With our 4c hair in particular, keeping it moisturized is an ARTFORM. Our hair can be juicy and healthy just like everybody else, but you’ve got to use oils the right way to help keep that moisture in.

Moisturizing oils

Moisturizing oils penetrate your hair shaft and scalp and help to moisturize your hair. Use these with leave ins, for hot oil treatments, or add to your deep conditioner. 

Moisturizing oils for 4c hair: 

  • coconut oil (see how you like it, it doesn’t work for everyone)
  • babassu oil
  • olive oil
  • avocado oil (one of our personal faves) 

Sealing Oils

Sealing oils help to keep all that water and moisturizing oil locked and loaded. Use these after moisturizing your hair. Many creams and butters will contain these oils, or you can try sealing with just oils alone.

Sealing oils for 4c hair: 

  • Jamaican black castor oil (best to mix this with something less thick)
  • grapeseed oil
  • jojoba oil
  • shea butter


  1. Sunflower Seed Oil is also a fantastic moisturizing oil. I mix
    Half & Half organic coconut oil with the sunflower seed oil.

    One thing others may want to try with an oil moisturizing routine
    is an herbal tea rinse BEFORE you wash out the oil mask.
    When its time to rinse your oil moisturizer out, before you wash,
    pour and MASSAGE into your hair & scalp, an herbal tea mixture.
    I like to use a strong tea made with loose leaf witch hazel (cooled & strained).
    Add about 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil to the tea and shake it up to mix.
    You can use whatever essential oil floats your boat – geranium, lemongrass, citrus, bergamont, tea tree, eucalyptus…….
    This helps to remove oil that has not been absorbed so that when its time to add your sealing oil
    you don’t end up with overly greasy hair.
    I use this herbal tea also for a facial astringent. My skin looks 30 when I am actual 54.
    Witch Hazel is excellent for inflammation, and skin calming and more. Just make sure you are not allergic first.
    Your scalp will feel invigorated :)

    Oil moisturizers are amazing!

    Q? what exactly does 4c mean? I have never heard
    of this classification system for black hair.
    Thanks in advance for the response :)

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