Making your own natural hair conditioner is a great way to target hair care treatments to your specific hair type - without unhealthy chemicals or synthetic additives.
Conditioning helps protect your hair from stressors such as weather, heat-styling, hormone fluctuations, poor diet, etc.
Conditioning also re-moisturizes dry hair and forms a protective layer around the entire hair shaft, which helps reduce split ends and breakage.
Click on the links to jump straight to a specific hair care recipe or scroll down to browse through them. I've started with the
best carrier oils for your hair type because you'll need to choose which oil to use in your conditioner recipe.
Best Carrier Oils for Your Hair Type
Use this information to customize your natural hair conditioner recipe to your hair's particular needs. You can
blend these oils in any combination you like - many people like a blend of olive and coconut or shea.
Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil
Dry, Damaged or Frizzy Hair
Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil
Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil
Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil
Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil
Note: Avocado oil should only make up to 10% of your total oil hair care blend because it leaves a waxy residue that's very hard to wash out.
Basic Natural Hair Conditioner Recipe
1 teaspoon (5ml) Carrier Oil for your hair type (see above)
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vegetable Glycerin
1 tablespoon (8g) Emulsifying Wax
1/2 tsp (1.5ml) Vitamin E (or 2 capsules)
1/2 cup (125ml) distilled Water or Herbal Infusion
5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
Essential Oil Blend for your hair type
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- Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and glycerin in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E.
- In a separate pot on the stove or in the microwave, gently warm the water or herbal infusion just until lukewarm.
Do NOT skip this step or your conditioner will separate later on.
- Slowly pour the water/herbal infusion into the oil
mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the mixture is
creamy and smooth. Let the mixture cool a little so the essential oils
don't evaporate too quickly when you add them.
Don't worry if it doesn't thicken immediately - it thickens as it cools down to room temperature.
- Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract.
Pour the natural hair conditioner into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the lid on.
- Shake the bottle occasionally as the conditioner cools to prevent the ingredients from separating.
Store in a cool, dark place.
Note: Some people have told me this recipe makes their hair greasy. If
that's the case for you, switch to grapeseed oil, which is very light.
You can also reduce the amount of carrier oil.
Herbs for Natural Hair Conditioner Recipes
Add a herbal infusion to your natural hair conditioner to enhance the color and healthy appearance of your hair. Here's how:
- Combine 1/4 cup (60ml) distilled water with 1 tablespoon each of the
appropriate herbs in a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
- Remove from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Strain out the herbs and replace the water with your infusion in the basic conditioner recipe above.
Dried Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon Peel
Dried Calendula, Hibiscus, Cinnamon Bark
Black Tea, Dried Rosemary, Cloves
Dried Sage, Rosemary, Thyme
Note: The infusion for gray hair smells pretty "herbal", but people say
it really does bring back your original hair color if you use it daily.
Herbal Hair Rinse Recipes
Herbal hair rinses are one of the best natural hair treatments you can use - and they're super easy to make.
Following your natural hair conditioner with a herbal hair rinse reduces product buildup, balances your scalp's pH and boosts shine and manageability.
A herbal hair rinse can also help heal inflammation and irritation caused by heat styling and chemical hair treatments.
Especially important for oily hair and dandruff.
Here's how to make a herbal hair rinse:
1. Combine 2 cups (500ml) distilled water with herbs (see the table below) in a pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
For Normal to Dry Hair use 3 tablespoons each dried Chamomile and Lavender.
For Oily Hair, Thinning Hair or Dandruff use 3 tablespoons each dried Peppermint and Rosemary.
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2. Remove from the heat and let steep for an hour.
3. Strain out the herbs and pour into a large dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
4. Add 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar.
To use your herbal hair rinse, simply pour it over your hair after
conditioning, rub it gently into your scalp and then rinse. Voila!
Shiny, healthy hair!
Secret Recipe for Smoothing Frizzy Ends
Here's a quick hair care trick for smoothing out frizzy, fly-away ends: Pour a TINY, dime-sized amount of jojoba oil into your palm. Rub your palms together, then smooth them over the ends of your hair.
Stay away from the hair near your scalp or you'll weigh your hair down
and it will look lank and greasy (this will also happen if you use too
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