That’s a really great question, because a lot of people believe that all natural hair is cared for the same way. On the contrary, just like the many beautiful shades reflected in our skin tones, there are varied textures and levels of thickness in Black hair types. So, the best moisturizers will vary depending on hair texture.
For a finer hair texture, or looser curls, healthy and hydrated hair can be attained by spritzing the hair daily with a mixture of spring water, aloe vera juice, and a light oil. I prefer almond or jojoba. You can also use olive, but that one is a little heavier. The function of the water is to open up the hair cuticle, so that the oils can penetrate the hair shaft for a deeper moisturizing effect. This mist can be used daily, depending on how quickly your hair absorbs moisture. You can even add essential oils like lavender or rosemary to the mixture for nourishment and scalp health. For thicker textured hair, you would first spray the hair with a water and oil mixture, preferably with a 50/50 ratio, then moisturize with a shea based hair cream(one of my faves is shea moisture curl enhancing cream). It’s ideal to moisturize the hair at night to give the oils and butters ample time to absorb into the hair. For my sisters with very thick hair, you can moisturize by using a mixture of 100% shea butter and almond oil after opening up the cuticle first with the water and oil based spray. Deep conditioning treatments once a week are also beneficial for moisture.