Moisture and curls go hand in hand. If you're after bounce and shine then you will need to keep your hair well moisturized. There are a number of products on the market, as well as at-home remedies, that can aide in keeping curls and waves looking their best.
Here are the top 12 moisturizers that you can buy, or make at home.
Spring Curl Kit
Best for: Cocktailing
For great definition and lots of sheen and bounce, as well as hair that’s soft to the touch, this cream works wonders. Though it’s not organic, it does make curls and waves super soft and well defined. It works as a leave in and can be used with other products, or, for softer curls, alone.
Coconut Oil and Raw Shea Butter Mix
Best for: Coconut oil lovers
Coconut oil and raw shea butter (from a local market or health food store) are GREAT , the combo not only does wonders for curls but smells delicious! You can even mix in a little of your favorite conditioner with this mix too. This do-it-yourself potion can be used daily for hair in need of extra moisture or make it a masque and give your locks some deep conditioning once a week.
Best for: Deep conditioningEvery so often curls and waves need something more than the “regular” moisturizer or conditioner - time for deep conditioning with Jessicurl. Strengthen your hair with this weekly treatment that uses cocoa butter and shea butter to add serious nourishment to your locks.
Best for: Curlies on a budget
Besides an amazing scent, this very easy to find conditioner can revitalize curls and waves. Its price tag makes it more than affordable to be able to use every day. You can even use a little as a leave in, for added softness (and sweet smelling locks!)
Best for: All-natural curlies
Another great all-natural product that softens hair and keeps the shine and definition of curls and waves perfectly. This product is great for thicker hair.
Best for: Providing hold with your moisture
This too tends to work better for thicker curls and it has lots of creamy natural ingredients like aloe juice, coconut oil and olive oil - to name just a few. It works as a gel substitute and is great for controlling frizz, fly aways and holding twists and curls in place. Use as a leave in and styler daily.
DIY Hair Mist
Best for: Curlies who DIY
Use this mist on your hair any time of year to keep your hair well moisturized and looking great (smells great too with a little lavender).
In an 8oz bottle combine the following:
- Vegetable Glycerin - 2.5 tablespoons
- Olive Oil - 1 tablespoon
- Essential Oils - limit to 1-2 and use as much or little as you want
- Rose Water - 1 tablespoon
- Distilled Water - to fill the rest of the bottle
Best for: Curlies who love oilsGreat consistency, and works as leave in or wash out conditioner for just about any curl type. Deliver lots of moisture to your locks with this potion , and a little bit tends to go a long way. Plus, you can layer it with other products too. And it’s natural ingredients are a hit too - aloe, argan, jojoba and coconut - yum!
Best for: Dual purpose on a budgetThis too has a great scent and is in the very affordable price range. Use it as daily conditioner or a little as a leave-in - it won’t build up and always leaves hair soft, manageable and smelling like fresh coconut.
MORE: Reader Reviews of Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Honey Hair Mask
Best for: Pantry cocktailers
Try making this Honey Hair Mask once or twice a week for your locks:
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Directions:Mix the honey with the olive oil. Heat in microwave oven to melt and apply to hair, then cover head with a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes. Wash out and style as usual.
Best for: Multi-use conditioning
This all-natural hair dressing is a must have! It’s versatile in that you can use it as a leave - in or a deep conditioner. The scent of coconut and hibiscus make it a pleasant treat too. It can be used alone or with other products and won’t flake or cause build up so you can use it frequently.
Best for: Organic ingredient lovers
An all-in-one style product for well defined, conditioned and controlled curls and waves. This organic recipe has a truly buttery consistency that makes for beautiful, well moisturized coils.