“The crown and top of my head my hair is curly and it keeps moisture well on the other hand the sides and the back is really kinky. It’s so dry in those areas. What can I do to help keep the moisture and shine? I know it wont be a curly as the top but I would like for it to look as healthy.”
There is often a learning curve with handling more than one texture of natural hair and learning how to keep them both equally moisturized. First, you should be sure you understand how moisturize natural hair, so be sure to read: How Do You Moisturize Naturally Curly And Very Dry Hair? The most important part to learning how to keep moisture in two textures of natural hair is first understanding moisture and how to properly moisturize natural hair.
As for your hair care routine, let’s say you wash and condition your hair and then finish with a light leave-in. You still may find that one texture or section of your natural hair is fine after this step but soon after, the other/opposite section is dry as a bone. That’s a sign that your moisture steps are not working for that section. To address this effectively, ask yourself: “Should I be adding a heavier leave-in to my other textures?” or “Do I need to seal with oil?” Simply, just playing around with the textures of hair that are not responding to the way you treat your overall head is the answer to multi texture moisture woes. You may even find that by finding the correct product that works on your kinkier texture works for your entire head–which is the case for most people, we’d argue.
You may not find success overnight because you will have to tweak as you go along, but you will find that if you stick to a moisture plan to address your issues, you’ll get to where you want to be with your natural hair.
As for shine, kinkier textures of hair traditionally does not have shine – and that’s because of how the hair strand is curled and kinked in structure. Kinkier hair often has sheen but not much shine on average. However, once you get your hair properly moisturized, you will see a difference in the sheen of your hair and how it reflects light because dull, dry hair does not. By sealing your hair with olive oil, you can get that shine you want and add a healthy product to it all at the same time.