Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather, against a beautiful backdrop of red, gold, brown and yellow leaves; provide relief from the oppressive summer heat. Stylish boots start making their debut, pumpkin spice is in the air and one cannot help to think about the upcoming holidays. With that said, there is a part of fall that carries into winter that I wish we could skip altogether. While the cool fall breeze paints the ground with richly colored fall foliage, it also does a number on my hair!
The dry air sucks all of the moisture out of my hair making it brittle and inevitably causing breakage. On any given fall Saturday, you would find me in a beauty supply store with an arm full of products that promise to provide my hair with the much needed moisturize that it craved. I’d stock my pantry like a solider preparing for battle: shampoos, conditioners, leave-in moisturizing treatments, and moisturizing styling creams. With my arsenal all lined up, I’d say “Okay, Fall… BRING IT!!!”
Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize is that while these products were advertised as solutions to keep my hair moisturized and healthy, they contained ingredients that were actually robbing my hair of moisture. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, a lot of the ingredients were known for causing serious adverse health effects such as disrupting hormones, skin inflammation (e.g. dermatitis) and/or being known as a potential carcinogen. On top of that, my hair care and styling routine were time consuming and while my pantry was full, buying all of those products definitely made my wallet lighter!
Thankfully, I found a better, healthier, more effective and less costly way to care for my hair during the fall and harsh winter months. I am going to share with you my DIY recipe for a plant-based conditioning spray. You can use day or night. It also gives my hair a healthy shine and it smells absolutely divine!
To be fully transparent with you, I wear my hair natural. This means that I don’t treat my hair with any harsh treatments such as using heat to straighten or curl my hair, chemical hair straighteners or hair dyes. When I stopped putting that kind of stress on my scalp and hair, it definitely made a positive difference in the quality of my hair. However, this alone does not mean that my hair is automatically shielded from the turmoil of the Northeast fall and winter weather. I still have to nourish my hair to prevent breakage; however, I prefer to do it using a simple routine AND without risking my long-term health.
Don’t let those sleek advertisements fool you, there is a better way and YOU can start today with this simple DIY hair conditioning spray.
- 1 Spray bottle (12 oz)
- Distilled Water (1 ¼ cup)
- Jojoba oil (1/4 cup)
- Avocado oil (1/4 cup)
- Rosemary Essential Oil (10 drops) Peppermint Essential Oil (10 drops)
Combine all of the ingredients in the spray bottle and give your bottle a gentle shake. That’s all folks! You now have your own plant-based hair conditioning spray. I'll wait while you pat yourself on the back!
What makes this spray effective are the fatty acids contained in the carrier oils, jojoba oil and avocado oil. These fatty acids and water together bind on your hair locking in that moisture. Additionally, this power combo is also treating your scalp helping it to retain its moisture and be healthy.
Honestly, you could just stop there and not add any essential oils and the spray will still be a success. However, if you want to give your spray that extra boost, add Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils.
In human studies, Rosemary essential oil has been found to thicken hair growth. A recent study of mice found that Peppermint essential oil stimulates hair follicles. Of course, this is now your recipe so you can add one or both into your mixture. And in case you are not a fan of the smell of Rosemary or Peppermint, you can substitute these oils with other commonly found essential oils such as Cedarwood (helps with hair shine) and Lavender (stimulates hair follicles).
Finally, my daily routine is to spray it on my hair in the morning before styling. I don’t drench my hair with it but rather a light to medium mist. I have also found that spraying my hair before applying other styling products (e.g. pomade) prevents dryness versus when I would use pomade by itself. Finally, I also use this spray after I wash and condition my hair. I spray it on a bit heavier after I rinse my conditioner out and just let my hair air dry. You see… it is that simple to use natural ingredients for your hair. Try it for a week and see for youself!
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnoste, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This article is based solely on my personal experience and related personal research.