Most hair treatments bought in a store are full of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals and waxes that may initially make your hair look good, but overtime stripe it of natural, healthy oils. You don’t have to invest in expensive hair care products that may or may not work for your hair type; rather, you can easily make up your own conditioners with very little effort and only a few simple ingredients.
Whether you have dry hair, curly hair, or thin, flat and lifeless hair, proper care can give it the moisture it needs to look more radiant, shiny, and vibrant. The following best homemade hair conditioner recipes are exactly what you need if you have been looking to address your hair care needs. Taking only minutes to make from a handful of ingredients, your beauty routine is about to get an upgrade.
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Why Condition Your Hair?
When you clean and shampoo your hair your cuticles are opened up, and a lot of essential moisture is lost. Conditioning helps seal up your stands, locking moisture inside, and allow you to have a healthier looking head of hair. Dry, damaged hair also occurs when you use styling products, and use heated dryers and curlers. This creates a coarse, fly-away look which requires an addition of moisture to help tame your mane.
Although most people use shampoos and conditioners in tandem, they can be used separately- especially if your hair is naturally coarse and unruly and requires a lot of moisture to keep under control. Leave in treatment and hair masks can be very helpful for this as well.
The following natural hair conditioner recipes are a perfect solution as both a rinse-out, or deeper, leave-in solution. Void of chemicals, most are made with ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store and are mostly organic. Read on to determine how to make your own hair conditioner at home in just a few, simple steps.
Coconut Milk Conditioner
Rich in essential vitamins and moisturizers, this coconut milk based option also includes antibacterial and growth boosting lavender to smell great and leave your hair feeling luxurious. Easy to mix together, you only need to apply to damp hair to start to see its benefits. Either rinse out after a few minutes, or allow it to saturate your head and scalp more fully as a deep treatment.
Mix together thoroughly and store in a glass container. Ther recipe is easy to multiple to keep it handy for regular use.
Homemade Conditioner Rinse
This conditioning rinse takes advantage of the cleansing and softening properties of apple cider vinegar. This ingredient is known for scalp health, hair strengthening, and the shine it leaves behind. Just apply to damp hair and work through, massaging your scalp as you go. Then rise with cool water to help seal your hair cuticles.
1 cup water
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
10 drops of essential oils
Glass bottle with dispenser
Mix ingredients well and store in a class dispenser. Be sure to shake before application.
DIY Leave-In Conditioner And Detangling Spray Recipe
This lightweight conditioner is the perfect spray in conditioner that doubles as a detangler when needed. Having trouble running a comb through your hair after washing? Simply apply this recipe to your freshly washed hair and let its magic work. Be sure to work into your scalp to allow the vitamin E and essential oils to work close to the roots of your hair to strengthen them.
Mix together wall and store in a glass spray bottle. Be sure to shake prior to each use.
DIY Homemade Conditioner
Yet another conditioning rinse with apple cider vinegar, you can easily add your own essential oil blend or leave as it. Rinse your hair with these ingredients and wrap your head in a towel to let it work its way into the strands. Rinse in cool water if you desire, or allow it to dry. As it dries the vinegar smell will dissipate.
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
16 oz water
16 ounce glass jar
Mix well and store. Always shake before use.
This deep conditioner is almost good enough to eat and uses coconut by products as well as natural honey to create a rich mask. Whether you choose to rinse out after a few minutes or wrap it in a towel for a deeper application, your hair will feel clean and shiny after you rinse it out. Follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove any oil residue if you wish.
1 tsp honey
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
3 Tbsp coconut milk
Stir well together in a bowl and apply. Although it can be made ahead, it will need to be well blended together before use.
Deep Hair Conditioner
The thick, rich shea butter base of this conditioner makes it the perfect choice to use as a deep conditioning mask option before rinsing out. The combination of coconut and argan oil is already a perfect choice for getting moisture deep into your strands, and the moisturizing thickness of shea hold it in place and provide its own nutrients.
Soften and beat together well so a smooth texture is what you are left with. Prepare in advance and store in a glass jar.
Homemade Coconut Lavender Conditioner
Coconut oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and lavender create the perfect DIY conditioning option for dry, damaged hair. Excellent for course, black hair, curly hair, or dry, damaged hair, this mix is designed to infuse moisture into your strands, smooth your cuticles, and keep it looking shiny and healthy.
1 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Blend together well before application and store in a glass bottle when larger amounts are made.
Avocado Deep Conditioner
Avocado isn’t just good for your insides, it is amazing for your hair and skin as well. This nutrient rich food is perfect for hair mask applications and works best on dry, damaged hair to help smooth the cuticle and infuse moisture and essential vitamins back into the strand. In doing so it also leaves it stronger and healthier.
1/2 mashed ripe avocado
1/2 tsp olive oil
3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil
Mash avocado until smooth and then blend with oils for a thick, rich hair mask. Rinse off with cool water.
This is a make ahead hair rinse that should sit and ‘brew’ for best results. SImply add your vinegar, rosemary sprig, and tea bag to the hot water to seep, cool, and store in a glass bottle to apply to your hair. Not only will it smell great, but depending on the type of tea you use you will also be taking advantage of the vitamins found within!
2.5 cups of hot water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 sprig of rosemary
1 bag of your favorite herbal tea, for fragrance
Seep the ingredients together for at least 20 minutes and allow to cool before storing in a glass container. Be sure to remove the tea bag and rosemary before storage.
DIY Natural Hair Conditioner Ingredients
Strengthen, moisturize, treat your scalp, control frizz, improve shine, prevent breakage, boost hair growth, and prevent dandruff with this powerful recipe. Designed to work with all hair types, use the optional shea butter to create a thicker application for use as a hair mask treatment.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon shea butter (optional)
1 teaspoon argan oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops cedarwood essential oil
Mix or blend well together before applying to hair. Shea butter makes an excellent base for longer storage without having to reblend.
Avocado and egg yolk make up the main ingredients of this conditioning mask. Designed to strengthen and moisturize, egg has long been hailed as an ingredient to aid in hair loss as well. High in protein, they strengthen the cuticle at the root, allow for better, stronger growth. Apply thickly to entire head of damp hair, working into the scalp as well. Simple rinse with cool water after a few minutes. Leave on longer if you desire.
1 avocado (peeled)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
Blend together well into a thick application. Be sure to store in a glass jar in the refrigerator and use within a week. Stir well before use.
Shiny Strands: Coconut Milk Shea Butter Hair Conditioner
This rinse out option is the perfect replacement for your day to day conditioner you bought in the store. The balance of ingredients is highly nourishing and locks in hydration and vital nutrients. This strengthens the strand and leaves it looking shiny and healthy.
1/2 cup of coconut milk
2 teaspoons of shea butter
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
High speed blender
Applicator bottle for storage
Blend together well into a smooth mixture and then store in a glass applicator bottle.
Egg yolk homemade hair conditioner
This egg mask works for skin as well as hair and infuses all its readily available proteins and nutrients into the scalp and hair. Just apply to freshly washed hair and wrap with a towel to allow it to soak in well. Rinse clean with cool water and follow with a vinegar rinse or leave in conditioner if you wish.
1 tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
½ cup distilled Water
Blend together well, but do not whip. Use immediately.
Homemade Conditioner For Natural Hair
Rich and moisturizing, this thick conditioner is great for both rinse out and deep conditioning, mask purposes. With antioxidant properties, it is a great treatment for your scalp as well if you suffer from dry skin, dandruff, itchy scapy, or even eczema. Essential vitamins and nutrients are infused into your stands as well, leaving it strong and shiny.
1 cup coconut oil
⅓ cup avocado oil
10-12 drops rosemary essential oil
10-12 drops lavender essential oil
Glass Container for storage
Blend together all ingredients well and apply to damp hair. Be sure to rinse with cool water.
DIY Leave In Conditioner
This simple rinse uses nourishing coconut milk and essential oils to smooth your strands and lock in moisture. Simply work through damp hair, wrap in a towel for a bit to soak in, and allow to dry before styling (don’t rinse out). High in nutrients, these are infused into your hair to increase strength and durability.
1/4 c distilled water.
1 c. canned coconut milk
10 drops essential oil
Shake ingredients together before applying to hair.
If you hair has been looking or feeling unhealthy despite all you do, then maybe it’s time to take matters into your own hands – literally. The few simple ingredients of each of these recipes have the ability to infuse nutrients and moisture to your dull locks, and leave your hair feeling more luxurious. Pick and choose from the above listed choices to create your own regimen, and then get busy!
We’d love to hear below about which are your favorite! As always, please share!