The #1 way to beautiful, healthy, long hair is actually simpler than you think- Moisture! Your natural hair craves it. Without it, hair is left brittle, thirsty, and dull. Routinely moisturizing and sealing your hair will lead to more elasticity in the hair shaft, preventing damage and breakage. It’s also very important to keep your scalp hydrated… start from the root of things and of course keep your ends trimmed! Here are some great natural moisturizers and oils for natural hair–

Water: This simple and obtainable natural resource works perfectly when trying to achieve moisture! Water is by far my favorite moisturizing agent. Whenever I want to refresh my curls or just add some moisture to my ends before bedtime, water is the first thing I grab. For healthy hair, be sure to pay close attention to moisturizing and promoting elasticity for your tresses. Water is the remedy for both. When I’m not using pure distilled water I still try to stick to water based products such as Cantu shea butter and Oyin Juices and berries for a light spritz to keep my tresses hydrated.

Vitamin E oil: is an all natural vegetable-derived preservative that is easily absorbed by the hair and is highly regarded for its nourishing and moisturizing benefits.

Jojoba Oil: This emollient helps to restore shine and manageability without causing product build-up (which we all hate) or leaving a sticky residue. Coconut and sweet almond oils are also great, all-natural nourishing and sealing agents! Castor oil works great for shine!

Glycerin: Glycerin is a natural humectant and conditioning agent that helps your hair attract and retain moisture. This ingredient is mostly used in shampoos, conditioners and leave-ins to increase their moisturizing properties.

Wheat Protein: This natural protein derived from whole wheat, helps to improve body and impart shine to dry, distressed hair.

Shea Butter: Shea butter is a natural fat extract from the fruit of the Karite tree in Western Africa. Because of its conditioning properties, it is frequently used in hair dressings and pomades in order to restore moisture to dry brittle hair, prevent breakage and split ends, and promote healthy hair growth. I use Cantu Shea butter in my hair and it keeps my curls so soft.