Moisturizers come under an umbrella of many different names:
It is all the same thing! A water-based product that is applied to hair and does not need to be washed off.
A moisturizer and a hair butter are very different products, however. A hair butter should not contain any water whereas a moisturizer does. If it's got water in it, it's not a hair butter, it's a moisturizer.
A hair butter should be applied after a moisturizer to seal the moisture in for longer. Hair butters should not be applied to dry hair because the don't moisturize.
Overall, moisturizers fall into three distinct categories:
A mositurizer should do two things for you according to The Science of Black Hair:
The second function is performed better by following your moisturizer with a hair butter. If your moisturizer is not working get another one. Ideally, get a sample sized moisturizer if you haven't used it before because you might decide you don't like it after one use.
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