We hear so much about hydrating our hair. But what is the difference between hydrating the hair and moisturizing hair? Because there is a difference! You can tell when hair is dehydrated because then it’s porous: it puffs up in humid weather, gets frizzy and looks dull.
Hydrating the hair is the process of using humectants, proteins, amino acids, and critical vitamins that penetrate the hair fiber, infusing and improving the absorption of water and nutrients so that the hair holds and retains moisture.
On the other hand, moisturizing the hair is the process of using butters and oils to coat the outer surface of the hair fiber, sealing, and locking down the hair shaft so moisture cannot get in or out of the fiber.
So, what does this mean for your current hair regimen?
If your hair always feels dry, brittle, or rough, and your products aren’t working, the problem may be hydration levels in your hair. Here’s how you can tell if hydration is your problem and some tips to get your hair back to feeling soft and shiny.
Does your hair feel dry even after you shampoo and condition?
This is one of the easiest signs that your hair may be lacking hydration. When hair is extremely dry and dehydrated, it will have a difficult time absorbing water during a normal shampoo and condition process. After washing your hair, use Restore Leave-In Conditioner which will replenish moisture without weighing the hair down and will hydrate dry hair.
Is your hair able to retain moisture with products?
When it comes to hydrating and moisturizing natural hair, aside from water, we look towards moisturizers to help us reach maximum hydration levels. Really great moisturizers that are full of nourishing ingredients like Super Moisture Masque quench moisture-starved hair and infuses the hair with natural oils, minerals, and vitamins. It provides nourishing moisture replenishment to restore dry, dull, brittle hair to its soft, silky condition.
For an intensive hydrating treatment, apply a generous amount of REJUVENIQE® to damp hair and scalp for 30 minutes and then rinse thorough, shampoo and condition. This multipurpose oil strengthens hair*, improves shine**, and reduces frizz.
Do your ends need some TLC?
Take some time to focus on the mid-shaft and ends of your hair. Apply REJUVABEADS® to mend broken ends by sealing them together like glue. It also targets damaged areas along the hair shaft. REJUVABEADS® does this through proprietary nano-encapsulation of MONAT’s exclusive REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive in microscopic particles (1/100th the width of a human hair) that penetrate the hair’s damaged shaft and ends and provide healing for stronger, healthier, and more resilient hair.
*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.