Glycerin Moisturising Spritz

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hi all,

Dry, Dusty, Grimy, Hot........im not insulting anyone or anything but just giving describing words to the air that is in Nairobi. Nairobi is in the tropics and is not particularly humid sooooo what does that mean to your hair...dry, cracked, splitting ends and parched hair.

The dryness can be managed and healthy moisturised ends and hair can be a reality. This can be done with cheap ingredients and does not have to cost an arm and a leg. I use a moisturising spritz that gives my hair soooo much moisture and makes my hair feel sooo yummy. I can even carry a little spray bottle in my huge handbag for touch ups in the office bathroom lol

The moisturising spritz is made from a mixture of water (tap water is fine), conditioner, glycerin and an essential oil ( this is not a must).






Normally I do not have special measurements for my moisturising spritz I measure with my eyes. I always fill 3/4 way my 400ml spray bottle with water and put like 3 tablespoons of glycerin and add 5 tablespoons of conditioner to the mix. I add lavender essential oil for its antiseptic properties and also because it has a lovely scent, sometimes I add rosemary oil which can be also be used as a preservative

When you make up a batch, try make sure you can use it for a week so that it does not go off or be a breeding ground for bacteria and top it up every week.

Where to Buy (Kenya)
Spray Bottle- Super Cosmetics/ Our Price Kshs 70-100
Water- Free (unless its water rationing season)
Conditioner- Kshs 182-400, you can use any conditioner you choose in this case I use HH because it works for me.
Glycerin- Any supermarket, chemist, cosmetics shop Kshs 70-100, this will last you ages
Essential Oils- Healthy U, Nakumatt, health shop Kshs 500-2000

How to Use.
I use the moisturising spritz every day/ twice a day to refresh my twist outs, moisturise my hair, refresh my twists etc. I just spray my hair and concentrate on the ends then seal with any oil or my shea butter mix.

Thanks for reading.

Nyachomba X

16 comments:

Wendy said...

This is quite interesting, my college roommate (a Kenyan) has been growing her hair natural for almost a year. I started with her but I gave up, bana. Being stuck in the diaspora it got frustrating trying to find someone that could braid my hair affordably. Thinking I'll go back after graduation or when I relocate - whichever comes first. But all the same, you are not defined by hair, I think relaxed or natural, it's a bunch of dead cells anyway! (That's how I get thru the day after admiring some strangers full head of curly locks) *sigh

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

Thats nice, its nice to hear about ladies who are trying to grow natural especially Kenyan ones, because most Kenyan girls dont speak the language of natural hair. Do what works for you now then when you are ready to start the natural hair go right ahead. I was in the UK but I hardly found anyone who could braid let alone cornrow..but then I was in a small town. Take your time. Thats funny!!they are all dead cells and a bunch of keratin....hehehehe

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supercoolhappylovething! said...

you know what's interesting? i've been using a spritz called "curl moisturising spray" by sof'n free and it seems to have pretty much the same ingredients as your glycerine spritz...it keeps my hair so moisturised and soft and i only need to use it maybe twice or thrice a week. at first when i cut my hair, i used to go crazy with it and apply it every day but i noticed it was getting all heavy on my hair... i'm so jazzed about what you guys are doing...i've always wanted to keep my hair natural, but i had the kind of hair that would make salonists give me the evil eye as they struggled to straighten it...i've done everything with my hair....straight kit, curly kit, perm, kiddy perm, locs, texturizer...you name it!!but i finally decided to just be with my hair. and it's been amazing so far!!!i love that it looks like me...does that sound weird...lol! but seriously, my hair compliments my skin, my body...i look like i feel inside...not like i'm trying to force an idea of beauty from the outside on myself...so thanks for what you're doing!!!i'm rambling on like it's my blog...lol! mad love girls!!!x

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

@supercoolhappylovething... I have been looking for that curl moisturising spray everywhere...I heard the ingredients on that are really good and you have seconded that. Its still lovely to hear stories like your coz I think we can all relate in some way or other..keep enjoying your hair and skin and body and Happy Hair growing

Little Lydiah said...

So have you found where to get that spray. It sounds like a gem. :D

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

@little lydiah, I haven't had time to find it but I can safely say that super cosmetics in town should have it!

Anonymous said...

what is the shea butter mix??

Mary said...

@Anon, a blend of raw shea butter and our favorite mix of natural and essential oils. It's great for sealing in moisture.

mukami vanessa said...

hi does the conditioner have to be the leave in kinds ama any is ok??

Mkhana said...

Hi ladies, I just discovered your blog...I don't recall what site sent me here but I know that somehow, somewhere I must have googled something to do with 'African natural hair' or type 4z hair or something. Anyway, I am here and I am adoring the site. And the two of you are beyond adorable. Beautiful, and inspiring. My hair has been out on it's own for a little while now, and I discovered that Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner followed by an application of the mnazi from Kenya (the coconut oil in a little whitish long-necked bottle) works wonders for my softness and moisturizing levels. However, I am interested in this glycerin spray as a touch-up for when I shall start attempting to do twist-outs or braid-outs. Is it kosher to do my weekly Cantu-and-Coconut-oil conditioning, then do this spray a day later? Pardon me if I am mistaken but the glycerin spray is just supposed to be a little pick-me-up for the hair on the days when you haven't deep-conditioned, right? Also, I had read that with this mix, one needs to be aware of bacteria growth in the bottle...would you please clarify this point for me. I appreciate it! Thanks ladies!

Mkhana said...

I apologize but I do have one more question: If I do use the moisturizing spritz with glycerin ( I made a mix with rosewater, aloe vera gel, water, glycerin and a bit of coconut oil), should I still seal my ends with coconut oil? Gracias!

Nyachomba said...

Hi Mkhana, thanks for the comment, The spritz is supposed to moisturise your hair, as you know we kurlies need as much moisture as possible. Always make enough spritz to last a few days, don't keep it in the bottle for too long to make sure you don't get things breeding in there.

Nyachomba said...

You do not necessarily need to seal with coconut oil

Mercy Mkhana said...

Thank you!

zker said...

This site is awesome and just what I need...growing out my natural hair under a perm :) I'm one of those people who believes they have a weirdly shaped head so there's no way I'm cutting it all off. When I have a small afro then this info will be invaluable. Thanks :)