I’m wearing extensions (Nubian Twists with EON hair) and thoroughly enjoying this hair maintenance break, especially when I was on vacation.
I was not going to let my hair keep me from getting my swim on!
If you’re looking for more natural-looking twists, these are the way to go. Many people thought it was my natural hair.
The twists are holding up well as I enter week 3, however, I typically have a bad habit of neglecting my moisturizing routine when my hair is in twists… especially when wearing extensions.
We have this tendency to forget our hair is dry because it’s sort of tucked away, but even though your hair is in a low-maintenance style, it still craves moisture.
Your hair may look OK, but when you take the extensions down, you’ll experience unnecessary breakage if you don’t keep your strands moisturized. Trust me, I’ve been there.
This time I’m being much more diligent with my moisture routine.
My Homemade Moisturizing Braid Spray
In a spray bottle I mix…
- 1 part distilled water
- 1 part aloe vera juice
- a few drops of tea tree oil (for scalp)
- a teaspoon of Knot Today Leave In Conditioner (any leave-in will do)
I spray this on my hair once every other day and then seal with a light natural oil like jojoba. (Sometimes I’ll add oil to the spray too.)
My hair maintains a nice sheen and feels soft. And because I spray it on lightly, it doesn’t seem to cause much extra frizz.
I also learned it’s better to use a lightweight moisturizer on extensions because thicker ones are harder to rinse out and will cause build up, even with regular shampooing.
Why I Avoid Store-Bought Braid Sprays
There are several braid sprays on the market that claim to moisturize your hair and help your twists last longer.
They do help extend the life of the twists because I’ve noticed a stiff feeling after spraying. The problem is, whatever product is causing that stiffness to make them last, will eventually loosen and fall onto your scalp, causing flakes.
That’s why I prefer to use my own homemade spray, even if that means I’ll get less mileage out of my twists.
Works on All Natural Twists Too!
You can also use this recipe on your regular twists (without extensions). Just keep in mind, you may have more frizz since there is no synthetic hair involved.
In this case, a thicker moisturizer may work since you probably won’t be leaving the natural twists in as long. So build up shouldn’t be as big of a problem.
Just remember, twisted/braided hair needs moisture too!