Is water needed every day for natural hair?

I hope this isn't a dumb question, but is it necessary to put water on my hair every day? I have a dry twa. I'm either protein sensitive or have too much protein in my hair. I have been moisturizing and baggying for the past couple of days with a spritz of water, conditioner, and olive oil. I just got some shea butter. If I make a shea butter moisturizer would I still need to put water on my hair every day? I know water is good for natural hair. Since it's cold, I was just wondering. I went out today with a bag on my head. That's how much moisture I need.
Well, you need a moisturizer that does contain water in it to optimally moisturize your hair. The water has to be high up on the ingredient list though (within the first 5 ingredients). It doesn't have to be plain water. An example is SheaMoisture Moisture Mist.

Your spritz of water, conditioner and olive oil should be enough to moisturize your hair every day but the ingredients of the individual products may be acting up on your hair. Exactly which products are you using in your spritz?
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I wouldn't say it's necessary, but water is one of the best moisturizers for our hair. And I agree with LadyV69 that water should be on the top 5 ingredients in your moisturizer. And yeah definitely check the ingredients in your conditioner, they could be the ones leaving your hair dry.

Last edited by Mz.Preciosa; 01-11-2011 at 10:40 AM.
Thanks for responding back to me. The spritz I use is consist of plain tap water, regular olive oil, and suave conditioner. The ingredients of the one I use are:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Centrimonium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Distearyldimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, 2 Bromo 2 Nitropropane 1, 3 Diol, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Apple (Pyrus Malus) Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycerin, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue 1

I use to use giovanni direct leave in. I shampoo a lot because of my itchy scalp. That has stopped now since I started co washing and baggying.

Last edited by Curly80; 01-10-2011 at 12:01 PM.
I'm wary about the glycerin mostly, as a lot of naturals will say that they avoid glycerin, especially in the winter. As a humectant, it sucks moisture from the air and attracts the moisture to the hair. However, if the air is dry, people do say the glycerin can end up sucking the moisture out of your hair. Maybe that is what's going on with you?

Also, the propylene glycol and those long ones starting with methyl ... could be causes also, as I have heard some negative things about propylene glycol and ingredients with very long chemical names. I know that Suave conditioner works fine on some people, but not everyone's hair will put up with it.
I just started using suave. I was using VO5 moisture milk. I don't know if the dryness came from shampooing every day or the giovanni leave in, V05, or what. I'm thinking that I put too much protein in my hair.
The dryness could possibly be from shampooing too often as well. Where is the protein you are putting in your hair coming from? Protein treatments?
Conditioners, such as V05 moisture milk, ORS replenishing pak, direct leave in (giovanni).
Oh okayy. So maybe try avoiding those products for a while and see how it goes on your hair
Thanks for responding back to me. The spritz I use is consist of plain tap water, regular olive oil, and suave conditioner. The ingredients of the one I use are:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Centrimonium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Distearyldimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, 2 Bromo 2 Nitropropane 1, 3 Diol, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Apple (Pyrus Malus) Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycerin, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue 1

I use to use giovanni direct leave in. I shampoo a lot because of my itchy scalp. That has stopped now since I started co washing and baggying.
Originally Posted by Curly80
You can check to see if there's hard water in your area. Since you're using tap water.
Thanks for responding back to me. The spritz I use is consist of plain tap water, regular olive oil, and suave conditioner. The ingredients of the one I use are:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Centrimonium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Distearyldimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, 2 Bromo 2 Nitropropane 1, 3 Diol, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Apple (Pyrus Malus) Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycerin, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue 1

I use to use giovanni direct leave in. I shampoo a lot because of my itchy scalp. That has stopped now since I started co washing and baggying.
Originally Posted by Curly80
You can check to see if there's hard water in your area. Since you're using tap water.
Originally Posted by lovenadia
Oh, okay.
You might need something a little more moisturizing than suave. I know that if I had a mixture of water, suave and olive oil, my hair would be dry and crunchy. For me, water spritzes don't work since once my hair is wet, it won't absorb anything. I usually apply a penny-size (or more, if needed) amount of leave in/conditioner/moisturizer to my dry or slightly damp hair. It's a lot easier for my hair to suck in the product if it's at least 80% dry.

So, in short, no- I don't think it's necessary to wet your hair every single day. However, you do need products with water already in them (although they don't have to be spritzes).
@Indeed I'm going to use some shea butter. I'll use that to seal. I looked on YT and I can use a little water and use some shea butter to keep it soft. I haven't found a good leave in. Most had cones or too much protein.

@everyone Thanks!
My hair needs a wash or a spritz every day. I started using distilled water to make my spritz and I'm much happier with it.
You might need something a little more moisturizing than suave. I know that if I had a mixture of water, suave and olive oil, my hair would be dry and crunchy. For me, water spritzes don't work since once my hair is wet, it won't absorb anything. I usually apply a penny-size (or more, if needed) amount of leave in/conditioner/moisturizer to my dry or slightly damp hair. It's a lot easier for my hair to suck in the product if it's at least 80% dry.

So, in short, no- I don't think it's necessary to wet your hair every single day. However, you do need products with water already in them (although they don't have to be spritzes).
Originally Posted by Indeed
i have found this to be my experience too. i don't need to wet my hair everyday to maintain moisture, but it's about using teh right moisturizing products when i do wet my hair and then seal it in with an oil. but suave and olive oil would leave me with dry hair too.
Thanks ladies! I don't have a moisturizer right now, so I may have to use water as a moisturizer for now. I'll take your advice and at least dampen it, then seal.
Nope. There is no rule that says you must wet your hair everyday. With that said, moisturizing is a must. Many moisturize daily or every couple of days because they feel the need to. I'm probably one of the very few that moisturizes weekly and doesn't co-wash in between. With that said, I co-washed my hair every other day or so when I had a TWA to keep my fro in shape. Try different products and moisturization techniques and see what works for you.
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Last edited by Fronomenal; 01-10-2011 at 08:57 PM.
Nope. There is no rule that says you must wet your hair everyday. With that said, moisturizing is a must. Many moisturize daily or every couple of days because they feel the need to. I'm probably one of the very few that moisturizes weekly and doesn't co-wash in between. With that said, I co-washed my hair every other day or so when I had a TWA to keep my fro in shape. Try different products and moisturization techniques and see what works for you.
Originally Posted by Fronomenal
Thanks! I need to find a good moisturizer. I could make a shea butter moisturizer.
What moisturizing products have you tried so far, because everything that you have listed are conditioners...which can be used as moisturizers but typically are not enough moisture for most people.

Have you tried the Shea Moisture brand at target? This entire line is silicone, paraben, and mineral oil free, is inexpensive (all products are $10) and works well with most people. Some of the products do have proteins, but I know several protein sensitive people that use them with great success.

Also, the Target Curls line is silicone, paraben, mineral oil free as well. The prices range from $8-$12 for the various products. I've used a few of them and I like them. The Brulee is a good leave in ($9) and then you can top with the goddess gel (which is similar to KCCC to me). Target also sells Kinky-Curly products and most people RAVE about the knot today leave in.

Check your local Beauty supply stores. There are many that now carry various products and lots of the "black" hair companies are making more curlcentric products for reasonable prices.

Oh and to answer your original question, I only cowash 1-2x a week (usually 1x in the winter) and I don't "water" or wet my hair that much between those washings. I do lightly spritiz it at night every couple of days and apply more moisturizer and then seal with castor oil.
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I don't have a good moisturizer at the moment. I do have a few products on hand, but most of them have protein and I'm not sure if they are the cause of my dryness, such as giovanni direct leave in and a leave in that is all natural. The only thing that is stopping me from using that is that it contains wheat protein. It doesn't have any water. It just have aloe vera juice and a lot of essential oils.

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