For hair textures that are thicker in density or coarse, butters and creams tend to provide more benefit compared to lighter weight products. The consistency of butters and creams offers a thorough coverage of the strands throughout dense hair types. This can aid in better providing and preserving moisture. Since natural hair is naturally prone to dryness, your hair can use as much moisture as possible.
Here are some of the best butters and creams for natural hair:
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1) TGIN BUTTER CREAM DAILY MOISTURIZER
This butter for natural hair contains shea butter and cocoa butter as a few of its components. Both naturally extracted butters are able to penetrate the hair shaft and provide moisture (with the aid of water) due to their fatty acid concentration. The two butters have their own unique benefits, however when combined can provide soothing properties for your natural hair. Apply the TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer to brittle ends, dehydrated strands, and other dry problem areas you may have for improved softness and manageability over time.
2) CAROL’S DAUGHTER MARGUERITE’S MAGIC RESTORATIVE CREAM
This moisturizer is on the thicker side in consistency, so you won’t have to use as much to get a thorough coverage of your strands. As it states in its name, this product is a restorative cream and it definitely helps to restore moisture back into your hair – and keep it moisturized for days after. However, because it is a thicker cream there is a quicker proneness to build-up. Use this cream for hydrated twist-outs, or as a nighttime moisturizer for your hair.
3) EDEN BODYWORKS CURL DEFINING CREME
A moisturizing yet defining curl cream, this is a great product for naturals with thick or dry hair. It provides much needed hydration with the help of coconut oil, aloe vera, shea butter, and more. These ingredients can effectively penetrate the hair shaft to provide lasting moisture. We found that this product also works well in humid weather, still maintaining hold in warmer temperatures. Unlike gels, this cream does not leave your hair feeling stiff or crunchy.
4) AS I AM DOUBLE BUTTER RICH DAILY MOISTURIZER
The As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer features a combination of penetrating moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, coconut oil, and other natural extracts. It provides enough coverage to keep your hair moisturized for days, especially when left in twists or braids. This product can additionally be used for twist-outs and braid-outs as it provides a lasting hold.
5) SHEA MOISTURE JBCO LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
This leave-in conditioner cream from Shea Moisture contains the stimulating Jamaican black castor oil as one of its main ingredients. Castor oil aids in the promotion of hair growth and serves as a thick sealant. Its thick consistency helps to thoroughly coat and seal the hair strands, alleviating brittle ends and locking in moisture.
Apple cider vinegar is present in this conditioner as well, and helps to provide other conditioning properties. This is a good choice of leave-in conditioner for those with color treated or damaged hair. The combination of stimulating and conditioning ingredients will help to promote good hair health and strengthen your strands.
6) CAMILLE ROSE NATURALS ALMOND JAI TWISTING BUTTER
Containing a blend of natural extracts that include almond oil, pumpkin seed oil, aloe leaf juice, and more, this twisting butter produces moisturized, shiny results. Use this product for twist/braid-outs, bantu knot-outs, and other styles for a defined yet soft finish. The moisture that this twisting butter provides earns much positive reception from users. The lush scent is a bonus too!
7) CANTU SHEA BUTTER LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING REPAIR CREAM
An economical yet effective cream for natural hair, this one from Cantu serves almost as both a deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner all in one. You can use it as a deep conditioning treatment or just as a leave-in conditioner if desired. The pure shea butter ingredient helps to smooth the hair strands and limit frizz and flyaways. This repair cream additionally helps to reduce breakage and strengthen the hair.
8) JANE CARTER SOLUTION CURL DEFINING CREAM
The first thing you will notice about this cream is its delightful scent. Aside from that, this curl defining cream will last you awhile and comes with a convenient pump. It works good for all hair types, helping to define, soften, and add shine. Within the list of ingredients are shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba oil.
Avocado oil is one of the few penetrating oils that can moisturize the hair (with the help of water). Jojoba oil is similar in form to the natural oil that our hair strands produce called sebum. We have found that this product works / mixes well with others, making it a good choice for wash and go’s.
9) SHEA MOISTURE HIGH POROSITY MOISTURE CORRECT MASQUE
Bring your dry, tangled strands back to life with the help of this corrective deep conditioning masque. Infused with mongongo oil, hemp seed oil, baobab protein, and more, this masque is formulated to gradually repair damaged strands. One of the causes of excessively dry, frizzy, coarse hair may be your hair’s porosity. Highly porous hair can stem from heat or color damage. The mongongo oil helps to smooth and seal the raised hair cuticle. Within the baobab protein are multiple vitamins that help to strengthen the hair strands over time.
10) RAW MANGO BUTTER
Utilize your own moisturizing butter or deep conditioner with mango butter. Mango butter provides many benefits for natural hair. Mango butter naturally contains multiple vitamins and antioxidants. For hair, mango butter helps to moisturize whether you have curly fine strands or thick kinky strands. It is similar to shea butter in property. To add, mango butter protects the hair from prolonged sun damage, and has a natural lush scent to complement.
If you find that your natural hair is always dry, here are some ways to keep your natural hair moisturized for days: