Lately I’ve noticed that some naturals are using styling aids and products with the assumption that they are also serving as moisturizers. This assumption could not be more wrong. While some stylers surely do equate to some hydration their purpose is not to moisturize the hair and for the most part they do not.
Confused? Let me break it down. Stylers such as Eco gel, twisting butter and other twisting products and curl definers are created for you to style hair with. Whether this be for twist outs, braiding or obtaining curl definition with a wash and go, their purpose is to aid in achieving and maintaining a desired style. However, they are often not so good at hydrating the hair and can even cause dryness. A separate moisturizer must be used to replace moisture that is lost when styling and to add more definition and shine.
For example, one of my favorite stylers is Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. After using it I still have to use a moisturizing product though. Hence the need for Miss Jessie’s Curly Butter Creme.
Other styling products I use are the Hello Curlies Fluffy Soft Styler, Dove Style+Care Nourishing Amplifier Mousse and Camille Rose Aloe Whipped Butter Gel.
Moisturizers that I use most of the time are Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Blossom Moisture Mist, Camille Rose hair milk, Lush R&B and Eden Body Works Curl Souffle. Recently I also added As I Am Doublebutter Cream to my moisturizing mix. And boy is it wonderful! I’d vowed never to buy it based on its $25 price tag, but I have to admit it is quickly becoming one of my favorite hair products.