4 Super Moisturizers for Natural Hair

Here are 4 Super Moisturizers for Natural Hair that you should look for in or incorporate into your product stash.

Moisturizing Natural hair 2Moisturizers serve two primary purposes. 1.) add moisture 2.) prevent loss of moisture. In this article I will identify 4 of the best moisturizers to include into your hair regimen.

Water

Water is the ultimate moisturizer. Water equals moisture. To introduce or retain moisture, water must be present in your daily hair routine and diet. That’s right, moisturize your hair and body from the inside out by drinking water.  Also, using water-based products will combat frizzy dry hair.  Limit any hair care practices that deplete your hair of water such as excessive blow drying or coloring.

Humectants

Humectants naturally draw moisture from the environment into the hair. One of the most common is glycerin. Make sure your humectants are present in the first 5 ingredients of your hair products. You can purchase vegetable glycerin at most grocery and health food stores. Other humectants include honey and agave nectar.I add a 4:1 ratio of water to vegetable glycerin to my spray bottle for a daily hydrating mist. When using vegetable glycerin its important to use a sealant. I recommend a natural sealant like shea butter.  This will lock in moisture.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer and pH balancer for hair.  It doesn’t matter if you’re using the juice or the gel; the properties are the same. I like to mix aloe vera gel with my homemade flax seed gel or whipped shea butter.

Hair Penetrating Oils

Oils that penetrate the hair are the exception to the rule.

The opposite of penetrating oils are coating or sealing oils.  These oils are impermeable to hair and are not moisturizers.

And oil and water don’t mix but penetrating oils aid the hair by increasing its ability to absorb and retain water molecules.

These oils are coconut, olive and avocado oils. (Also read: Why These are the Best Oils For Natural Hair) I like to mix all three of these oils together and moisturize using the LOC method.

Read 5 Ways Coconut Oil Prevents Hair Damage

Hair penetrating oils help to keep the hair moisturized in a two-fold process. These oils absorb into the hair preventing the loss of proteins that bind water molecules. This binding increases the amount of water that remains in the hair.

They also minimizes damage from expanding and contracting of hair as water enters the hair shaft also known as hygral fatigue. As a result the hair remains healthier during the shampooing process. Healthy hair stays moisturized.
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  1. my 16 month daughter’s hair stays dry and frizzy…is there a product I can use on her hair that will actually work cause I’ve tried just for me and kidz organtic by afican’s best?

  2. HI,
    Just call me MINDURHAIR, Cause if u don’t Mind ur hair, It surly wont mine you.
    Just became enlighten to doing just what my hair told me to do. And I guess you say,,, how did your hair tell you.!!! Cause everything I used my hair, said (No) by it’s actions.
    So I stop the braids, the weaves, then Wigs… And I loved my wigs OH SO MUCH. However it was still breaking my hair out.
    Then I said ok, my wonderful glory of the most high; I Will now do it your way. Started using
    more natural products, created some of my own, and I am on this new journey of MIND_UR_HAIR.
    We all know how our hair acts when we have given our hair the wrong thing to drink. Just like your head and your stomach knows when you were not suppose to drink that drink you had the other nite.!!!
    And so does your hair, Ur hair knows. Just listen and it will tell you!
    Thanks from
    MIND_Ur_HAIR

    • Very true! I had been using many expensive natural products from online stores and incorporating some chemical filled drying products and they basically negated all the natural products so that nothing I used was working for my hair. When I finally simplified my routine for my sanity and budget, my hair thrived with the bare minimum of what she listed (water, humectant like honey, aloe vera and coconut oil). None of those four had worked before and always left my hair dry, so I always blamed the products and not the state of my routine or hair. It is wonderful to know that no matter how kinky or dry my hair is, the simplest things will maintain it, if I just give it a chance!

  3. I recommend the pro naturals hair repair mask, it’s the best moisturizer ever!

  4. When using honey instead of glycerin.. wht is the method or ratio…

  5. Do you have any information on macadamia nut oil? I have heard that it penetrates the hair shaft. My hair cannot stand coconut oil and I have mixed reviews with olive oil so I’m thinking about trying the mac nut oil.

    • Mix your coconut oil with olive oil it works wonders. I have come across any studies about macadamia nut oil but I will be on the look out.

      • Can’t do coconut oil or products with a substantial amount of coconut in them. Not only does it dry my hair out, it itches. Think I’m allergic as I have seasonal allergies really bad. I’ll be interested in seeing what you find out about the mac oil. I read some things on line and it sounds pretty good.

  6. NEWLYNatural says:

    I have been trying to make my own moisture mist but I want to know how to keep it if I put aloe vera juice in it. Should I store it in the frig??

    Thanx in advance! :)

  7. Which natural product would u recommend for me to use n twist my locks with when am retwisting the new growth

  8. I slighty understand how honey works but I can’t figure out how to infuse it into my routine. I really want to because I have so much of it. I would love an article on it and how to infuse it.

  9. praying woman says:

    for the sister who is having the problem with moisturizing her hair, just try Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner. that makes your hair feel wonderful! even tho it is not all natural, it will help relieve some stress and your hair will love you for it.

  10. Hey Tamara, I nominated your blog for a Super Sweet Blogging Award.

  11. I agree with water, of course, and I’ve had luck using argan oil as well. I like that a little goes a long way and it doesn’t have an overpowering smell.

  12. Do you have recommendations for product brands that include these ingredients?

  13. I loved this article! I did not know that agave nectar was also a humectant! Ya’ learn something new everyday. Thank you!

  14. Oh, forgot to mention that my ends are very puffy too.

    • First of all, you need to stop and relax!
      Being British, I will apologise ahead of time, in case I say something rude,but how much do you know about your hair? Because you sound like you have just copied out a text book! And then is surprised when nothing has worked!
      You have to work with the hair you have been blessed with and that means finding out its likes and dislikes and I know it sounds boring and it will take a little while, but you will be blessed in the end with Rapunzel like locks when you get it right.
      My hair is multi-typed. It doesn’t like coconut ( only in rice and peas) and is not to keen on Aloe Vera either! Do you know how long it took me to work that out? And because everybody was singing its praises, I just kept on going on and on( and considering I’m a Scientist, ahem).
      Your hair is affected mainly 2 ways, internally and externally.The external stuff, I will leave to the experts( see above) but internally you need to consider the following:
      Diet,chronic conditions such as diabetes,thryoid,long term medications, hormone problems, gynacological conditions which can lead to heavy bleeding and low iron levels.
      I have a history of endometriosis. I never understood why my hair never grew in the back. Well it did and then it would break. I had low levels of iron.So I take an iron supplement, and give the back of my hair some extra intensive care ( a light spray of water) and it is doing far better than ever.
      Your hair may need a simple regime. You may just need any old shampoo and no deep conditioning. Its rare but it happens. But it will be your regime, for your hair not mine.As you can see, mine is a little complicated and I’m still learning all the time.We all are.
      If I was in your shoes, I would take a break, put it in a protective style and leave it alone for a while and come back fresh when you are ready for the challenge.
      Sorry for the long reply, I hope it helps in some way.

      • No, you weren’t rude at all. I’ve been natural for about 9 years and 3 big chops later but this is the first year where I’m really interested in caring for my hair. So yes my experimenting has left me a bit aggravated at times, but I really love my hair!

        • Hi Tamara, I was recently told that I should not use glycerin in the winter time because it will damage my hair. Have you ever heard of this? Is there a time that I should avoid glycerin? Thanking you in advance for your response.

          • It won’t damage your hair but people think it could cause moisture to leave the hair in dry climates. But if you use a heavy oil or butter like jojoba oil or shea butter to seal in the moisture you don’t have to worry about it.

          • Just seeing this post. I live in Michigan and glycerin, castor oil and aloe vera are no-no’s. It does not matter how much oil or butter I put over it my hair still dries completely out and breaks. Struggled with that this fall all winter and almost until the end of Spring. In May I gave up and started using petroleum and lanolin based products – no more dryness and breaking.

          • I don’t know if that’s the answer. But it could hurt. It may not be the products that you’re using but how often you’re using them. Moisturizing more frequently (like twice a week opposed to once a week) can make a big difference. Also, a weekly deep conditioning will strengthen hair and help it stay moisturized longer.

  15. OK, so I’m having a major problem. My hair is so dry at least it feels that way. It seems like I’ve tried everything and it still feels dry. I clip /cut;use aloe Vera juice; sheabutter; acv rinse; and sealing . Nothing is helping! My hair is highly porous and even after spraying avj and glycerin throughout the day doesn’t seem to help.I keep my hair in a protected style(large twists pinned), my hair is still dry. I almost felt like crying today because I pre pooed with coconut oil , washed my hair with shampoo and avj; deep conditioned with ors deep condition packet and when my hair air dryed I attempted to detangle it because I can’t detangle when it is wet and it still was tangled. Sorry for the long post but I am hoping you can help me!

    • Genise Greene says:

      Have you tried washing your hair in twist then following up with Shea butter and Jamaica Black Castor oil. Washing in twist avoids detangling.

    • This is very familiar…I’ve had this problem. I went back to basics. I used a simple conditioner to cowash, a basic leave-in conditioner and a heavy oil. After I cowash I section while wet, detangle and coat with either Shea Butter or Royal Crown (yes I know everyone says don’t use “grease” but it works for me) and twist. If its shea butter I mist with diluted leave-in mixed with water and apply a little more shea butter in the evening and tie it up. I leave the twists in for 2 or three weeks and then repeat. This got my hair back on track and then I was able to introduce more of the oils into my shea butter and my hair was willing to soak it up. When I keep it simple my hair does well. The more complex things get the dryer and more rebellious my hair acts. Good Luck.

  16. USE Shea Butter, get the creamy type. Also Jamaican Black Castor Oil. But the Creamy Shea Butter really really does keep it moist and soft!!!!!

  17. I use aloe vera juice and water!! If hair need a little shine after that I rub a lik coconut oil over style!!

  18. I have a question. If I use the 3:1 ratio with honey, as a humectant, would I need to infuse a sealant into the mixture as well?

    • Honestly, I don’t think you want to use honey as a leave-in. Its too sticky. Use vegetable glycerin or aloe vera juice instead and follow up with a sealer.

  19. Denise Salisbery says:

    Thanks so much for the info. When using a humectant, how can I maintain my twist-outs in humid weather? What type of styling product would you suggest?

    • In humid weather you want to make sure your hair is completely dry and that you have styled it with a natural sealer like Jojoba Oil or shea butter. As for a styling products I don’t have a recommendation. I have found it just trial and error.

      • Ok. You’ve actually helped me soooo much with your response. So let me make sure I’m on the same page. Once my hair is moisturized, I need to SEAL in that moisture with a natural sealer as you mentioned above. Are styling products for natural hair, such as twist defining creams, considered sealers?

        • Yay! I’m glad it helped.
          Yes, they can be because many of them have natural sealers like shea butter and other butters or oils.

  20. This was very informative. Thanks for posting.

  21. Which are the hair penetrating oils?

  22. I so needed this article. My 4c hair is really challenging me to stay hydrated . I’ve been natural for 9 years -3big chops because I was too lazy to really care for my hair. I’m realltrying to learn as much as I can.

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