By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Are you hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time find­ing a suit­able mois­tur­iz­er for your dry, thick hair? Nat­u­rals in this cat­e­go­ry usu­al­ly require a heavy but­ter- and/or oil-based pro­duct in order to effec­tive­ly provide and retain mois­ture.  Such prod­ucts tend to work bet­ter when applied to damp hair, thus act­ing more as a sealant.  Oth­ers work just fine on hair that has been dried, thus pro­vid­ing mois­ture as well.  In this arti­cle, I will share four top prod­ucts for dry, thick hair:

1. Jane Carter Nourish and Shine

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WHAT’S IN IT: The Jane Carter Nour­ish and Shine con­tains a good com­bi­na­tion of mois­tur­iz­ing but­ters among its top ingre­di­ents, includ­ing shea, illipe, man­go, and kokum.

WHY NOURISH AND SHINE: This com­bi­na­tion effec­tive­ly mois­tur­izes and seals extreme­ly dry, thick hair.  It melts into the strands with­out leav­ing a film or greasy feel, and a lit­tle goes a long way.  The end result of using this pro­duct is sup­ple, mois­tur­ized hair that also smells pleas­ant due to the addi­tion of grape­fruit and pear essen­tial oils. I per­son­al­ly find that Nour­ish and Shine works well on either damp or dry hair.

WHERE TO FIND: Amazon.com

2. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream


 

WHAT’S IN IT: The Amla & Olive Heavy Cream con­sists of cas­tor oil, olive oil, dis­tilled water (mois­ture), amla, brah­mi, aloe, glyc­er­in (humec­tant), and oth­er ingre­di­ents.

WHY AMLA & OLIVE HEAVY CREAM: Many nat­u­rals rave about the effec­tive­ness of this pro­duct for dry, thick hair. If you are not so much a fan of shea but­ter but love oils and glyc­er­in, then this pro­duct may be for you.  The Amla & Olive Heavy Cream has a thick con­sis­ten­cy that resem­bles that of a whipped but­ter but with­out the addi­tion of a but­ter.  Many nat­u­rals prefer to use this pro­duct on damp hair as a sealant while a few use it just fine on dried hair.

WHERE TO FIND: http://www.qhemetbiologics.com/

 

3. Pura Body Naturals Cupuacu Hair Butter


WHAT’S IN IT: The Pura Body Nat­u­rals Cupuacu Hair But­ter also con­tains a com­bi­na­tion of but­ters among its top ingre­di­ents, includ­ing cupuacu, muru­mu­ru, man­go, illipe, seed, and shea.  Addi­tion­al­ly, this pro­duct con­tains a few oils, such as olive, cas­tor, and coconut.

WHY CUPUACU HAIR BUTTER: Due to the com­bi­na­tion of but­ters and oils, this pro­duct works very well as a sealant, espe­cial­ly for dry, thick hair that requires some­thing heavy.  It works best when applied to damp hair in order to effec­tive­ly retain mois­ture. The Cupuacu Hair But­ter comes in two fra­grances – Tahi­tian Vanil­la and Lemon­grass Blend.  I’ve used both and prefer the Tahi­tian Vanil­la due to its light, sweet scent.

WHERE TO FIND: http://www.purabodynaturals.com/

 

4. Homemade Whipped Shea Butter with Oils

 

WHAT’S IN IT: Many DIY nat­u­rals with dry, thick hair grav­i­tate towards a mix­ture of shea but­ter and oil(s).  The more pop­u­lar oils tend to include coconut oil and/or olive oil.  Oth­er options are grape­seed oil, saf­flow­er oil, and cas­tor oil.  The mix­ture ratio depends on your desired con­sis­ten­cy; home­made whipped but­ters usu­al­ly con­tain 20–40% oil(s).

WHY WHIPPED BUTTER: This home­made mix­ture can work well for dry, thick hair given the com­bi­na­tion of a heavy, mois­tur­iz­ing but­ter and oils with sealing/moisturizing prop­er­ties. Whip­ping your own mix­ture also allows you to direct­ly con­trol the ingre­di­ents that go onto your hair.

WHERE TO FIND: Shea But­ter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Cas­tor Oil, Grape­seed Oil, Saf­flow­er Oil

Do you have dry, thick hair?  What are your favorite mois­tur­iz­ers?

Chinwe

Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/
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LM

I have been using Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie, shea but­ter mix­tures, and EVOO for my hair since I went nat­u­ral. Shea Mois­ture and EVOO are easy to find, inex­pen­sive, and work won­ders for my hair whether applied to damp or dry hair, although I prefer damp appli­ca­tions. I haven’t ven­tured into oth­er prod­ucts, because the­se work for me and don’t punch a hole in my small pock­ets :-)

Inf

I use Reve Essen­tials Hair and Body Mois­tur­iz­er right after wetting/washing my hair. I either seal that with cas­tor oil or apply Don­na Marie Super­But­ter on top. I’ve had no issues with dry hair since. 

The pj in me is deeply con­sid­er­ing adding QB Amla and Olive Heavy Cream to my stash though.

df

I have thick, dry nat­u­ral hair but I also have a good mix­ture of fine and coarse strands. Qhemet’s Amla Cream and their Atheo but­ter just sit on top of my hair and make my hair dry and stringy and build up on my hair very quick­ly. I use the Amla cream to mas­sage my scalp and edges to encour­age growth. It helps because of the cas­tor oil.

BECCA

Crim­son­peach where do you get your man­go but­ter? I would like tried it.

Inf

It seems that she was refer­ring to the man­go but­ter used in the speci­fic pro­duct she made ref­er­ence to.

You can find nat­u­ral man­go but­ter on etsy.com and ama­zon. You get bet­ter deals on etsy though. HTH

Vassia
Kisa, I had no idea you pub­lished this blog about us until I was senc­ahirg your blog tabs about teto­nia. Thanks for bring­ing the obvi­ous into my view. This week has been hor­ren­dous with 2 sick kids, try­ing to jug­gle work and Justin and I tak­ing turns going to work and stay­ing up at night. I see the light at the end of the tun­nel now that every­one is feel­ing bet­ter and I know this wasn’t the first or last time we’ll have to do this. But, your pho­tos remind­ed me of the times when every­thing just stands still and,… Read more »
Landry
I have thick 4a/b hair with fine to medi­um strands. I pur­chased the Quemet Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and the Bur­dock Root But­ter Cream and both were rather heavy, and the glyc­er­ine in them made my hair so soft that it would not hold a twist or braid out. They are sit­ting in my fridge right now. I plan on those creams when I do mini-twists.  So far I’ve been spritz­ing my hair night­ly with a mix of water, aloe vera juice, and EVOO, and seal­ing with a drop of grape­seed oil, and my hair has been incred­i­bly hydrat­ed… Read more »
Pat
@ Landry the AOHC is too heavy for me as well. I tried the cocoa tree detan­gling ghee (ctdg) and it is awe­some but I can’t use or I will get a lot of buildup. I usu­al­ly wash, seal and then use the ctdg and I get beau­ti­ful twist/braidouts. Though, once the hair is well mois­turised with what­ev­er pro­duct, your twists/braid will be awe­some. You can try sam­ples on their web­site. I think the moringa ghee might be lighter * I sound like a pusha. I’ve also heard good things about Camille rose nat­u­rals almond jai twist­ing but­ter but just like… Read more »
NubianPrize
I agree about AOHC being heavy. It took a few tries before I real­ized I had to use basi­cal­ly a “smear” of it on each sec­tion while damp, let it mar­i­nate for about 30″ to an hour with a scarf on & then check to see how much Aethiopika I’d need to seal. Same with the CTDG. The Moringa Tree ghee for­mu­la has changed with the new bot­tle & works bet­ter for me. I use it as a deep con­di­tion­er detan­gler & then rin­se most of it out so I won’t have buildup hen I use the oth­er prod­ucts. If… Read more »
Landry

Pat, if you’re a push­er, I am too! lol! I LOVE prod­ucts and I am not ashamed to say it. ;) I have heard good things about Camille Rose prod­ucts as well, I may try that next.

For now I use Car­ols Daugh­ter Loc But­ter (a lit­tle goes a long way) for my twist/braid outs and I love it.

Zanthe
I have dense hair but fine strands and while Amla Olive was way too heavy, greasy and made my hair dif­fi­cult to man­age, I found Bur­dock to be nice­ly mois­tur­is­ing, not heavy or greasy and the glyc­er­in didn’t both­er me like it does in some prod­ucts. I agree about clean hair accept­ing pro­duct and if my hair wasn’t so dense and time con­sum­ing I’d wash more reg­u­lar­ly than 1–2 weeks. I don’t think it can han­dle the manip­u­la­tion and is always much dri­er just after air dry­ing post-wash only need­ing to be re washed a week lat­er just as it… Read more »
Landry

Zan­the, I usu­al­ly wash my hair once a week. The time I went 2 weeks, and men­tioned above, is when my hair act­ed out. lol By the time the sec­ond week rolled around, it was very dry. I’ve learned that to main­tain my mois­ture lev­els, I need to wash/cowash at least once a week for now. 

I agree that wash­ing can be time consuming–it does take a while!! I’ve tried to stream­line my reg­i­ment so that that it takes less time.

Joan B. in S. C.

@Landry, now I’m cer­tain I need to wash my hair when I get home from work tonight. Thanks!

TINA SMITH

YES TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH EXCELLENT POINT

Landry

Thank TINA, I had to learn this the hard way. My scalp/hair loves to be clean. Also sham­poo bars have been a great way for me to cleanse my hair while keep­ing the mois­ture locked in.

TINA SMITH
Suzie

Can­tu Shea But­ter for Nat­u­ral Hair’s Coconut Curling Cream is the best mois­tur­iz­er I’ve found yet! It leaves my hair soo soft, gives it a great shine, and the smell is heav­en­ly too. Loooove it!

jojo bak

HOW LONG CAN THE WHIPPED MIXTURE LAST FOR AFTER ITS MADE?WILL IT START TO SMELL RANCID?HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT IS AN OK FUNNY SMELL FROM GET RID OF IT SMELL? :)

Loo
Hi Jojo. It depends on what you add to your mix­ture. If you just add olive oil and/or coconut oil, the mix­ture can last up to a year and may­be a lit­tle longer. If you add oils with short shelf lives or if you add “wet” ingre­di­ents (such as aloe vera gel), the mix­ture may only last a few months or sev­er­al months, which is fine for most peo­ple. This is all with­out the addi­tion of preser­v­a­tives. NOTE: I would stay way from adding water to a whipped but­ter, unless you are using the right preser­v­a­tives. In my expe­ri­ence, the… Read more »
TINA SMITH

VITAMIN E OIL AND TEA TREE OILS ARE PRESERVATIVES AND ARE ADDED TO MY HAIR MOUSSE. ALOE VERA GEL ALSO LASTS A FEW YEARS AS WELL

Pat

Lol @ Tina Smith

TINA SMITH

@PAT WELL IT’S TRUE LOL

pam
Hi JoJo, whipped shea but­ter can last at least a year unless you use oils that high­ly polyun­sat­u­rat­ed such as hemp and flax seed oil. Unless you are using the aloe vera gel that already has preser­v­a­tives in it such as you would find in the sun­tan or skin sec­tions of a store,once plain aloe vera with­out preser­v­a­tives, it tends to grow fun­gus. Water grows fun­gus as well. Tea tree oil does very lit­tle for fun­gus and vit E is an anti oxi­dant that slows the ran­cid­i­ty. Keep your mix­ture refrig­er­at­ed or in a dark cool place to delay changes… Read more »
Natalee

That Alma & Olive Heavy Cream is the truth. I like to put in when I’m hav­ing a bad hair day and just let it marinate…scratch that mur­ri­nate like chick­en in a blend of secret herbs and spices…Whoa, that stuff is good. Soft­est, shini­est, sup­ple hair and a lit­tle goes a long way.

chloe

I agree. I’m a 4z and noth­ing so0ftens my hair bet­ter.

Crist

lol

DiJah

I use Shea Moisture’s Curl & Style Milk OR Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie.

Sonya

Me too! It’s my sta­ple pro­duct.

crimsonpeach

I vote for QB’s aethopika hydrat­ing and twist but­ter. Soft hair very time. My hair loves the man­go but­ter in it.

Eat.Style.Play

Girl my hair LOVES QB prod­ucts. The Twist But­ter is always sold out! I am using the Ghee for my twist outs and they always come out look­ing amaz­ing, but my hair is so dry i have to apply almost every­day day it soaks it all up. I will STAN for their prod­ucts always. I have I guess 4C? I don’t know it’s real­ly tight, breaks easy, and super dry.
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NubianPrize
I have thick fine most­ly 4a with some in between a & b spots & love the Aethiopika, too. Since Qhemet’s prod­ucts are so con­cen­trat­ed I can sec­tion my hair & use a very lit­tle AOHC on each sec­tion & then twist with the Aethiopika. I washed my hair on Sat­ur­day Oct 13 & today is the 15th & it’s still very mois­tur­ized despite low humid­i­ty. I also have the Nour­ish & Shine which a pal gave me because it didn’t agree with her hair. I haven’t done twists with it yet but I did use some over Kinky Curly… Read more »
jnyckel

i’ve been eager to try Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

merry

i use the aohc and i real­ly like it.

the qb online store is not 100% open now but they are sell­ing a sam­ple pack of all prod­ucts, except the sham­poo, now for $29 plus $6 tax. 

i’ve want­ed to try some of the oth­ers but haven’t been able to con­vince myself. i ordered the sam­ple pack, even though it’s not cheap.

just remem­ber, a lit­tle goes a looonnnggg way with the­se prod­ucts. i washed my hair sun­day night and haven’t added mois­tur­iz­er since.

merry

i mean $6 for ship­ping. tax depends on your state, of course. lol.

sam

Qhemet is sold through http://www.sagenaturalceuticals.com/shop/
They have the full size stuff, and they ship EXTRA FAST! But you have to reg­is­ter (which is free, just give an email address).

merry

yes, but as far as i know, the sam­ple pack and the oth­er min­is are only avail­able through her face­book page and the qb web­site.

i’m not talk­ing about full size con­tain­ers. i’ve order through sage…

sam

Amla & Olive cured me of my pro­duct junkie habit. I LOVE this stuff! I have very thick dry hair, and it’s the bomb.

MzT

Does a whipped shea mix­ture real­ly mois­tur­ize hair? I always thought mois­tur­iz­ers had to be water based and then the oil based stuff were to seal in that mois­ture

Tyler

Def­i­nite­ly agree here. I use oil-based prod­ucts like shea but­ter ON TOP of mois­tur­iz­ers that are water based.

Loo

Hi MzT. It depends on what you add to your whipped but­ter, but for the most part, yes it is more of a sealant that is best applied to damp hair. 

Mois­tur­iz­ers are usu­al­ly water-based (like the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream above), but some (not all) oils/butters can do a bit of “mois­tur­iz­ing” as well.

Andrea

I just start­ed using the wipped shea but­ter option. So far, it’s being great. I hair remains moist for a at at least a week, then I reaply. I do need to get a water base mois­tur­iz­er though, as an addi­tion.

Ugonna Wosu

got it. You should use it with damp hair! I want to make whipped shea but­ter in the near future!

Zanthe

I don’t have thick hair but I have dry, very dense FINE 4b hair. I have found that KBB But­ter Love and Creamy­li­cious as well as Oyin Hair Dew and any of their sprays plus Hairveda CoCas­ta Shikaikai are just per­fect for my hair. The kbb stuff is pret­ty expen­sive once it cross­es over the pond to the UK but to me it’s worth it. Qhemet’s bur­dock root is also good but their stuff is hard to get hold of here and the online shop always seems to be closed.

chloe

Qhemet is sold through Sage Nat­u­ral­ceu­ti­cals in the US and Mari­posa Import in Europe.

Amy

I have fine and very thirsty 4b hair too. And I love the Oyin Hair Dew. I’ll check out the oth­er prod­ucts. But one prob­lem I have with my nat­u­ral hair is it dis­likes most of the pop­u­lar ingre­di­ents like shea but­ter and olive oil. I have a hard time find­ing prod­ucts that suit my hair needs. I wish the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty would pay more atten­tion to fine-haired nat­u­rals.

Amy

Oh I for­got. It dis­likes glyc­er­in too.

Tel8

Do they sell the Pura stuff here by any chance? I’m in Lon­don and I’d like to check that out. Also, where do you get the Oyin from?? I’ve nev­er tried it, but I’ve heard a bit about it and I’d like to give it a go.

Zanthe

No Pura­Body is def­i­nite­ly not over here yet. I buy Oyin and KBB at Nexra­s­tore online. I’d like to become DIY because we lack so many brands here and the import­ed prod­ucts are far from cheap com­pared to the price in the US. Oyin Hair Dew is £13.99 but I like it because it’s glyc­er­in free and mois­tur­is­ing in the win­ter.

Tel8

Thanks for the respon­se!

I’ve found a few lines that I like that are sold in the shop, so that’s a good thing- Africare or Afro­care is one I want to try, and Beau­ti­ful Tex­tures is okay as well. I get my Tal­i­ah Waa­jid stuff too which I real­ly like, but I haven’t found any of the ‘pop­u­lar’ brands. 

£13 is a lot, but then again, I got a sam­ple of that Kiehls sham­poo and the full size costs about £20 so… yeah. Expen­sive!

DIY is def­i­nite­ly cheap­er, and I just have fun mix­ing things up on the whole.

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