May 22, 2011

Hair Pantry | DIY Rose Floral Hair Spritz

Because the Fro’s been in a state of two-strand twists for the better part of a few weeks, I’ve had to come up with all sorts of strategies to maintain moisture. Traditionally, I stick to sprays that are easily found in stores. A few favorites are the Jane Carter Revitlizing Leave-In along with Darcy’s Botanicals Hair Spritz. But lately needed something that was a bit more cost effective, especially with the warmer months approaching, and my goal to keep wearing my now go-to style.

Now, if you’ve ever taken a quick peek at the ingredient list of many of the other sprays on the market, you’ll find a whole host of common names (aloe vera, essential oils, glycerin, herbal infusions etc.) All easy to pronounce, recognize & find in most health food stores. To make an easy at home spritz, I chose few elements that would help maintain moisture without causing any build up.

Easy and works in a pinch! Proportions are what I call “eyeballer” because I tend to use less Aloe Vera in my mixes to avoid crunch. Overall you do want mostly Rose Water (75-80% vs. 10% Aloe Vera)Rose water works well on hair to not only soften, but helps to increase blood circulation of the scalp & helps to prevent hair loss (not to mention the incredible floral scent!). Aloe Vera does well in reducing dandruff by cutting back on a dry scalp. Grapeseed Oil is really one of my favorite carrier oils because it’s fast penetrating, treats a ton of skin ailments including those prone to eczema & dermatitis.  It’s non-sticky, non-heavy & the perfect compliment for a mix if you don’t want product buildup.

I spritz this on my twists mainly during the week (typically mornings ) then apply a light hair cream or butter to seal. My hair’s been thriving since doing this, softer & easier to take down once wash day rolls around again. The great thing about mixing your own spritz is the ability to combine & mix whatever ingredients your hair finds favorable. Many natural hair ladies have been getting down with DIY sprays for a long time, & if you need more of a guide check out the bevy of videos tagged on YouTube.

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*If you’ve recently mixed your own spray, please share your recipes! What oils are your favorites to incorporate?*

*NOTE* I do recommend using Aloe Vera Juice as apposed to Gel for a light moisture that won’t build up on hair. Also, when thinking of mixing in the kitchen, it’s important to strategize about preserving your product. Once a water substance is added to the mix, the shelf life decreases, therefore you need to add a natural preservative element (Grapefruit Seed Extract is a good example). I’ve traditionally stuck to Vitamin E (the Aloe Juice I purchase is formulated with it it), but in the video below you’ll find a ton more options. It’s very informative, and I always return to it when playing mixtress in the kitchen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THSkQLyDQ5Q

 

  • KB

    I use a mix of rosewater, aloe vera juice, sweet almond oil, tea trea oil, and rosemary oil. The tea tree helps with my itchy scalp, and the rosemary oil is supposed to encourage growth. Who knows. It smells pretty awful but my hair and scalp love it. No more flakes!

  • http://www.thewritecurldiary.com GG

    Chai, do you keep your spray in the fridge because of the aloe vera? And do you use aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel in your mix?

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      good question, totally forgot to mention! I use Aloe from Aubrey Organics that has Vitamin E which helps to preserve already in it, so I don’t necessarily have to refrigerate. I do try and make the spritz in small batches as well, with the frequency in which I use it…I’m usually done in a bout two weeks or so, lol. But I find the juice to work best for a lighter feel on my hair. I’ll update the post to include more info as well;)

  • http://alldaynatural.com alldaynatural

    I just discovered that I can get Rose Water at my local grocery store, so I can’t wait to pick it up and try this. Thanks, Chai!

    How long does this mixture last?

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      I make in small batches, so typically 2 weeks or so…I use it pretty much every day in the morning to refresh or sometimes at night if hair’s especially dry

  • mangomadness

    Right now, I have a mix of green tea, honey and tea tree oil. It’s wonderful for my hair and is a good facial spritz as well.

  • Lesa Yaish

    Aloe vera is a succulent plant species that probably native plant originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.