Win­ter will offi­cial­ly arrive this month, and as nat­u­rals, we want to be ready. Part of that prepa­ra­tion is find­ing an ade­quate mois­tur­iz­er. If your cur­rent prod­uct isn’t cut­ting it and you’d like to try some­thing home­made, here are a few worth mix­ing.

1. Creamy Shea Mois­tur­iz­er

— ½ cup unre­fined shea but­ter
— ½ cup creamy leave-in con­di­tion­er (e.g., Oyin Hair Dew)
— 3 tbsp extra vir­gin olive oil

Soft­en the shea but­ter slight­ly in a pot on the stove or by warm­ing over a hot water bath. (Do not melt the but­ter entire­ly.) Whip the but­ter with a hand mix­er on low/medium speed until fluffy. Then whip the creamy leave-in con­di­tion­er and olive oil into the shea but­ter. Cov­er the mix­ture and store in a dry cool place. Shelf life: about 3–6 months.

2. Aloe Jojo­ba Mois­tur­iz­er

— ¼ cup rose­wa­ter
— 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
— 2 tsp apri­cot oil
— 2 tbsp jojo­ba oil
— 2 tsp grape­seed oil
— few drops essen­tial oil (e.g., jas­mine, laven­der)

Pour the rose­wa­ter, aloe vera gel, apri­cot oil, jojo­ba oil, grape­seed oil, and essen­tial oil into a spray bot­tle, pump bot­tle, or mis­ter, whichev­er you pre­fer. Shake the bot­tle until the ingre­di­ents are thor­ough­ly mixed togeth­er. Store the bot­tle in a refrig­er­a­tor and shake before each use.  Shelf life: a few weeks.

3. Cas­tor Cocoa Mois­tur­iz­er

— 2 tbsp cas­tor oil
— ¼ cup liq­uid leave-in con­di­tion­er (e.g., ApHogee Curlif­ic! Mois­ture Rich Leave-in)
— 2 tbsp melt­ed cocoa but­ter
— few drops of essen­tial oil (e.g., lemon, orange)

Use a pot to melt the cocoa but­ter on the stove at low heat. Blend the melt­ed but­ter, cas­tor oil, and leave-in con­di­tion­er with a hand mix­er or blender. Add the essen­tial oil and mix again. Pour the mix­ture into a mis­ter or pump bot­tle, whichev­er you pre­fer. Cov­er and store in a refrig­er­a­tor and shake before each use.  Shelf life: about 4–8 weeks.

What mois­tur­iz­er (home­made or oth­er) do you use to com­bat win­ter dry­ness?


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4 Comments on "3 DIY Moisturizer Recipes For Natural Hair This Winter"

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Whitney Bianca

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R this same prod­ucts and ingre­di­ents good for relaxed hair?


Thanks for shar­ing! These are great ideas for the win­ter. I espe­cial­ly like the mois­tur­iz­er because it’s sim­ple and doesn’t have ingre­di­ents that would cause too much build up.


Def­i­nite­ly plan on try­ing the first recipe.