Basic Homemade Leave In Conditioner and Hair Moisturizer


½ cup vegetable glycerin

2 cups water

½ cup moisturizing conditioner (choose your favorite)

4 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)


Mix together all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray as often as hair needs to be refreshed. This recipe works very well if you want to do curly hairstyles. Seal after moisturizing with your favorite carrier oil (castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil).

Please note that I have not added any oils to this basic mixture. I find that my hair does better with the moisturizing then sealing sequence, instead of adding it to the basic mixture. This is a personal preference. Some persons add their favorite carrier oils to the basic moisturizing mixture and it works just fine for them.

Disclaimer: BlackHair101  does not guarantee that you will achieve the same results as we have by using this recipe on your particular hair.


  • tabatas said:

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  • Ronnell Armbrister said:

    Here’s a great leave-in spray that I absolutely love, aloe vera, coconut oil, ylang ylang oil, coconut water and honey….I absolutely love this!!

  • Poupee said:

    Brenda, can we do that receipe when I have extensions? Is it the same thing, moisturize then sealing?

  • valerie caer said:

    When making hair moisturizer do u need the vegetable glycerine?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      You don’t need it but it does help to make your hair really soft.

      • Maryam said:

        was wondering the same . Is there a replacement for the vegetable glycerin because i have all ingredients except for that .

  • Tina Lee said:

    Hi Brenda. I stumbled across your site doing a search on long hair care. Thank you so much for putting all of this stuff in one place. I was on the brink of deciding to chop mine off now I have some hope. I have learned so much from reading through your articles and feel like I am ready to try my hand at some of these home made moisturizers. I have a question about the leave in conditioner – When you say 1/2 c of moisturizing conditioner are you talking about the conditioner you would use for deep conditioning or just a moisturizer? Thanks in advance.

  • Michelle said:

    How do you seal your hair with jojoba oil. What is sealing?

  • Hildalin said:

    Hello Brenda,
    I am so happy I came across this wonderful website. I have never moisturized my hair before ( never even heard of it)and I was thinking of starting to do so and try some of your oil suggestions. I am spanish and I relax my hair every 4-5 months, my hair has been really dammaged and thinned out due to extensions, I am looking to thicken my hair, make it more healthy, and promote growth. What would be your suggestions, for oils, shampoos, deep conditioning, and moisturizers?? I need HELP!! I am getting married soon and would love it if my hair was long thick and beautiful again.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Hildalin,
      I am happy that you came across the site too. Congrats on your upcoming nuptials. Check out the regimen section there are some suggestions there. All the best.

  • Wanda said:

    I stumbled across your site and boy am I glad I did. I have relaxed hair and was wondering, can I do this treatment at night then wrap my hair?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Wanda,
      Yes you can. I use it and wrap my hair sometimes. I use it lightly though and seal with my carrier oil (these days it’s jojoba).

  • shakael said:

    i stumble across your site and i love it. my hair is short to medium and it is damaged. i am looking to grow my hair and get it looking fuller/luxurious and bouncy. i have soft, light hair. what can I do to get it to grow and look healthy? Please could you suggest a regime that I can do for my hair. thanks.

  • Angela said:

    Hi question, can I perm my hair after using tea tree oil and jojoba oil in it?

  • Teddy said:

    Hi Brenda am happy to visit your website and learn new things about hair staff. Can you assist me know the home natural remedies for hair?

  • sarah said:

    I was wondering what kind of hair conditioner is it the type that u use after shampoo?

  • Dell said:

    Hi Brenda, I am African American I have fine and soft hair. Will this moisturizer work on my hair and how often should I use it. My hair is permed with a perm that is for fine hair. I have been trying find a moisturizer for years for my hair without weighing my hair down and drying it out. I discovered your website and I am interested in growing my hair long.

  • Tonya said:

    Can mold grow in the spray bottle since it has water in it?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Yes it can. This moisturizer does not have a long shelf life. Unless you are using Hydrosol instead of water. I will update this article with a note about shelf life. Thank you Tonya.

  • Munah said:

    I finally made d effort to subscribe.
    I love your blog by the way.
    I’m almost 11 weeks post relaxer and have almost 2″ of new growth.
    also, I’m from Nigeria and was wondering if you could help me out with this.
    my hair is dry, chemically damaged and it sheds always.
    I chopped 2″ off d ends yesterday after I took out d braids I had on for a month.
    do help a sister plsssss…
    thanks and lovely hair by the way.

  • Lydia said:

    Hi Brenda I was wondering, how can I get my hair texture smooth again after my weekly co-wash with out using heat.without flatiron my hair gets wirey and dry.

  • chrystabel said:

    Every bit of information on this site has been very useful.I appreciate ur good work and dedication.thank you for ur helping we the confused ones.much love???

  • chrystabel said:

    That was a smiley, wonder why it came out a question

  • Sonya said:

    Hi…love the article. Any suggestions on the moisturizing conditioner?

  • Sonya said:

    I wear alot of sew-in’s is this a good technique for me?

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