“What moisturizer do you use for your hair?” This is a question I get asked many times. Read what I use for my daily moisturising!
When people ask me what moisturizer I use, many expect me to mention some big brand for my moisturizer that “should” work wonders.
Many are surprised when I tell them that I make my own daily spritz made up of mostly water and the oils that I happen to have in my cabinet.
During my hair struggle, I have always come across many products that promise to provide moisture for hair.
I have tried many of them, but I never seemed to find that “magic” and I always struggled with dry scalp, dandruff and breakage.
Since going natural, I have read numerous natural hair blogs and when it came to moisturizing, they all had one thing in common: they all mentioned that there is no better moisturizer than water!
Yes, the water we all have in our houses is the best moisturizer.
What’s important is to find a way to retain that moisture because we can loose it in a matter of a very short time.
The oils, leave-in conditioners and butters help in retaining the moisture.
This is how I prepare my moisturizing spritz:
What you need:
- leave-in conditioner (optional)
- oils: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Linseed Oil (a.k.a. Flaxseed Oil), Almond Oil
- essential Oil: Tea Tree Essential Oil (works well against dandruffs)/Lavender Essential Oil
- water spray bottle
- Other optional additions: honey and aloe vera gel/juice
-Fill the water spray bottle halfway
-Add a few drops of the leave-in conditioner
-Add a few drops of each of the mentioned oils (you do not necessarily have to mix different oils, one type of oil can be enough). Do not add too much as it would make your hair too oily. You just need enough to seal in the moisture and provide shine.
-Add about 5-6 drops of the essential oil. Since they have strong perfumes, I do not use them together. Sometimes I use tea tree essential oil and other times I use lavender essential oil.
-Shake well and your daily moisturizer is ready.
I use this mixture everyday in the mornings, evenings or whenever I feel my hair is too dry. To avoid losing this moisture at night, I always make sure I sleep with my satin doek (headscarf). Sometimes when it is too hot to sleep with a doek, I just take the it and wrap it around my pillow.
I have noticed that when I use spritz, my afro is less likely to get tangles and knots that later causes breakage during braid removal.
I use this also as my daily braid spray when I have braids or any other protective styling.
During winter nobody wants to walk around with wet hair, so I usually just shower without a showercap and the hair gets moisture during this process and I would just add a bit of oil or butter afterwards.
(top image credits: Packing)