Water = Moisture
Moisturizer =A product that contains water. A butter or oil alone can not be a moisturizer unless added to a water based product.
Ultra light leave in Cream Oil is an oil based product. That is why it works best on wet or damp hair so it can be absorbed by the hair. Putting oil on top of dry hair will coat the hair, but is very hard to penetrate the strand without the use of water first.
Buying Hair products?
When looking for the best product for your hair the first 5 ingredients on the label are the most potent in the product. Do not be discouraged by other names you can’t pronounce. Most are conditioning agents, thickeners or gelling ingredients to give the product its consistency.
For example, take Shea Moisture’s MANUKA HONEY & MAFURA OIL
INTENSIVE HYDRATION CONDITIONER. Let us take a look at the ingredient list and see if we can break it down.
Water (Aqua), Stearyl Alcohol (It is used as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickener in ointments of various sorts, and is widely used as a hair coating in shampoos and hair conditioners). Acetyl Alcohol (cetyl alcohol is responsible for allowing conditioner to spread easily over the hair. Without it, the conditioner would probably separate out in the bottle (into water and oil) and on hair would be difficult to spread.) Butyropermum Parkii (Shea) Butter *(real name for shea butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (real name for coconut oil), Trichliav Emetica Seed Butter, Behentrimonium Chloride (Conditions, detangles, fights static, softens, and helps strenghten hair (1,2,3). Since it’s plant-based and not petrochemical-based, it doesn’t coat but penetrates the hair shaft for potent conditioning effects) Panthenol (A natural, hydrating form of vitamin B, is used in formulations of numerous beauty products. The nontoxic pro-vitamin has absorption properties that make it an excellent moisturizer and emollient) Hydrolyzed Cellulose (an excellent thickening agent for cosmetic and personal care formulations. This nonionic, water soluble polymer offers efficient and cost-effective options for making crystal clear gel products.) Glycerin (Vegetable) (humectant-Attracts moisture to the hair), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether (is used as a skin conditioning agent. it may have been created between the 8th century and 1275. It appears to be of low toxicity when used in this form. However the ether itself is extremely volatile and flammable.) Honey, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) , Tocopherol ( is known as an antioxidant superhero that provides awesome protection for your skin when included in body care products.) , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,(Aloe vera leaf juice) Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Caprylhydroxamic Acid,(Is an amino acid derived from coconut oil. Functions as a preservative and broad spectrum anti-fungal agent. And, is very effective at neutral pH levels.) Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG Propyl Silanrtriol (Hair conditioning ingredient. A mixture of hydrolyzed vegetable protien and silicone. Helps lubricate the hair) Caprylyl Glycol (Used for conditioning and as an emollient that’s made from both plant and synthetic sources) Ficus (Fig) Extract.
As you can see, most of those words we really cant understand at first glance are merely fancy terms used to describe different agents in a product that are usually pretty good for your hair and help make the product unique.