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Products For Natural Hair – What Ingredients Should Your Hair Moisturizer Have In It

    Water is the best moisturizing ingredient for natural black hair. Many in the natural hair community still believe that water dries out the hair. This myth prompts many naturals to put off washing or wetting their hair for weeks.

    Water on its own will not cause dryness, instead, it is the use of harsh shampoos that contain sulphate detergents that causes dryness.

    In addition to water, humectants promote moisture absorption in the hair fibre. They draw in moisture from the surrounding air to nourish, freshen and restore the hair. Ceramides and emollients are another range of ingredients that support moisture absorption. They work by forming a breathable water barrier around the hair cuticle. These ingredients are not as heavy as traditional oils and nourish the hair’s cuticle.

    When buying moisturizing products to add to your hair care regimen, look out for the following moisturizing ingredients:

    List of moisture-boosting ingredients in hair products

    Alpha Hydroxy Acids

    Aqua (water)

    Cetearyl Alcohol

    Cetyl Alcohol

    Glycerin (e)


    Glyceryl Triacetate


    Oleic Acid

    Palmitic Acid


    Propylene Glycol

    Pyrrolidine Carboxylic Acid

    Sodium PCA


    Stearic Acid

    Stearyl Alcohol


    The ingredients listed above are routinely used in shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, and deep conditioning treatments for hair and appear in high concentrations in Dominican hair products such as BoeBiotina. If you suffer from dry hair, then apart from using products that contain humectants, emollients and ceramides, it may be worth using a sulphate-free shampoo to cleanse your hair. Another alternative to using a sulphate-free shampoo is conditioner washing your hair. Conditioner washing is also called co-washing and involves “washing” your hair without shampoo, using only a light conditioner. A watery conditioner with a lotion-like consistency is usually recommended for co-washing.

    Co-washing may sound like a strange idea at first. After all, how is the hair meant to be cleansed using only a hair conditioner? Conditioner washing is effective at cleaning hair because they have gentle cleansers in them, and combined with a bit of massage can lift dirt and debris off the scalp and hair strands leaving your hair clean. If co-washing is done on a regular basis, it is essential to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month to remove product buildup from the scalp. Over moisturized hair can also lead to hair breakage, so always alternate a moisture-based conditioner with a protein based conditioner to preserve your hair’s moisture protein balance and avoid hair breakage.