Water based moisturisers are great for Wash & Go curly hairstyles, for a while at least…
If you want to find out if you are using a water based as opposed to an oil based moisturiser, check the ingredient list on the back of your product. The first item is the ingredient in the largest quantity. So if it says Water or Aqua, then you have a water based moisturiser.
I use only two hair products on a daily basis, that is a water based moisturiser and an oil.
So what are the advantages of using a water based moisturiser:
1. If you want to enhanced your curls, that might otherwise be combed out and not visible, then simply by putting on lashings of this type of moisturiser even on dead dry hair, you will create instant glossy curls, coils or z’s, similar to the effect to standing under a shower.
2. Thick hair and extra dry hair will somewhat thin out if you put lashing of product on resulting in hair that is much easier to comb and manipulate.. If you like hair that moves, this moisturiser will also temporarily create some kind of shake-ability depending on the length of your hair.
The one possible disadvantage that springs to mind is:
1. When applying the water based moisturiser, you will see great length in your hair, however the curl that water based moisturisers enhance, will once it’s dry, shrink more so, then if you used an oil based product. Why? Because the water, like when you wash your hair, will instantly stretch your curls, but once the water has evaporated/dried, the hair automatically shrinks and locks into position, leaving your hair in most cases slightly shorter than usual..
There are advantages of using oil based moisturisers too, but I will save that for another article to come…
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