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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: Amazon.com, 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: Amazon.com, 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?

Chinwe

Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/
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38 Comments on "4 Moisturizers That are Light But Effective"

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Mimi

R&B from Lush! Smells great, is light and mois­turis­es hair for a long time!

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[…] With­out ade­quate mois­ture, such strands are more prone to break­age. Do read this pre­vi­ous post for rec­om­men­da­tions if you have not found that light but effec­tive mois­tur­iz­er for your fine […]

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[…] wear a top bun. I always add pro­duct that keeps my hair from dry­ing like Pink Lotion, oils, and leave in con­di­tion­ers, and if I feel I already have enough pro­duct from a pre­vi­ous appli­ca­tion, I only add water to wake […]

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[…] With­out ade­quate mois­ture, such strands are more prone to break­age.  Do read this pre­vi­ous post for rec­om­men­da­tions if you have not found that light but effec­tive mois­tur­iz­er for your fine […]

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[…] I wear a top bun. I always add pro­duct that keeps my hair from dry­ing like Pink Lotion, oils, and leave in con­di­tion­ers, and if I feel I already have enough pro­duct from a pre­vi­ous appli­ca­tion, I only add water to wake […]

Natural Hair Styles 101

I tried a sam­ple size ver­sion of Oyin Handmade’s Hon­ey Dew, and I’m in love! Nev­er have my curls ever been treat­ed so well! lol

Danielle

I LOVE Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibis­cus Curling Gel Souf­flé! It’s light weight, but adds mois­ture, shine and a soft hold! It’s all nat­u­ral with fab­u­lous ingre­di­ents too…water, coconut oil, flax seed gel, agave nec­tar! It’s my holy grail mois­tur­iz­er and styling pro­duct!
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[…] With­out ade­quate mois­ture, such strands are more prone to break­age.  Do read this pre­vi­ous post for rec­om­men­da­tions if you have not found that light but effec­tive mois­tur­iz­ers for your fine […]

Alyssa

You for­got Shea Moisture’s Curl & Style Milk. That’s also a nice mois­tur­iz­er that’s com­plete­ly nat­u­ral.

Shon

KBB sweet ambrosia is hands down my favorite leave-in and I’m one of the thirsty fine-haired folks you men­tioned :) I’ve tried 3 Curl Junkie products…no bueno. I don’t think I have it in my to give them any­more mon­ey. I do want to try the hair dew next time I need to restock my pro­duct closet…maybe around black fri­day I can get a good deal.

JojoFree

Oyin Hair Dew is the stan­dard by which all of my leave-ins are mea­sured! I just go back to it when all else fails. I do like Curl Junkie Smooth­ing Lotion, but prefer Curl Junkie Rehab after hen­na and clay treat­ments.

MC

I adore B.A.S.K. Silk and Hon­ey Lat­te! It is very light and s great mois­tur­iz­er and refresh­er.

Janet

I love lus­ters s curl non drip mois­tur­iz­er! It’s a great leave in as well.

TheALiztube
For my fine 4bc hair Qhemet Bio­log­ics Bur­dock root cream did it for me… gave me mois­ture for days!!!! <i did­nt even realise i would be for­tu­nate enough to have ever wit­nessed that. Com­ing in a good sec­ond place is the Shea mois­ture curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie. Won­der­ful that is!  I real­ly want­ed the smooth­ing lotion to work by curl junkie but after a while my hair go too used to it (even while on rota­tion, though my hair was lik­ing the slip­pery elm in it — the btms and oth­er con­di­tion­ing agents wernt doing it for me). I got the same… Read more »
kinu

oyin is the bizzznessss! i got­ta catch a sale and stock up on the hair dew, j&b, and sug­ar berry pomade

mangomadness

Alba Botan­i­ca Leave In Con­di­tion­er! It’ s super mois­tur­iz­ing (and non-greasy), super slip­pery, and afford­able ($5.58, iherb.com).

treece12

I tried SM curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie but my hair hates it. It just becomes a grease­ball. Still in search of a good mois­tur­iz­er for my 4a hair, may­be i’ll try Nap85’s whipped shea but­ter recipe, as my hair likes raw shea but­ter with some leave in under­neath

Titi

A ques­tion con­cern­ing the Home­made Shealoe Mix­ture. If I do it at home, I won’t have to seal my hair after­wards since there is already shea but­ter in it, right? And by the way, how often is one to mois­tur­ize? Because when I have styles like twists or sort, mois­tur­iz­ing my hair often will make the style look frizzy much too soon.
Thanks in advance!

J

The key is to lis­ten to your hair and mois­tur­ize accord­ing to that. 

The mix­ture should keep your hair mois­turised for a few days then after that you can wet your hair with a spritz bot­tle and re-apply until the day you wash your hair. 

For your twists i would sug­gest apply­ing a bit of olive oil on the ends and sleep­ing with a sat­in cap. I hope that is help­ful.

J

*keeps my hair hap­py.

J

Water is the best and i am look­ing for a com­mer­cial mois­turis­er so this is help­ful as i ran out of the one i used to use and they don’t make it any more! :(

I sim­ply wet my hair light­ly with water when it needs a mois­ture boost and apply either a light oil like EVOO or Creamy Cafe Lat­te.

On wash day i also use Creamy Cafe Lat­te as a leave-in to seal my hair and it does a good job.

I find this works for me as what i use on wash day keeps my hair

Naeema

I LOVE Oyin! The Hon­ey Hair Dew is my absolute fav. Per­fect every­day mois­tur­iz­er and nev­er caus­es build up.

honeybrown1976

I’ve been using Oyin Hair Dew for more than a year now. My hair loves it because she absolute­ly hates any­thing feel­ing heavy and weighed down.

Natalee

I like Curl Junkie and Oyin, but recent­ly start­ed using Reve Essen­tials Hair and Body Moisturizer…W-O-W! Its a fan­tas­tic light mois­tur­iz­er and can be used as a leave in too.

Hayley

One of my most favorite mois­tur­iz­ers for dry, fine hair is Darcy’s Botan­i­cals Peach Ker­nel Hydrat­ing Milk because it is creamy enough to hydrate the hair but light enough to where it doesn’t weigh the hair down or cause it to feel sticky or greasy. It also pro­vides mois­ture that lasts and doesn’t evap­o­rate into thin air like some prod­ucts tend to do. Anoth­er added bonus that I’ve found per­son­al­ly is that it has helped thick­en my hair up in a few areas around my hair­line that were a lit­tle thin­ner. Love it!

J.Nicole

I find the Curl Cream from Curls Unleashed with a lil bit of coconut oil goes a long way for me. I got a sam­ple a while back & final­ly pur­chased the actu­al size. So far so good

Bernadette
I haven’t used any of the­se mois­tur­iz­ers. In the past 3 years, I typ­i­cal­ly make my own con­coc­tion with oils & a com­mer­cial leave-in.  I’m begin­ning to see that it isn’t as effec­tive as it used to be, so I may need to switch it up. May need to check out one of the­se prod­ucts. But, in gen­er­al, if I can’t find a pro­duct in one of my local stores, I won’t pur­chase. I’m not much of an online shop­per. :( Per­haps, I should branch out and try some­thing new!  I’m start­ing to run, and I have noticed my hair get­ting… Read more »
Bridget

I have used both Oyin’s Hair Dew and Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and find they both work pret­ty good, but I am still search­ing for the ulti­mate mois­ture for my fine strands. I find the Dew a lit­tle too light at times and the curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie a bit too heavy. Going to try the home­made shealoe mix­ture next. Thanks you so much for the infor­ma­tion!

Laura

I’m in love with Shea Mois­ture Curl and Style Milk. It has no abil­i­ty to hold, but it’s light enough to not leave a film hours after I’ve applied it. My hair is fine and 4a, as an fyi.

honeybrown1976

I use this as a leave-in, not a mois­tur­iz­er, for my wet hair. I love that it’s not heavy or filmy, which I detest.

Inf

Yup…in my rota­tion. And no glyc­er­ine, so a must have in the cold­er months.

Bridget

Now that you men­tion it, I do remem­ber try­ing and lik­ing it before when I received a small con­tain­er of it with the SM tri­al kit. Not sure why I have nev­er pur­chased a full size of it. Prob­a­bly b/c every­one always hypes up the SM curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie. Def­i­nite­ly going to pick up a bot­tle of it soon. Thank you so much!

Laura

Glad to help!

Marcia

I love Karen’s Super Silky and the Hair nectar…i would add Reve Hair & Body mOis­tur­iz­er too.

Inf

That’s on my list to try. I hear great things about it.

Alleyah

Vis­it my blog eatworkthrive.com

DiJah

From this list, i’ve only tried KBB and I absolute­ly love it! But my favorite will forever be Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. Not sure if it’s for fine haired curlies , but i’m a mix­ture of medi­um and fine hair, and the smooth­ie is light and creamy enough to mois­tur­ize my hair, and keep it that way for a few days, which is why I love it!

Inf

I love Oyin’s Hair Dew and Curl Junkie’s smooth­ing lotion. Just got hip to it recent­ly by one of the youtu­bers I sub­scribe to. Shea But­ter does noth­ing in terms of mois­ture for my hair.

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