|The tools and ingredients for my moisturising spritz|
I first shared my moisturising spritz recipe in this post. I have since modified my recipe as follows:
- 50ml water
- 50ml Aloe vera juice
- 1tsp Jojoba oil
- 1 tsp Grapeseed oil
- 10 drops of tea tree oil/peppermint oil
What has changed in my recipe:
I have dropped coconut oil from my spritz because it solidifies when it is cold. Also, I find it is quite heavy for my fine hair. Jojoba and Grapeseed oils are both very light. Jojoba is super expensive, so I balance it out with grapeseed, which is the lighter of the two. In addition, both of these oils are closer to the skin’s own natural oil (especially Jojoba), and so I am less prone to breakouts. Olive oil is a good substitute for Jojoba and Grapeseed oil. Other oils like castor oil and avocado oil are both quite heavy oils, but if your hair likes them, use them.
|Mist bottle (left) – Trigger gun bottle (right)|
I use much less oil than before because I found the other recipe to be too greasy for daily use, especially when braided or for just spritzing to freshen up the hair. Since learning more about moisturising hair and sealing in the moisture, I see the value of water, and a little oil just to seal in the moisture.
I use more aloe vera juice. I now go half and half on the aloe and water. This is because I have learned the value of aloe vera as a moisturising sealant. It is part water to moisturise and it is part sealant to ensure the moisture is trapped into the hair. More aloe has helped to compensate for the reduced oil.
In addition to tea tree or peppermint oil, you can also use lavender oil or eucalyptus oil. For me, the idea is an essential oil that will add a bit of tingle to the scalp.
I use a mist spray bottle instead of a trigger gun spray bottle. This is to have a finer spray, than the one-directional trigger gun spray.
An important point when you have braid extensions. The longer you have the extensions in, the drier your hair becomes. This is because the extensions themselves have become dry. This means you need to moisturise your hair much more frequently after the 4th or 5th weeks of having your extensions in. For this reason, I actually think the old recipe which called for more oil to water ratio, is better suited to week 5/6 onwards of having braid extensions. This spritz recipe is ideal for my own hair when in TSTs or any other style, but the added extensions require a little extra. My lesson learned is that your recipe should be adapted to suit your hair in its current state. Because I don’t wear extensions that often, I just add extra oil on top of the hair after spritzing, but if you are in the habit of keeping your extensions in for up to 12 weeks or beyond, you should use the original recipe in this link.
UPDATE: Please make sure that you refrigerate this spritz and only make enough for a week or so. Most homemade substances do not contain preservatives and the presence of water means the mixture will go bad, grow mould etc over time. Last week I found some spritz I had forgotten about which had grown mould while at the back of the dressing table. No matter how healthy or organic the ingredients, they have a limited shelf life so please do not take chances.