You’ve heard it before, over and over again — mois­ture is every­thing when it comes to nat­ur­al hair health. Still, many nat­u­rals strug­gle with keep­ing their curls, kinks and coils well-mois­tur­ized. Per­haps you’re guilty of one of our 9 inef­fec­tive mois­tur­iz­ing prac­tices. Check it out;

1. Moisturizing dirty hair/hair that has product buildup

The objec­tive of mois­tur­iz­ing is to apply water-based prod­uct that pen­e­trates the cuti­cle (out­er lay­er) of the strand and infuse the cor­tex (inner lay­er) with water. If there is too much dirt or prod­uct on your cuti­cle, then there’s lit­tle chance that any mois­tur­iz­ing prod­uct you apply will make it to the cor­tex.

2. Using butters or oils as moisturizers

With the excep­tion of a few oils, like coconut oil, that can pen­e­trate the strand — oils and but­ters will sit on the OUTSIDE of your strand because they are SEALANTS, not mois­tur­iz­ers. Their pur­pose is to lock in mois­ture — not apply it. If your hair is feel­ing dry, and you apply a but­ter or oil, you are just weigh­ing down dry hair, mak­ing it more brit­tle and sus­cep­ti­ble to break­age.

3. Using water based products without sealing

Just like oils and but­ters aren’t effec­tive as mois­tur­iz­ers, water-based prod­ucts — and water itself! — isn’t effec­tive at mois­tur­iz­ing unless it’s sealed in. Water quick­ly evap­o­rate out of the cor­tex unless a seal­ing prod­uct is applied to the lock it in.

*Note: Spritzes are a great dai­ly mois­tur­iz­ing solu­tion as they con­tain water, which pen­e­trates the cuti­cle, as well as oils, that seal the water in. While they aren’t heavy-duty enough to pro­vide long-term mois­tur­iz­ing, they are great as a dai­ly refresh­er, in between mois­ture and seal ses­sions.

4. Under-moisturizing

Just like your body can be thirsty way before your throat actu­al­ly feels parched, nat­ur­al hair can need mois­ture way before it feels crunchy and dry. Start by mois­tur­iz­ing your hair at least once a day. If, in the fol­low­ing hours, your hair feels wet and mushy, you can cut your mois­tur­iz­ing down to every oth­er day. If it still feels dry, then you might need to up your mois­tur­iz­ing to twice dai­ly.

5. Neglecting the re-moisturizing process after a shampoo

Sham­poo­ing is a bit of a para­dox when it comes to mois­tur­iz­ing — you are dous­ing your hair with water, while also strip­ping your strands of dirt and nat­ur­al oils that help lock in mois­ture. So, in a sense, your hair is get­ting dry­er as it gets wet­ter. The squeaky, super dry feel­ing your hair has after a sham­poo is lack of lubri­ca­tion, and its crit­i­cal that it be replaced. Be sure to deep con­di­tion after every sham­poo and fol­low up with a mois­tur­ize & seal.

6. Using styling products as moisturizers

The pri­ma­ry pur­pose of styling prod­ucts is NOT to improve the health of your hair. Just like the pri­ma­ry pur­pose of mois­tur­iz­ing prod­ucts is NOT to sculpt and style your hair. There are some crossover prod­ucts that can do both, but most will not. Liq­uid styling prod­ucts might look tempt­ing as a fill-in when you need a mois­tur­iz­er but they might con­tain alco­hols and min­er­al oil that will dry your hair out in the long run.

7. Focusing on roots instead of ends

Your ends are the dri­est part of your strands and most sus­cep­ti­ble to break­age. The nat­ur­al oils that your scalp secretes don’t trav­el down far enough to coat your ends, so it’s impor­tant that you are proac­tive in pro­tect­ing them. Work mois­tur­iz­ing prod­uct into your hair from root to tip. Some nat­u­rals even lim­it their prod­uct appli­ca­tion to the bot­tom 75% of their strands.

8. Over Moisturizing

Prop­er­ly mois­tur­ized strands don’t feel sog­gy and wet, they feel sup­ple and strong — even when they’re dry. Apply­ing too much mois­tur­iz­ing and seal­ing prod­uct can leave your hair per­pet­u­al­ly wet, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to style. Be even-hand­ed with your prod­uct appli­ca­tion. Not only will it make styling eas­i­er, but it will save your bed spread, couch­es, car seats, and any­thing else your hair comes into con­tact with.

9. Deep conditioning/steaming for hours

While there are a few treat­ments, like hen­na, that require long-term appli­ca­tion, most deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments need 30 min­utes or less. Many nat­u­rals feel that keep­ing treat­ments on overnight helps with soft­ness and mois­ture, but an increas­ing num­ber are real­iz­ing that 30 min­utes (or what­ev­er time the prod­uct instruc­tions say) is just as effec­tive as 8 hours. Keep in mind that the mak­ers of your con­di­tion­er have test­ed the prod­uct, and know how much time it takes to be effec­tive.

Are you guilty of any­thing on this list? What are some inef­fec­tive mois­tur­iz­ing prac­tices that you’ve been guilty of?

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bee mine curly but­ter and unye­vu but­ter by belle but­ters are con­sid­ered sealants instead of mois­tur­iz­ers even tho they’re called mois­tur­iz­ing but­ters?


hi ladies, I got a bit con­fused on the make sure u’re not mois­tur­iz­ing with but­ters and not creams part. I’ve been watch­ing a par­tic­u­lar YouTube chan­nel and the lady applies bee mine curly but­ter or the unye­vu but­ter by belle but­ters right before she does a pro­tec­tive style, then seals with pure aloe vera. now both say that they’re mois­tur­iz­ing but­ters so does that make them a sealant still?

Aisa @ 4 Us Naturals
@Myre real but­ters are not mois­tur­iz­ing. If it says its a mois­tur­iz­ing but­ter then its not pure but­ter like shea but­ter, cocoa but­ter, man­go but­ter etc. It is a mix of but­ter (small or large amount) with oth­er ingre­di­ents like water, oils preser­v­a­tives etc. If the ingre­di­ent list is long then it isn’t a pure but­ter or oil. They are talk­ing about pure but­ters and oils as sealants. You can use pre­mixed prod­ucts but you have to exper­i­ment to see how they work best for you. You may not need any­thing after using them since they have but­ters mixed in… Read more »

thank u so much. I haven’t had a perm in years but I’m new to wear­ing my curls. my hair is soft like cot­ton, fine and frizzy. I fin­ger detan­gle, cow­ash and apply knot today leave in, then aloe vera to seal. I have got a mois­tur­iz­er yet. a lot of the natural/organic prod­ucts con­tain coconut oil and I’m aller­gic =\ when I do two strand twists, my hair is still frizzy, ESPECIALLY my roots. how do I smooth them out? will the mois­tur­iz­er do that?

Aisa @ 4 Us Naturals
I per­son­al­ly mois­tur­ize with a spritz made of glyc­erin, water and some­times some oils or I just use a leave in con­di­tion­er like Gio­van­ni direct Leave in and then seal with shea but­ter. I would think the aloe vera might smooth your hair out. Frizzy hair is nor­mal usu­al­ly though. Feli­cial Leather­wood (styl­ist to the stars) told me that my hair may be per­ma­nent­ly dam­aged from relax­ing because the cuti­cle doesn’t lay flat. I didn’t know that could hap­pen. =-( Hmm not sure. Have you ever tried Kim­may­tubes leave in con­di­tion­er? Many swear by it. She just applies it to… Read more »
I per­son­al­ly believe that using too many prod­ucts on your hair dries your hair out, some­times I watch YouTube vidoes and the per­son puts on four or five dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, it’s too much even on fresh­ly washed hair. I have found that the LOC method is great for me, I make my own hair prod­ucts and noticed that if I put too many ingre­di­ents in a prod­uct my hair dried out and was unhap­py. Keep­ing it sim­ple is the key to keep­ing my hair mois­turised. To retain mois­ture I hard­ly ever sham­poo my hair and I DC week­ly. I’m going… Read more »

Thank you for putting this clear­ly! I am guilty of apply­ing oil with­out prop­er­ly mois­tur­iz­ing first… I will make my own spritzer with water and a lit­tle bit of oil in it for refresh­ment in between see­sions :)

I will go for avo­ca­do oil or olive oil. DO you have any sug­ges­tion?

I’ve been nat­ur­al for almost five years now and even after read­ing this blog for months I am still con­fused, and as a moth­er of five, I just dont’ have time to do half of what I read here. When I get my kids to bed and fin­ish clean­ing up and pack­ing things for next day and it’s after 10pm, I don’t have time to sec­tion off my ridicu­lous­ly thick, hair of many var­ied tex­tures, and do any­thing, and I live in the caribbean, it’s mad hot here some­times and satin bon­nets make me sweat so I pull it off.On… Read more »
Hey, I live in the Caribbean too and my hair’s sav­ing grace..honestly.. is pro­tec­tive styles which lend them­selves eas­i­ly to spritz­ing and seal­ing with oil every 2–3 days or so. I wash/co-wash ONLY on week­ends. some­times every two weeks. Even of I have braids, or crotch­et weave (have total­ly aban­doned reg­u­lar weaves) I wash my scalp with the braid etc in, seal my own hair and moosey on. Get a old spray bot­tle my friend and dilute some leave-in con­di­tion­er. I am sure u can find 2 1/2 min­utes if so much to light­ly spray ends of hair and seal… Read more »

i agree w/ every­thing but #5. i almost nev­er deep con­di­tion, and it hasn’t been a prob­lem. at most, i need a pro­tein treat­ment like once a year.


I do pret­ty well with mois­tur­iz­ing although I do some­times mois­tur­ize on hair that’s “not so clean.” It’s when I haven’t had a chance to wash. I know a lady who leaves her con­di­tion­er on for hoooour­rrrssss and she swears by it. I’m just now mas­ter­ing my hair­care so it’s def­i­nite­ly a learn­ing process.


I was won­der­ing what kind of mois­tur­iz­ers would you guys rec­om­mend? I just real­ized I have been gain­ing my poten­tial hair growth and health­i­ness because every morn­ing and night after co-wash­ing I spritz my hair with water, aloe vera, and seal it with olive oil. What kind of mois­tur­iz­ers would you rec­om­mend that would be found at like Wal­mart, Tar­get, or Sally’s that is good for your hair.


When I first went nat­ur­al, I made mis­take #2 (using but­ters or oils as mois­tur­iz­ers). It was fine when I was cow­ash­ing dai­ly with a TWA but as my hair grew my hair was often greasy and on the dry side.


Well then. My idea of mois­tur­iz­ing was slather­ing my hair with Gar­nier Fruc­tis leave in con­di­tion­er or the occa­sion­al spray with water and oil. Guess I’ve been fail­ing all along…face/palm


I have 4a/4b hair and i have to say the biggest help for me was elim­i­nat­ing prod­ucts with PROTEIN. it nev­er failed that any sham­poo, mois­tur­iz­er, con­di­ton­er, or oil (such as advo­ca­do) made my hair hard, dry, and THIRSTY no mat­ter what I did or how much mois­ture i tried to put back into it. After i elim­i­nat­ed the pro­teins my hair felt so much soft­er!


Hi there, I am a 4b nat­ur­al and ur com­ment caught my atten­tion when you men­tioned pro­tein free regimen.I think I might be pro­tein sen­si­tive also,can u rec­om­mend any prod­ucts?

Sor­ry I’m just see­ing your com­ment. Well I like to do dry s with Shea mois­ture coconut curl­ing smooth­ie (first ingre­di­ent is water!) and then Aubrey Organ­ics ultra smooth­ing con­di­tion­er on top (lots of good oils). I hat­ed the sham­poo and yep it had pro­tein in it. I also use evoo every­day in my water bot­tle or just extra seal­ing on ends. And right now I like the Jason’s mois­tur­iz­ing sea kelp sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. I don’t think any of kinky curly’s prod­ucts have pro­tein. I real­ly like knot today as a leave in on wash days. The key is… Read more »

Dry twists*


thx for the feed­back. I did use the Shea Mois­ture curl enhanc­ing smoothie.My hair liked it only for a while and then it start­ed to dry out my tresses.I did use the Aubrey Organ­ics White Camelia as a con­di­tion­ner and leave-in at the same time and I looove it!! It’s kind of expen­sive here in Cana­da :(
right now I’m using gio­vani leave-in which I thnik con­tains pro­teins but my hair seems to be doing fine.heh…I’m con­fused!!


aubrey’s white camel­lia and hon­ey­suck­le rose both have pro­tein.

I have relaxed hair but this might work for nat­ur­al hair too. I wash at least once a week, the longer I go between sham­poos, the more brit­tle and dry my hair becomes. I leave con­di­tion­er on for 10 mins after wash­ing, then rinse. I apply either Keras­tase Oleo-Relax (oil), Josie Maran Argan oil, or some oth­er thin oil to tow­eled, damp hair, then I sit under the dry­er or blow out. I don’t add any direct­ly to my scalp. My hair is silky soft after dry­ing and doesn’t break. I imag­ine that nat­ur­al hair that doesn’t under­go heat dry­ing… Read more »
I’m not sure how valid some of the info is for most peo­ple. I def­i­nite­ly have to deep con­di­tion pri­or to sham­poo times ( sul­fate free of course) and I use a sil­i­cone free rinse out con­di­tion­er as my leave in with an oil mix to seal. I def­i­nite­ly have to deep con­di­tion overnight to get the soft­ness I’m look­ing for. Oth­er­wise it doesn’t hap­pen for me. And yes I have tried going by the direc­tions on the prod­uct. Lol. It is best I just learn your hair needs and do what it needs. No one can tru­ly know your… Read more »
Hel­lo I have been nat­ur­al going on two years now but what orig­i­nal­ly inspired me in the first place is my four year old daugh­ter she has gor­geous hair and hon­est­ly all I ever do with her hair (with­out all of the research I do now) is wash it week­ly mas­sage oil in her scalp down her stands, mois­tur­ize and then I twist out braid it into a style that will keep for a week. My nat­ur­al jour­ney has been a dif­fer­ent sto­ry! I have tried it all so many dif­fer­ent blogs, ideas, prod­ucts etc. This arti­cle messed me up. I… Read more »

You need to lis­ten to what your hair is telling you. You can’t go based on what some­one else says. If what you’re doing is wrong for your hair, you will know because your hair will tell you.Each person’s hair is dif­fer­ent, and what might work for one per­son will not nec­es­sar­i­ly work for anoth­er. If your hair is grow­ing despite what oth­ers say, keep doing what you were doing.

CJ Belle
Bran­di, About your coconut oil…if you are see­ing white residue–you might have oth­er “stuff” in it oth­er than just coconut oil. I had a friend just 3 weeks ago ask me about this, and I looked at her coconut oil, and it was “refined” coconut oil. The type you want is “UNre­fined, extra vir­gin, cold- or expeller-pressed” (and organ­ic if you can). The good news is this that this kind is still cost-effec­tive, and you can get some at (they have free ship­ping spe­cials too) or on ama­zon. Or you can get it a lit­tle more expen­sive at your… Read more »

I’m using the vati­ka oil I’ve seen adver­tised on some hair blogs. I didn’t see if it was refined or not but you are right it con­tains oth­er oils even some hen­na. I like the feel of the oil but besides water it is pret­ty much the only oth­er con­stant in my rou­tine. So it must be the cul­prit

Hi dolls! When I read this arti­cle I real­ized that there were some things I was guilty of that cause my hair to break so I had a trim and since a few weeks now I’ve been try­ing to mois­tur­ize and seal my hair every­day with a a mix that I made: a spritz bot­tle that con­tains 80% of water 15% of coconut oil and 5% of essen­tial oils. How­ev­er, I’ve got some ques­tions: I usu­al­ly put my hair in braids exten­sions as a pro­tec­tive style so I would spritz them with the mix­ture every­day is it a right thing?… Read more »

Yes you can spritz your braids every day if you wish or less. I real­ly don’t wash my hair when in braids, but do what works for your hair


Paula, for some rea­son I don’t like wash­ing my hair in braids too, I think it makes them look rough. how long do you keep your braids ? and do you spritz every­day? what are the effects on your hair? thanks dar­ling!


SheaMois­ture sham­poo, Gio­van­ni sham­poo, kinky curly sham­poo are pret­ty decent. I usu­al­ly dilute my ‘pops in an appli­ca­tor bot­tle. It helps get the poo direct­ly on my scalp. I can’t say on the braid wash­ing. But when I did my yarn braids I would wash them week­ly or biweek­ly. And spritz with dilut­ed leave in con­di­tion­er. I’m all for a sim­ple rou­tine and I have noticed that it has been work­ing well. Too many prod­ucts at the same time drove my hair crazy!!! Lol. Good luck and hope this helps.


Shea mois­ture was decent and the gio­van­ni was ok at first but kinky curly has proven to be great for my hair. The sham­poo has no sul­fates but gets my hair squeaky clean every time.


no won­der why it’s expen­sive lol i thought it was a good prod­uct so you just con­firmed, i’m gonna try it then. thanks :)


Thanks a lot sassy! I will defi­nate­ly buy one of these sham­poos. :)

I’m quite hap­py with my mois­tur­is­ing method.  I tend to wear twist outs a lot and I re-twist every night. When I re-twist I mois­turise with a sprits made of water and glyc­er­ine (mak­ing my hair damp not wet) and also add a lit­tle Kinky Curly Knot today (my fav leave in con­di­tion­er). I then I seal with a mix­ture of shea but­ter, cas­tor, olive and coconut oil that I make. And I repeat this every night. This keeps my hair soft and mois­turised and also keeps my curls.  I have been nat­ur­al for 1 year 5 months and it took… Read more »

Has any­one tried the Curly Girl Method? I have tried this con­di­tion­er only method but I seal with a bit of cas­tor oil rather than just the con­di­tion­er. I must say my hair feels good. When my hair feels dry, I revi­talise it with a water/glycerin mix and the con­di­tion­er is re-acti­vat­ed. I co-wash mid week and then do either a full shampoo/condition or a co-wash/deep con­di­tion on the week­end depend­ing on what my hair needs. Dai­ly steam­ing in the show­er also works well.


I’m guilty of 1,2,3,4,5 (some­times) and 7. I’m so ashamed lol but I have learned and now my hair is so soft and sup­ple to the touch.

I stopped using oil to seal my hair and it’s been amaz­ing. I do use oil as an overnight treat­ment, then I sham­poo in the morn­ing using Wen cleans­ing con­di­tion­er. I’ve been doing this for 4 weeks now and my hair stays soft and mois­tur­ized with­out any oil on top as a sealant. I found the oil was lit­er­al fry­ing my hair from the sun expo­sure, thus caus­ing my hair to feel dry and hard.  I only use the overnight oil treat­ment about once per week but I sham­poo 3–4 times per week. On the days I don’t sham­poo, I spritz… Read more »

Oh this must be what is hap­pen­ing to my hair. I live in the desert. I have been seal­ing with olive oil and late­ly my hair has been very dry. I just start­ed this process in June and it was not as dry last month but it has been very hot this last month.


I’m guilty of rarely mois­tur­is­ing between my week­ly washes…and if I do,I don’t seal often.
TBH, I dont see a big dif­fer­ence between the sealed hair and the non sealed hair b/c I’ll need to remois­tur­ize in a few hours any­ways…

Can any­one help? I’ve read so many arti­cles about mois­tur­iz­ing here, but I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I have 4b with a tight, tight coil and I’m cur­rent­ly rock­ing a TWA (not at my own choice, unfor­tu­nate­ly) so mois­tur­iz­ing in sec­tions seems impos­si­ble. I try to mois­tur­ize at least once a day by mak­ing my hair damp, butting in can­tu shea but­ter leave in con­di­tion and seal­ing with olive oil, but a few hours lat­er (three hours — I’ve count­ed) my hair is dry and crunchy and greasy for the olive oil. What am I doing wrong? I sleep… Read more »

Maybe I should give a bet­ter list of all my prod­ucts?

I sham­poo with either Can­tu Shea But­ter Mois­tur­iz­ing Cream Sham­poo or Pro­claim Pro­fes­sion­al Tea Tree Sham­poo. I deep con­di­tion with Motions Nat­u­ral­ly You Deep Con­di­tion­ing Masque My leave in is Can­tu Shea But­ter Repair Cream and I seal with either Africa’s Best Cas­tor Oil or reg­u­lar olive oil.

Is it because I’m using too many man­afac­tured prod­ucts? I’m real­ly not sure why my hair is always dry.



I found that the Can­tu leave in was not good for my hair, it hat­ed it as you stat­ed it left it dry. I now use either the Shea mois­ture curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie, the sham­poo and the leave in con­di­tion­er or the Hawai­ian Silky Gel Acti­va­tor which is also great cre­ates a great deal of mois­ture along with a spritz of water.

It might be that sham­poo is not effec­tive­ly remov­ing buildup, but just strip­ping your hair of every­thing else impor­tant instead. I have tried many dif­fer­ent sham­poos, even nat­ur­al sham­poos. I usu­al­ly get a lot of buildup on my scalp, that’s why I was con­stant­ly try­ing dif­fer­ent sham­poos to get rid of it but noth­ing worked. Recent­ly I switched to using bak­ing soda only to wash my hair and scalp (GENTLY, I must add!) Appar­ent­ly there was buildup on my hair as well, because I imme­di­ate­ly noticed that my hair seemed to respond to mois­tur­iz­ers bet­ter and now mois­tur­iz­ing and seal­ing… Read more »

Thank you Lady­bug, this def­i­nite­ly helped. I’m think­ing that the olive oil may be sit­ting on my hair as well instead of mois­tur­iz­ing, so I’m going to switch to coconut oil and a new wash­ing pro­gram and see what hap­pens. Thank you very much!


Miss Michelle maybe u should look at the ingre­di­ents on ur prod­ucts. It’s pos­si­ble that sul­fates in a sham­poo are dry­ing u out. Or sil­i­cones in a con­di­tion­er are block­ing mois­ture from get­ting in. Just a sug­ges­tion, though.


Thank you Sassy, I will most def­i­nite­ly do that! I think there may be sul­fates in my hair, so I think I’ll take up co-wash­ing again with a sul­fate free hydrat­ing con­di­tion­er. Thank you!

Jo Somebody

If you are going to be cow­ash­ing, then that Can­tu is prob­a­bly going to give you trou­ble as it con­tains at least one ‘cone and lano­lin.

Annie L.
BTMS and MUCILAGE! I’ve fall­en out of love with BTMS and HEAVY mucilage as ‘mois­tur­iz­ing’ leave-in con­di­tion­ers. At first I loved how leave-ins like KCKT and DB’s Coconut Lemon­grass Tran­si­tion­ing Cream made detan­gling a lux­u­ry and made my hair soft as a cloud. I’d wet my hair, add the leave-in and seal and call it a day but lat­er would expe­ri­ence hair and scalp dehy­dra­tion. So I switched to wet­ting my hair, seal­ing and lay­er­ing with leave-ins to style but it didn’t seem to help much. I even­tu­al­ly ran into a thread on LHC where a mem­ber com­plained that BTMS and… Read more »

I became cau­tious about BTMS a cou­ple of years ago when after using a Darcy’s leave in my hair became excep­tion­al­ly dry almost instant­ly. As for plant mucilage. I remem­ber read­ing about a year ago that they are all, with the excep­tion of aloe vera, which my hair loves, even­tu­al­ly dry­ing to the hair. I now spritz with water or bur­dock root each day, thanks Keisha J for the tip on apply­ing to hands first, and seal with almond oil.

I am guilty of num­ber 7 and num­ber 9. Since I have locs, I feel like I should be focus­ing on my roots more, but then again I have had ends on a few locks thin out before. I have start­ed to exper­i­ment with seal­ing the ends (even if it is said to be just “dead hair”) to see if the over­all health will be noticed with this change. As for num­ber 9, I am slow­ly get­ting over doing that. Lol, I just get caught up doing oth­er things as I let my hair mar­i­nate that I don’t even notice… Read more »

I am get­ting more and more con­fused by the day read­ing all the do’s and dont’s with nat­ur­al hair. sigh..


Good advice irisi.

Don’t let things like this con­fuse you. At the end of the day, you have to lis­ten to your hair. I usu­al­ly use things like this a loose guide line. Remem­ber, there is no nat­ur­al hand­book about how to take care of ones hair. Everyone’s hair is dif­fer­ent and can even respond dif­fer­ent­ly to the same prod­uct or tech­nique.

If your hair responds well to a “don’t” then just lis­ten to your hair.


Try the l.o.c method. First, use a liq­uid. Either water or a water based leave in for a liq­uid. Next apply an oil or a mix of oils of your choice. Then a non water based cream, like shea but­ter or a but­ter blend to seal. For your hair to be mois­tur­ized effec­tive­ly, you have to do it in lay­ers. I’ve been nat­ur­al for 4 years and I’m still learn­ing also but this method has my hair mois­tur­ized. Also please pay atten­tion to the ingre­di­ents you are using also this makes a huge dif­fer­ence.


pls wat prod­uct exact­ly do you use.names pls.i need help


Actu­al­ly the prod­ucts that you use real­ly don’t mat­ter as long as you have a water based leave in or you could use plain old water, a oil or oils and a sealant like a shea but­ter.


Guilty of 2,3,4,6,7 & 8. That’s prob­a­bly why my hair is not grow­ing.


I have thick type 4b/c hair and I mois­tur­ize dai­ly with Cathy Howse’s UBH creme mois­tur­iz­er and seal with a home made shea but­ter mix con­tain­ing, extra vir­gin olive oil, coconut oil, cas­tor oil, jojo­ba oil, with a few drops of Rose­mary and tea tree oil to pre­serve the mix­ture. This rou­tine has done won­ders for my hair. I have only been seal­ing reg­u­lar­ly for the last 6 months and my part­ner and friends can­not believe how healthy my hair now is.
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Your hair looks great.


I have thick type 4b/c hair and I mois­tur­ize dai­ly with Cathy Howse’s UBH creme mois­tur­iz­er and seal with a home made shea but­ter mix con­tain­ing, extra vir­gin olive oil, coconut oil, cas­tor oil, jojo­ba oil, with a few drops of Rose­mary and tea tree oil to pre­serve the mix­ture. This rou­tine has done won­ders for my hair. I have only been seal­ing reg­u­lar­ly for the last 6 months and my part­ner and friends can­not believe how healthy my hair now is.
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Num­ber 2 leaves me quite per­plexed. What in the world should I mois­tur­ize my hair with then? I have been “nat­ur­al” for so long but I feel like I have still so much to learn when it comes to main­tain­ing healthy tress­es. I believe I have 4a type hair. Please, help me out ladies :(
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Wow! Your pic takes up the whole page…lol…your beau­ti­ful sista:-)as well as beau­ti­ful hair

Jo Somebody

Mois­turise with some­thing water-based, straight water, aloe vera, almost any hair con­di­tion­er with water as first ingre­di­ent.
Use some­thing with­out water or some­thing oil/butter heavy to seal in that mois­ture.


aloe vera juice


well if u use but­ter and oils and u think ur hair responds well to that, there shouldn’t be a prob­lem. if u do find that u have a mois­ture prob­lem though maybe using but­ters and oils as mois­tur­iz­ers is the cause. what peo­ple fre­quent­ly sug­gest instead are leave in con­di­tion­ers or mois­tur­iz­ers whose main ingre­di­ent is water. Or water itself! spritz some on or rub some in (as the case may be) and just remem­ber to use the oil to seal after­wards. Oh anoth­er good one is a water spritz with oils in it, a mois­tur­iz­er and sealant in one!


Whoa that pic is huge but yeah you look like a 4a to me maybe even 3a in some parts.


I have tried it all. So what oils are bad. I use coconut, castor,avacodo, jojo­ba, and apri­cot oil. But at the end of the day my hair is scream for more mois­ture. I will admit that I do have a ten­den­cy to over mois­tur­ize. But I feel like I have no ide­al what to do with my hair.


Mois­tur­ize with water or a water based leave in con­di­tion­er, then seal with the oil. Just one oil will do.


Can­di, and oth­ers
I have dis­cov­ered the best prod­uct for moisture,it is Hawai­ian Silky Gel Acti­va­tor it makes my hair very soft and after it dries a bit I lay­er it with eco-styler Gel this sets the curls and the acti­va­tor aids in help­ing the eco-styler not being crunchy but very moist. The sec­ond day I just spritz my hair with my water mix­ture. I hope this helps it has helped me so much.


Yes the Hawai­ian silky works so well for me.

Iv only been nat­ur­al for about 6 months on the 16th woop woop ^_^ … I think Iv watched every vid on YouTube know to man about nat­ur­al hair, bought almost every prod­uct that would help my hair but even though I mois­tur­ize and seal my ends morn­ing and night by the time I get home from school (cos­me­tol­ogy school <3) my hair be so dry. Iv tried wear­ing my satin cap and Beanie to keep my hair from being dry but that only makes my hair stay real­ly wet and mushy feel­ing all day . I live in Flori­da… Read more »
Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

Ashan­ti, what are you seal­ing with? are you using sul­fate free sham­poos? Do you use a leave in con­di­tion­er? So many vari­ables that could cause dry hair. Oth­er prod­ucts could be the cul­prit besides the seal­ing.

I am also 3c/4a. I live in NY. Dry weath­er in the win­ter but I have no prob­lems with dry hair. Maybe I can help? I think its impor­tant to exam­ine all of the prod­ucts you are using as well as your tech­niques.

boy have I been guilty of all things above. I’ve been tran­si­tion­ing from a relax­er for the last 6 mos with a short style. I do slick­backs and wear a twa when I can, so my hair often dries out through the course of the day. My biggest mis­take is not stick­ing to my rou­tine, then I fall right back to these mis­takes. My job forces me to trav­el quite a bit, so it is hard to stick to a reg­u­lar rou­tine. Does any­one have any stan­dard tips for the road?? I often can’t bring many bot­tles with, so I… Read more »
Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

Amen to #9. When I read about peo­ple who leave condish in for hours on hours I have to won­der why. It real­ly isn’t any more effec­tive than say 30–45 mins. Plus you can over condish your hair, affect­ing it’s elas­tic­i­ty.


I am with you on this, the GHE fad is a recipe for dis­as­ter.

I only DC with my steam­er for 20 min­utes and I an good to go.


Guilty as charged! :o( I will be more mind­ful now since I bc’d this past week­end for the 2nd time in 3 years. I don’t plan to go back again.

My ques­tion is how exact­ly should I do the moisturizing/sealing process? I’ve tried to use the oils first and then the water-based mois­tur­iz­er and my hair still feels dry and I’ve also tried it the oth­er way around. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’ve been tran­si­tion­ing from relaxed to nat­ur­al for a year now and I haven’t had a lot of break­age, but I’ve been bat­tling an extra­or­di­nar­i­ly dry scalp. I’ve basi­cal­ly got­ten that under con­trol, switched to a plan based sham­poo, deep con­di­tioned, used water spritzes before set­ting my hair into pro­tec­tive styles, but I’m still deal­ing… Read more »

In order to seal in the mois­tur­iz­er in your hair, used a water-based prod­uct first, and then pro­ceed with oil. If you have ever fried any­thing, you know that water evap­o­rates quick­ly will hot (Flat iron­ing), but if oil is in the mix, the water stays in longer as the oil wraps around the water.


Try mas­sag­ing your scalp with Organ­ic Vir­gin non refined coconut oil. It mois­tur­izes your scalp, gets rid of dan­druff and makes hair grow faster. It also fights off inflam­ma­tion and infec­tion so it pre­vents hair fall. That’s a long kept secret from Indi­an peo­ple and you see how think and dense their hair is. I start­ed doing that and my scalp feels so much health­i­er and I notice my hair is grow­ing quick­er. Also try pre­na­tal vit­a­mins to nour­ish your hair from the inside out. Even if you are not preg­nant.


I know that this is late, but I just want­ed to add a com­ment. Always put the oil on last. It is not the mois­tur­iz­er, but the sealant. Put the water based mois­tur­iz­er on first, then seal with the oil. Oth­er­wise your hair will feel dry because there’s no mois­ture in the strands. They will become dry and brit­tle and will feel rough.

Aisa @ 4 Us Naturals
To mois­tur­ize and seal: you mois­tur­ize with water/water based prod­uct first and then seal with a but­ter or oil. I would sug­gest you stay away from petro­le­um based oil but­ter like vaseline/hair grease/mineral oil. They are linked to can­cer and who knows what else. You can coat wet hair with shea but­ter and that should work or you can use a water based leave in con­di­tion­er after wash­ing and then seal that with oil (olive oil/coconut oil). I also would sug­gest NOT using Can­tu Shea but­ter for mois­ture. It has some­thing in it for hold and I found that any… Read more »

So what is a good water based prod­uct to try?


Per­haps Kinky Curly Knot Today.


I had the same prob­lem until i used petro­le­um jel­ly to seal my hair and did a very light blow up. My hair was so soft & still mois­turised. I think that the oils — cas­tor, coconut & olive oil were mak­ing my hair to be crunchy.


I have the same ques­tion. How DO you mois­tur­ize and seal?

Keisha J
Hi, I have real­ly thick and curly hair so I can def­i­nite­ly relate. The best thing you can prob­a­bly do is mois­tur­ize your hair in sec­tions. I have my hair in twists or braids all the time because I real­ly can’t deal with the stress of fig­ur­ing out how to style my hair on a dai­ly basis.  Every night I sec­tion off my hair into 4 to 6 sec­tions, spritz plain water in my hands rub them togeth­er and start from my ends to near my roots in a down­ward motion (the down­ward motion helps with clos­ing the cuti­cle.) When I’m… Read more »

Keisha I thank you for tak­ing the time out to help me with this. Bless­ed­ly I’m not see­ing a lot of break­age and my hair seems healthy oth­er­wise. But this has def­i­nite­ly been a jour­ney of ded­i­ca­tion, dis­ci­pline, and con­stant knowl­edge. I am going to try using many of these tips and hope­ful­ly I’ll find a rou­tine that works for my hair. Thanks again!


Con­grats on your tran­si­tion­ing jour­ney thus far! I’ve been in it for 23 months and BC next month…

Here’s my tech­nique:

Hope that Helps!


I appre­ci­ate the link. Review­ing it right now.

I have very tight­ly coiled strands too. I spritz with water every day until my hair is damp, not wet. Then I put on a leave in con­di­tion or can­tu shea but­ter. Then to top it all off, I coat my hair with coconut oil or min­er­al oil (baby oil) to seal. It total­ly works for my hair. My hair is nor­mal­ly in two strand twists about 80% of the time. Wear­ing your hair out can be more dry­ing. I do this both in the morn­ing and right before I go to bed. Make sure that you wear a satin… Read more »

MIn­er­al oil is NOT good for your hair!! Google: dam­ag­ing effects of min­er­al oil

Nina Christian

I remem­ber read­ing some time ago tha we should not use min­er­al oil.
It said tgat min­er­al oil takes the viti­amin A from the body.

Hi I just thought I would share with you my expe­ri­ence as yours sounds extreme­ly sim­i­lar to what I was going through. What I found to be the prob­lem was too much pro­tein, I too was using the Can­tu Shea But­ter for a mois­tur­iz­er as well as deep con­di­tion­ing with Suave Mois­ture Milk prod­uct which is a pro­tein base as well. Now that I use all mois­ture enhanc­ing prod­ucts my hair is great! I can hon­est­ly say I now appre­ci­ate my nat­ur­al hair. My last relax­er was Novem­ber 2010 and I nev­er real­ly made time to learn my hair but… Read more »

Thank you. I do wear a satin bon­net every night ant the can­tu shea but­ter was the prod­uct that I used to mois­tur­ize. It’s crazy because when I was 100% relaxed it worked per­fect­ly for my hair. I nev­er felt this type of tum­ble­weed feel­ing. LOL! I’m not defeat­ed, just a lit­tle con­cerned.