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.

Moisturizing Mist

Boil 1 qt. water in a pot.

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.

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

Pour into a spray bottle and spritz on hair.

Conditioning Moisturizer

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.

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

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.