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Hair Conditioner - What About the Glycerin?

by Alyssa


I was just looking at the "Basic Natural Hair Conditioner Recipe" on your website and would like to try making it. The only problem is, the directions tell you to add glycerin but it does not say how much (it is not even listed in the list of ingredients needed for the recipe). Could you tell me how much glycerin is needed?

I have been looking high and low on the internet for a recipe for hair conditioner like this... I can hardly wait to try it.

Thank you!

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Conditioner Glycerin
by: Kyley

The beginning - in with the oils and emulsifying wax. It's a bit like making a really runny lotion.

If it works, you can start making your own lotions too - SOOOO much better than store lotions (cheaper too!)

Good luck!

Conditioner Glycerin
by: Alyssa

Thanks... by the way, I just looked at the revised version of your recipe on your web page, and noticed you took the glycerin out completely... if I decide to use the glycerin (and I probably will because my hair is dry), at what point in the "cooking process" should I add it in? Thanks!

Conditioner Glycerin
by: Kyley

We're definitely on the same page. I had to search long and hard for a recipe with bottle-able ingredients so I could just uncap the bottle every day instead of mixing up a recipe. I hope it works well for you!

Oh hey, I just thought... maybe you should make a small batch, like maybe half the recipe, see if it's too heavy or whatever and then go from there. Good luck with your conditioner adventures!

Conditioner Glycerin
by: Alyssa

Thanks a lot!!

I'm just so glad to find your hair conditioner recipe that is not a raw banana or yogurt or an avacado (everything else I find online is this or something similar) ... these are great for your hair once in while when you have the time, but my goal is to make something I can bottle up and use in my real, everyday, busy life.

Thanks for your tips about the Jason conditioner ingredients!

- Alyssa

Conditioner Glycerin
by: Kyley

I used tresemme and drug store brands too - my hair is SO MUCH happier now - it's shinier, smoother, stronger and it looks about 100 times better than when I was buying hair products. Your hair is going to love you!

I read the Jason ingredient list - if you use lavender and chamomile essential oils you'll have those covered, and you could try putting in a teaspoon of aloe vera. If you bought the herbs (comfrey, calendula and horsetail) you could make them into an infusion and use them instead of plain water.You can use a blend of apricot and jojoba oils for the oil portion of the recipe.

The other ingredients in there that are great for hair but I'm not sure where to find them are the keratin and the protein. If you do find a good supplier for them, let me know. Good luck!

Let me know (and have fun at work!)

Conditioner Glycerin
by: Alyssa

Dear Kyley,

Thank you so much for getting back with me! I have very long hair and it tends to be dry and frizzy, so I think the glycerin will be necessary for me.

I currently use Jason brand organic natural apricot conditioner. It works very well for me... but it is expensive! So I am trying to duplicate it so I can make it myself.

Among many other ingredients, the main ones I can recognize (and think I can get a hold of) in the Jason's brand are: Water, emulsifying wax, stearyl alcohol, aloe leaf gel, vegetable glycerin, vitamin e, and fragrance oils. I'm planning to follow your recipe to get me started and then go from there to get one similar to this.

I have a very sensitive scalp - I used to use Tressame or Suave brands and always had a dry, itchy scalp until recently switching to Jason brand and my scalp has much improved.

Thanks again for your message, and I'll get back to you later with my results. It may be a few days, though, before I can get to all this, I'm off to my job now. Have a wonderful day!!

- Alyssa

Ingredients of Jason Natural Apricot Conditioner: Aqua (Purified Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Hydroflorate®*, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Extract*, Emulsifying Wax, Anthemus Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract*, Stearalkonium Chloride, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Extract*, Equesetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract*, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Aloe Vera)*, Panthenol (Vit. B5), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, 22 Keratin Amino Acids, Glycerin (Vege), Retinyl Palmitate (Vit. A), Cholecalciferol (Vit. D), Linoleic and Linolenic Acid (Vit. F), Planthenol-3? (Plant Phospholipids, DL-Panthenol, Ethyl Panthenol, Steardimonium Panthenol), Glyceryl Stearate, Triticum Vulgare (Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein), Natural Tocopherol (Vit. E), Oxybenzone, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Frangrance Oil Blend.

Conditioner Glycerin - OOPS!
by: Kyley

Hi Alyssa,

Thanks for contacting me. I must have had a brain cramp and just left the glycerin out. I'm so glad you brought it to my attention!

I'm actually going to take the glycerin off the recipe. It works great for my hair (and my husband and son) but my mom found it too heavy for hers. If you have coarse, wiry or very dry hair, add up to half a teaspoon (I'd start with 1/4 tsp) and work your way up each time you make a new batch.

I'd love to hear how it works for you or if you modify the recipe and what THAT does for you. I'd love to post your findings... So if you get a minute after you test it out, would you drop me a quick note? Thanks, and best of luck with the recipe.

Thanks again for getting in touch, Alyssa! I'm off to fix that page now...

Best regards,


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