When making the transition to natural, you may have notice that your hair feels like steel wool or your hair feels a bit rough. The ultimate goal for natural hair is to have soft, pliable strands that make it easier to style and handle on a daily basis.

If your natural hair isn’t soft as you would like it to be, here are a few reasons why your curls may feel hard:

You’re Not Moisturizing Correctly

Since coarse hair tends to be dry, it’s important to make sure your hair is moisturized. The best way to add moisture to your hair is using a spray bottle to spritz water into your curls.

Do not make the mistake of sealing products with moisturizing products. Moisturizing product is simply water or a product with water as the base ingredient. Sealing product is oil such as coconut oil. Putting a sealing product on an un-moisturized strand equals more dryness. You never want the strands to be dry on the inside and coated with a product on the outside.

Remember to always seal your ends.

Products Are Just Building Up

Some of us only use two products to keep our hair healthy. Some of us use a grocery list of products to maintain our curls. No matter how much products you use, you want to avoid having product buildup.

It is very easy to pile product on and on. When you go overboard, you can create a dirty, itchy scalp that is greasy, waxy, and heavy.

To remove product buildup, you can use clarifying rinses with apple cider vinegar, organic hair wash, or mud washes.

A Product Becomes Harmful, Not Helpful

Take a closer look at all the products you use. You want to be cautious of shampoos containing sulfate and products containing baking soda.

If you wash your hair and it feels extremely clean, it may be a sign that you have stripped your cuticles of natural oils. This can lead to breakage as well as more dryness. If your products are too harsh, do not use them. To restore your hair’s moisture, you should thoroughly condition your curls after washing it.

Your Hair Is Saying No to Moisture

When your hair can’t retain moisture, you may need a protein treatment or stay away from products that are too high in alkalinity like sulfate shampoos and baking soda. You can use porosity controller products as well.

- Paulette Wilson

  • df

    i apologize for my tone in my previous comment. another comment below made me remember that everyone’s hair is different in terms of what feels like dry hair. At the end of the day though, everyone no matter the texture will encounter starved for moisture hair and it might sometimes feel really harsh. I don’t think it’s possible no matter how loosely curled or tightly kinked a head of hair is that if it was HEALTHY would feel like steel wool. That’s why you sometimes hear ignorant people surprisingly comment “wow your hair feels so soft” because they expect our hair to feel dry.

    I really do think that healthy natural hair will never ever feel as abrasive as steel wool so I think that’s why the OP used it. If it’s possible, then I eagerly stand corrected. I love learning about natural hair :)

  • mamareese

    Actually got the book a month ago from a buddy. Been great with helping me keep my daughter’s natural twist on point.

  • LNAH

    I wish I’d seen this conversation earlier. You all are really helping me out. I have been natural for about a year now and still in transition (I took the slow cut route). I don’t know what to do with my hair. My hair is still pretty straight in the top but very natural in the back. Any suggestions? ALso, I would like to try the shea butter mix. How do you do that? I mean do you put it on your while wet? Please help I have two very young daughters who will also benefit from this info. Also, any suggestions with how to deal with EXTREMELY tenderheaded, very thick haired girls. I’m tired of the two day hair sessions.

  • http://twitter.com/courtneywright1 Courtney Wright (@courtneywright1)

    Oh my hair is the exact same way! I also like mango and cupuacu butter. My hair has low porosity…can’t stand protein either (except in styers…not too bad, so it’s difficult finding products that work

  • CoCo

    I appreciate this. Thank you! I think I may be on my way to figuring out why my TWA is so dang dry.

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