Natural Hair Conditioner Recipes

Make your own herbal conditioner for your hair type

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.

Scroll down to browse through specific hair care recipes.

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.

Normal Hair

Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil

Dry, Damaged or Frizzy Hair

Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil

Oily Hair

Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil

Thinning Hair

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 (below)

5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

Essential Oil Blend for your hair type



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, 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.

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.

Herbal Infusions for your Hair Conditioner

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 in the natural hair conditioner recipe above with your herbal concoction.

Blonde Hair

Dried Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon Peel

Red Hair

Dried Calendula, Hibiscus, Cinnamon Bark

Dark Hair

Black Tea, Dried Rosemary, Cloves

Gray Hair

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 soothe 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.

Normal to Dry Hair: use 3 tablespoons each dried Chamomile and Lavender.

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 much oil.)

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