By Chinwe of Hair and Health
Finding a suitable moisturizer for thirsty, fine hair can be a challenge. Heavy butters and oils can easily weigh down the thin strands. On the other hand, extremely light moisturizers may not provide adequate moisture. So what is a girl with thirsty, fine hair to do? Well, below are four recommended moisturizers for your hair:
1. Oyin’s Hair Dew
WHAT’S IN IT: The Oyin Hair Dew contains purified water (moisture), castor oil (sheen, sealant), olive oil (moisture, sealant), organic aloe vera gel (moisture), and behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifier, conditioning) among its top five ingredients.
WHY HAIR DEW: The main ingredient in this product is water, which provides ultimate moisture to thirsty hair. The other ingredients contribute sheen and more moisture while not being too heavy for fine hair. Those with fine hair may like this product alone or under a light sealant. This is the lightest moisturizer of the four listed in this article.
WHERE TO FIND: www.oyinhandmade.com/
2. Curl Junkie’s Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
WHAT’S IN IT: The Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion contains water (moisture), cetearyl alcohol (emollient, emulsifier), behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifier, conditioning, moisture), vegetable glycerin (humectant), and elm extract (conditioning) among its top five ingredients.
WHY CURL ASSURANCE: The main ingredient in this product is water, which provides ultimate moisture to thirsty hair. The other ingredients provide moisture retention (glycerin) and conditioning. Those with fine hair that is a bit thirstier may prefer this over Oyin’s Hair Dew. This product will not weigh down the hair.
WHERE TO FIND: www.curljunkie.com
3. Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Silky Leave-in Conditioner
WHAT’S IN IT: The Super Silky Leave-in Conditioner contains purified water (moisture), organic aloe vera juice (moisture), vegetable wax (emollient), organic coconut oil (moisture/sealant), and jojoba oil (sealant) among the top five ingredients.
WHY SUPER SILKY: This is another product with the main ingredient of water, which provides ultimate moisture to thirsty hair. The other ingredients are combination of moisturizing substances and light oils/wax. Though the product is called a leave-in conditioner, it can double as a moisturizer. Like the Curl Assurance, it is also probably more favorable for thirstier fine hair than Oyin’s Hair Dew.
WHERE TO FIND: www.karensbodybeautiful.com/
4. Homemade Shealoe Mixture
WHAT’S IN IT: The Shealoe Mixture can be made at home using pure shea butter (emollient, moisture) and pure aloe vera gel (moisture). The proportions of the mixture for fine hair are 50% shea butter and 50% aloe vera gel.
WHY SHEALOE: This mixture will not weigh down fine hair or leave it feeling greasy like your basic whipped shea butter (whipped with heavy oils). Mixing shea butter with aloe vera gel allows one to experience the softening and moisturizing properties of shea butter without the heaviness. Shealoe is ideal for those with fine hair that is extremely thirsty.
What are your favorite moisturizers for fine hair?