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.
- Natural Chica’s DIY Sweet Shine Spray
- Motown Girl’s Homemade Hair Spritz
- K is for Kinky’s Moisturizing Spray
*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!