What is the best moisturizer for locs?
This is a question I get really often because our locs need moisture. Did you know that when your locs are properly moisturized your roots will stay neater for longer (i.e – less frizz and unraveling) and your locs will feel softer? It really is a great feeling, literally and emotionally, when your hair is hydrated! So, I am happy to share with you the many options you have when selecting the best moisturizer for your locs! When you are aware of the different types of moisturizers you can give your locs what they need to thrive. There is such a thing as a “bad” moisturizer, which would be a moisturizer that does not benefit your locs. To help you identify what type(s) of moisturizers you need, let’s breakdown the 5 different types of moisturizers for locs.
Before we get into the different types of moisturizers let’s be sure we are on the same page with what a moisturizer is. Oil is not a moisturizer. I speak about this often, but I feel it is especially important to highlight this before we move forward. Oil does not moisturize. Moisture comes from water. Therefore, all of the moisturizers that I will be sharing are water-based.
Now, let’s get to the juicy stuff!
5 Types of Moisturizer for Locs
The 5 different types of moisturizers for locs are herbal, astringent, cleansing, refreshing, and conditioning— listed in no particular order. As I explain the purpose of each moisturizer, I will also share a product recommendation and/or example of that type of moisturizer. For the full list of moisturizers for locs, download the “Cultivate Hydration” Moisturizer Guide.
Herbal Moisturizer. An herbal moisturizer is formulated to hydrate and strengthen the hair and scalp. The strength in an herbal moisturizer comes from the power of herbs and, optionally, infusing essential oils into the mixture. Rosewater is a common herbal moisturizer that many people use on a regular basis. One of my favorite rosewater-based herbal moisturizers is the “Moisture Infusion“.
Astringent Moisturizer. An astringent moisturizer is used to calm or soothe the scalp. Astringent moisturizers for locs are typically very lightweight with a base of witch hazel. An astringent moisturizer is my go-to whenever my scalp is itching; and it is a must after every workout.
Conditioning Moisturizer. A conditioning moisturizer is designed to soften the hair and add shine. Usually, conditioning moisturizers are water-based with the addition of carrier oils, proteins, and/or humectants. For color-treated hair or locs that have been bleached I highly recommend using a conditioning moisturizer at least 1-2 times per week.
Refreshing Moisturizer. A refreshing moisturizer is very gentle and is particularly beneficial for starter locs. Refreshing moisturizers are created using the properties of essential oils. This moisturizer can be used everyday and helps to “wake up” the hair.
Altogether, maintaining the moisture in your locs is essential to preventing dryness, breakage, and thinning. When your hair is hydrated it feels really good— no scratchy hairs on your neck and your locs are soft to the touch. Can you imagine having healthy locs that always feel and look good? That should be your normal. So when you are choosing the beat moisturizer for your locs, make sure your choosing what your hair needs. Be sure to read the product labels so you know what is in the moisturizer that you’re selecting or download the “Cultivate Hydration” Moisturizer Guide for a list of my favorite moisturizers for locs!