Have you ever wondered why this is??……………….
Well the simple answer is butters and oils are anhydrous products, meaning they do not contain water (without water).
As we know, water is the best type of moisturiser there is for our dry hair.
So in order for our hair to feel truly moisturised and not dry, we need to seal that moisture in, hence using butters and oils to seal. Just adding *butters and oils to dry hair, will not offer the moisturisation we are after. Yes they may make your hair soft, but they will not truly moisturise, for if you don’t have water on your hair what is the anhydrous product trapping?
That is why many people complain that their hair still feels dry after using butters and oils. They are great at keeping stuff in (acting as an occlusive layer) but require moisture in the first instant.
So you see, butters and oils are great **barrier ingredients, good at trapping in water and preventing it from evaporating from our hair. The same is true when used on the skin which is why it’s suggested we apply our oils etc to damp skin.
I always spritz, add my flaxseed gel mix then apply my butters/oils to seal in the moisture.
*All butters contain stearic acid, so will offer moisturisation.
**Cocoa butter is an ingredient approved by the FDA as a barrier ingredient that provides an occlusive (prevents transepidermal water loss), layer on our skin. This means it sets up a protective layer hereby reducing the amount of water lost and protection from the elements.
- The BASICS of Hair Care (fortheloveofkinks.wordpress.com)