Moisture is our curls' life force. Our hair thrives off of the proper balance of moisture and proteins, and despite knowing that we have to keep this delicate balance, it is hard to maintain. Nature’s source of moisture is water but many are still unaware of the importance of water in a curly girl’s regimen. Now, some are under the impression that oils moisturize hair, but they do not; they seal moisture in. Hair moisturizers are big business — however, many on the market have tons of emollients and oils but lack the water. The best moisturizers are water-based so if you are suffering from dry hair, make sure water is a main component of your moisturizing regimen. 

Some are under the impression that oils moisturize hair but they do not; they seal moisture in.

I love water and use it as my main moisturizer with only a hint of lavender oil, but many curly girls prefer those moisturizers with a little more oomph to bring their hair back to life. Moisturizers are excellent for revitalizing second, third, and even fourth day hair so jumping back into the shower is not the only way to revive those strands and not everyone chooses to go the DIY route for a moisturizer. Spray leave-in conditioners are great for looser textures and fine strands that become easily weighed down. Lucky for us the hair care market has flooded us with options for already-made moisturizers, though it can be challenging to find the right ones so we are sharing some of the best liquid moisturizers (water-based) that curly women love.

SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-in Conditioner

This lightweight, milky leave-in is a great refresher with a sweet coconut scent that softens hair and improves styling manageability without leaving behind product buildup. 100% extra-virgin coconut and shea oils, coconut milk, and acacia senegal combine in this restorative formula that rehydrates hair, detangles, and acts as a barrier against heat while reducing frizz.

ApHogee Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In 

This rich humectant formula spray will enhance the look and feel of your hair. Diminish tangles and dryness with water, fatty alcohols, panthenol, and vitamin E for softer and tangle-free curls.

As I Am CocoShea Moisturizer Hair Spray 

This unique moisturizing hair spray will delight your curls and coils while protecting them from UV rays. Water, coconut oil, and shea butter will protect, soften, and seal in moisture with this well-loved leave-in treatment.

Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer 

Water, glycerin, emulsifiers, silk amino acids, and emollients make up this excellent second-day curl refreshing moisturizer. Get frizz-free curls without sulfates, silicones, parabens, or mineral oils.

Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-in Conditioner

A holy grail amongst many curlies, it's known to seal in moisture, smooth the cuticle, and tame frizzies and flyaways. It's great for natural and transitioning hair, plus it protects from heat damage.

Soultanicals Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink 

Looking for the perfect curl refresher to perfect your twist out? This moisturizing blend of hibiscus leaves, sweet ginger, agave nectar, and 'superfruit' sea buckthorn gives you a fruity, nourishing tropical hair treat! Perfect for warm summer days, this hydrating blend is sure to transport you to exotic locations with every spritz.

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner 

Deionized water, extracts of aloe vera, comfrey, watercress, and myrrh make up this heat protecting hydrating leave-in conditioner. This revitalizing leave-in can be used daily to push moisture back into dry strands and perfect for all hair types.

OBIA Naturals Curl Hydration Spray 

A pH-balanced hydrating spray to detangle and impart shine on thirsty curls. It has water, vegetable glycerin, argan oil, rose, and coconut oil aiding in a powerhouse moisturizer that will not leave buildup or residue.

Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries 

Water infused with shavegrass leaves, lavender buds, nettle leaves, and chamomile flowers, this oil-free moisturizer by Oyin is wildly popular. Your thirsty curls, coils, and waves feel therapeutic effects with the perfect blend for a daily pick-me-up without the weight.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist 

Fight frizz and dryness while adding shine with this shine moisture mist by SheaMoisture. Free from sulfates and safe for color-treated curls, this moisture mist starts off with deionized water, coconut oil, shea butter, silk proteins, and need seed oil to bring moisture and life back into your hair.

What's your favorite spray leave-in conditioner? Let us know in the comments below.