6 Moisturizers to Keep Your Natural Hair Hydrated this Winter

The temperatures seem to be getting worse, not better, as we get closer to spring. Last week clocked in dew points below zero on the East Coast, and we aren’t even done with snow for the year. Of course, with temperatures so low, we don’t want to walk around everyday with soaking wet hair. At the same time, it’s important to thoroughly moisturize your hair when it’s this cold – especially with the harsh winds whipping into your tendrils.

I look for two main things when choosing a moisturizer to use on dry (as in, not wet) hair. First, the product must settle or absorb into dry hair fairly quickly – some moisturizers with a more conditioner-like consistency take a while to absorb and can leave white flakes throughout your hair. Second, the product should be heavy enough to provide adequate moisture, but not be so heavy that it causes build-up that will make your wash day much more difficult. If you have too many oils and/or butters built up on your hair, it will be increasingly difficult to wash out and cleanse your scalp thoroughly. These are the things I keep in mind when I’m choosing my moisturizers for consistent results.

I apply my moisturizer either by “fluffing” my hair (lightly fluffing my curls from all angles after applying moisturizer, pic below) or separating the hair into four sections for a more thorough moisturizing process. Whether you’re rocking a five-day wash and go or bunning it, these moisturizers will keep your hair soft and supple in the winter temperatures.

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Oyin Whipped Pudding
As a very versatile product, Oyin Whipped Pudding is ideal for not only hair, but also your body to keep dry skin at bay during the harsh winter months. In addition to my hair, I use it on my face and body most days. The formula feels heavy but isn’t overly waxy, so it’s easy to rub in.

Coco Curls Moisturizing Styling Cream
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Shea Butter,Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil,Coconut Oil,Glycine Betaine (Beta vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, DL-Panthenol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Sclerotium Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance Oil.

Packed with a nice combinations of sealants and moisturizers, this styling cream absorbs into hair quickly, making it ideal for fluffing wash and gos or using for dry twist/braid out styles. Bonus: It smells like butterscotch.

KBo Escentuals Hair and Body Oil

Ingredients: Shea butter, water, peppermint oil, coconut oil, fragrance, extra virgin olive oil.

This nifty little oil blend gives a bit of moisture while keeping your hair dry enough to use on set styles as long as you don’t overdo it. It softens the hair and provides some frizz control without leaving any build up.

SDOTBEAUTY CurlFriend Smoothie
Ingredients: Distilled Aqua, Organic Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Organic Althaea Officinalis/Marshmallow Root, Organic Ulmas Rubra/Slippery Elm Bark, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus/Sunflower Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Cetyl Alcohol, Pro Vitamin B5, Aleurites Moluccana/Kukui Nut Oil, Magnifera Indica/Mango Seed Butter, Silk Amino Acids, Fragrance, Psidium Guajava/Guava Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

One of my favorite things about the CurlFriend Smoothie is that aloe vera is the second ingredient. I absolutely adore aloe vera in my hair – it not only hydrates your hair, but also helps balance its pH and can prevent clogged scalp pores. Combined with a healthy dose of conditioners and sealants, this product has grown on me a lot this winter. It’s also dependable for various uses such as a leave-in conditioner.

Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee
Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Distilled Water, Murumuru Butter, Nettle, Burdock, Rosemary, Marshmallow Root, Grapeseed Oil, Vegetable Based Emulsifier, Stearic Acid, Xanthum, Paraben Free Preservative, Fragrance

I’m still a little bit salty that I didn’t have this product growing up, mainly because it smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The consistency is slightly deceiving in that it seems like it would be tough to emulsify, when it’s actually very creamy, kind of like a heavier body butter. I also use this to seal my ends because the base ingredient is shea butter. And remember, sealing ends not only, prevents breakage, but also helps minimize single strand knots!

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Butter
Ingredients: Deionized water, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, prunus dulcis/almond milk, prunusdulcis/almond oil, cucurbita pepo/pumpkin seed oil, sesamum indicum/sesame seed oil, simmondsia chinensis/jojoba seed oil, oryza sativa/rice bran oil, macadamia ternifolia/macadamia nut seed oil,olea europaea/olive fruit oil, cannabis sativa/hemp seed oil, ulmus fulva bark extract/slippery elm, ricinus communis/castor seed oil, aloe barbadensis/aloe leaf juice, honey, camellia sinensis/green tea leaf extract, phenoxyethanol/caprylyl glycol/optiphen. sorbic acid, scent and LOVE!

Natural hair products that you can purchase on the ground? Sign me up! Camille Rose Naturals is becoming a fast favorite for many naturalistas due to the high quality of their ingredients and availability. The products are available at Target and some Whole Foods – so yay, need some moisture in a pinch? Make your way to Target. Moisture levels are off the charts with these products, making them ideal for harsh temps and to give more weight to your hair.


I will likely do a full review on the Camille Rose and Beija Flor at a later date on my personal channel – both of these are either going to be on my HG or HG honorable mentions list, which is located at http://questfortheperfectcurl.com/holy-grail-products-staples/.

Bonus Tip: Another thing I like to do during winter is keep a dry oil spray in my purse for quick refreshers or a splash of protection. The wind is NO joke and oil sprays can soften hair while placing a barrier between your hair and the elements.

What moisturizers do you love during winter?





Elle is the editor and creative director of the YouTube channel and blog, Quest for the Perfect Curl at www.questfortheperfectcurl.com. Her channel focuses on natural hair, beauty, and fitness. She loves products that smell like dessert, yoga, and glitter. Follow her @qftpc.


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20 thoughts on “6 Moisturizers to Keep Your Natural Hair Hydrated this Winter

  1. Oh thank god. Just when I needed it too. I had to stop water/leave in spritzing in the morning because when I leave for work my head freezes and I’m left shivering all day. This post was really helpful.

    • Two moisturizers that I have tried on my 4c hair lately that have helped me is Frobutter with Emu Oil and My Honey Childs Type 4 Hair Cream. They are not water based but work well with other products or alone.

    • I have a combo of 4a/4b hair and the SDOTbeauty Curlfriend Smoothie works great on my hair. It is ultra moisturizing and I live in a very cold climate.

  2. Giovanni Leave in conditioner works well, castor oil and also dark and lovely new begginnings oil moisturizer. Don’t forget to spray your hair with water, damp hair helps absorb the product. You don’t have to pay a lot of money for a good moisturizer.

  3. what ever happened to regular extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil? whats the point of being natural if we have to keep buying into another “industry” that commodifies our hair? kind of disappointed :( but thanks for sharing!

    • I’ve been thinking about that lately. When my natural hair journey began, I remember that the resources (the few that were around) taught black women how to make their own products with EVOO, shea butter, etc. Now there are so much to choose from. The movement is now less about self love and autonomy and more about the $.

    • I don’t think there is anything wrong with using products, I personally love beauty products of all kinds. The key is knowing what you need and what you simply want. Also, all of the products I mentioned are from small, black-owned businesses, so I would prefer to purchase from them than mainstream industry brands.

    • Why worry about that? Don’t get caught up in that controversy !Your only concern should be to find what works best for YOUR HAIR no matter what the natural hair nazis & pop culture say ! What works may or may not be “natural”, depending on your hair type,its texture & porosity .I use those oils all the time,but in cold dry winter air they’re not enough, so I use products plus my own shea butter mix. I even went back to using hair grease over my products to seal in moisture better… contrary to the advice of the natural hair world…. last winter & this winter because of the harsh weather which caused me to have split ends,breakage & dryness.

  4. Hi Tai,
    My Honey Child is a very rich moisturizer and I use very little using the LOC or LCO on my wash day. I use it right before my styler. My coils stay moisturized for a couple of days. I bought the product in the summer when I had a micro TWA and I found it too greasy. However in the winter my hair was feeling like straw and I decided to try it again and it has left my hair shiny and moisturized. You can’t even notice the product on my finger but that’s all that is needed. I have used it with my perm rod set. Hope this helps. Let me know if it works for you

  5. I am on a quest to find a product or method to moisturize stretched hair that limits reversion. I stretch my 4a/b hair to reduce tangling and ease styling but I dread moisturizing because the LOC or LCO method undoes the stretching. I’m not looking for perfection just something that doesn’t take my APL stretched hair back to chin length when I apply it. :-/
    It’s getting expensive to keep trying new products but I am still hopeful there is something out there for me. * Sigh * Fingers crossed that one or two of the above mentioned products will work.

    • You may want to try oil based products or butters. Those are not wet products which means your hair is less likely to revert.

  6. I use the following combos in rotation:
    Carol’s Daughter Monoi line to prevent breakage, anti breakage leave in, healthy Hair
    Butter, seal with Blue Magic grease.
    Shea Moisture Manuka mafura line . THIS IS THE BOMB.COM, esp the masque; apply
    SCurl ,AVJ, or Infusium 23 moisture replenisher as leave in,then a little Hot Six Oil &
    seal with Blue Magic
    WEN shampoo ( fig or pomegranate) SheaMoisture manuka mafura rinse out condish,Carols Daughter anti breakage spray, & Jane Carter Nourish & Shine mixed with a little HotSixOil, seal with BlueMagic.

    Shampoo of choice, Carol’s daughter or Infusium 23 moisture replenisher, Lite Pink Oil moisturizer, & Blue Magic

    Started using Blue Magic ( green,blue,or Super sure gro) or Dax in November 2013 because of harsh winter & awful dryness & split ends. Used it as last step in LOC method & it kept my hair moisturized & soft for days & reduced breakage to a minimum. Forget all the hype about not using old school things like grease, & Pink oil. My mom used it when i was a kid & I had long healthy 4a/b hair down my back. I just use it on my hair,not my scalp, & layer it over the oil & cream. Grease is now a STAPLE in my winter hair regimen.

  7. I think it is important to note that with moisture…water is key, but you have to find a product or substance that helps retain that water in your hair: like a butter or oil, or heavy cream depending on the fineness or thickness, and density of your hair . Another component that is important, probably more important than any other is making sure you wash off any product build-up. I learned that lesson the hard way. Product buildup is usually the first thing that prevents any moisture from getting into your strands. Any deep conditioning or LOC method done after will be futile if you have a layer of build-up on your strands. Many are into co-washing which is fine, but some of us build-up product faster than others depending on high closed or open your cuticle lays. You may need a shampoo more than once a month to get that build-up off your strands so you can get the moisture into your hair. Otherwise, your hair will look dull, dry, lack definition and just be plain disrespectful.

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