Hey curly girls! I know having curly hair is not easy as it seems, but your spray bottle is always your best friend. It is the key to getting beautiful, juicy curls, and keeping your hair moist and hydrated.
As a natural-haired girl, you must understand the importance of protecting your fro and just how instrumental your spray bottle is in your hair regimen.
It does not matter if you are reviving your coils and kinks for the next few days, doing your night-time routine, or styling your hair.
Spray bottles are assets used throughout the year with various concoctions to match the changing seasons. Where you live and the weather there can be determining factors in what products you use in your bottle to ensure your curls are moisturized and protected.
Using a spray bottle allows you to spritz the hair. So, you can shape, moisturize, and stretch it without having to run your head under the pipe.
Spritzing your natural hair is excellent for most hairstyles, such as twist outs, two-strand braids, afros, and curly puffs. During humid and hot summer months, it is essential as the mist helps to smooth over flyways to give you that perfect sleek high puff.
The specific amount of what goes into your spray bottle depends on:
- Your bottle size
- What your hair needs
- The style you intend to achieve
- The combination of ingredients
It is advised that you use ¾ of the primary component, which is typically water to ¼ or less of your secondary component, whether oil, conditioner, or whatever you use.
Having too much of the second component can weigh down the hair, causing a longer time to dry and product build-up on the roots and ends. This only frustrates you, as the cute protective style you had in mind now looks flaky and tacky.
What to Add
Here are a few items you can add to your spray bottle to ensure your hair is free from dryness:
- Water – Your spray bottle must contain at least 70% water because water is one of the most essential foods for your hair and the best moisturizer ever. It is most likely your primary ingredient and everything else gets added to it.
- Essential oils – Essential oils have strong aromas and can add fragrance to your mixture. They are known for therapeutic purposes and can significantly benefit your hair. Lavender is an amazing long-lasting scent, and a few drops go a long way.
- Leave-in Conditioner – While these assist in retaining moisture during cooler months, they are typically lighter and waterier. They also contain a humectant, which is known to attract moisture. Adding a leave-in conditioner to water in your spray bottle helps soften your hair more than ever.
- Base oils – Base oils, also known as carrier oils, are usually used to dilute potent oils and they play a critical role in spray bottles. They are good at sealing in moisture obtained from water. Jojoba oils, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and sunflower oil are popular options. It all depends on what works well with your hair type.
- Aloe vera – Aloe vera juice or gel is easy to find and inexpensive. This plant has numerous natural hair benefits. It is excellent for detangling, moisturizing, minimizing frizz, and restoring lost pH-levels. For all these reasons, you cannot find any objections to using aloe vera, and your hair is going to love you for it.
- Glycerin – This ingredient is designed to bring and retain moisture to your hair. It is a flexible ingredient, which is fantastic for cold and warm seasons. While glycerin can be sticky if too much is used, its benefits are still essential. When using glycerin, you need to mix it with a lot of water. For example, add one part glycerin to three parts water.
It can produce great results after being left in the hair for a while, and because it is water-soluble, no harm can come to your hair. The moisture level it attracts prevents breakage when it is time to comb your hair.
Other honorable mentions include honey, black castor oil, coconut oil, peppermint oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, and green tea.
Do It Yourself (DIY) Tips
Instead of buying the expensive bottle of whatever it is called, that may leave your hair looking frizzy, shapeless, sticky, and dry, you can opt to make your own and tailor it to your hair.
Your spray bottle does not need to be anything fancy. You can use an ordinary old perfume bottle with a screwable top. Ensure you clean and rinse it properly, as you don’t want the alcohol from the perfume or fragrance getting into your hair since it can be very harmful.
Spray bottles are cheap and easy to find. Where possible, use distilled water. It helps to preserve your mixture. You can combine as many different oils and waters for various reasons, such as dry scalp. You can empty and recreate it every few weeks to avoid any bacteria that can form. Remember to shake it well to properly combine all the ingredients.
Depending on which oil, balm, or agent you use with your main ingredient, you can create your special blend of protecting, styling, and moisturizing hair mist for very little money and still reap great benefits for your hair.
You probably realized by now that is okay to use more than one mixture and more than one spray bottle, once you are mindful of what works for you and what gives you the best results. Feel free to combine all those ingredients and use them.
Some of your mixtures may need to be refrigerated and that is fine since it can only serve to preserve the concoction. A SPRAY BOTTLE IS A NATURAL-HAIRED GIRL NECESSITY.
If you do not have one yet, you need to go get yourself one, or better yet, make yourself one! It is one of the greatest investments you can ever make and trust me, your natural hair is going to thank you for it.