The 16 Best Natural Hair Moisturizers 2021

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There are oils, curling creams, and hair refreshing sprays, but is your hair product collection complete without a nourishing moisturizer? Whether it’s labeled as a moisturizer or a leave-in conditioner, it’s a holy grail product that rehydrates and shields your hair from the brisk winds, rough towels, harsh ingredients, and touchy-feely hands it encounters daily (cue: Solange). Protect your hair against these terrors with the 16 best moisturizers ever, below.

Retention/Strength Dual Treatment

We love a multi-use product! This treatment can be used as a detangler, conditioner, or leave-in hair mask. Hydrating coconut milk and avocado de-frizz curls and restore moisture for extra bounce. 

Leave-In Conditioner

You can trust Tracee Ellis Ross’s Pattern Beauty to deliver the softest, most hydrated curls. Bonus points for the delicious jasmine, bergamot, and sandalwood scent. 

Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Spritz on this lightweight conditioning spray made with rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to eliminate frizz and detangle coils. 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner

Jamaican black castor oil is the star of this intensely nourishing leave-in conditioner, formulated to revive color-treated and permed hair. 

Baomint Moisturizing Curl Defining Cream

Customize your curls thanks to the buildable formula found in Adwoa’s curl cream. Apply the product based your hair’s density and desired volume. 

Curlaide Moisture Butter

Packed with natural ingredients like green tea, organic rice milk, and jojoba oil, this moisture butter smooths and softens hair for pillow-soft curls. 

Gold Series Pro-V Hydrating Butter Cream

A little goes a long way with this thick cream from Pantene’s Gold Series. The butter-soft blend melts into the shaft for manageable and soft hair.

Pink Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion

When every product fails you, you know you can count on the OG Luster’s Pink Lotion hair moisturizer. The lightweight moisturizers whips your hair back into shape, thanks to provitamin B5 and vitamin E that protects against damage. 

Ultra Hydrating Curl Leave-In Cream

The cute rose packaging might be deceiving but Kristin Ess’ leave-in conditioner is a hair savior. Frizz? Dryness? This products fights it all. 

Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer Intensive Treatment

Apply this soft cream to your hair for shiny curls and an intoxicating mango scent.  

Shea Yogurt Moisturizer

All of your favorite hair care ingredients—shea butter, sweet almond oil, argan oil, coconut oil and more—are blended to perfection and topped off with a yummy, citrus scent. 

Shea Butter & Pure Coconut Oil Leave-In Conditioner

Suave Professionals for Natural Hair

Suave Professionals collaborated with over 5,000 women to deliver a moisture rich collection for women with natural curls, coils, and waves. The Nourish and Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner feels like butter when applied to hair. The deeply nourishing formula leaves hair smooth from root to tip thanks to its star ingredient, shea butter. 

Moisture Miracle Leave In Cream

For just $5, African Pride whips up a sweet cocktail of five (!) essential oils—coconut, argan, baobab, olive, and grapeseed oil—to create a strong barrier to repair weak, limp strands. 

Kalahari Smoothie Leave-In

This thick and silky smooth concoction provides enough slip to rake through your hair knot-free and penetrates deep into the hair shaft to make it easier to detangle and style. 

Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk

Your journey to soft and supple hair is missing this nourishing, milk-like cream that melts into your hair like butter. It’s lightweight, so it doesn’t leave any product buildup or weigh down your hair. 

Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer

As I Am’s Coconut CoWash is every naturalista’s holy grail but the DoubleButter Cream is coming for the top spot. Enriched with the finest butters (shea and cocoa) and a slew of essential oils, this blend helps to retain moisture and leaves hair soft for days. 

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