What is the difference between moisturizing and hydrating natural hair?
Moisturizing and hydrating natural hair are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference:
Moisturizing focuses on adding and locking in moisture to the hair shaft, usually through the use of creams, butters, and oils.
Hydrating, on the other hand, emphasizes maintaining and replenishing the water content within the hair, often through the use of water-based products, leave-in conditioners, and hydrating treatments.
Basically, Hydration relates to the health of the inside of your hair strand, while moisture works to protect the outside.
In essence, moisturizing helps to seal and protect the hair, while hydrating helps to replenish and retain water inside the hair. Both are important for healthy, thriving natural hair.
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