Am I the only one who imagines herself as a glamorous women frolicking through clouds of tiny droplets of magical wonder whenever she mists herself with something? I hope not. Misting is basically the grown-up skin care version of running through a sprinkler, complete with prettier smells and a much lower chance of slipping in mud. This particular mist is an excellent one to compliment your imaginary glamour mist frolicking—it’s brilliant on hair (and skin!), leaves you smelling like you sleep in a bed of rose petals, and doesn’t require any heating or emulsifiers, so it’s super fast and easy to make. In short, it’s awesome, I love it, and you should make some.

The conditioning part of this Conditioning Rose Water Hair Mist comes from one of two different “quat” ingredients—Honeyquat or Polyquaternium 7. Both are cationic conditioning agents that help reduce tangles, frizz, and static. They’ll also give leave your hair feeling wonderfully conditioned—this is a hard one to properly describe, but it’s lovely. My hair is softer, slicker, shinier, and feels “richer”, if that makes sense. It’s all-around lovely. The conditioning ingredient really is the linchpin of this recipe; please don’t leave it out! Also, don’t use BTMS-50 or BTMS-25 instead. Yes, they are cationic, but they are also solid, and will not result in a final product that can be misted. If you’re interested in DIY hair care I’d really recommend owning both a solid (BTMS) conditioning ingredient and a liquid one—just like solid and liquid emulsifiers/solubilizers, they have different (awesome!) uses and aren’t terribly interchangeable.

There’s a bunch of added goodies in this mist to help add shine and bounce to your hair, and to keep it hydrated. Plant derived keratin and hydrolyzed silk are both proteins that help make our hair shiny and bouncy, as well as offering some strengthening and smoothing action. Panthenol and sodium lactate are both humectants, which means they draw water out of the air to help keep our hair hydrated. I chose sodium lactate here as it’s a stronger humectant than glycerin; we typically use glycerin because it’s sturdier in the face of washing (in hand lotions, for example), but we don’t wash our hair nearly as often as we wash our hands (I hope!), so we can use sodium lactate in a hair mist. Vegetable glycerin is a good alternative if you don’t have sodium lactate, though.

I’ve opted not to include any oils in this mist; that means it’s even easier to make as there’s no emulsion fussing, and it also makes it quite difficult to overdose on this conditioning mist. I definitely find that I’m inclined to continually mist myself with pretty smelling things, and when those pretty smelling things contain oil and go on my hair, I can end up with greebly looking hair (oops). Since we aren’t fussing with emulsifiers we’re getting said pretty scent from the inclusion of rose hydrosol, which smells downright amazing. If you have a different hydrosol that you prefer over rose, feel free to use that instead!

The making process is a super simple measure-cap-shake-voila, and the final product is pretty darn addictive. I’ve been misting it through my hair and enjoying how wonderfully silky my hair feels afterwards (the lovely rosey wafts are an extra bonus!). I’ve also been misting it over my makeup as a bit of a hydrating setting spray, and it’s brilliant for that, too. So, if you like roses, hydration, and conditioning goodness, you should make some of this Conditioning Rose Water Hair Mist!


Conditioning Rose Water Hair Mist

1g | 0.03oz honeyquat PF (USA | Canada) or Polyquaternium 7 (USA | Canada)
1g | 0.03oz plant-derived keratin (look for products with names like phytokeratin or vegekeratin)
1g | 0.03oz hydrolyzed silk (peptides or amino acids preferred) or other hydrolyzed protein
1g | 0.03oz panthenol powder (vitamin B5) (USA / Canada) (vitamin B5)
2g | 0.07oz sodium lactate (USA / Canada) or vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)

10g | 0.3oz rose hydrosol or other hydrosol of choice
34g | 1.2oz distilled water

0.25g | 0.0088oz Liquid Germall Plus™ (USA / Canada) (or other broad spectrum preservative of choice at recommended usage rate [why?])

Weigh all of the ingredients into a 60mL | 2 fl oz spray bottle. Cap, and shake to combine. That’s it! You can also weigh everything into a small beaker and whisk to combine before decanting the mixture into a spray bottle—your choice 🙂

Shelf Life & Storage

Because this hair mist contains water, you must include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth. This is non-optional. Even with a preservative this project is likely to eventually spoil as our kitchens are not sterile laboratories, so in the event you notice any change in colour, scent, or texture, chuck it out and make a fresh batch.


  • If you only have one of either the phytokeratin or hydrolyzed protein, feel free to use two grams of that instead of one gram each
  • If you only have one of either panthenol or sodium lactate/glycerin, feel free to use three grams of what you do have
  • Feel free to use a different hydrosol in place of the rose hydrosol
  • Keep in mind that this concoction is cationic if you decide to use a different preservative; some are incompatible with cationic ingredients.