15 Homemade Natural Hair Moisturizers

Virgy GachuruHair CareLeave a Comment

natural hair moisturizers

Nothing can beat a hair moisturizer that is natural and comes straight from your kitchen or garden!

If you are into an all-natural hair care routine, here are 15 natural hair moisturizers that you can easily get your hands on.

1. Water

Top of the list of natural hair moisturizers is water. It makes up about 25% of the weight of a hair strand, meaning that it is an important element for hair growth.

This also explains why most hair products that are moisturizing tend to have water as an ingredient.

Hair thrives off having enough water from the inside and the outside too. From the inside, drinking about 2 liters daily, should do the trick and keep you hydrated.

On the outside, simply use a spray bottle to spritz some water on your hair whenever it feels dry.

Alternatively, use a water-based moisturizers and ensure that you use the LOC Method or LCO method after washing your hair to effectively lock moisture.

natural hair moisturizers

2. Aloe Vera

Although few studies have been down on the benefits of aloe vera on hair, we know from our grandparents that aloe vera is a super herb when it comes to hair care.

The leaves have a very high moisture content, which can be extracted to make aloe vera gel.

Due its humectant properties, aloe vera helps to attract moisture from the atmosphere. In addition, it does a good job to ensure the moisture is retained in our hair strands.

How to Make Aloe Vera Gel for Hair

  • Clean 2-3 fresh aloe vera leaves
  • Slice the leave and using a spoon scoop the gel into your blender, be careful not to include the skin
  • Blend well to form the gel
  • Apply a generous amount of the gel on damp hair and leave it in for 20-45 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • Store any extra gel in the fridge for later use

3. Rose Water

Rose water is another great natural hair moisturizer packed with nutrients that the hair loves.

Derived from the rose petal, rose water contains flavinoids and vitamins, which help moisturize your hair

It is also an astringent, preventing an oily scalp, which creates a suitable environment for the occurrence of scalp problems.

How to Make a DIY Rose Water Moisturizer


  • 1-2 cups of rose petals
  • Enough water to lightly cover the petals


  • Rinse the rose petals using cold water
  • Place the petals in a pot and add water until it lightly covers the roses
  • Simmer under medium heat until the rose petals are discolored
  • Allow the solution to cool for 20 -30 minutes or until its cool to touch
  • Strain the mixture and use on your hair by spraying. Focus on your scalp. Do this 2-3 times a weeks depending on how dry your hair is
  • Preserve the unused rose water in the refrigerator

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Hands down, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most versatile natural DIY ingredient. It’s great for both the skin and hair.

For dry, lifeless curls, apple cider vinegar should be your go-to. Vinegar flattens and closes the cuticles of your hair sealing in all the moisture in the hair shaft.

Additionally, keeps bacterial and fungal scalp infections at bay.

To moisturize hair with Apple Cider Vinegar, use it a final rinse after you’ve washed your hair. Dilute the vinegar with water in a ratio of 1:3 before rinsing your hair.

5. Honey

A list without honey as a natural hair moisturizer is really not a complete list!

Honey has to be one of the best when it comes to moisturizing your hair, it has been used for centuries to heal and hydrate. It contains humectant properties that make it bond to water molecules and keep your hair moisturized.

It also contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, hence helping to deal with any scalp problems. [1]

Honey is best used as a moisturizer in DIY masks.

6. Hair Oils

When it comes to moisturizing your hair, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is hair oils.

There are so many examples of hair growth oils such as jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil and many more that are good moisturizers.

To establish which oils will effectively moisturize your hair, you need to first determine your hair porosity.

If you have low porosity hair, you will need light oils and if you have high porosity hair, you hair will love heavier sealing oils.

To moisturize hair with oils, you can either do a scalp massage, a hot oil treatment, a pre-poo or an oil infusion.

7. Chamomile Tea

Tea in my hair, you ask? Yes, chamomile tea happens to be beneficial to your curls and so are so many other herbal teas.

Not only does it moisturize your hair, but it also helps deal with dandruff and itchiness, strengthens your hair follicles, and creates natural highlights on your hair.

8. Fenugreek

Known as a herb used in cooking and sometimes as medicine, fenugreek has numerous benefits for hair.

When it comes to moisture, the herb contains mucigalanious fiber which does a great job at creating a moisture barrier that keeps the moisture in. Additionally, it contains lecithin in large amounts, which works to hydrate your hair roots and follicles. [2]

Fenugreek is also praised for its ability to sooth the scalp and prevent dandruff as it has anti-inflammatory properties. [3]

Read this article for DIY fenugreek recipes.

9. Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is a naturally occurring sweetener obtained from the Blue Agave plant, almost similar to honey, but thinner in consistency.

It contains molecules such as saponin, polysaccharides; inulin, and fructose, all of which make it act as a humectant, drawing water from the air.

10. Coconut milk

Extracted from the rated pulp of coconuts, coconut milk does not only have uses in the kitchen but on your hair too!

Coconut milk contains natural fatty acids which replenish moisture to your strands. They also create a moisture barrier preventing that moisture from being lost.

Furthermore, it contains laureic acid which helps keep the scalp healthy by preventing an itchy scalp or dandruff.[4]

With coconut milk, you get a healthy scalp, plus well moisturized hair.

11. Avocado

Avocado contains natural oils and also fatty acids. All these properties enable it to penetrate your hair shaft, instead of sitting on it, making it an effective natural hair moisturizer.

Additionally, the fruit contains nutrients such as biotin and potassium, which promotes the growth of healthy, strong, and shiny hair.

12. Banana

This fruit does not only help improve digestive health but happens to be beneficial to your hair too.

Bananas are rich in potassium, natural oils, and vitamins that help moisturize your hair and keep it soft.

There are so many DIY recipes that you can use to get the most out of this fruit. Here are some of our Favorite DIY banana hair masks.

13. Okra

Okra is popularly used as a vegetable to make soups and stews but it can also be used in hair as it contains mucilaginous fibers that create a moisture barrier on your shaft.

Moreover, Okra contains nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, and K which help nourish your strands.

14. Yogurt

Not only is yogurt yummy when you eat it with your other breakfast cereals, it also does wonders for your hair. This dairy product contains natural fats that increase the moisture of hair and seal it in.

It strengthens your hair shaft as it is made of protein, which is the largest constituent of the hair shaft.

15. Egg

Don’t we just love the savory taste of a fried egg? But let’s focus on its benefits for your hair. The yolk of the egg moisturizes your hair, giving it that extra shine and luster.

It also balances the hair for your sebum, ensuring that it doesn’t get very oily or greasy. Eggs also prevent frizz and replenish your hair’s protein.


For healthy, lustrous hair you have to keep up with moisturizing it.

In this article we’ve shared 15 natural moisturizers that are readily available in your home. You may use these on their own, in your DIY masks or look for them in the ingredient list of your product.

What did you think of this post? We love feedback!