Summer is quickly approaching and that means one thing: fun and easy summer natural hairstyles. But if your hair is anything like mine the summer heat is a blessing and a curse. Freshly moisturized hair quickly turns to dry and brittle strands in the hot sun. But don’t fret, I have the perfect easy summer spritz that’ll leave your hair feeling soft and fresh.
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 tbsp of vegetable glycerin
7-8 drops of Rosemary essential oil*
5-6 drops of Peppermint essential oil*
* of course the essential oils are interchangeable, these are just my favorites.
First, I start with an old spritz bottle that will lightly mist your hair. I’m using an old leave-in conditioner bottle from Carol’s Daughter. Then I add about 3 tbsp of vegetable glycerin, 7-8 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil. You can shake that up a little if you like then add about a half a cup of water. If you live in a town where the tap water is hard or just generally nasty opt for distilled water. This key, bad water = bad spritz. Shake this vigorously for 2-3 minutes until everything is thoroughly mixed. Then you’re done!
I told you it was simple, the glycerin is a humectant and will draw the moisture from the air into your hair. I’ll warn you, too much of this mist will destroy any defined style like twist-outs or braid-outs. It works best on wash-n-gos, afros, puffs, twists, and any protective style. I spray a little on in the morning before heading out and it keeps my hair soft and moisturized. The rosemary and peppermint essential oils are light and refreshing and make my scalp feel super clean. I’ve never used this on relaxed hair (because obviously I’m not relaxed lol) and I can imagine that relaxed ladies wouldn’t want to draw any moisture into their hair but feel free to try it and let me know how it works for you. If you’re not doing a straight style then it might work for you too. The spritz is 100% natural and is also safe for color treated hair.
So there you have it. I make it all the time to nourish my 4a/4b curls and my boyfriend’s 4c coils. Try it out and let me know if it works for you!