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 best 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!
June 13, 2020 at 8:11 pm
I started my loc journey in march 2020. Is it true I should not spritz my hair with water or rosewater. Some tells me it’s ok, and some say no water right know cause it will unravel. I do put oil to my scalp every 3 to 4 days. Just need advice.
Also could I mix my oils with water or rosewater.
June 14, 2020 at 11:23 pm
Welcome to the journey! That is false. Water is your friend, especially during the locking process. Water causes the hair to tangle and create locs! Unraveling can happen within the first 3-6 months. If any of your starter locs come undone, just put them back in.
Generally, I advise people not to mix oil and water together because they don’t mix and you can’t guarantee which is penetrating the hair. Keep it separate and keep it simple.
June 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm
I had sisterlocks for 2 years as of February. Due to the pandemic I decided to 2 strand twist my hair and start a new lock journey since I combined them. I have had my hair like this for 2 months and haven’t retwisted my hair hair yet. I shampoo 2xs a month. My hair has grown away from the twists as well, and it is very unruly. I’m waiting for my tool tomorrow so I can speed up the locking process so I can clean it up (make my hair look neat with retwist).. what do I need to use to retwist my hair. I would like to use alone vera any suggestions. Thank you.
June 17, 2020 at 1:47 am
Wow! You birthed a whole new set of locs in quarantine— congratulations! I would suggest checking out this article “7 Products for Retwisting Locs” for suggestions for products to use with retwisting locs!
June 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm
I just got my starter locs last week. My loctician told me not to wet my hair and come back to her in 6 weeks for a retightening and wash. I am reading and have been told I can set my hair and I should wash it sooner. Seeking advice.
June 23, 2020 at 10:50 pm
Unless your locs are under 3 inches in length, you can (and should) definitely wash your locs at home prior to 6 weeks! Additionally, water is your friend with the locking process. Sounds like your Loctician may follow some of the “older” methods for loc cultivation. I have a more “new school” approach on the holistic hair locking philosophy.
July 1, 2020 at 11:18 am
Hi, i am starting locs, I’m doing myself. I’ve done my husband and sons, their locs are beautiful! Okay.. now I want to do my hair, My hair is natural, yet I wear it very straight. I twist my hair three days ago, on the ends my hair is thin and straight. My hair type is 2b, my husband saids be patient and that my hair will lock(All hair can lock). I was told my hair is to straight.. And I was advised to Spritz my hair with sea salt water, to not use gels, etc.. I need your opinion.. and advice. Help….
July 20, 2020 at 3:53 am
I agree, the curl pattern of your hair would probably not do well with gel and like your husband said, all textures can loc. Although with your curl pattern you may need additional support via your grooming method or with a product like a sea salt mixture that will “roughen” your hair texture. I am open to scheduling a virtual consultation with you if you need more guidance. You can book a session by clicking here.
July 3, 2020 at 9:04 pm
I have freeform locs. There still sticking up. I work at a job where i’m in the sun alot & it makes them brittle sometimes. What is the best natural moisturizer. Also the best oil to use while freeforming. Finally i purchased a satten pillow case. So i fell back on the du rag @ night. Was that the smartest move?
July 20, 2020 at 3:50 am
I share my favorite moisturizers in the in “Cultivate Hydration” guide and you can see a list of my favorite oils in this article “Top 5 Oils for Locs“. As far as the pillow case move, I am not a fan but it is better than nothing. I hope that helps!