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


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.


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.



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.



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?


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184 Comments on "The 4 Best Moisturizers for Thick, Dry Natural Hair"

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Sydney Sage

i use sweet almond oil mixed with jojoba oil and a leave in conditioner. i use those oils because they are light and moisturizing

Sarah Brown
Ladies I Would Really Appreciate Your Help?My Youngest Daughter Who Is 6yrs Old Hair Is Beyond Dry&Frizzy&Her Curls Arent Curls Anymore..Ive Tried So Many Different Products But Cannot Find Any S&C Sets or Deep Conditioning Treatments Or Any Deep Conditioning Leave In That Will Work. Her Hair Soaks Up Everything And Im Out Of Ideas. If anyone has any mixed children(African-American/Sicilian/Cuban)Any Of Those Lol And Has Had This Same Problem But Found A Solution Please Share That Knowledge Or If Anyone Has Any Suggestions Id Be Beyond Appreciative. I Get Ber Hair Braided Every 2wks Now Because I Just Cant… Read more »

I usually wear a natural oncological wig. Do you recommend any of these products?

Flozzy Anne
My hairdresser recently recommended this to me because I have hard to handle hair that is super dry and brittle on the ends and gets really oily at the roots. I’ve been using this product for about two weeks now and it has honestly improved my hair so much. The once dry, brittle ends of my hair are now amazingly healthy, smooth and hydrated, without being that false silky that you get with a lot of supermarket brand conditioners. As for the oily roots of my hair I find that this product helps remove any extra oil in my hair… Read more »
Alberto Ruiperz

Hi!!, i’ve read the article and i’d like to know if those treatments are also good for wigs. I have wig from this site and i like to try something new. Thanks.


Wow! Love the Idea of Whipped Shea Butter.


I have curly hair but it is not very thick. I need moisture and want to also use a product for styling my hair. The best one I’ve found so far is this product called Hair&Skin Moisturizing CC Cream. I got a sample from a girl at a hair show and haven’t been able to find any since then. Does anyone know Where I can find it? It is very, very good.


– I have thick curly hair . My hair is perfect when i first get out of the shower & I haven’t found anything that keeps my curls loose, minimual firzz, & keeps it looking fresh. Anyone with medium length hair please comment, i need someone wh has a similar hair type .

Personally, heavy natural shea butter, is too much for my hair, especially for the nape where my curl pattern is looser (don’t ask me what it is, I’m still trying to determine my hair myself, lol). I personally stick to getting my hair super damp with a spray bottle, and coating it with my castor oil mixture (75% castor oil + 25% olive – which is for growth), or my olive oil mixture (75% olive oil +25% castor – which is geared more towards moisture). I rarely use butters, but anything with whipped coconut oil (and not because it smells… Read more »

– How do the oils affect your hair ? Does it have less frizz or is there less scrunching ?


I made a whipped cocnut oil mix and my hair loves it. I used organic blah, blah, blah coconut oil, jojoba, sweet almond, alittle vitamin e and a few drops of argan and lemongrass oil and whipped it with a hand mixer util it was fluffy. I use it as my daily creme


I tried homemade shea butter mixes in the early days of my natural journey but I don’t think my hair like pure shea butter much. I;’ve tried a number of mositurizers on my hair and so far my faves have been
Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream and CB Smoothe Daily Moisturizing Styling Creme


Yes! Listen to queen bee. I almost want to say any product works better on damp hair first.


I have to agree, damp hair 1st!


I recently started using Aura Cacia Organic Cocoa Butter. It is fabulous for my hair. It is really hard in its raw form until you heat it up. It is my number one go to for hair moisturizer and it smells so good. I totally stumbled upon this product for my hair on accident. It says for skin on the container, but my hair loves it!!!!


Tried Jane Carter–my hair hated it and tried to b-slap me for using it. butters work well with water FIRST then a leave in condish then the butter to hold it all in. If you use a butter and hair feels dry, look at the sequence you use it in. Never substitute butter for moisture or water because it is NOT the same!