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What do you use to freshen up your curls between styles? I use this DIY hair spritz which I love because it’s a moisturizing spray for natural hair thanks to the ingredients I add. The purpose of a hair spritz is usually to give you a light hold on your hairstyle. As someone who almost exclusively does a wash and go hairstyle, I typically need to sprit my hair after 3 or 4 days.

DIY Hair Spritz: A Moisturizing Spray for Natural Hair

Misting my hair with my DIY hair spritz wakes my curls, giving them sheen, bounce and softness so that I can continue to stretch my wash and go till my next wash day, If I choose to pull my hair back into a puff, this hair spritz also tames flyaways and gives my hairline a nice light hold throughout the day. Here’s my wash and go routine that allows me to wear my hair out three days in a row without needing to add more moisture or product.

DIY Hair Spritz

Back when my hair was relaxed, the only oil I experimented with for my hair was olive oil. I used it after conditioning, when my hair was still dripping wet, to get a nice sheen when it dried. Adding oil to relaxed hair can lead to heaviness. I always hated when my hairdresser would spray my hair down after styling to add sheen. I find that adding the oil to wet hair produces the desired result.

When I was in the process of transitioning to natural hair, I read up on different natural oils and the benefits of each to natural hair. After doing my own research, these are the oils I went with to create a spritz I could use to moisturize my natural hair:

Virgin Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) and Peppermint Essential Oil. I mixed them all together in my spray bottle with some water. I know I know, water and oils do not mix. Just shake it up right before using it.

Update: I wrote this post initially in 2012 when I was transitioning. I’ve since discovered how comedogenic (blocks pores) coconut oil actually is after it cause me some serious breakouts. Now, I steer clear of coconut oil and any product that lists it as an ingredient if that product is meant to be left in my hair. I still use it as a pre-poo or deep condition ingredient since those products will be promptly washed out of my hair.

I’ve since swapped out coconut oil in all my DIY hair products for avocado oil.

All of these oils are beneficial to your hair in some way. As I was in the process of transitioning, I really wanted oils that stimulated hair growth and that’s why I chose to use peppermint essential oil and Jamaican black castor oil in my mix.

Peppermint oil stimulates hair growth by increasing blood circulation to your scalp.  It is an essential oil so you will only need a few drops in your mix. Bonus, your mixture will smell amazing with the peppermint oil added in. Especially if you’re not particularly fond of the smell of the castor oil.

Moisturizing Homemade Hair Spritz Recipe

To create your spritz, you’ll need the following:

  • clean spray bottle
  • 6oz pure water
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp JBCO
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in your spray bottle and use as needed. I keep mine on my dresser among all my hair products.

Carrier Oil vs Essential Oil

Why so much carrier oils and so little of the essential oil?

A carrier oil is your base oil, the oil that will be used to dilute the essential oils. Essential oils are powerful, super-concentrated oils that really need to be used sparingly so you drop a few drops into your carrier oil and your carrier oil carries the benefits to you without any harshness. Get it? Both oils will have benefits depending on which ones you go with and you can swap out these oils to suit your hair’s needs.

Some other carrier oils that can be added or swapped in this mix include:

  • hemp seed oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • argan oil
  • jojoba oil
  • babassu oil

Essential oils that can be added include:

  • lavender oil
  • tea tree oil (especially to help with scalp health)
  • lemongrass oil

Do You Need a Moisturizing Spray for Natural Hair?

So, you could just add a leave-in conditioner or some other product to your hair to freshen it up in between styles. However, I like to use this moisturizing spray to get better volume and definition. Plus, it hydrates natural hair beautifully.

Remember, there’s nothing more moisturizing than water. I feel like using a product instead of water leads to product buildup. The only time I use a product instead of my spray is when my curls are still in pretty good shape and I just want to slick back my edges or smooth an out of place curl that’s frizzing out.

If you do use a product instead of a spray, ensure its first listed ingredient is water. Then be sure to follow up with a hair sealant to seal in your moisture, whichever method you use.

Next Step After Spritzing

After I spritz my hair, I continue with my usual wash day routine. This includes a leave-in conditioner, then a hair cream to define my curls and then my DIY whipped shea butter to seal in the moisture. I go much lighter than I would on wash day as my hair would already have product in it and just needs a refresher.

If you’re suffering from dry natural hair, check out my guide to moisturizing natural hair. My leave-in conditioner of choice can be found in this review of two conditioners. Also check out my favourite deep conditioner diy.

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