Just like our body, our hair needs water to stay hydrated. For a long time, (especially after getting my hair permed or pressed) I avoided it like the plague! Why? Because we all know that water and black girls hair just don’t mix! I did everything to avoid getting my hair wet so I wouldn’t ruin my hairstyle. Yes, I did moisturize it, but only about twice a month on shampoo day, other than your occasional oil spritz here and there. It took years of hair breakage and hair knowledge to understand that water is truly your hairs BEST FRIEND, especially for us kinky/curly girls. In addition, I make sure to use a moisturizer with healthy ingredients to seal in the water on my hair strands for continuous moisture throughout the week. Here are my top 3 Moisturizers for Natural Hair.
“KBB Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream works best for thick kinks or curls, relaxed, color treated or dry hair. Hydrate. Strengthen. Shine. Great for your hair and scalp.”
First 5 Ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Argan Oil, Allantoin, Lecithin
My Experience: I actually started using this product after receiving it at one of Kimberly Elise’s natural hair events. Now I use it faithfully! It’s so great that I don’t have to reapply any products to my hair for an entire week. Plus, the smell is amazing! As I’ve mentioned it my previous Naturale Hair posts, my hair is extremely dry & thick, so I am always searching for the next best thing to combat it. Even though the first ingredient isn’t water, like most cream moisturizers should be, I appreciate the amount of Shea Butter it contains. That way, I can spritz my hair with as little or as much water as I want and can follow-up with a product with amazing ingredients. So far, I’ve only used it as moisturizer so I’m not sure how it would be as a styler since it’s pretty dense. Either way, this product is a lifesaver and I recommend it for those with coarse & kinky hair.
“Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme is humidity-resistant formulation to define and separate curls and waves. This product infuses moisture to strengthen hair, provides frizz control, and optimizes style definition.”
First 5 ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil , Vegetable Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice & Cetyl Alcohol.
My Experience: I know what you’re all thinking, “Vegetable Oil? Really?” I was surprised by it too but the product actually works great! I wish it had more oil to boost up the moisture, but as a styler, it’s great!! I usually ignore the “amount of hold” a product claims to have because it’s usually not true. Majority of the time, I’ll add eco-styler gel to it if I’m trying to achieve a twist out or a certain look, but even then, for this product to have so much water, I’m truly impressed by the amount of hold it has. And it’s affordable! I found Eden BodyWorks at Sally’s Beauty Supply for about $8.99, and they’re always having a sale. Be on the lookout!
“Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie defines curls, reduces frizz and smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. Restores moisture, creates brilliant shine and conditions hair without weighing it down for bouncy, healthy curls.”
First 5 ingredients: Deionized Water, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Mango Seed Butter.
My Experience: You’re not a real “Natural” unless you’ve tried just about any product from Shea Moisture. Look up any natural hair blog or video and I guarantee you someone is probably using it. And it’s for good reasons too! If you’re looking for moisture, this product delivers!!! The various oils and butters it contains won me over immediately! The only downside is, for me at least, I can’t use it as a styler. I’ve read many success stories about how others have used it as a moisturizer & styler but I promise you I haven’t had much success in the latter department. But don’t let that steer you away! Just understand some properties of a product works better for others, and for me, the winner here is definitely the moisture!!
What moisturizers do you use on your natural hair? Have you had any success with the products I’ve mentioned? Share your story with me! I’d love to hear it!!!
Talk to you soon!!