Who says you have to visit a salon to achieve the healthy hair of your dreams? Making a few simple swaps in your haircare routine can improve the way your locks look in just a day or two. And with repeated use of those newfound healthy habits, you’ll be amazed by how much stronger and shinier your ‘do will be. All it takes are a few drugstore favorites poured into a spray bottle — creating ideal DIY hair mists.
Why is this important now? We’re moving into the coldest days of the year, which is bad news for untreated strands — think dullness, thinning, and breakage. No one is safe when the air is as dry as a bone and the wind is sucking moisture from hair left and right. It’s time to prevent those issues from happening by restoring moisture and protein with the right ingredients. Ready to get started? Check out these simple DIY hair mists below.
To Volumize Limp Locks
Tired of lifeless, limp hair? It’s not all genetics. The time of year, water hardness, and wrong balance of moisture and protein can all contribute to your issues. The fix: A combination of sea salt, sandalwood, and water. But don’t spray it onto your strands! Instead, spritz it on your scalp. Salt water lifts roots, while sandalwood’s santalol ups the production of hormones that put follicles into an active growth phase. The best part? This mix is wonderfully aromatic.
How to use it as a DIY hair mist: Add ½ a tablespoon of sea salt, 15 drops of sandalwood essential oil, and ½ a cup of water to a spray bottle. Shake it well and mist onto your scalp.
To Boost Shine
If there’s one thing you need in your cabinet for all kinds of beauty and skincare fixes, it’s aloe vera. This powerful plant product has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, making it an ideal ingredient in your head-to-toe beauty routine. Better yet? It works wonders on dull hair. That’s because hydrating aloe penetrates the hair shaft to restore moisture to dry strands. Plus, its saponins seal hair’s cuticle so light can reflect off of it for extra sheen.
To use it as a DIY hair mist: Pour ½ cup each of aloe vera gel and water into a spray bottle; shake and spritz onto damp hair.
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To Thwart Breakage
If we were all honest, we’d quickly find out that everyone — and we mean everyone — suffers from split ends. After all, our ends are the parts of our hair that have been on our heads the longest, so they’ve been through it all. This is where breakage most commonly starts, but for some of us, breakage can make its way all the way up the hair shaft. To the rescue: almond oil, which helps lock in moisture and promotes hair growth. The oil’s vitamins E and B-7 fortify hair at the root to prevent breakage and shedding, while its linoleic and oleic acids deeply moisturize.
How to use it as a DIY hair mist: Add ½ a cup of almond oil and 1 cup of water to a spray bottle. Shake and spray onto dry scalp and hair.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.