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Moisturizers for Natural Hair

The past couple of posts have been all about winterizing your natural hair regimen and combating dry natural hair. I even sneaked in a little flat twist out pictorial for you!

Since moisture seems to be the hallmark of these posts, I figured I’d give you all some more helpful tips on products, deep conditioning, and more to make sure you're retaining moisture  this winter.

To kick off the rest of this series, I figured I’d give you ladies some of my favorite moisturizers full of butters and oils that are sure to keep your strands protected and moisturized this winter. The weather here in NYC has been no joke, and these products  have been tried and true and helps combat the dry, brittle hair that comes along with the colder months.  

Moisture is a huge factor in keeping natural hair (or any type of hair) healthy. Dry hair leads to breakage, split ends, knots and tangles, which all result in a lack of length retention. It’s especially important to make sure your hair is moisturized during the colder months since the weather tends to make our hair feel dry and brittle.

Ever feel like your hair is not growing? It may be because your hair is breaking off as fast as it’s growing, so you’re not really seeing any of your hair growth.

No need to fret, though, because I got you covered! Here are some of my favorite products that are sure to provide the moisture that your hair needs this winter:

·         Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream :: I live and swear by this leave in conditioner. Not only is it a really good leave-in conditioner, but it’s an excellent moisturizer and styling aid for twist outs, bantu-knot outs, etc… It gives you the best of both worlds—moisture and definition. Don’t believe me? Check out my previous post on the ahhhmazing definition and moisture this product gives me. This is a great moisturizer for all hair textures.

·         Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream :: This product is just as good as the Leave in! Both of these are a match made in heaven.  The Coconut Curling Cream is jam-packed with Shea butter and natural oils, is thick in consistency, so you know for a fact that your ends will be protected, and provides great definition both by itself and in conjunction with the Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.

·          Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie :: This product is great for moisture, especially since the first ingredient is Shea butter. I tend to use this product a lot in the winter because it’s a thicker, heavier product and it’s packed with so much moisture. A little bit of this product definitely goes a long way! I think I've had the same jar for about a year and a half now, and I still have product left!  I use this when protective styling—I apply this product to my hair, put my hair away in two flat twists, and I won’t have to moisturize my hair for another three-four days. Now that, my friend, is a great moisturizer!

·         Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait :: Alikay Naturals has some a truly mazing products! The Moisture Rich Hair Parfait is known for its amazing moisturizing properties.  One of the main ingredients in this product is Shea butter, which is a really good moisturizer and sealant for the hair. If your hair likes thicker products or butters, then this is a great choice for a moisturizer this winter.  Not only is it a great moisturizer for natural hair, bit it’s also a great sealant. It contains moisturizing ingredients like Shea butter, argan oil, and coconut oil. Since its packed with Shea butter (Shea butter being the first ingredient, so that means there’s more of it in the product as a whole), this would be a great moisturizer for naturals with thicker hair.  You can also check out the Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer, which is just as good.

·         Get Craftsy and Make Your Own :: Of course, another alternative that you could try is making your own moisturizing spritz! You can create your own moisturizing cocktail using some water, conditioner, and a variety of oils (coconut oil, olive oil, Castor oil, sweet almond oil, etc…), and you have yourself a moisturizing spritz. On top of that, you can create your own whipped shea butter to seal in the moisture from your moisturizing spritz. I like Naptural85’s DIY Shea Butter mix. April Bee also has a really good recipe for whipped Shea Butter that’s worth trying as well.

So, that’s all the moisturizers that I’d recommend for the winter! If your current moisturizer just isn’t cutting it anymore, give one of these a try! What are some of your favorite moisturizers?




  1. girl YES! My staple is Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. My hair loves that stuff. My hair feels so soft and hydrated after I put it in my hair.


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