You can never get enough to prevent breakage in dry natural hair. If you live in an area where there are extremes of temperature, your hair will suffer the additional drying effects of UV rays and environmental heat when you’re outside, air conditioning when you go indoors, frost and snow, and dry indoor heat. It’s like you can’t win!
You can however protect your dry natural hair from further dryness and breakage by spritzing it regularly with a water based moisturizing conditioner made from natural ingredients. Here are three great recipes and some information on why these ingredients were selected for use.
What it Means to Spritz Dry Hair
If you aren’t familiar with the term “spritzing” it means spraying your hair with a measured sprayer all over to the point of dampness, but not dripping wet. In spite of what some commercial products may say to the contrary, the only way to add moisture to your hair is to use something wet! Water and other water-based additives are the answer to preventing problems with your dry natural hair.
What We Suggest to Moisturize Dry Natural Hair
First, let’s list some of the benefits of using these particular ingredients in a spritz:
- Aloe Vera – Aloe is a natural moisturizer, capable of penetrating the hair shaft and smoothing the scalp. It contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as folic acid and a variety of minerals and amino acids that are beneficial to hair.
- Distilled water – The distilling process removes both ionic and non-ionic compounds from the water, eliminating impurities normally found in tap water. Purified distilled water is considered “soft” water. It will also reduce or eliminate bacterial growth in your hair products. Reduction in unknown chemicals from water is very beneficial to the hair.
- Meadowfoam seed oil – A fatty acid rich botanical native to the West Coast of the United States, meadowfoam is a light, heat resistant and fabulous moisturizing agent. Meadowfoam seed oil is 98% fatty acids and contains a very high level of vitamin E. This oil’s ability to penetrate hair to the cortex makes it one of the best conditioning oils for dry hair.
- Rosewater – Rose water improves hair quality by moisturizing the hair. In addition to use in a spritz, try mixing rose water in your bath or in your shampoo. Rose water leaves hair feeling soft, conditioned and moisturized.
- Extra Virgin Olive oil – One of the few oils that penetrate the hair shaft, extra virgin olive oil can make your hair shinier, softer, more manageable and less frizzy.
- Rosemary essential oil – Regular use of rosemary oil helps stimulate hair follicles, promoting hair growth and strength. It is also believed that rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of hair. Rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalp and dandruff. Often mixed with Tea Tree oil to treat scalp problems.
- Vegetable glycerin -is a popular humectant which means it attracts and retains moisture. Using vegetable glycerine will result in supple and resilient hair that looks and feels full and healthy. Because vegetable glycerin pulls water from its surroundings, it is an effective moisturizer when used in a diluted form with other moisturizing agents. It is especially good for dry, frizzy or brittle hair. In addition, it may help to alleviate dry or flaky scalps. Avoid using vegetable glycerin if you live in a dry desert-type climates because it will extract moisture from your hair instead of the environment, leaving your hair feeling horribly dry.
- Tea Tree oil – is a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal antiseptic and clarifyer. It helps remove build up on the hair shaft that can be the result of product usage or mineral deposits from hard water. Its antiseptic action also serves to unclog hair follicles, promoting a healthy scalp and hair growth.
- Lavender essential oil – in addition to imparting a wonderful smell to your spritz and hair, lavender is one of the essential oils associated with hair growth. It’s often used to treat baldness and alopecia; blends wonderfully with rosemary oil.
- Avocado oil – Avocado oil is a great source of lecithin. This yellowish fatty substance acts as a super emulsifier and lubricant. When applied topically, lecithin forms a protective covering on your hair follicles and your skin’s surface, effectively preventing the loss of moisture due to wind and climate damage. Avocado oil is also high in sterolin which can be used as a softener or moisturizer in hair and skin care. It is also one of the few oils with the ability to actually penetrate the hair.
- Red Roobios tea – Rooibos Red Tea from Africa is naturally caffeine free and full of polyphenols and flavonoids which help to protect the body from free radicals. In addition to being loaded with antioxidants, roobios tea contains vital minerals that the body needs such as iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium.
These are some of the basic staple ingredients we recommend you have on hand for your natural hair journey (there are others but they’ll be discussed in separate posts). Avoid making huge quantities of your spritz mixture; instead, get a small 2-3 ounce sprayer bottle and when you are finished using your spritz, whip up another batch.
Spritz Recipe #1
- 1/2 bottle rose water (fill your spritz bottle half full with the rose water)
- 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera juice
- 1 tsp. or more vegetable glycerine
Shake well before using, then lightly spritz hair every morning and evening as needed for dryness. Glycerine can be sticky, but feel free to adjust the amount used to suit your taste and hair texture. One teaspoon works great for my fine hair – too much more and my hair is weighed down and greasy feeling.
Spritz Recipe #2
- 1/3 cup distilled water
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable glycerine
- 1-2 tsps. avocado, Meadowfoam, sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil
Spritz Recipe #3
After trying both of the combinations of ingredients above, I created a spritz that my hair and I fell in love with. For this one I use a slightly larger 8 oz. bottle to mix it with, then I pour some into a smaller spritz bottle for my daughter. She takes her bottle with her during the day in her backpack as we’ve had lots of 100+ degree days this summer.
Before you begin you must first brew a cup of Red Roobios tea. I use Republic of Tea brand, but you can use any. I pour the boiling water over the teabag and let it steep for about 30 minutes so that it is nice and strong.
- 2 Tablespoons rosewater
- 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera juice
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 3-4 Tablespoons freshly brewed Red Roobios tea made with distilled water
- 3 Tablespoons distilled water
- 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Place in large spritz bottle; shake to mix thoroughly before use. It’s rumored that regular use of Red Roobios tea on the hair will impart reddish undertones. Sounds pretty, but I’ve yet to see anything that looks red on my hair.
Spritz Recipe #4
- 3 Tbsp of leave-in conditioner of your choice (I use Giovanni Direct)
- 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel or juice
- 1 Tbsp oil of your choice from list above
Fill an 8 oz. spray bottle 3/4 full with distilled water. Add the Aloe Vera juice and oil. Shake well to mix ingredients thoroughly. Use daily to refresh your hair adding softness and sheen. Store mixture in the refrigerator for a cool refreshing mist and to prevent bacterial growth.
Seal Moisture in Dry Hair After Spritzing
Feel free to spritz your dry natural hair with plain distilled water, or distilled water with a few drops of essential oil for fragrance and moisture. After using any moisturizing spritz on your hair you might want to “seal” (lock in) the moisture in with a light application of a coating/sealing oil such as jojoba, grape seed or castor oil.
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