7 Tips for Moisturizing Curly Hair

Curly hair seems to always be begging for moisture throughout the year. The products and ingredients that are applied to the hair make a direct impact on how the hair looks and its hydration.

These are some simple tips to keeping your curls soft, bouncy and moisturized:

Test your hair porosity

Hair porosity refers the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Porosity can fall anywhere on the spectrum of low, medium and high. Finding out your porosity is a very important step into figuring out exactly how to work with your hair to achieve maximum hydration.
Low porosity means that your cuticles are a tightly bound/closed and resistant to receiving water and moisture. Low porosity hair requires moisturizers rich and humectant products, oils and butters. Choosing a lighter, water-based product that won’t just sit on your hair’s outer layer leaving it feeling greasy.
Medium porosity hair is the easiest to maintain, hold styles, and chemically processed. The cuticles are looser which allow moisture in without letting too much out.
High porosity is either from genetics or as a result of damage. This type has gaps and holes in the cuticle which allows too much moisture in and too much to get out. This causes the hair to be frizzier and more prone to tangles. It’s a very difficult hair to maintain. The goal of high humidity hair care is to seal your cuticles. Layering products is your best bet!


It may seem useless, but prepooing the hair can help maintain moisture in the hair. The shampoo strips the hair of build-up, gunk, dirt and oils, but the prepooing stops the harsh chemicals from stripping away the natural oils which would leave the hair dry.

Shampoo the scalp and hair

Shampooing is not only important in maintaining healthy hair, but a health scalp. Clean hair is more effective at holding moisture. If a sulfate shampoo is too harsh for you, then opt for a cleansing shampoo.

The LOC method

The LOC method (Liquid, Oil, and Cream) sealing in moisture for your curly hair. It’s a simple method that works wonders! A water-based liquid helps to moisturize the hair, the oil holds the moisture in, and the cream is another layer to lock all that moisture in. If creams are too heavy for your hair then opt for another oil. Using a moisturizing oil then a sealant oil also works.


The hot steam raises the cuticle so that moisture can easily absorbed into the hair shaft. Those with lower porosity can really benefit from steam!

Sealing with cold water

Cold water seals the hair cuticles which reduces frizz and improves shine. After a wash, doing the final rinse with cold water can change the way the hair holds onto moisture.

Use a water-based moisturizer

Water is moisture, you can’t moisturize your hair without it. If the product does not contain water as it’s key ingredients, it’s not going to do the job.

What are your tricks for moisturized curls?

Published by Saphie Renee

I’m Saphie Reneé, an American living in the Netherlands.

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