10 Best Moisturizers to Quench Dry Textured Hair, 2022

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Finding a good moisturizer for your hair is not easy. But finding a moisturizer that works on textured, natural hair can be even harder. Tightly coiled and frizzy hair types are often prone to dryness due to their hair structure. The naturally spiral shape of their strands makes it difficult for hair oils to move along the hair shaft, leaving your strands thirsty and in need of a major boost of moisture. As a low porosity person and 4C coarse hair, I often wonder what is the right blend of ingredients to revive my dehydrated locks. Well, I answered my own question, and maybe yours too.

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What to Look for in a Moisturizer for Textured Hair

For one thing, you definitely want to make sure the ingredients contain humectants (compounds that help attract water) or occlusives (compounds that help protect and soothe your hair). According to hair expert and cosmetologist Ghanima Abdullah, products containing aloe vera and glycerin (a natural humectant and moisturizer that helps the skin) can work wonders for those who struggle to get enough moisture in their curls. Plus, certain types of oil or butter help lock in moisture and bind other moisturizing ingredients to create a truly effective elixir for your hair. “Other hair types don’t need oil and butter, but textured hair does. It seals in moisture and makes our hair shine,” says Abdullah.

For London-based hairstylist and founder of haircare line 3 More Inches, Michael Van Clarke, shea butter ticks all the boxes for helping textured hair. “Thick or frizzy hair will need a thicker coating on the surface, and that’s where natural butters can help,” says Van Clarke. “Shea butter is a good humectant, emollient and occlusive ingredient.”

For some of the best hydrating solutions to add to your hair care routine, check out these picks below.

Best Moisturizers for Textured Hair

Tgin Butter Daily Moisturizer — $14.50

If your curls have been feeling really dry lately, this cream is like a little oasis you can coat your hair with to bring it back to life. Its creamy formula sets on your strands, coating each strand with a healthy dose of vitamin E oil and cocoa butter. Plus, the cream also works as a styling gel to smooth flyaways and create twists and braids.

Mielle Organics Avocado Hydrating Hair Milk – $13.00

Like a tall glass of water, but for your hair. Here in a nutshell is Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk. It’s all about nourishing your locks from root to tip, thanks to ingredients like avocado and lavender. Just pour a little on your hands and gently rub it into your hair for instant hydration.

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Moisturizing Conditioner — $11.00

Every time I stop wearing my tangle-free braids and have to wash my natural hair, this is one of the few conditioners that actually softens my hair back to its Afro-natural state. And Abdullah agrees. The secret? Its moisturizing powers come from a combination of shea butter, seaweed and argan oil. The formula also isn’t too thick and doesn’t foam when you work it into your scalp. Plus, you can use it both as a leave-in conditioner or as a deep cleanser on wash days.

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Like I’m Double Buttercream — $10.00

Originally $15, now $10

If you suffer from split ends and breakage due to excessive dryness, As I Am Double Buttercream is here to help. As soon as you apply it, the cream immediately acts as a buffer to prevent your strands from losing more moisture. The formula also contains a ton of pro-vitamin B5, which helps build your hair’s strength and keep it hydrated 24/7.

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer — $12.00

What makes this Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Original leave-in moisturizer a win for textured hair is how well it can be absorbed into your hair. The moisturizer’s milky consistency allows it to sink deep into the roots of your hair while preventing frizz. And with key ingredients like shea butter, soybean oil, and agave nectar (a natural humectant), your curls can get their bounce back in no time.

Bread Beauty Supply Creamy Deep Conditioning Hair Mask — $28.00

For when you want to treat yourself or give your hair some extra love, consider using this hair conditioner from Bread Beauty Supply. The brand focuses on curly and textured hair issues like excessive dryness, roughness and frizz. And this hair mask is no different. It is designed to give your hair a total reset and make your strands luxuriously soft.

Perfect for Moisture Rich Hair from Alikay Naturals – $15.00

Whether it’s the cool, crisp air of fall or the humidity of summer, the weather can really impact the condition of our hair and how moisturized it is. And if the temperatures haven’t been kind to your hair this year, Alikay Naturals Hydrating Hair Perfector can help give your hair the nourishing treatment it needs with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil. Just add some to your locks and you are good to go. No washing required.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner — $14.00

In addition to moisturizing your hair, this leave-in conditioner works as a detangler for stubborn knots and creases. Its creamy formula coats your hair and deeply hydrates it so you can easily run your styling comb through it.

Retro Rich Company Royal Roots Leave-In Conditioner — $20.00

Another powerful leave-in conditioner to add to your beauty cabinet is from Retro Rich Company. It’s a dense cream formula that uses ingredients like aloe leaf, argan oil, and shea butter to improve dryness, dullness, and elasticity. Just be sure to wet your hair before applying to help boost the moisturizing effect of the product.

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