For most of us, we always want to make sure our hair looks the best, whether it’s in style or just overall health. Those commercials with the hair models showing long, shiny, thick hair know that people strive to have and keep that look. Healthy hair is essentially seen a reflection of a healthy body.
My hair has been in a recent favorite protective style (it sort of looks like a bun with bubbles) and in order to keep my hair in shape and avoid unnecessary breakage, I have to make sure it stays moisturized.
Just because your hair is tucked away doesn’t mean you ignore it! Especially for us 4c girls who have hair that’s prone to breakage and dryness. Enough talking, let’s get into it…here’s what you’d need;
Water – So like the rest of our body, hair health depends a lot on what you put into your body, and water is an essential part of hair health and growth…water has tons and tons of benefits. Well, there is the interesting fact that you should know here is drinking adequate water will actually support your hair growth and hydrate your hair. It is the principal source of moisture and when used accordingly and properly, your hair will thrive.
Conditioner – I use “Miracle” leave in conditioner, it’s on the watery side (this is a con for me) but it has great slip. It’s completely optional and you do not need to add a conditioner to your mix, I just choose to because I feel it adds extra moisture to my hair and makes it soft when I moisturize…and I like the scent it adds to the whole mixture.
N. B you do not need to use my exact conditioner, use what you have and what you feel works for you.
A choice of oils or oil depending on your hair, I use;
Olive oil – Olive oil is truly a powerhouse when it comes to hair, skin and beauty applications. Its rich, moisturizing properties make it ideal for use on your hair. This is a staple in my hair care regimen…olive oil penetrates the hair shaft to nourish and moisturize the hair strands; it also strengthens and add shine.
Castor oil – This is unarguably one of my favorite oils! Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it beneficial against folliculitis, dandruff and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content helps increase circulation to the scalp and improves hair growth. It is known to help with thinning and hair loss.
Palm kernel oil – This deep moisturizing oil helps fight dandruff and gives hair shine. When used regularly, palm kernel oil strengthens and thickens hair, reducing the chances of fallout and hair loss in the future. It is also beneficial for the scalp, helping to soothe and moisturize the skin around your hair follicles.
Feel free to add any other oils that your hair may love (Argan oil, Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Tea Tree oil…) Personally, after trying a myriad of oils and spray recipes, I have found that my hair responds best to these oils I’ve listed above. Give your hair what is asks for right?
Spray bottle – Lol, because that’s what you’re going to use, duh. I got mine a while ago from a hair product store for 400 Naira and it’s served me well.
I start off first by cleaning my spray bottle. This mix usually lasts me about a week. I don’t like to keep it longer than the above given time because I like it fresh…I feel that the fresher the mixture, the more it does for my hairs’ health. (Plus it does go off. A water-oil based mixture in a closed bottle for all that time is a recipe for disaster).
Once the bottle is clean, I start off by adding the oils. I pretty much eyeball the mixture as you can never really go wrong. Feel free to experiment and substitute ingredients as suits you best.
I add olive oil…this is my second favorite oil after palm kernel oil. My hair loves this stuff I tell you!
Next I add in a bit of castor oil. Castor oil is very thick and heavy so a little goes a long way.
Then palm kernel oil. It is a favorite for me and as you can see, I’m almost out! Of all the oils used, I am most generous with the amount of palm kernel oil I add to this spray mix because it helps me combat dryness, and maintain high moisture levels.
This next step is completely optional, you are more than welcome to add your water and use the spray mix as is. I choose to add about two tablespoons of my conditioner. First of all, because I love how it smells and gives my hair that added freshness but also because it leaves my hair feeling so soft and fluffy. Some argue that this may cause product build-up but it doesn’t for me but do what’s beneficial for your own hair.
Lastly, I fill it to let’s say one third of the bottle with water (I don’t make a full bottle because I don’t want it to last more than a week. Freshness is EVERYTHING!)
Give it a good shake and spray on! I hope this guides you in developing a spray bottle mix that meets your hair’s needs, do try it out and let me know what you think!
P.S: To seal in the moisture after I spray my hair, I use my whipped shea butter to ensure that all this good moisture is locked in.
Love and warmth,
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