Swap Your Dry Shampoo For This DIY Hair Refresher Mist

A simple, delicious-smelling spray to reactivate and revive.
Publish date:
February 20, 2015
DIY, glycerin, blow-drying, hair mist, hair refresher, second day hair

When it comes to refreshing my hair, dry shampoo does little to revive third or fourth day looks, and/or sweaty strands after a bath or workout. To deal with this unique problem, I've created a refresher mist for re-blow-drying or re-scrunching greasy or dry hair.

This DIY is cheap to make, so you can use it generously to add moisture and softness back into your hair before you re-style. Made with glycerin, meadowfoam seed oil, water, and an emulsifier, the mist is suitable for body and hair. You can use it before blow-dry to re-style third or fourth day hair, spritz some on to wake up second day curls, or use a tiny bit to smooth a ponytail dent or cowlick.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Heated water (not boiling)
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Lecithin
  • Room temperature liquid oil (I used meadowfoam seed oil)
  • Essential oil or fragrance
  • Measuring glass
  • Spray bottle
  • Stirring implement
  • Assorted measuring spoons or a bartender’s jigger
  • Funnel or good pouring skills ;)
  • Optional additions: aqueous hydrosols, witch hazel

Drop ½ oz. (or 1.5 tsp.) lecithin into a measuring glass.

This mist will re-activate any styling products in your hair, especially salt sprays and styling foams. Spritz it over dry hair and shape or blow-dry for re-styling; hit the roots a bit and go in with a round brush and blow-dryer for smoothing; or mist it all over and twist, scrunch, set, or diffuse your way to second day curls.

If you use a bit of drugstore witch hazel, the slight alcohol content will help evaporate scalp sebum and act as a base level preservative (always refrigerate for safest outcome). You can also use this formula to re-hydrate skin before putting on lotion, kind of like a facial toner.

  • How do you keep your hair (or your hairstyle) fresh between washes?
  • What do you do to get your curls with the program on day two, three, or four?

Photos by Darnell Scott