I have to say this is the year of DIY for me. From anything that is crafts related (making jewelry out of my mom's old earrings) to my concocting my own toners! I kind of have a to-do list that includes eventually making soap to preparing hair butters. Slowly but surely. But I started making a aloe vera juice moisturizer after using and quickly going through various moisturizing hair sprays. My favorite is Karen’s Body BeautifulHair Blossom Moisture Mist by far and if I could just readily get her products at Target or Wholefoods, I would do just that. Unfortunately I go through a bottle in like 1-1.5 months (lots of dry hair that needs lots of moisturizing ingredients). So I did a little research about making your own moisturizing hair spray in conjunction with looking at ingredients on the back of some of my favorite moisturizing hair sprays that work well for my hair. After a little trial and error I narrowed it down to Five ingredients when mixed together gets the job done nicely.
Because this is a natural and organic moisturizer without any preservatives, I usually have less than half a spray bottle of concoction. If you have one of those small travel size type spray bottles those work well too because you can just fill your concoction all the way to the top!
I don't use exact measurements but I filled 1/4 of this purple spray bottle with Aloe Vera Juice, added about 2-3 teaspoons of Glycerine (I usually do 2-3 three squirts of glycerin from the bottle), a dollop of the moisturizing cream (literally a finger scoop) I usually use Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream, and 2-3 drops of Rosemary Oil (this helps extend the shelf life of any of your concoctions). Shake it up and you are ready to go.
Depending how hot it is in your bathroom/house I put my spray in the fridge. I have left it out a couple of days as well and noticed the smell doesn't change. During one of my trial and error periods I used distilled water instead of the aloe vera juice and my hair was significantly drier! Even when I mixed ale vera juice and distilled water, it still dried out my hair. So I exclusively use aloe vera juice now because it just works so well for my 4b, fine dry hair type. If you find that your hair is still dry, maybe mix up the measurements of the ingredients a little bit (add more glycerin or moisturizing cream).
My next task is to recreate a leave-in conditioner and co-wash shampoo/conditioner.