What is a Moisturizer:
A creamy, mostly water based product that are used to hold moisture in the hair.
Why water based? Other non-water based moisturizers are heavy. Water based moisturizers are light which is great for your hair.
When to use Moisturizer: When ever hair is feeling dry. I usually moisturize my hair in the AM only because I condition wash almost every night. If I don't, then I moisturize twice a day.
How to Moisturize: To get the maximum benefits, I suggest moisturizing in sections. Part hair then apply the moisturizer to roots and concentrate especially on the ends. Some just moisturize the whole length of the hair.
Then to seal in the moisture, you should use an oil(coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed oil, or even mixed oils you would find in you local beauty supply store)
What ingredients to avoid when looking for a Good Moisturizer: Mineral Oil, Petroleum/Petrolatum. These do not moisturize the hair and just sit on the hair. Not penetrating the hair shaft where the moisture really needs to be. GREASE DOES NOT MOISTURIZE HAIR
Example of a Good Ingredient List (this is for the Bio-Infusion)-
Water - Aqua , Soybean Oil - Glycine Soja , Coconut Oil - Cocos Nucifera , Propylene Glycol , Fragrance - Parfum , Olive Oil - Olea Europaea , Steareth-2 , Jojoba Oil - Buxus Chinensis , Steareth-20 , Dimethicone , Lanolin Oil , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , DMDM Hydantoin , Hydrolyzed Oat Protein , Propylparaben , Methylparaben , BHA , BHT , Bee Balm Extract - Monarda Didyma , Carrot Extract - Ducus Carota Sativa , Sunflower Seed Extract - Helianthus Annuus , Wheat Extract - Triticum Vulgare , Blue 1 - CI 42090 , Yellow 5 - CI 19140
My Fav Moisturizers-
Cantu Shea-Butter (this has some protein in it, so if your protein sensitive try out the others)
Bioinfusion Olive Oil
Hawaiin Silky 14 n 1
Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hair Dress
How to FInd a Good Moisturizer for Relaxed and Natural Hair Article
* Because I can't buy any products until I really need them, I am using up what I have. I ran out of Bioinfusion so I mixed up some 100% Raw Shea Butter, Glycerin and Aloe Vera Juice...and I have been using that as a moisturizer. I then seal in the moisture with some Almond Oil.