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?


Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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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!


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!!!!


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 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


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

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 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 .


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.


Wow! Love the Idea of Whipped Shea But­ter.

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.

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 »

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

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 »
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

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