Moisturizing Natural Hair – What’s in YOUR Spritz Bottle?

02/06/2013 | By | More

dry natural hair needs moisture daily

“My hair is so dry…I just hate it!”

“What can I do about my hair? It’s dry and hard no matter what conditioner I use!”

“I wash and condition my hair and it feels great for a day, then its dry again. Ugh!”

“Why is my hair and scalp flaky and dry all the time?”

“Why does it seem like my hair isn’t growing?”

 

Dry Hair is Usually Problem Hair

Dryness is one of the chief complaints that Naturalistas have about their hair. That crunchy, hard, brittle feeling indicates hair that is either not absorbing moisture, or not holding onto moisture very well. Either extreme may indicate porosity imbalances and the need for corrective measures.

However, sometimes the problem isn’t porosity, you just lack information on properly moisturizing your natural hair, and aren’t providing the moisture that your hair needs on a consistent basis.

Being inside with heaters blazing will dry out your hair. Being at work with recycled air will dry out your hair. Being out in the wind and cold without protective headgear will dry out your hair. Using the wrong products for your hair type will dry out your hair. Not properly sealing moisture into your hair after conditioning and moisturizing natural hair will leave it dry and hard as well.

So you see, there are many contributing factors to dry, brittle, breaking hair, but a daily spritz with the proper ingredients can make a huge difference!

What’s in Your Daily Spritz Bottle?

Use moisturing spritz to moisturize dry natural hair

Though water is the chief source of moisture for dry natural hair, sometimes your hair may need more than the moisture that plain water can provide.

Many natural hair wearers use a variety of ingredients to keep their hair moisturized during the day, including creative combinations of the following:

  • Diluted leave-in commercial hair conditioner
  • Hair milk
  • Rose water
  • Red Rooibos tea
  • Green tea
  • Hibiscus tea
  • Nettle tea
  • Aloe Vera juice
  • Distilled water
  • Jojoba oil
  • Argan oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Argan oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Olive oil
  • Raw honey
  • Vegetable glycerine
  • Avocado oil
  • Castor oil
  • Distilled water

You can experiment and try a different spritz every few days until you find a combination of ingredients that works well for YOUR hair, YOUR environment and YOUR municipal water system. Everyone’s hair is different, and what works great for someone else may not work as well for you.

Additionally, you may find that your particular hair and routine respond so well that you don’t need to mist your hair but once every 2-3 days, while others have to spritz their hair each morning, mid-day at work, and again in the evening before bed to stave off dryness and breakage. Don’t think that what someone else does will automatically work for YOU! If your hair requires more or less moisture than whatever You Tube diva you follow does, that’s okay.

Remember, keeping your hair properly moisturized is mandatory if you want to have long, healthy hair. Moisture keeps your hair from becoming dried out which encourages breakage at the ends and mid-strand. Hair which is constantly breaking due to dryness will make it seem like your hair isn’t growing at all because it is breaking off as fast as it grows in!

Moisturizing Spritz Recipes You Can Try

Recipe #1

4 oz. of rosewater glycerine
4 oz. of Aloe Vera juice
1 oz. of castor oil

Put it all into a spritz bottle, shake well and use daily.rosemary for long hair

Recipe #2

4 oz distilled water
2 oz vegetable glycerine
2 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
5 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Rosemary essential oil

Pour all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.

Recipe #3

Grab a spray bottle, fill it half way with distilled water
Add three Tablespoons of olive, avocado or Argon oil
Add 1/2 tsp of raw honey

Shake bottle well and spray liberally. Don’t worry about using too much, you can always make more!

Recipe #4

9 oz of conditioner (VO5 Extra body, Ynobe Marshmallow & Hibiscus leave in, Suave Bio Basics, or Duafe Hair Milk)
3 oz of setting lotion (use Lotta Body for extra body)
1 oz of vegetable glycerine
2 oz of oil of choice

Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake to blend thoroughly. Add distilled water until it is the consistency you prefer.

moisturized natural hair no breakage dry hairProperly Moisturizing Natural Hair

The best technique is to spray your hair with your moisturizing spritz mixture until it is thoroughly damp, but not dripping wet. For maximum benefit from a moisturizing spritz, follow up with a sealant which will cover the hair strand with a protective layer. By sealing moisture into your hair, you’re essentially forcing your hair to hold moisture in whether it wants to or not.

The most-used sealants are heavy oils like castor oil and Jojoba oil, along with Shea butter, Mango butter, Cocoa butter, or home made whips which consist of a combination of butters and oils. If you aren’t into making your own shea butter products, our Herbal Hair Butter Smoothie, Green Goop Hair Growth Butter, or the healthy hair butter offered by Duafe Naturals are all fabulous!

Here’s to long and healthy hair!

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  1. Shameramonee21 says:

    I think I may be over moisturizing my hair. It is a mix of 3b/3c/4a texture. I made a mixture of Raw honey, distilled water, aloe Vera juice, and Tresemme split remedy conditioner. When I spray my hair with this it feels wet, mushy, and then silky. The next day the 3b section of my hair is very hard, but the 3c/4a section is soft and moisturized. Should I be using two different moisturizers? Help, I’m sooo lost :-(

    • Deborrah says:

      You don’t need to use conditioner with aloe and honey – you should have added a light oil like avocado oil to the mixture. Only need about 1/2 tsp. of honey for an entire 4 oz bottle of spritz too. Try making it without the Tresemme and see how it goes. I can’t use the stuff myself, so perhaps that 3b section of your hair is talking to you like mine does to me.

  2. ChendaKen says:

    Are these tips applicable for oily hair and sensitive scalp?

    • Deborrah says:

      Oily hair is usually not dry. Dryness is LACK of oil so the hair snaps and breaks. The oil helps seal moisture in. These spritzes are not meant to be sprayed on the scalp either, just the hair. If you are having issues with the ends of your hair breaking (which women with very long hair may experience even if they have oily hair), try using a spritz only on the dry ends of your hair. Aloe vera is also great to soothe and moisturize the scalp without adding oil.

      • sking says:

        Hi there Deborrah. My daughter has dry scalp and I’m becoming a product junkie trying to find products that would help. I’ve been using a coconut oil, tea tree, and water based spritz thinking that this would alleviate the problem. The spritz keeps her hair moisturize well especially when it’s in twists, but not so good when it’s braided. What product and/or regimen exactly do you suggest to improve her dry scalp?

        • Deborrah says:

          How is her water intake? For children the scalp and skin dryness is usually related to lack of Omega 3 fats in their diet AND dehydration. Soda does not count. WATER.

          Omega 3 fats are found in foods like fish, flax seeds, walnuts, soy beans, tofu, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, all greens, beans, strawberries and all beans.

          Start with a clay treatment to get all the “gook” you’ve been experimenting with off her hair. Spray her hair with aloe vera juice and a penetrating oil like avocado oil (keep it in the fridge though cause it goes bad quickly in heat). That should help.

  3. ChendaKen says:

    I am having itching in my scalp after showering, what it could be?

    • Deborrah says:

      Have you tried a different shampoo and conditioner? Could be the water as well – municipal districts put all kinds of things in water these days. Your skin could be sensitive to a chemical additive. I’d suggest trying a new sensitive skin shampoo – one without perfumes and dyes. Check out the DIY black soap shampoo or the Soapnuts shampoo recipe here on the site. Both are 100% natural. Make them with distilled or purified water you buy in a jug. See if that helps.

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