As I mentioned in my review of 2013, one of my goals this year is to start taking better care of my body which includes my hair. I’m going to participate in a Grow Out Challenge (which I’ll be giving details about in a later post) but my first step is finding products that really work for my hair. While I love the Shea Moisture line, it just hasn’t been working as well as it used to, so rather than spend money trying out different products, I decided I’d try my hand at some D.I.Y. products – which brings us to today’s post, featuring my homemade moisturizing mist for natural hair.
Before making this I was using another homemade spray that just combined water and some leave-in conditioner, but I was noticing my hair was feeling very limp and quickly getting build up after wash days. So I decided to try something new that would hopefully be a little lighter but still provide moisture and shine to my curls.
This recipe is kind of a combination of a few mists I found online, specifically from Mae at Natural Chica and Whitney from Naptural85. All the ingredients were purchased from the Vitamin Shoppe, except for the jojoba oil which is from Trader Joe’s. Keep reading to see my new concoction and my hair results so far!
Ingredients (for an 8oz spray bottle):
4 oz Rosewater
2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
1/4 tsp Jojoba Oil
3-4 drops Lavender Oil
Step 1: Add approximately 4 oz of rosewater (you don’t have to be strict about your measurements), this will help keep the scalp cool and fresh as well as condition your hair keeping it from being dry and/or frizzy. Plus it smells amazing!
Step 2: Follow with 2 oz of aloe vera juice, another great moisturizer that also helps prevent hair loss and eliminates that greasy oil feeling you can get from adding too many products.
Step 3: Add a 1/4 tsp of jojoba oil. I’ve used and loved jojoba oil since my big chop, it’s a light non-greasy oil that helps moisturize the hair shaft from the inside out. It adds shine, elasticity, softness, and encourages growth!
Step 4: Drop in 3-4 droplets of an essential oil of your choice, I chose lavender because I thought the smell paired with the rosewater would be perfect, and it is! Essential oils typically have a strong fragrance, but they also benefit your hair in promoting growth and can have antibacterial properties.
Step 5: Shake it! Make sure everything gets mixed together, you’ll have to do this before every use as the oils will separate after sitting for awhile.
Using the spray for a dry twist out (in combination with raw shea butter), I wound up with these results! Nice definition and shine!
I’ve been misting my hair in the morning and before tying my hair up for bed, but you can really use it anytime you feel your curls could use an extra hit of moisture.
It’s been about a week that I’ve been regularly using this the spray in addition to some raw shea butter when styling my hair and I’m really digging the results. The rosewater and lavender oil smell so good paired together, DCT is constantly sticking his face in my hair cause he loves how it smells. I really like how it’s different from most sprays I’ve used that tend to have that coconut or tropical island scent to them. Something about the roses make it very feminine and, according to DCT, sensual – Ohh la la 😉
I’ll keep you posted on how this spray works over time and if I end up tweaking anything Do you have a special mist that you’ve created? Let me know, I’d love to hear more ideas!
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