7 silky hair moisturisers for soft, hydrated and manageable hair
Let’s get glossy
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / October 16 2023
How would your face feel sans moisturiser? Pretty dry, right? Probably less smooth? Maybe even downright sad? Exactly. Moisturiser is a must for happy, healthy, hydrated skin – and the same goes for hair.
Sure, it works a little differently (and comes in a variety of versatile forms from creams and lotions to oils and sprays), but the goal is the same: To replenish the precious hydration that the things you love (hair tools) and the things you don’t (pollution) pull from your hair.
Because while we love a hefty hair mask with every wash, on the in-between days, our hair is often left feeling coarse, unruly and thirsty, leaving breakage and brittleness on full display and making manageability a real struggle.
Moisture is the one thing that all hair types and textures can benefit from, too; it's all about finding the formula best suited to you (creams for thick hair, sprays for fine, etc.).
Luckily, there are plenty of mane moisturising options out there and we’ve tracked down the very best. Here are the top hair moisturisers in Australia…
NAK Hair Replends Crème Leave-In Moisturiser
If you’ve got hair on your head and you’re after hydration, this cream will work for you. It suits all hair types and textures, is safe for coloured hair and features a fresh and fruity combo of coconut oil and pear extract that will soften and nourish the hair while actually adding body instead of sending it to flat town.
Oribe Supershine Moisturising Cream
Yep, you read the name right: this moisturising cream doesn’t deliver regular shine, it gives you super shine. Like the kind of shine that looks like you’re standing in direct sunlight all damn day. It’s a rich formula particularly great for long and thick hair, and it’ll help to seal frizz, add moisture and provide heat protection.
R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Cream
If you’re a member of the air dry fan club, this smoothing formula is the key to getting the absolute best out of your precious natural texture. It’s infused with strengthening vitamin B5 and hydrating sunflower seed extracts to lock in moisture, tame frizz and leave your god-given texture as soft and hydrated as possible.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Leave-In
Love the effects of a serum but scared a particularly potent one will just leave your hair looking lifeless? Go the serum spray route. This moisture mist combines the complementary hydrating and strengthening effects of both moringa extract and red micro-algae, nourishing each strand while also shielding against environmental aggressors.
Balmain Paris Argan Moisturising Elixir
There’s something positively magical about the word ‘elixir’, and hell, we swear that magical is just what this moisturising mix is. It adds brilliant shine and velvety smoothness (both telltale signs of healthy, hydrated hair) without leaving oily residue (so don’t worry about looking like you’re starring in a remake of Grease). We also wish they’d bottle its delicious floral-but-spicy scent.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strength + Moisture Leave-In Spray Hair Mask
A spray-in-and-comb-through style product created to load locks up with moisture without subjecting them to actual moisture (anyone with dry hair probably doesn’t want to deal with a daily wash and blow-dry), it pulls its powers from replenishing argan oil, strengthening algae extract and reparative B-vitamins, as well as star ingredient panthenol (AKA the elasticity-enhancing secret to manageable hair).
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream
Brittle hair that’s prone to breakage is never a good time, so something designed to soften and strengthen is just what the dry hair doctor ordered. This silky cream is quite the luxurious-feeling formula, with caviar extract and sea silk (schmancy, huh?) both in the blend. It provides moisture, smoothness, shine, manageability and thermal protection while also helping to reduce hair breakage. MVP alert.