How to Make a Homemade Water-Based Hair Moisturizer

by Melissa Hamilton ; Updated September 28, 2017

Moisturize hair with a mist or a conditioning treatment.

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Hair moisturizers are not only an excellent way to soften and moisturize hair but they can also provide a quick refresher. A water-based moisturizer with oils and conditioning ingredients can be applied and then rinsed out while a moisturizing mist can be used on the go. Lavender is a good oil choice for hair moisturizers as it has a soothing and refreshing quality. You can also use chamomile, lemon or rosemary to moisturize hair.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Pot with lid
  • Essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Aloe vera
  • Glycerin
  • Conditioner
  • Olive oil
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Bottle

Moisturizing Mist

Step 1

Boil 1 qt. water in a pot.

Step 2

Turn off the heat once the water is boiling and add 5 drops of essential oil. Use lavender, lemon, rosemary or chamomile depending on your preference. All four oils will moisturize hair equally well.

Step 3

Cover the pot with the lid and let the oils steep in the water until the water is cool.

Step 4

Pour into a spray bottle and spritz on hair.

Conditioning Moisturizer

Step 1

Mix ½ cup water, ½ tbsp. aloe vera, ½ tbsp. liquid glycerin, 2 tbsp. conditioner, 1 tsp. olive oil, 3 drops ylang ylang oil and 3 drops jojoba oil in a bottle.

Step 2

Apply to your hair and massage into your hair completely. Let the moisturizer sit for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Rinse the moisturizer out and style hair as desired.


  • Use a hair mask conditioner in your moisturizer recipe for a more intense treatment.


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About the Author

Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.