Hey everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I know I did at the ole plantation where I spend almost all my weekends. Anyway, today I just want to discuss something that a lot of new naturals, get confused about because they are use of working with relaxed hair: oil is not a moisturizer by itself.
If you were like me, and did the big chop (bc) from relaxed hair, then you are probably use of mainly using oil based products on your hair. Hair grease and oil sheen were probably your best friend too. Shoot, I had the nerve to grease my hair almost every other day with coconut oil grease, then squirt olive oil in it, then put oil sheen on top of that! Yeah, hair suicide.
We didn't use too many water based products regularly because those products would cause our hair to nap back up, and we didn't want that. We wanted that silky, smooth relaxed look. But as a natural, water is our best friend! Our hair cannot get enough water. Some people co-wash (conditioner wash) their hair on a daily basis, some of us spritz our hair with water based spritzes one or more times a day, and some of us use water based puddings and creams to moisturize our hair with.
In most of the creams and puddings, water is listed as the first ingredient, or some other moisturizer such as aloe vera gel. The oil is listed somewhere after the moisturizing ingredient. The reason why is that the oil acts as a sealant to the moisturizer, to help hold in the moisture. That is why some people do not find shea butter, olive oil, or many other types of oils by themselves moisturizing. Many people mix shea butter with aloe vera gel and another oil and find that more moisturizing than aloe vera or shea butter alone.
And remember that some oils are heavier than others. For instance, olive oil and avocado oil are very heavy oils, while coconut oil, sesame oil, and jojoba oils are lighter oils. So if olive oil is too heavy for your hair, try jojoba oil, which mimics your hair's natural sebum. Do not make the assumption that because one oil does not work for you, then none of them will. That is not true! You have to experiment with different oils and figure out which one is the right one for you.