Hair Milk for Hair Growth: What is it + 12 Awesome Hair Milk Products!
By Jacqueline Samaroo
The dog days of summer are fast upon us. It’s time to start thinking about giving your tresses all the hydrating and moisturizing goodness you can. That means it’s time to start thinking about adding hair milk to your natural hair regimen – if you aren’t already using this awesome leave-in styling product!
If the thought of milk only brings milk mustaches and not juicy curls to mind, no worries! This article covers:
- What is hair milk?
- The benefits of hair milk for hair growth
- A dozen hair milk products for natural hair
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Here’s the list we have lined up for you of the best hair milk products. Jump to each one for more info.
- Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk
- SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
- tgin Sweet Honey Hair Milk and Moisturizer
- OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Frizz-Defying Curl Styling Milk
- Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk
- Girl+Hair Refresh Plus Daily Hydrating Hair Milk
- Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner
- Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Refresher Spray
- Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk
- Davines Oi All in One Milk
- CURLS Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk
- Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray
What is hair milk?
Hair milk is a thin and creamy leave-in styling product. It is usually white in color and very moisturizing thanks to the water, emulsifiers, and oils in its formula. As a kind of lightweight combination of a hair treatment, a moisturizer, and a leave-in conditioner, hair milk also helps with detangling and styling after you have washed your hair. It can also be used between washes.
The benefits of hair milk for hair growth
The constituents and consistency of hair milk help it to bring several benefits to your haircare routine.
√ It rejuvenates hair that is dry, frizzy, and brittle.
√ It adds shine to hair without being overly greasy.
√ It can be layered under other styling products, such as gels.
√ It aids in detangling and protects hair from damage.
√ It helps to nourish and strengthen your hair and scalp.
√ It is lightweight so it does not weigh down your curls.
A dozen hair milk products you can try
As we mentioned earlier, hair milk products all have the same basic type of constituents: water, emulsifiers, and oils. So, it is the actual ingredients that will contribute greatly to what makes one hair milk better than another hair milk for hair growth. With this in mind, we’ve highlighted some of the star ingredients in each of the hair milks that made our list. Enjoy!
Ingredients shoutout: Rice milk, macadamia oil, and slippery elm bark
What we like about it: It softens and smooths your strands while enriching your hair and scalp with vitamins. It leaves your strands moisturized, strengthened, and with the pleasant scents of macadamia and vanilla.
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Ingredients shoutout: Coconut oil, hibiscus flower extract, shea butter, and neem oil
What we like about it: Hair milks do not offer hold to your styles – gels are best for that. But, this SheaMoisture hair milk does give you curl control. It is also designed for daily use on thick, curly hair to aid in detangling and styling.
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Ingredients shoutout: Honey, agave nectar, and ginger extract
What we like about it: A sweet honey formula that leaves your hair with the scent of kiwi? What’s not to love?! Its antioxidant-rich ingredients also help to protect your hair and scalp from environmental stressors.
Ingredients shoutout: Coconut oil, honey, and citrus oil
What we like about it: This is a frizz-taming hair milk made for medium to coarse textured hair. Use it on any hair type, from kinky to wavy, for hair that is shiny, bouncy, and juicy!
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Ingredients shoutout: Peppermint oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil
What we like about it: Its peppermint and tea tree oils help to stimulate your scalp. You can tell they are working from the invigorating tingle you feel.
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Ingredients shoutout: Aloe vera, hemp oil, coconut water, and tea tree oil
What we like about it: It’s also infused with biotin (vitamin B7) which is noted for its contribution to hair growth. The formula is ideal for curly, coily, and kinky hair.
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Ingredients shoutout: Fennel seed oil and coconut oil
What we like about it: It assists in detangling, helps to control frizz, and leaves your hair more manageable as you proceed with the rest of your styling routine.
Ingredients shoutout: Agave nectar, sweet almond oil, and wheat protein
What we like about it: The hair milk Carol’s Daughter has on our list is one of the best for strengthening your strands while providing them with deeply penetrating moisture.
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Ingredients shoutout: Avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sage extract
What we like about it: This is a very good hair milk to use daily on curly to kinky hair. It hydrates your hair while also helping to prevent breakage.
Ingredients shoutout: Roucou oil
What we like about it: Roucou oil comes from the annatto plant and brings its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties to this hydrating and softening hair milk.
Ingredients shoutout: Coconut oil and blueberry extract
What we like about it: Its reparative formula conditions your hair and scalp, promoting healthier hair growth. It also aids in softening and smoothing the texture of type 3 and type 4 hair.
Ingredients shoutout: Rosarco – a signature blend of rosehip oil, argan oil, and coconut oil
What we like about it: It fights dryness and frizz while smoothing your strands and leaving them shinier. The formula works great on natural hair but is also suited for color-treated and chemically-treated hair.
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How to Use Hair Milks:
- As a Leave-In: Apply a small amount of hair milk to clean, damp hair after washing and conditioning. Work it through your curls, ensuring even distribution from roots to ends.
- For Refreshing Curls: Hair milks can also be used to refresh your curls on non-wash days. Simply spray your hair lightly with water and then apply a small amount of hair milk to revive your curls and add moisture.
- Detangling Aid: To detangle your hair, apply a hair milk generously to your damp hair before combing or finger-detangling. This will help reduce knots and make the process smoother.
- Styling: For styling, use hair milk as a base before applying your favorite styling product. This will give your curls a hydrated foundation and help your style hold better.
Do you use hair milk in your natural haircare regimen? Which one? Let us know!
Orginally published on June 17, 2022- edited for grammar, clarity, and content