Homemade Hair Conditioner

Homemade hair conditioner can be as easy as cracking an egg or as complicated as setting up your own chemist's lab. However you do it, making your own hair conditioner can help you save money and create a moisturizing product custom-made for your tired tresses.

Hair conditioner is simple a moisturizing product used after cleansing the hair. It should restore the hair's chemical balance, add moisture and strengthen your strands. It's important that you use conditioners that add moisture, not just oil, to your hair. Moisture gives a needed drink, but pure oil just attracts dirt and weighs the hair down.

Simple Conditioners
Many, basic household items can work wonderfully for your natural hair care routine. Common food items, such as eggs or mayonnaise, can add shine and flexibility to dry locks.

When using a food item for conditioner, it's always best to do the conditioning before the shampooing. This way, you infuse the hair with moisture, and then you wash away the food residue. Use a gentle shampoo as opposed to a harsh cleanser, or you'll strip away all of the good oils and conditioning.

Eggs. Mix a large egg in a bowl with ½ cup water. Whip the egg and water together until completely mixed. Apply to hair, and let sit for at least two minutes. Rinse, shampoo, rinse again and dry hair as usual.

If you suffer from extremely dry hair, think about adding around 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil, olive oil or mayonnaise to the egg and water mixture. You can also use two egg yolks instead of a whole egg. Apply the mixture to your hair, let it sit, rinse, shampoo and rinse again.

Mayonnaise. Because mayo is simply eggs, oil and water, it can be a quick way to give your hair a super conditioning treatment. Apply mayo to hair thickly, and comb it into each strand well. Let the mayo sit on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes. You'll probably want to pull your hair up into a shower cap while you wait. After your waiting time is done, rinse, shampoo, rinse again and dry your hair as usual.

Beer. Darker beers add amazing shine to any hair type, and they can add ample moisture, too. Always use flat beer, not a fresh one. The carbonation is not all that healthy for your hair, so you want the bubbles out before you pour the beer on your head.

You can use pure beer, or you can mix it with water, oil, apple cider vinegar or other typical conditioner ingredients. Pour the beer on your hair before shampooing and rinse. Use a gentle shampoo, rinse and let dry as usual. For intense shine and body, use the beer after shampooing and rinse well. Remember that the beer scent may linger a little if it's isn't shampooed out or rinsed well, though.

Complex Conditioners
You can make a complex conditioner with just as many bells and whistles as a store-bought brand at home. Treat yourself with special scents, create curls and inspire high shine with a little chemistry.

Your conditioner needs something to moisturize and help repair your hair. Quality oils such as olive and jojoba will help heal those dry strands. Cheap oils, such as vegetable, canola or mineral oil will slick over and weigh down your hair instead.

You also need something to help spread the moisturizers over your hair. Water always works well for this, but try to use distilled water to prevent build-up. You can also use glycerin to help thicken and preserve your conditioner.

If you want to add things like herbs, you'll need to infuse some water with them instead of throwing the herbs right in the mix. Basically, you steep the herbs in some hot water, just as if you're making a cup of tea. Strain any floating bits out of the water, and then mix the water with the remaining conditioner ingredients.

There is no one single way to create homemade hair conditioner. The best method is to mix and match ingredients according to your personal needs. In addition to quality oils, water, glycerin and herbs, you can also use fruits, such as banana, avocado or mango.

Vegetable extracts and juices, like cucumber or carrot juice, can also add a big boost to overall hair health and shine. If you want something that smells lovely, try adding essential oils or a little perfume to give your homemade conditioner the perfect scent.

Silky Shine Homemade Conditioner Recipe

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup mashed avocado
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil

Pour mayonnaise, avocado and oil into a blender. Mix well until smooth and creamy. Use the conditioner before shampooing. Apply conditioner liberally to dry hair or very warm wet hair. You'll probably want to perform this step over a sink or in the shower.

Pull your hair into a shower cap and let the conditioner sit for at least five minutes. If your hair was wet, wrap a towel around the shower cap to help your hair retain heat. Rinse the conditioner from your hair, and then shampoo and rinse as usual.

Remember to store your creation in a lidded container in the fridge. It lasts only about three days because of the fresh mayo and avocado. The recipe should make enough conditioner for one use on long hair, or two uses on short hair.

If you're allergic to avocado, you can substitute mashed banana or mango, though it won't be quite as effective. You can also substitute almost any quality oil for the sweet almond oil, such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil or jojoba oil. The oil makes the conditioner spread more evenly over the hair. Depending on the oil used, it can also add a more pleasant scent to the recipe.

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