“Screenshot and share to save a life.” That’s how I spread the word about a beauty supply store miraculously open for deliveries and pick-ups in my neighborhood. With everything closed and nearly all of my friends pining for anything to help their hair, I felt obligated to take a picture of the storefront and blast it with the quickness. And immediately after, I stocked up on all the best moisturizer for natural hair in sight because my goodness—it feels like my hair has forgotten how to hold onto moisture.
Two months ago, I was on the fence about growing out my buzzcut. Then stay-at-home orders and Mother Nature decided for me. Being inside, like, all the time, has made it easy to be okay with the awkward length and uneven curl definition, but dryness and breakage are two things that make me cringe. With that being said, I needed all the shea butter and all the moisture-rich products.
As you can see, I immediately got shampoo and conditioner for replenishing moisture, some almond oil (my absolute fave!) to lock it all in and cute shower caps to keep the shea butter from dripping everywhere.
I also couldn’t resist stocking up on my wig essentials—lace tint spray, wig tape, and a mannequin head. Never have I spent $50 so quickly without any regrets. If you also have textured hair and have been dealing with excessive dryness, here are some of the best moisturizers out there; cleansers, conditioners, and masks included.
African Pride Moisture Miracle Honey, Chocolate & Coconut Oil Conditioner
This conditioner replenishes and locks in moisture with honey, a natural humectant, and cocoa powder, an ingredient you probably didn’t know promotes hair growth.
Buy: African Pride Moisture Miracle Honey, Chocolate & Coconut Oil Conditioner $8
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil
Pair the brand’s top-selling Don’t Despair, Repair! mask with this new hair oil, rich in ceramides, and rose flower oil, a vitamin-rich emollient.
Cantu Flaxseed Smoothing Oil
Smooth flyaways, protect the hair from hot tool damage and nourish each strand with this multi-oil blend.
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo
For brittle, broken hair, this monoi oil-infused shampoo detangles and restores strength in just one wash.
Buy: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo $19.99
Creme of Nature Pure Honey Hair Mask
A hair mask that targets moisture retention with honey, a natural humectant.
Buy: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Hair Mask $7.99
DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence Moisturizing Milk Cleanser
This sulfate- and lather-free cleanser gently cleanses curly hair using quinoa protein and chufa milk.
Hollywood Beauty Vitamin E Oil
Among this antioxidant’s many hair benefits are repairing damaged follicles and moisture.
Buy: Hollywood Beauty Vitamin E Oil $8.84
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Repair Masque
A 100 percent vegan, oil-infused mask to pair with your shampoo and conditioner on wash day for intense moisture.
Buy: Macadamia Professional Nourishing Repair Masque $36
Not Your Mother’s Curl Talk 3-in-1 Conditioner
Use this lightweight formula as a conditioner, leave-in or co-wash to increase curl (and moisture) retention.
Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil
Seal off your cleansing routine with this cooling hair oil that retains moisture and nourishes the scalp.
Buy: Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil $12.99
Ouidad Clean Sweep Moisturizing Dry Shampoo
A shampoo-conditioner hybrid that absorbs oil and odor without drying the scalp.
SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
A multi-beneficial oil for head-to-toe hydration.
Buy: SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $8.11
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
A shea butter, light lather shampoo for nourishing dry curls.
Buy: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo $8.69
Sky Organics Shea Butter
Good, old fashioned shea butter you can use as a body moisturizer and hair nourisher.
Buy: Sky Organics Shea Butter $14.95
TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask
Ward off shedding and strengthen your hair strands with this oil-infused honey formula.
Buy: TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask $14.99
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