9 Natural Ways To Moisturize Hair

by Lindsey Rose Black
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Tired of fighting frizz all day every day? If it seems like an eternal uphill battle to get sleek locks, consider all of these natural ways to moisturize your hair. From DIY concoctions to an epic slew of products, there's bound to be an option (or several) that work perfectly for your hair type.

So why does hair get dry in the first place? Remington celebrity stylist Richard Marin told Women's Health, "Summer includes overexposure to the sun, swimming, and products with alcohol, which all dehydrate hair" and the end of winter can "make hair parched and dry." Additional factors include smoothing treatments, hormonal changes, a shampoo that isn't right for you, unprotected heat styling, and brushing through wet hair roughly.

If you've ruled out all the causes above, you might want to consider reaching out to your dermatologist to determine if your scalp simply isn't producing enough moisturizing oils on its own. That way, you can discuss treatment strategies to get your hair back on the right track!

Whatever the cause of your damage is, the natural ways to moisturize hair below can help nourish your scalp and make your strands strong, shiny, and most importantly, healthy.

1. Flaxseed Hair Spritz

Bustle's own Kristen Collins Jackson shared, "A homemade flaxseed hair spritz can make all the difference between drying locks and hydrated tresses. Wearing my hair in protective styles for multiple days can dry out my hair because it doesn't get its usual dose of moisture as it does when my hair is out. I made a hair spritz with one part water, one part flaxseed oil, one part sunflower oil, and a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin." Jackson suggests spritzing it anytime your 'do is feeling dry.

2. Aloe & Lavender Mist

Aloe Vera Gel, $7, Amazon

Another DIY moisturizing spritz, this one from NaturalHairRules is a breeze to make. All you need is a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of vitamin E oil, and a few drops of lavender essential oil. This mixture is extra great for achieving serious shine, thanks to the coconut oil!

3. Banana Almond Hair Mask

Shared on FreePeople, a hair mask made of one banana with a teaspoon of almond oil will "protect [hair's] natural elasticity [and] keep moisture locked in." Massage it into hair, leave for thirty minutes, and rinse.

4. Coconut Oil & Honey Mask

Organic Coconut Oil, $17, Amazon

According to Brit+Co, ta 1/4 cup coconut oil and two tablespoons of honey will create a lovely and hydrating hair mask. Mix these ingredients together, coat your hair for forty minutes, and then rinse.

5. Raw Egg & Olive Oil Mask

Free People recommends swirling together one raw egg with a spoonful of olive oil for a mask "that locks moisture into your hair." Leave it on for an hour before rinsing for the best results!

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, $7, Amazon

According to HelloGlow, a rinse of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted with a 1/2 cup of water "helps seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, making it lie flat."

7. Natural Shea Hair Butter

Natural Shea Hair Butter , $4, Sycamore Boutique

This raw shea butter is infused with essential oils to create a super hydrating balm for kinky hair.

8. Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile Restorative Hair Serum

Restorative Hair Balm, $24, Miss Violet Lace

This smoothing serum features a triple blend of oils to soothe and nourish brittle strands.

9. Argan Rich Hair Serum

Argan Rich Hair Serum, $15, AQueah

With hydrating argan oil, macadamia oil, and linseed oil, this serum not only heals your hair, but also smells like a dream.

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