Top 18 Moisture Boosting Ingredients for Natural Hair

So you’ve got dry hair and have tried different hair creams and masks but can’t find a way to increase the amount of moisture your hair retains. Well you’re not the only one. Due to the sheer amount of hair products available to buy online and in stores, not only can the various product claims be confusing, they can also be overwhelming.

The ingredient lists printed on the back of whatever product you are buying should list the ingredients contained in it in descending order of volume. Therefore if you need a moisturizing hair treatment or mask, ensure that the product you are buying contains a high amount of ingredients that can boost your hair’s moisture. The closer they are to the top of the list, the better they are for your hair – because it means the product contains larger quantities of these ingredients than anything else.

Some of the names of these ingredients are unpronounceable, however if you know which ingredients to look out for, it will definitely help your product selection process.

Here’s my list of ingredients that will help keep your hair soft and moisturized. Obviously each product will not contain every single one of them, far from it. Most will use one, two or three of these ingredients, so don’t write off products because you can’t find all 18 ingredients listed on the bottle.

List of Ingredients Moisturizing Hair Treatments Should Contain

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  2. Aqua (water)
  3. Cetearyl Alcohol
  4. Cetyl Alcohol
  5. Glycerin (e)
  6. Glycerol
  7. Glyceryl Triacetate
  8. Lactate
  9. Oleic Acid
  10. Palmitic Acid
  11. Polyquaternium
  12. Propylene Glycol
  13. Pyrrolidine Carboxylic Acid
  14. Sodium PCA
  15. Sorbitol
  16. Stearic Acid
  17. Stearyl Alcohol
  18. Urea

All of the ingredients listed above can be used in a variety of hair products. They can be included in shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and leave in conditioners. Some people like to create their own cosmetic products by mixing together ingredients they think will benefit their hair.

If you aren’t a qualified chemist then be very careful and seek proper advice before going down this route. If ingredients aren’t mixed in the right ratios, or quantities, then you just may end up doing more damage than good to your hair, so mixologists beware!