If you are struggling with brittle, dry and damaged hair, the problem may be your conditioner. Store bought conditioners are often loaded with synthetic ingredients and preservatives that can make your hair feel worse over time. Try this DIY hair conditioner to craft the perfect product for your hair’s specific needs. It is fast and easy to make. As an added benefit, it uses common household ingredients.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you can move on to making your DIY leave in conditioner, you will need a few supplies first. For starters, an empty conditioner container is needed to store your creation. If you do not have any on hand, you can purchase similar containers at drugstores and convenience stores. A travel sized container or a mason jar with a lid could both work. Once you have found your new container, wash it thoroughly to make sure it is free of chemicals and bacteria. You will also need a mixing bowl and spoon as well as a funnel if the opening of your conditioner container is too narrow.
Choose Your Ingredients
Leave in conditioner recipes use a variety of different ingredients that can be replaced, swapped out or substituted. This factor makes it easy to customize your conditioner to your preferences. For starters, you will want to have your favorite essential oil on hand. It will be used primarily for adding a nice scent to your conditioner. Next, a moisturizing hair and body oil is critical. However, with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your options to just one. Start by choosing your favorite multipurpose oil and make a small batch of conditioner. Next time you try this recipe, use a different oil. Following this tip will help you decide which oil you have the best results with.
Coconut oil, olive oil, and Argan oil are all excellent choices for this recipe. Apple cider vinegar is another critical ingredient. Not only does it gently clean the hair, but it also increases shine, volume and can even protect the protein in your strands.
You will also need purified water on hand. Optional ingredients include honey and lemon juice. While not necessary to get deep conditioning benefits, they provide additional perks. Honey can make your conditioner creamier, smell nicer and also give your hair added moisture. Lemon juice also adds a nice smell to your creation while making your hair shinier. It is ideal for anyone with oily hair as well as it is capable of cutting through grease effectively without stripping your hair of its critical essential oils.
Mix Your DIY Conditioner
Pour one cup of purified water into your mixing bowl and stir in a few drops of essential oil. Once these two ingredients are well combined, gradually stir in one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and up to two tablespoons of your favorite oil. If you are using optional ingredients, you may stir them in now. If using lemon juice, start with one tablespoon and add more if you feel you need it. If using honey, only add up to two teaspoons to avoid making your conditioner overly sticky or difficult to blend.
Once all of your ingredients are well combined, carefully pour the mixture into your conditioner container using a funnel if needed. It is important to keep in mind that this recipe is free of preservatives. This means that it will only last up to two weeks at a time before it will need to be replaced. If you are worried about wasting product or have short hair and do not use much conditioner, consider cutting the recipe in half to avoid making too much at once. This conditioner can be left on for as long as you want to provide deep moisturizing benefits.
Making your own DIY leave in conditioner is a fun and simple way to save money on expensive products and avoid putting harmful ingredients in your hair. Plus, it provides intensive moisture to dry and damaged hair while cleansing away dirt and oil buildup from your strands and scalp. Try this recipe today!