- Leave-in conditioner
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.
- Those that are great at detangling
- Those that are great at hydrating and softening hair but don't detangle well
- Those that don't work well at all
A mositurizer should do two things for you according to The Science of Black Hair:
- Support the hair fibre by replenishing it with water and any other elements that have naturally been lost to the environment or through styling and chemical processing including dyeing hair.
- Restore the hair's lipid-rich outer layer to prevent moisture loss further.
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.