Using conditioner is helpful to prevent tangles in your hair. Making your own conditioner allows you to use more natural ingredients and save money. This page contains homemade conditioner recipes.
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Use a small empty spray bottle; add 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner and fill the bottle with warm water. Shake well before you use. Spray on wet hair and brush, without tears. I use this on my two girls' hair and it works great!
Both my hair and skin tend to be dry, especially in the winter, and I rely on extra conditioning treatments. Hydrating products are expensive but through trial and error I've come up with the best treatment yet that satisfies both hair and skin and costs next to nothing. All that is needed is product that is already at home and about 5 minutes time to prepare enough spray to last over a month.
What I do is mix 1/4 cup regular hair conditioner with 1 cup of filtered water and 1/8 teaspoon of oil. My favorite oil is Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil but I've also used regular Baby Oil and light Olive Oil.
Put everything into a pot and bring to a slow boil for only a minute. Remove from heat, let cool completely, and with a funnel pour into a spray bottle(s).
When ready to apply to hair or skin, shake the bottle well and spritz away.
Neither my hair or skin has ever looked so nice. The little bit of oil in the mix gives a nice sheen but isn't greasy.
Make your own leave in conditioner. Use one part conditioner to 10 parts water and mix in a spray bottle.
Source: "All You" magazine.
By lkutynsky from Des Plaines, IL
Mayonnaise makes a very good hair conditioner at an affordable price. For shiny, silky hair, rinse with vinegar. Don't worry, the smell disappears! To strip conditioner build-up off hair, use Dawn dish soap. This works very well.
Source: My sister-in-law who is a beautician.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
Many kitchen products can be used to make homemade shampoo, conditioner, and rinse. Hair rinses are usually used to add extra shine, bounce, color, or moisture to tired tresses.
Vinegar is a popular choice, because vinegar has the exact same natural PH as hair, so it's useful for restoring balance. Beer helps with shine and body, but only if it's dark. Light beer is too weak to help. Light oil and water mixtures are turned into boosting sprays that help bring out color and shine. Coffee and tea brewed in water can help make colors seem richer.
These items can be used alone or in any one of many assorted mixtures. One of my favorite recipes for a great rinse is my "Homemade Conditioning Rinse For Shine", as shown below.
Remember, whenever creating homemade beauty products, there's a chance of an allergic reaction. Regardless of what you make, always test it on a small patch of skin before spreading it over your body!
Approximate Time: 3 minutes to 3 hours
Mix the beer, vinegar and essential oil together in a container. Mix very well. If possible, put in a lidded container and shake well to truly mix. I pour the mixture into a glass measuring cup to make it easier to use.
Shampoo, rinse, condition, and rinse your hair as usual. Pour the beer mixture over your hair, making sure to douse every single strand. Let the rinse sit on your hair for about one minute. Then lightly rinse the mixture out, using lukewarm or cool water. You don't want to over rinse, it will wash all that lovely shine and body out. If you under rinse you'll walk around smelling like stale beer and vinegar.
Let your hair air dry if possible, but you can use a blow-dryer if needed. Once your hair dries, you should notice a huge boost in it's overall shine and body. You'll also notice a tiny bit more sparkle in your highlights and the depth to your hair color.
Avocado and Mayonnaise Mask is a very good conditioner. This deep conditioner works wonders on dry and damaged hair.
By Lyon from India
Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Mash together until it is smooth and about as thick as shampoo. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse.
By Ellen Brown
Note: Some recipes are not suitable for sensitive skin. Each person is different, so test on the inside arm or wrist for any possible allergic reactions before using these recipes.
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Here are questions related to Homemade Conditioner Recipes.
I want to make my own spray on, leave in hair conditioner with sunscreen. I would like to know if anyone has a recipe to make this?
By (Guest Post)05/05/2008
You can make your own by buying liquid glycerin and mixing a tablespoon or two with distiled water in a spray bottle and using that. Glycerin is pretty cheap and you can get it at most drug stores.
Does anyone have a recipe for hair conditioner? It would be much appreciated.
By Dorothy from Durban, KZN
By Betty 05/05/2011
Plain on olive oil. Shampoo afterwards. I tried mayonnaise once and I thought I'd never get it out. I sometimes put a dollup of store bought conditioner in the palm of my hand and add some olive oil. Mix both those together in the palm of your hand and put on your hair. But the oil alone works good too.
I am looking for a homemade hair conditioner recipe.
By Shannon 01/21/2011
There are actually several things in your kitchen that you can use as a conditioning treatment that are safe, natural and easy to use. Mayonaisse is a great hair moisturizer, just shampoo, apply a coating of mayo, let it sit and rinse well. Olive oil, and coconut oil are excellent too, just make sure to rinse really well.