A good hair moisturizer for African American men should leave hair shiny, soft, and moisturized. It should contain humectants, proteins, and emollients to nourish damaged or dry hair. Ingredients that are proven to stimulate hair growth are avocado extract, active manuka honey, Shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. Other healthy ingredients are licorice extract, green tea, gingko biloba, and grape seed. A good hair moisturizer also contains a variety of herbal extracts such as green tea, ginseng, avocado extract, olive leaf turmeric, and lavender. A well-balanced moisturizing formula should contain all these ingredients in the correct proportions.
The ingredients in a good hair moisturizer for long-term use, and not just to mask dryness, should contain: natural vitamin E, aloe vera, grape seed oil, avocado oil, and wheat germ oil. The first two are plant-based oils, like the others, which provide the conditioning nutrients necessary to keep moisture in the hair strands, and to shield them from the environment. Grape seed oil and avocado oil are natural emollients, softening and smoothing the texture of the cuticle and epidermis layers. Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamins A and B-complex, as well as minerals like sodium and potassium.