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Hair dryness is problematic for curly girls. We strive for that perfect place between protein and moisture for healthy hair and while many of us worry about all of our hair, some have only partial issues. Yes, some of us have different problem areas on our head. I know I do. My back on the right is more prone to tangles no matter what I use or do, it will tangle up like a demon. With different textures on one head, some curly girls find issues that may not mirror the norm like Jvvmp who inquired about hair dryness in our Curly Q&A.


The back part of my hair is always dry no matter what I do. What can I do to fix it? The back is dry, frizzy, and undefined.


Sometimes we have to cater our products, techniques, and regimen to the problem directly. That just means you may have to alter what you use and do to the back of your hair in regards to the front. You are far from alone on having to do this. Dryness is nothing new to curlies so we just need to work at the problem in a concentrated way.

Use products needed for dryness exclusively for your problem area

Dry hair needs deep conditioning and moisturizing to impart moisture. While this needs to be done on all of your hair, make sure to add more in the back. I have to be heavy-handed with my tangle-prone section and make sure to never forget, as my hair will reward me with more tangles if I slack. When sealing, you may need to apply an oil or butter in sections to ensure even distribution.

Lay off the heat

Not sure if you are using heat styling tools, but direct heat can be drying, so steer clear of heat styling tools maintain better moisture. Using a hooded dryer while deep conditioning is a great way to make the conditioner work better, but flat ironing or blow-drying may need to be used less often to keep the dryness at bay.

Moisturizing hair masks

You can either find a DIY recipe like below or try a great hair masks like Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask or SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque.

Banana + Honey + Almond Oil Dry Hair Mask

  • ½ ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Few drops of almond oil

Blend the banana, sift the chunks with a rice strainer, and mix the other ingredients together. Place in hair and leave on for 20 min. before rinsing well. Since you are experiencing dryness in the back of your hair, you can concentrate this on the problem area.

Different products for different sections

One of the best ways to get more moisture to your hair is to use specific moisturizing products on that section of hair. No one says you have to use all the same product on all sections of your hair. You may need a heavier moisturizer, oil, or butter in the back of your hair. Tailor your regimen to your hair’s needs.

Check how you are sleeping

Making sure you are sleeping on satin pillowcase or wearing a satin bonnet or scarf to prevent your cotton bedding (if you sleep on cotton”> from absorbing moisture and oils from your hair.

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Sabrina Perkins

Sabrina, founder of and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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