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DIY Hair Moisturizer:

Whether you have curly, natural, dry, or coarse hair then using a moisturizer on your hair should be a staple in your hair routine.

But if you have curly hair then you’ve probably already spent an arm and leg on your hair products.

This is why I love a good ol’ DIY for my hair masks and moisturizers. You can easily customize ingredients to suit your hair needs and you don’t have to worry about those hidden chemicals ruining your day.

Look no further than these incredible recipes for deeply moisturizing and nourishing natural hair moisturizers that will help promote healthy hair.

All hair types can benefit from a hair moisturizer, so stay tuned my friends, your dream hair awaits!

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Why Moisturise Your Hair?

Moisturizing curly hair is as important as moisturizing your face in your skincare routine. It allows curls to thrive, remain bounce, defined, and smooth.

Your scalp is an extension of your skin, of course, and needs water to survive; the hairs that grow from your scalp also massively benefit when they are properly hydrated.

Keeping hair strands hydrated is super important as not only does it keep the hair hydrated, but it nourishes the cuticle so that the hair is in the best condition possible.

Now don’t worry. You don’t need to moisturize your scalp, just the ends (unless your scalp is extremely dry, of course).

You should only apply your DIY moisturizer to wet or at least damp hair and never dry hair. This is so the oils, and nourishing ingredients can be fully absorbed into the hair follicle.

Avocado and Honey Hair Mask 

This first one is perfect for curly hair, especially for those whose curls are a little bit thirsty and lifeless. It has humectant, emollient and occlusive qualities, making it the perfect hydration and helper with moisture retention.

Anyone with a full head of unruly curls knows the struggle of keeping them hydrated and full of life. Since our natural oils struggle to travel around all the twists and turns from our roots to the ends, the ends of our curls become very dry very easily. 

From the hair care products to humidity in the environment, there is no wonder that our curls need a little hydration kick to revive our curls.

Avocados are brilliant as they contain naturals and lots of good fatty acids, which help strengthen and protect your curly ends, leaving them looking healthy and hydrated.

Avocados also act as a detangler making your life a hell of a lot easier when combing through the treatment mask from your roots to the ends. The last thing we want is to pull or snag and damage our precious curl shape or cause breakage. 

Avocado is also occlusive and emollient, so it helps with moisture retention, while the honey is both an emollient and humectant, so it helps attain and retain moisture.

This is my favorite homemade natural hair mask for moisturizing dry hair.

Honey is another brilliant active ingredient in moisturizing dry curls and scalp. It also reduces hair breakage and restores shine which is a huge bonus for any curly girl. 

It also improves natural hair condition, by softening the hair cuticle, reducing frizz, and promoting the natural curl shape. 

I’ve even included extra virgin olive oil in the mix of this recipe. It has some serious benefits for reducing damage and breakage and sealing the appearance of split ends. 

If you have curly hair then you’ll know the struggle of only being able to brush your curls while wet, when the hair is most prone to damage. So this mix can help to detangle and strengthen hair from within to prevent damage.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • – 1 whole avocado 
  • – 1 tbsp honey
  • – 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • – squeeze of lemon


Grab yourself a blender and then add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. You can then put it in a mason jar to store or apply directly to your hair. 

Evenly coat your mask across the hair, comb it through with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb, so every strand is coated. 

Since I have quite thick, porous curls, I tend to double up on the ingredients and work in sections starting underneath and working my way through each section.  

I then leave the mask on for an hour or two and then wash my hair like normal. I will do this every one to two weeks as my curls get quite dry and in need of refreshing.

This is one of my favorite DIY hair masks for dry curly hair.

If you want an even more deep conditioning mask you can even add 1/2 cup of coconut milk. This helps add shine to damaged strands, smooths out frizz and helps strenghten your curls.

It can also help define your curl by providing your curls with moisture, giving it a real hydration kick. 

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Coconut Oil, Shea Butter & Honey Hair Conditioner:

This conditioner can suit any hair type, but particularly dry coarse curls. This blend of ingredients is perfect for high porosity hair as it is quite heavy and deeply hydrating.

If you have quite thick, coarse curls, you’ll need thick ingredients which will help weigh down your hair and help tame your frizz.

This blend of ingredients will work wonders for nourishing your curls; let’s start with the benefits of coconut oil for your curls.

Coconut oil works by sealing in water in your hair strand, preventing it from evaporating. This means your hair is more hydrated and the moisture barrier restored.

It also helps seal split ends and strengthens hair to prevent breakage. The high vitamins and essential fatty acids penetrate deep into the hair strands to moisturize the hair.

Fatty acids are crucial to the health of your hair. It can help improve the health of your hair from the inside; they are full of nutrients and proteins, which help strengthen the hair strand and even reduce hair loss.

Coconut oil really benefits those suffering from hair loss; despite it not directing hair growth, it helps protect the hair and slow the process of hair loss and strengthen brittle and weak hair, so hair appears thicker.

Shea butter acts as a natural heat protectant that creates a barrier around your hair strands; this shields them from heat damage.

Shea butter is a brilliant emollient and occlusive, so it works well to hydrate strands and nourish the ends. Coconut oil has brilliant moisturizing qualities and can also provide a protective coating to seal hair.

Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, making it an excellent hair moisturizer. Emollients help smooth the hair follicle and add shine to full hair, while humectants bond with water to add moisture and seal in moisture.

Honey is also a natural emulsifier, so the other ingredients blend well together.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • – 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • – 2 tbsp shea butter
  • – 2 tsp honey
  • – 10 drops of essential oil (jojoba, olive oil, peppermint, etc.)


Since coconut oil and shea butter are all solid at room temperature, you’ll need to meet them to mix. You can microwave them for 15-30 seconds with the honey or over the stove for a few minutes.

Pour the mixture into a glass or bowl and mix for a few minutes until it is well blended. Pour into a glass container with a lid and put in the freezer for 5-10 mins.

Jojoba oil is particularly brilliant if you have thick curls. This will help harden the mixture and make it easier to apply to the ends of your hair in the shower.

You can use this as a DIY deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or even as a regular hair conditioner. This is only really ideal for thick, coarse curls as it may leave a greasy residue on fine curls.

It can help dry and damaged hair; the coconut oil helps strengthen the hair follicle, while the shea butter deeply nourishes and provides a protective coating. The honey acts as a humectant to help draw moisture into the hair to prevent frizz.

When honey is applied to the scalp, it can also help with problematic scalp issues like dandruff, flaky scalps.

Moisturizing Honey and Egg Mask:

You may be a little skeptical about the idea of using raw eggs on your curls. Still, eggs make a brilliant natural conditioner as they are a natural emulsifier rich in vitamins.

Eggs are also high in vitamin A, which boosts sebum production, increasing your hair’s moisturizing itself. Making it ideal for even the driest of curls.

Honey is a natural humectant and an emollient, so it helps restore moisture loss as well as retain moisture within the strand. It helps curls hold onto water molecules in the air; honey helps replenish moisture and fuse vitamins and minerals into the hair strands.

It smooths edges and reduces frizz which helps with natural curl definition. Plus, when curls are moisturized, they naturally bounce up and restore their natural curl.

Honey can also help those with dandruff and itchy scalp. While this is not specific to our DIY curl cream recipe, it is handy to know in case you need a scalp treatment.

Honey processes anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties to help keep curls in the best condition possible, promote the natural shape of your own curl, and keep your hair in the healthiest condition possible.

If you’re looking for more of a gel, then add in honey for hold, but if you’re looking for a hydrating cream, then the previous three ingredients work wonders for curls.

Both ingredients go hand in hand to eliminate frizz, define curls and provide them with a hydration boost.

What you’ll need:

  • – 1 egg
  • – 2 tbsp honey
  • – 10 drops of essential oil of your choice ( I like peppermint)

The first thing you’ll want to do is whisk an egg and mix the honey in it, apply this mixture all over your dry hair, apply a shower cap, and blow-dry on low heat for 10 mins.

Rinse and shampoo with cool water to seal the cuticle.

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Moisturizing Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Hair Mask

You probably already know the benefits of aloe vera for your hair, but it is especially beneficial for curly hair. It helps strengthen and protect the hair strand. 

Aloe vera gel has many active ingredients that work to strengthen your strands. It can even promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp and strengthening the ends.

There are some super benefits of aloe vera for curly hair

It can also protect your hair from UV damage; aloe vera gel forms a seal over the cuticle, which can help protect it from UV and heat damage.

This recipe also contains coconut oil which has some brilliant benefits as a hair mask or leave-in treatment. It can help moisturize and provide a protective coating to seal the hair.

It also helps seal split ends and strengthens hair to prevent breakage. The high vitamins and essential fatty acids penetrate deep into the hair strands to moisturize the hair.

The last ingredient within this incredible mix is olive oil. Olive oil is great for strengthening curls, restoring shine, and hydrating your curls. 

It creates a water/oil barrier over curly hair to lock in moisture while also working to strengthen the hair from the inside out.

Here’s what you need:

  • – 4 tablespoons aloe vera juice or gel
  • – 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • – 3 tablespoons olive oil


The first thing you’ll want to do is melt the coconut oil. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it will make mixing with the other ingredients easier. 

You can either mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl using a whisk or chuck all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it is best to leave it in a glass jar and refrigerate it when not used. 

Apply at the roots and work your way down to the ends. Comb it for even coverage and work in sections if you have thick, textured curls like myself. 

I then like to tie my hair up in a loose towel, wrap around the microfibre towel I use for my treatments, and leave it for 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing.

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 So there you have it, the top hair moisturizers for all hair types, nourishing your hair shaft with a DIY hair treatment with some nourishing oils and key essential oils to moisturize any hair texture.

Give some of these recipes a go for your next wash day routine for the ultimate hydrated curls and to revive dry hair.

Every day should be a good hair day.

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