Moisture is probably the top issue of naturally curly girls everywhere. Dry, rough, brittle hair is not the business. So what’s the deal with moisture? Well it’s all science really. Curly hair twists and turns as it springs from the root making it very difficult for sebum, natural hair oil to travel down the length of the hair. The sebum is present to coat the hair helping to seal in moisture and to add shine (this is also why curly hair is not naturally shiny). So what’s a curly girl to do?
Thankfully moisture is very easy to add to hair; simply turn on your water facet and get it wet. Water is the best moisturizer for your hair, there is no product that can do a better job. However no one wants to walk around with a spray bottle lightly misting their hair every hour. -_-
So that is why we have products. If you are looking for moisture you want to select a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner as they are the same thing. The aim of these products is to provide moisture, soften and lubricate the strands. There are tons of products out there that can meet your daily needs including spritz, lotion, cream, jelly or pudding. Below are a few popular products for moisturizing your hair.
Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries
Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz
Donna Marie Moisture Mist
Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner
Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets Stylin Potion
Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Hair Lotion
Komaza Care Shea Butter Hair Lotion
Komaza Care Coconut Hair Milk
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk
My Honeychild Coconut Hair Milk
Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk
Koils By Nature Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner
Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner
Donna Marie Super Buttercreme
Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme
Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourish Cream
And for those looking for a more natural option aloe vera gel is like water 2.0! You can also create your own natural hair spritz filled with yummy stuff using very basic ingredients. It is important to note that moisturizers need to be sealed in using an oil or butter (this will do the job of the sebum). If your moisturizer already includes oils or butters then you do not have to seal it in. Some popular sealants include coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. To keep your hair moisturized first start with water, follow with a moisturizer and then seal it in.
What are your favorite moisturizers for your hair?