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The 13 Best Moisturizers for Natural Hair

Top-rated products for kinks, curls, and coils.

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Ask a naturalista to give you a rundown of their holy grail hair care products, and chances are you'll receive a laundry list of recommendations that promise to a) moisturize the hair, b) offer amazing slip for seamless detangling, c) prevent breakage, or d) do all of the above. But the biggest takeaway when it comes to caring for curly, coiled, and kinky hair textures: Make sure your regimen consists of high-quality moisturizers. From a heavy-duty curl cream to a lightweight hydrating spray, get ready to welcome the soft, shiny, manageable hair you deserve. Ahead, 13 moisturizers to keep your natural hair hydrated for the long haul.

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This Reparative Moisturizing Cream
Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
tgin ulta.com
$14.99

Breath life back into your strands with this shea butter and vitamin E butter cream. Whether you're looking to refresh your hair or set your twist-out style in place, your curls will instantly feel soft, fluffy, and with an abundance of shine upon application. 

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This Curl Defining Cream
Coconut Curling Cream
Cantu target.com
$5.99

Behold: a triple threat for $6. This coconut curling cream is a naturalista's dream and works to moisturize, define, and strengthen the hair. 

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This Hydrating Hair Milk
Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk
Mielle Organics target.com
$12.99

Getting your hands on a product that effectively hydrates curly, coily, and kinky textures without weighing the hair down is no easy feat. Thankfully, this avocado and lavender-enriched hair milk will keep strands moisturized from root to tip without leaving behind unwanted buildup. 

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This Softening Curl Cream
Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream
Ouidad ulta.com
$26.00

This curl quencher was designed with tight curl textures in mind. Formulated with intensely hydrating ingredients like milk thistle, sweet almond oil, and hydrolyzed silk protein to strengthen curls and stave off frizz, this moisturizing cream will leave behind perfectly defined, pillow-soft curls. 

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This Strengthening Leave-In Spray
Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Leave-In Conditioner
Carol's Daughter target.com
$10.99

Detangling sessions just got a tad easier with this moisture-boosting leave-in conditioner. Infused with wheat protein and vitamin B5, this spray helps to awaken dry and dull strands for a shiny and manageable mane. 

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This Moisturizing Hair Lotion
Pink Moisturizer Hair Lotion Original
Luster's target.com
$4.89

If you have naturally curly, coily, or kinky textured hair, chances are you'll recognize this hydrating hero from your childhood. Formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E, this lotion penetrates the hair shaft to revive dry and damaged strands.

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This Daily Moisturizing Cream
Double Butter Cream
As I Am amazon.com
$14.00

Enriched with emollients like shea and cocoa butters plus castor and jojoba oils, this daily moisturizer will create the buttery soft curls of your dreams. 

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This Ultra-Hydrating Detangler
Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner
Curls target.com
$11.99

The beauty in this moisture-rich leave-in treatment is its multitasking capabilities. Enriched with coconut milk and blueberry extract, this conditioner softens, hydrates, and serves as the perfect curl detangler. Plus, the invigorating scent leaves your curls smelling divine. 

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This Lightweight Leave-In
Direct Leave-In Treatment Conditioner
Giovanni amazon.com
$11.49

ICYMI: Hydration is the key to length retention. This leave-in conditioning treatment is jam packed with healing ingredients like vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and pro-vitamin B5 and works overtime to renew brittle, damaged hair. 

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This Moisturizing Curl Styler
Styling Cream
Pattern Beauty ulta.com
$25.00

There's nothing like a thick buttercream to lock in long-lasting hydration. Keep your twist-outs and wash-and-gos moisturized, yet defined with this delicious styling cream that's infused with shea butter and sweet almond oil. 

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This Curl Revitalizing Spray
Revive Me Daily Moisturizing Spray
Sunday II Sunday violetgrey.com
$31.00

Here's the perfect daily refresher for your coils. Sunday II Sunday's Revive Me Daily Moisturizing Spray works to fight frizz and resurrect limp and dehydrated curls. Plus, tea tree extract helps to relieve an itchy scalp. 

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This Moisture Sealing Leave-In
Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner
EDEN BodyWorks amazon.com
$13.72

Formulated with coconut, avocado, jojoba oils, and shea butter, this natural conditioning treatment hydrates and seals in moisture, all while delivering frizz-free curl definition. 

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This Nourishing Leave-In Lotion
Hair Dew Daily Quenching Hair Lotion
Oyin Handmade amazon.com
$20.38
$15.93 (22% off)

Enriched with castor oil and olive squalane, this hydrating hair lotion is the perfect leave-in following a wash day for keeping strands soft and supple. 

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