner Follow deep conditioning with a water-based leave-in moisturizer.
Oil Seal the moisture with an oil. I recommend almond oil for its moisture and cuticle smoothing properties. Smooth and flattened cuticles reduces the possibility of moisture escape.
Cream Preferably a creamy butter adds an additional layer of moisture sealant.
Protective Style Opt for buns! Twists or braids which are bunned are even better choice; they help to retain more moisture than loose hair. You can also prolong your wash day if need be by wearing a braid-out or twist-out later.