Homemade Hair Conditioner
Natural hair conditioner recipes

When I finally found the right homemade hair conditioner for my long, curly, dry and frizzy hair I was extremely happy. You should know that my hair has a very strong will, sometimes stronger than myself. In our days we had our fair share of tangles with each other and even more than a few brushes with disaster (puns fully intended)

…But I knew we had to spend the rest of our lives together so I desperately hung in there, did what I thought was right and in the end…became my hair’s bff ;-)




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I was already hair deep into my own home shampoo making “business” when I realized I also needed a homemade hair conditioner. I was so happy with my self-made shampoos that I naturally moved into homemade conditioner territory



'Why would I need a natural homemade hair conditioner?'

First of all for me a natural homemade hair conditioner simply works better than anything I even bought in any shop. Also the ingredients are readily available and more affordable, some of them I can even take straight our of my kitchen pantry

I also don’t use any harmful, unhealthy chemicals or synthetic additives; every conditioner recipe is natural

What I like most about my own natural hair care recipes is that I’m head of the research, development and innovation department. Which means I can adjust and fine-tune every recipe until it exactly fits my hair’s needs. You can always try and ask the same from Monsieur L’Oreal or ask John Frieda’s gardeners wife’s cousin if she can put in a good word for you…big fat chance you’ll wait until your Do stages a coup shouting “Enuff‘s enuff, we’re taking matters into our own hairs!!” …or sort of

 

In short, with some patience and careful experimenting, no matter what you want your natural homemade hair conditioner to do with your hair it can do it. If it is to soften, detangle, smoothen, give texture, give more volume, nourish, say that you love her and always respect her wishes, moisturize, make it shinier, repair, restore, whatever you want…it can be done

Yes, simply please your creative side, give it a go, be a creator, or in our fierce female case, a Creatress or better yet a Creatrix…with a Capital C! ;-0



Sometimes life is THIS easy  

Hate to break it to you, but yes, sometimes life is this easy. You will see that in most cases you will only need a few very simple ingredients to make the most powerful homemade natural hair conditioner. You will see that not a single commercial brand will out-simple you and still do the best hair conditioning job for your specific hair





Natural hair conditioner
Homemade Hair Conditioner recipes

Below you will probably find that one hair conditioner recipe that will suite your needs, and if not it will give you ideas and maybe some inspiration to go on your own homemade hair care quest

Not all these natural hair conditioners are used after shampooing, some can or should be used before you wash your hair. It depends on the nature of your hair and the specific conditioner

Also be aware that your hair might need a transition period ranging from instantaneously to 8 weeks (not for sure.) It all depends on the recipe, the state of your hair, your previous shampoo and conditioner etc. In this period your hair needs to find its new natural balance after all these years of chemical and harsh products. Make sure you monitor your progress and take appropriate action when needed

 

Having said all that…It's now official home spa pampering time! Gather the ingredients, invite some friends over, turn off your phone, turn on your favorite music, pour that drink you love, shift your mind to the good things in life, put on a smile and most importantly:


Think positive, happy thoughts and relax...

this is actually half the secret of these recipes!



Enjoy and have FUN!



Natural hair conditioner recipes

Basic Olive oil homemade hair conditioner


It doesn’t get more basic than this. My grandma suggested this homemade conditioner to me, I only added the essential oils and now it is still one of my favorites. It’s as easy as ABC


What do you need:

  •  4 spoons extra virgin Olive oil
  • 3 drops Essential oil of your choice (Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Peppermint or Vanilla are all nice, but find out what you like)

 

How to do it:

Simplicity RULES!

Drop the essential oil in the olive oil, gently mix and let it rest for a day

If you leave out the essential oil you can obviously use olive oil instantly

When you want to use it, slightly warm up the oil mixture first

 

Wash your hair (maybe try one of our homemade shampoos) and apply the warmed up oil to your hair. Work your way from your scalp and roots to the ends, which should get special attention if you have dry, frizzy hair as I do

Leave it in for about 30 minutes while you dream of wonderfully luscious hair 

Rinse it out with lukewarm water





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Apple Cider Vinegar homemade hair conditioner


Apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful homemade hair conditioner. Because of its low pH level of 3 it will make your hair more acidic which will close your hair cuticles. This will lock in moisture and protein; make your hair lay down nice and flat, which makes it easier to detangle and not the least, add shine to your hair

And as you may or may not know, apple cider vinegar in combination with a homemade baking soda “shampoo” is one of the most well-known natural hair care combinations

An apple cider vinegar conditioner/ rinse is especially good to keep frizzy and curly hair in check


What do you need:

  • 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of Water


How to do it:

Mix the ACV and the water thoroughly

Apply evenly to your hair; let it sit for a minute and then rinse out with lukewarm or cool water. Cool water will help close the cuticles for an even better effect


Tip: If you have naturally oily hair don’t overuse this recipe, find the right balance





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Egg yolk homemade hair conditioner


One of my personal favorites

Known for centuries, egg yolk is a very, if not the most, popular and powerful homemade conditioner. Egg yolks are protein-rich and nourish your hair and stimulate growth. They also repair and provide deep treatment if your have very dry, brittle, dull, coarse or frizzy hair like my own

In this case it is mixed with the other dry hair care magician Olive oil, which makes it ultimately powerful against my dry, frizzy hair

Being mild by nature, this homemade conditioner can be used every day if you want  


What do you need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
  • ½ cup distilled Water

If you have long hair, double these amounts

 

How to do it:

Warm up the distilled water, it needs to be lukewarm. Crack open the egg(s) and separate the yolk. Put the yolk in a bowl and whisk it until it is broken up and watery

While whisking add the olive oil and mix it well. Then add the lukewarm water. Keep mixing until you have a nice and even consistency. Preparation done!


How to apply it

After you have washed your hair (maybe with your own homemade shampoo) rinse your hair thoroughly and squeeze the water from your hair

Take half of your mixture and pour it onto your head and gently massage it into your scalp and roots. Apply the other half evenly to the rest of your hair and concentrate on the dry and frizzy ends

Use your fingers to comb through your hair (as I do) or use a wide-toothed comb

Now let is rest for 5 minutes

Don’t use hot water to rinse it out unless you want a homemade boiled egg hair conditioner…which I don’t recommend, it smells and is notoriously difficult to get out of your hair. Use lukewarm water to rinse it out. If you use cold water it will make your hair extra shiny





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Honey homemade hair conditioner


A wonderfully fragrant homemade conditioner that is very easy to make. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and keeps moisture inside your hair, which will make it look shinier, healthier and smoother. Use this up to 3 times a week and you’ll have the best results

Honey can also lighten your hair a shade or two. If you want a more darkening effect, you can use molasses instead

  

What do you need:

  • 4 tablespoons Organic Honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin Olive oil

 

How to do it:

Slightly heat up both the honey and olive oil or  (not too much, comfortably warm, just enough for them to easily mix)

Mix them until they are blended well

Apply the mix throughout your hair. Start by massaging it into your scalp and roots and work your way through your hair until the ends

Now let it rest for about 30 minutes while you sit and read your favorite gossip/ fashion/ science magazine (circle your choice…Yes here, on your computer screen ;-) If you’re afraid of staining anything, put on a plastic shower cap

Start rinsing it out with warm water but finish with a cool water rinse

 

Tip: the oilier your hair the less olive oil you should use, simply find the right balance





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Avocado homemade hair conditioner


If you want healthier and shinier hair, avocado is THE ingredient you should use. They are rich in all the good fats, which will make your hair manageable, light and wealthy


What do you need:

  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 4 spoons Coconut Milk
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin Olive oil

 

How to do it:

Mash the avocado into a paste and then slowly add the coconut and olive oil while gently stirring. The conditioner should not be too watery, but just like a normal conditioner. So when you see it still relatively thick stop adding oil

Apply as much as you need throughout your hair, start at the roots and work your way through till the ends

Leave it in for about 30 minutes while you watch Real Housewives from wherever they come from/ Ellen/ National Geographic channel (Circle the appropriate ;-)

Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water that is if you don’t want to smell like you dove head first in avocado dip

 

Tip: I heard someone replaced the coconut milk with Heavy Cream, now that sounds also very interesting, you might give that a try as well





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Homemade hair conditioner & Shampoo in-one


This hair conditioner recipe is actually a shampoo conditioner. With all the basic ingredients lying around in your kitchen it is so incredibly easy to make this kind of recipes

The baking soda absorbs grease, dirt and excess oil while the avocado feeds and treats your hair

 

What do you need:

  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 2 tablespoons Baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons distilled Water

 

How to do it:

Mash the avocado into a paste and add the baking soda and water until you have a nice even and slightly trickling paste (about the same consistency as a regular shampoo conditioner) Depending on the size of the avocado you might need to add some extra baking soda or water

Before you use it first rinse your hair with warm water, this will open the hair cuticles, which will help cleaning your hair

Then apply the shampoo conditioner throughout your hair starting at the roots and working your way to the ends

Let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse it out with lukewarm water but end with a cool water rinse. This will close the cuticles again for a shinier and smoother look and will leave your hair silky smooth





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Homemade hair conditioner for Oily Hair


One of the best ingredients in a natural hair conditioner recipe is simple egg white. Egg white absorbs excess oil from your hair and makes it look smooth and clean

  

What do you need:

1 Egg

½ cup distilled Water

 

How to do it:

Warm up the distilled water until it is comfortably warm (not hot)

Separate the egg white and gently whisk it while adding the warm water until you get a nice and even mixture

After washing your hair (maybe try one of our homemade shampoos) apply it through your hair starting at your roots and slowly work your way to the ends 

Leave it in for 5 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Coconut oil homemade hair conditioner


Who said things should be complicated? I certainly never did. From the very moment our human species found a cracked open coconut we have been using its tasty, healthy and practical ingredients for everything and a doormat

What our ancestors (at least the ones who lived in coconut country) already discovered was that coconut oil does ‘WOW’ to your hair. Much, much later, scientists came to the same conclusion but used slightly more complex scientific phrasing. In short it’s an incredibly powerful and beneficial natural hair care product

 

What you should know now is that coconut oil reduces protein loss in you hair, meaning it keeps the healthy stuff inside the hair. It also repels water, which is good in this case, because if let through, this water would have opened the hair cuticles, making it easier for the hairs to be damaged or even break

Because of their porous nature, especially African hair and chemically treated hair seem to benefit most from treatments with coconut oil

For my personal type of black, dry, curly hair, coconut oil really works well to prevent it going frizzy on me in humid conditions

 

What do you need:

  • Coconut oil (use the natural solid one; liquid ones have more additives)

 

How to do it:

Take half a spoon of the solid coconut oil (depending on your hair length) put it in your hand and rub your hands together so it starts to melt. Then evenly and gently apply it through your still dry hair and focus on the ends. Some however swear by applying it to wet or damp hair, so you see there are no actual rules here, you will have to find out what works best for you

You can leave it in if you want, but if you don’t like the greasy look you can leave it in for 30 minutes and then rinse it out





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Egg yolk & Coconut oil homemade hair conditioner 

 

A natural conditioner recipe that will leave your hair light, smooth and naturally soft

 

What do you need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Coconut oil (solid version)
  • 1 cup distilled Water

 

How to do it:

Separate the egg yolk and gently whisk it while adding the coconut oil until you have a frothy substance. Now add the water and gently stir until you have a smooth mix

Apply to your hair by massaging it into your scalp and roots and then working your way out to the ends

Leave it in for 5 minutes and rinse out with lukewarm water (never use hot water because the “poached egg hair conditioner” tests were not really a success story ;-) and end with a cool water rinse





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Mayonnaise homemade hair conditioner

Yesssss break out the Mayonnaise! You might have vaguely heard of this one, and now I’m going to tell you why people talk about it. All you need to know is the basic ingredients in a good Mayonnaise: oil, egg yolk and vinegar (or sometimes lemon juice.) See, all these ingredients we normally already use in our natural hair care recipes anyway, so why not try a prepackaged version

 

What do you need:

  • Mayonnaise (a good natural one)

 

How to do it:

Take a nice dollop, and work it through your hair, put on a plastic shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap (because this WILL get messy otherwise) and leave it in for 30 minutes. Then rinse it out with lukewarm water and start spreading the mayonnaise…err word





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Deep conditioning homemade hair conditioner


Look, basically anything with avocado or olive oil or coconut oil or egg yolk or any of them combined is good deep conditioner for my dry and frizzy hair. So why not try a super combo and throw mayonnaise in the equation…and your hair


What do you need:

  • 4 tablespoons Mayonnaise (a good natural one)
  • ½ Avocado

 

How to do it:

Mash the avocado and mix in the mayonnaise until you have a nice and even paste

Work it all the way through your hair and focus on the ends. Put on a plastic shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap (mess control) let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse out with lukewarm water





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Mayo, Egg white & Yogurt homemade hair conditioner


Yep that’s a pretty yucky combination if you look at it from a food point of view. But since we’re not food critics but into natural hair care recipes we applaud this wonderful idea (Applause! Hear the crowd go wild… ;-)

For clean and wonderfully beautiful hair

 

What do you need:

  • 8 tablespoons plain Yogurt
  • 8 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 Egg

 

How to do it:

Separate the egg white and gently whisk it while blending it with the yogurt and mayonnaise

Work it evenly through your hair starting at your scalp and roots and work you’re way out to the ends, which should get a bit of extra attention

Put on a plastic shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap (mess control) let it rest for 30 minutes and rinse out very good with lukewarm water (no hot water, unless you want to spend the remainder of your day picking poached egg parts out of your hair…I thought not)





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Banana homemade hair conditioner


You: ‘No, you gotta be kiddin’ me, Banana conditioner?’

Me: Yep, banana, so please bare with me and I will tell you the wonderful and tasty tale of The Banana & the Hair…so sit back and listen carefully ;-)


What do you need:

  • 2 ripe Bananas (or more, depending on the length of your hair)

 

How to do it:

A long, long time ago there was a princess called…… No, no, no, that will take much too long, it is this simple: Mash the bananas to a nice squishy paste and apply it to your hair! The End…oh and she lived happily ever after with wonderful, clean, smooth, shiny and voluminous hair. The real END





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Homemade hair conditioner for Dry & Frizzy Hair


As we now all know, coconut oil does hair miracles, but what if we add even more tropics to this ingredient to fight those wonderful dry frizzies 


What do you need:

  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut oil

  

How to do it: 

Cut the avocado, take out the pit and scoop out the fleshy meat and mash this into a nice paste. Then add the coconut milk and oil and mix until you get an evenly blended substance

Work it into your hair and let it rest for 15 minutes

Rinse out with lukewarm water





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Yogurt, Egg yolk & Avocado homemade hair conditioner


A full homemade conditioner that will create more texture in your hair

 

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons plain Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 ripe Avocado

  

How to do it:

Peel, pit and mash the avocado and mix in the yogurt then separate the egg yolk and gently mix it into the paste

Work it though your hair from your scalp to the ends

Put on a plastic shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap (mess control) let it rest for 20 minutes and rinse out very good with lukewarm water (no hot water, this will turn the egg yolks into an unfashionable yellow poached yolk helmet…)





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Homemade hair conditioner for Split Ends


A true split ends repair conditioner. Well, maybe not really repair because split ends are really split and can’t be “glued” permanently together. All you can do is temporarily “glue” them back until you find the time to make an appointment with your chosen hair maintenance person/ therapist

Shea butter makes for a slightly heavy conditioner that will “repair” split ends and make you hair feel thick and voluminous. When used regularly, it will help prevent your ends from splitting in the future 

 

What do you need:

  • 1 cup Shea butter
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops Fragrance oil of your choice (e.g. Vanilla, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Peppermint etc.)

 

How to do it:

Slowly warm up the Sea butter until it becomes liquid. Then stir in the olive oil and let this mixture rest and cool down for about half an hour, but don’t let it set entirely 

Mix in the Vitamin E and fragrance oil while gently whisking it. When you get a nice and even mousse kind of consistency you’re done

Take what you need and work it all the way through your hair but of course focus on the enemy (those nasty split ends)

What is left can be stored in an airtight container





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Catnip homemade hair conditioner


Another homemade hair conditioner that can help prevent split ends when used on a regular basis. Catnip is the hidden ingredient here, it was a well kept secret but is now getting more and more attention…rightfully so

It also increases hair thickness and for some people hair quantity (so I’m told…)

 

What do you need:

  • 1½ cup distilled Water
  • 1 teaspoon dried Catnip

  

How to do it:

Put the catnip in a glass bowl and pour on hot water (not boiling.) Gently stir and now cover the bowl and let it cool down

Then pour this over your hair and work it in until your hair is nice and damp (not dripping wet)

Put on a plastic shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap and let it rest for 45 minutes. Rinse it out with lukewarm water

  

Tip: Be careful, too much catnip will dry out your hair, so find out how much you need for your hair situation





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Homemade hair conditioner for Curlies

 

Because of my dry, curly, frizzy hair I really have to pay close attention at my hair maintenance. One day I found this natural hair conditioner recipe somewhere and really fell for it. Maybe because it gives me much softer and simply better hair

 

What do you need:

  • 1 ripe Persimmon
  • 1 twig Rosemary
  • 8 tablespoons organic Honey
  • 4 tablespoons Almond oil
  • 8 drops Lavender fragrance oil (Vanilla, Chamomile or Peppermint also work very well in this conditioner recipe, but it’s up to you)

 

How to do it:

Cut the persimmon into pieces and put them in a blender where you mash them further into a fine pulp. Then, while slowly blending, add the rosemary, honey and the oils until you have an even mushy, creamy kind of consistency

Take what you need and work it through your hair. Start at your scalp and roots and slowly work your way out paying extra attention to the ends

Let it rest for 10 minutes and rinse it out with lukewarm water

What is left can be kept for a few days in an airtight container





Natural hair conditioner recipes

Detangling homemade hair conditioner 

 

A wonderful smoothening homemade hair conditioner that really softens your hair and gives it more slip, making it a 100 times easier to get your (curly) hair untangled. Also if your hair tangles easily this will help to prevent it

 

What do you need:

8 tablespoons Shea butter

8 tablespoons Olive oil

1 ripe Avocado

3 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar

 

How to do it:

Peel, pit and mash the avocado then mix it with the Shea butter. While blending add the oil and ACV until you have nice and even pasty consistency

Take as much as you need and work it through your hair from your scalp to the ends, which should get some special attention

Put on a plastic shower cap or wrap your head in plastic wrap (mess control) let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse out very good with lukewarm water and end with a cool water rinse

What is left can be kept for about a week in a sealed container in your fridge


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Some words of caution 

Before you use any ingredient from these natural hair care recipes, make sure you know what the effect is on your skin, hair and health in general; especially if you have sensitive skin, are pregnant, or have a medical condition. Also take special care in determining the right dosage 

Because you can never be too careful, always do a patch test on a small piece of skin (e.g. behind the ear) to see how you and your skin react to separate ingredients

Also beware that essential oils are powerful; make sure you know what you use, its effects and how much you use



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