Looking for moisture without oils.

curlywhocurlywho Posts: 119Registered Users
I just purchased a bunch of new products since my old stuff ran out and I am eagerly awaiting the packages. (I ordered Rockin' Ringlets, Confident Coils, and Curl Keeper.)

I do need to find something to add moisture to my hair, though. It will not tolerate any sort of oils (and I've tried tons - from Grapeseed to Olive to Coconut.) Any suggestions?

My hair hates Shea Moisture products and KCCC.
Hair Properties:
High Porosity
Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils

Microfiber Plop (10 mins)


  • kurlygurlykurlygurly Posts: 644Registered Users
    These are good moisturizing conditioners that I use as leave ins:
    -Acure Organics Conditioner Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell

    -Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower conditioner

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using CurlTalk App
    3b-ish... normal to low texture
    Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
    Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
    Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
    LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
    STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
    hemp oil, jojoba oil
  • bubblemamabubblemama Posts: 58Registered Users
    I highly recommend the Acure Organics Conditioner as a leave-in! I purchased it a few weeks ago as a RO but, as I was raking it through my hair in the shower last night, it immediately made me think of AG Re:coil. Recoil is THE HG for me - my curls slurp it up and turn into big, fat clumps immediately and my hair feel squooshy, soft and fluffy (hard to explain but all good things) while I'm scrunching it in. Nothing else until now, has felt that way.

    So, I didn't rinse it out but did squeeze a lot of it out (I use a LOT of RO) and used my home-made FSG as the gel.

    The results are very similar to Recoil. Like, almost identical. My hair is soft, very botticelli and frizz-free. The only difference is that my hair felt very product-y/waxy when I SOTC this morning (less so now, in the eve.). I think I used too much so I'll use something else as the RO next time and the Acure as the LI so I can better control the amount.

    I have not found a LI that has worked this well for this cheap. Most LIs/curl creams/curl enhancers that I've tried have oils that make my hair greasy and droopy and the ones that don't haven't given me these results. The earth mamma in me wishes I could find something less "lab-created" but the vain princess in me wants great hair. Regardless, I am VERY excited at this accidental find.
    CG since 4/15/12
    2c-3b, fine to medium, high porosity, low elasticity
    20% gray (stopped coloring 6/12)

    LOVES: protein, Shea Moisture condish. & masque, KCCC, Re:Coil (HG), Kiss My Face Upper Mgmt. gel, my own FSG!

    does not love: non-cg ingredients, oils, PVA/PVP, synthetic fragrances or poly-quats

  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    Try the Eden body works line. My hair ❤ ❤s the deep condition.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Oils don't moisturise anyway, humectants and emollients do and the Curl Keeper is loaded with propylene glycol. Any basic conditioner is a good source of emollients - cationic surfactants and fatty alcohols. Rockin Ringlets may well dry your hair out with regular use, that is how magnesium sulphate works to boost curl.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • NvmbrCurlssNvmbrCurlss Posts: 732Registered Users
    Ingredients like propylene glycol, sorbitol, glycerin, aloe, fructose (or fruit juices) can be good humectants. I find just any good suave conditioner can do the job:) and most have several of these ingredients.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
    LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
    NoP: As I Am CC
    RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
    LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)

    "To much is given, much is expected"