moisturizing mists

Are you look­ing for an effec­tive nat­u­ral mois­tur­iz­er that is not too heavy for the sum­mer? Do you want to make your own? Then, check out the­se four easy recipes:

1. Cas­tor and Coconut Mist

The beau­ty of dis­tilled water is that it is “soft” water; it does not have the neg­a­tive effects (e.g., stiff­en­ing of the hair strand[1]) like hard water. Mean­while, cas­tor oil can improve the shine or sheen[2] of your nat­u­ral hair, which is a plus for you cas­tor oil lovers out there. As for coconut oil? Well, you all should know about its strength­en­ing and mois­tur­iz­ing ben­e­fits by now.

Ref­er­ences:
[1] Evans AO, Marsh JM, Wick­ett RR. “The struc­tural impli­ca­tions of water hard­ness met­al uptake by human hair.” Int J Cos­met Sci. 2011 Oct;33(5):477–82.
[2] McMul­len R, Jachow­icz J. “Opti­cal prop­er­ties of hair: effect of treat­ments on lus­ter as quan­ti­fied by image analy­sis.” J Cos­met Sci. 2003 Jul-Aug;54(4):335–51.

Ingre­di­ents:
2 oz dis­tilled water
2 tsp extra vir­gin coconut oil
1 tsp cas­tor oil
a few drops of essen­tial oil (e.g., laven­der, jas­mine, orange)

Direc­tions:
Pour all ingre­di­ents into a spray bot­tle, and shake vig­or­ous­ly to blend. Store in a refrig­er­a­tor until ready for use. Shake before each use. SHELF LIFE: ~2 weeks.

2. Coconut Water Mist

Coconut water is high in potas­si­um (hun­dreds of mil­ligrams), which is gen­er­al­ly involved in water soft­en­ing and may pos­si­bly help to soft­en the hair. Glyc­er­in is a well-known humec­tant (i.e., a sub­stance that retains mois­ture) and works well in humid envi­ron­ments.

Ingre­di­ents:
2 oz coconut water
0.5 oz glyc­er­in
a few drops of essen­tial oil (option­al and of your choice)

Direc­tions:
Pour all ingre­di­ents into a spray bot­tle, and shake vig­or­ous­ly to blend. Store in a refrig­er­a­tor until ready for use. Shake before each use. SHELF LIFE: ~1 week.

3. Strength­en­ing Green Tea Mist

Green tea (tea, in gen­er­al real­ly) con­tains L-thea­nine, which can pen­e­trate deep into dam­aged hair[1] and restore mechan­i­cal strength. Olive oil acts as a great mois­tur­iz­ing oil.

Ref­er­ence:
[1] Koji­ma, T.; Kitano, H.; Niwa, M.; et al. “Imag­ing analy­sis of cos­met­ic ingre­di­ents inter­act­ed with human hair using TOF-SIMS.” Sur­face and Inter­face Analy­sis. 2011 Jan-Feb;43(1–2):562–65.

Ingre­di­ents:
2 oz cool steeped green tea
2 tsp extra vir­gin olive oil
a few drops of essen­tial oil (e.g., lemon, rose­mary)

Direc­tions:
Pour all ingre­di­ents into a spray bot­tle, and shake vig­or­ous­ly to blend. Store in a refrig­er­a­tor until ready for use. Shake before each use. SHELF LIFE: ~1 week.

4. Aloe Vera Mist

Avo­cado oil is a monoun­sat­u­rat­ed oil, which may read­i­ly pen­e­trate into the hair strand [1]. It, along with aloe vera juice, can make for a very mois­tur­iz­ing com­bi­na­tion.

Ref­er­ence:
[1] Keis K, Per­saud D, Kamath YK, Rele AS. “Inves­ti­ga­tion of pen­e­tra­tion abil­i­ties of var­i­ous oils into human hair fibers.” J Cos­met Sci. 2005 Sep-Oct;56(5):283–95.

Ingre­di­ents:
2 oz aloe vera juice
2 tsp avo­cado oil
a few drops of essen­tial oil (e.g., lemon, rose­mary, tea tree)

Direc­tions:
Pour all ingre­di­ents into a spray bot­tle, and shake vig­or­ous­ly to blend. Store in a refrig­er­a­tor until ready for use. Shake before each use. SHELF LIFE: ~1 week.

Do you have a home­made mois­tur­iz­ing mist? Share below!

Chinwe

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2 Comments on "4 Easy and Effective Homemade Summer Moisturizing Mists for Natural Hair"

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Trey

I like to fill a spray bot­tle with water, add a few drops of Shea Mois­ture curl and style milk, and coconut oil. Shake it then spray away. I use this when I keep my hair twist­ed under wigs.

Christopher Perscod

Do you have to rub your scalp to pen­e­trate the solu­tion into your hair or do you just spray and let it sit?

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