“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?
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Properly 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!
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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