DIY Hair Mist for Braids and Naturally Curly Hair

I made this DIY hair mist spray a few weeks ago. I didn’t have any more braid spray so I made my own to use as a daily hydrator. This DIY hair mist is very cooling and helps my hair and scalp stay moisturized while wearing box braids. In the past, I’ve used a similar homemade curl refreshing spray on my hair for braid outs, twist outs, ponytails, and buns. I like this more than just water alone to add moisture and prep my hair for styling. I’d still buy braid spray from the beauty supply, but if I can’t make it to the store that day, a homemade hair refresher does the job. 

Note: if you have allergies to any ingredients listed, refrain from this DIY recipe.


4 oz filtered water – contains fewer deposits than tap water

2 oz aloe vera water or gel – moisturizes, strengthens, and hydrates the hair

2 tablespoons avocado oil – hydrates scalp, penetrates the hair cuticle to add moisture

7-8 drops tea tree oil – detoxifies the scalp, reduces dandruff

7-8 drops glycerin – a humectant that traps moisture in the hair


Clean, empty spray bottle 

Measuring cup


Measure out the filtered water and aloe vera water, and transfer to a clean, empty spray bottle. Mix in drops of avocado oil, tea tree oil, and glycerin, and shake vigorously. 

How to Use 

Shake before each use. Any time your hair needs moisture, spray as much as needed on your hair, massaging into the scalp. Style as desired. Perfect for moisturizing protective styles such as braids or twists. 

These directions will yield about 8 ounces, so if your spray bottle is smaller, reduce the proportion of your ingredients to fit your circumstances. 

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