Jul 222020
DIY Hair Conditioner Recipes – Natural
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Welcome to my 'DIY Hair Conditioner Recipes' post!

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Hair conditioners are important for both men and women.

A hair conditioner is an essential part of the personal care routine. However, hair conditioners available on the market can create problems for your hair, our health, and the environment.

As more and more research is released regarding chemical products promoting health concerns, more and more people are looking for natural alternatives or recipes to make their own at home. In this article, you will learn how to make natural and homemade conditioner.

As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives. 

These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green. 

Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green! 

Dangerous Chemical Products

Recent research studies have found that hair conditioners contain harmful chemicals that have adverse side effects. Some examples of these chemicals may include but are not limited to Sulfates, Parabens, Fragrances, Triclosan, Polyethylene Glycol, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

They can cause a range of different side effects, weakening your hair, effecting your scalp, and potentially long term health conditions. You may have already heard of sulfates because many products now proudly claim to be free of them, yet they still may contain some of the other chemicals listed above.

A lot of people don’t know about Sodium Laureth Sulfate – a foaming agent found in many hair products. This ingredient in most commercial hair products, like hair conditioners, can dry your hair and cause allergic reactions on your scalp.

Many hairstylists and experts who are aware of these chemical and side effects recommend natural remedies and the use of homemade alternatives.


Hazardous for the Environment

What most people don't realize is the increasing concern regarding the effects these products have on our environment. These chemicals are synthetically produced which means that many of the are non-biodegradable.

They get into our waterways through our drains and sewage systems. Then they pollute our natural waterways, rivers, and lakes. They take years to break down and they have detrimental effects on our wildlife and ecosystems.

We have a drinking water crisis on this planet and this chemical is only making the situation worse. As little as five percent of the water on this planet is fit for drinking. Pollution rates are ever-increasing and not a whole lot is being done about it.

The Solution: Natural Products

We are going to explore the benefits of using natural alternatives and demonstrate why using DIY hair conditioner recipes is the best alternative to mainstream chemical-based hair care products.

Natural alternatives are safer to use, better for your hair, personal health, and the health of the environment. 

Benefits of Using Natural Products 

Safer Ingredients

Natural ingredients are better for us than the chemicals that have been manufactured in lavatories. Nature has a way of looking after us and we do not need to interfere within in many cases.

These chemicals can potentially cause side effects such as memory loss, eye and skin irritation, hair follicle damage that can lead to hair loss, and even cancer.

Shiny and Stronger Hair strands

Homemade hair conditioners can make your hair shiny and stronger. For example, vinegar and eggs are ingredients that can be used in hair conditioner for these effects.

Vinegar has antibacterial properties, breaking down oils and dirt. Vinegar also acts as a fantastic cleaning agent and a great protector to prevent hair loss. Eggs add shine to your hair and therefore are an effective conditioner.

To make your hair stronger, you can use olive oil, which acts as an amazing elixir. To keep your hair hydrated, honey is frequently added to homemade shampoos, conditioners, and other beauty products.

Natural conditioners will make your hair look more radiant. After all, they use natural ingredients like vitamins, oils, and nutrients to nourish your hair and make your hair strands healthy and beautiful.

Longer-lasting color

If you dye your hair, homemade hair conditioners are a preferred choice by many people as they will not strip the color from your hair.

Obviously, frequent washing will fade your hair but the chemicals used in mainstream products break down the color and can ultimately leave it looking faded.

Healthier Environment

Natural products use naturally occurring ingredients that are biodegradable and often organic or sustainably sourced.

These ingredients have been readily available to use for hundreds if not many thousands of years. As a result, we know them well; their benefits and side effects. This is not the case with the use of many modern chemicals found in mainstream products.

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Benefits of DIY Hair Conditioner


In some cases, store-bought natural alternatives can be more expensive than buying mainstream conditioners. This is why I recommend making your own at home.

Likely, you will already have the majority of the ingredients needed in your kitchen cupboards. If you do need to purchase one or two things, don't threaten. These products are going to enable you to make DIY conditioner over and over again, making your purchase cost-effective.

Fun & Simple Activity

I used to spend a lot of time driving to stores, sitting in traffic, pushing carts around stores, spending tons of money on products that were harmful to my health, my family, and the environment.

Now, I grow a lot of my food and make many personal care products. Learning these new skills did take a little bit of time in the beginning but I learned one at a time, slowly adding to my knowledge base.

If time is a concerning factor for you preventing you from making your products, try to focus on the positives. I truly enjoy the DIY craft activities, feel a sense of accomplishment, and know that the health benefits far out way the time it takes to make them. After some practice, making them becomes easy and less time consuming too.

This is a really enjoyable activity that I can do with friends, family, and young ones. I love teaching them the process, to be self-sufficient and about the benefits of these natural products. Children love these activities and they make wonderful gifts.

Personalized Gifts

Nothing says "I love you" more than a personalized gift that somebody has taken the time to create. When you add up how much we spend on gifts each year, it is shocking to learn how much we spend. There are birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's, weddings, and of course, Christmas to name a few.

Once you have the supplies making gifts becomes cheap, easy, and fast. The products last a while and you will have the resources to make them time and time again.

Ok, so you may be thinking that dad may get bored of receiving bar soap that he rarely uses, but this doesn't have to be the case. Find out the personal needs of your loved ones and adapt recipes to meet their needs.

It is easy to switch an essential oil to make it more masculine or add an ingredient that moisturizes or reduces dandruff. Find out their needs, make a gift they love, and have a batch that they can look forward to every time the holidays come around.


DIY Hair Conditioner Recipes

Lemon Conditioner Recipe

Result: naturally refreshed hair

First, you will need a blender and use it to mix these ingredients to make a thick paste. You just need to have olive oil, eggs, vinegar, honey, and lemon juice to make this hair conditioner.

Whisk 4-5 eggs, then add two tablespoons of lemon juice and a tablespoon of vinegar into it. Finally, you need to add one tablespoon of honey and half teaspoon of olive oil.

The conditioner is ready! Apply it on your hair tips. Leave the paste on your hair for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.

Coconut Oil Conditioner Recipe

Result: smooth, soft, and thicker hair

Benefits: Coconut oil is another great ingredient for adding into a homemade hair conditioner. It has some incredible benefits for your hair. For example, it can make your hair soft and smooth.

At the same time, when you use it in a homemade hair conditioner, it will make your hair thicker and longer. The fatty acids and essential minerals contained in coconut oil also nourish your scalp.

Process: To make a homemade hair conditioner with coconut oil, you need to mix coconut oil with one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Next, you will add two tablespoons of curd and one tablespoon of rosewater.

Application: Make sure you apply this homemade hair conditioner on shampooed hair. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse off with cool running water.

Avocado and Banana Conditioner Recipe

Result: silky and shiny hair. This is one of the best homemade conditioners that can be used to repair hair that is badly damaged.

The banana nourishes the hair, thus avoiding frizz. Avocado facilitates hair growth and also moisturizes it. Olive oil strengthens and brightens the hair. Honey also brings shine and is used to give softness.

Ingredients: ½ banana, 1 avocado, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons (40 ml) of honey, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (30 ml).

Process: Peel the avocado, cut it in half, and create a paste with it. Mix half of the banana with the two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the avocado paste and mix everything until a homogeneous paste is felt. Finally, mix the egg and honey into the previous paste and add until it has a smooth texture.

Application: Wet your hair (make sure it is very wet). Start applying the conditioner from the start of the hair, but without touching the scalp. Gradually spread the mixture throughout your hair, concentrating on the most damaged areas. Let the conditioner act for 10 minutes and rinse with enough water.

Vinegar and Egg Conditioner

Result: healthy, strong, shiny hair and prevents hair loss.

Ingredients: 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil, 2 tablespoons (40 ml) of honey, a quarter cup (65 ml) of vinegar and lemon juice.

Process: Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and stir the yolks perfectly. Add 100 ml of vinegar and 100 ml of lemon juice to the previous mixture. Mix everything while adding olive oil and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix perfectly until you have a manageable paste.

Application: When the paste is ready, take a little with your fingers and apply it. Leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Benefits: The egg is an excellent conditioner by itself and brings shine to the hair. Olive oil strengthens the hair. Honey helps you lighten your hair and also gives you silkiness. Vinegar prevents hair loss.

Banana Conditioning Recipe

Result: benefits colored hair and hair under extreme temperature changes.

Benefits: Banana is an excellent alternative to repair hair damaged by dyes and also by extreme temperature changes. This mask has what it takes to reverse the most severe damage simply and economically.

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons honey (60 ml), 3 tablespoons of milk (45 ml), and 5 tablespoons of olive oil (50 ml).

Process: Mix the banana, the egg, three tablespoons of honey, three tablespoons of milk, and five teaspoons of olive oil until you have a compact paste.

Application: Apply to hair. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with plenty of water.

Yogurt Conditioner

Result: nourishment and hair growth

Benefits: Yogurt contains lactic acid and this naturally classes the scalp, clearing away dead skin cells and helping your hair grow. Yogurt too contains a protein that nourishes your hair, also promoting hair growth.

Ingredients: 1 egg and 6 tablespoons yogurt (90 ml).

Process: Beat the egg until it has a homogeneous liquid consistency. Add 6 tablespoons of yogurt and beat again.

Application: Apply the mixture with a gentle massage and cover the hair with a bathing cap. Let the yogurt mask act for 20 or 30 minutes and wash with shampoo and warm water. 

DIY Hair Conditioner Recipes: The Final Verdict!

There are many health and environmental benefits of using natural conditioners. But if you want to save your self some money, learn to be self-sufficient, and enjoy a simple craft, I recommend making your DIY conditioner.

There are tons of different recipes available on the web which you can adapt you your own needs. I have provided you with several different types that will meet most people's needs.

I would love to hear how you got on with them, so drop me a comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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Reader Comments

  1. Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for educating me on homemade hair conditioners.

    I didn’t know certain hair conditioners on the market can contain chemicals on the market, like Sodium Laureth Sulfate that can damage your hair.

    I have thick hair. Is there one of the above home made conditions on the market that you would recommend for my hair?

  2. Well, this post was an interesting read! I didn’t even know that homemade hair conditioners existed, but you proved it through your knowledge and understanding.

    I’ll have to try this out and make my own sometime.

    Great post!

    1. Hi Eric, I am delighted to hear that this information I have provided to you has inspired you to try it making it for yourself. There are so many health benefits that came from making your own. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.

  3. Absolutely love these recipes for home made hair conditioners. I have been using coconut oil on my hair lately and I love it because it keeps my hair soft and shiny especially with all the humidity that my hair is exposed to on a daily basis.

  4. Hi Catherine

    Thank you for the information you provide on the homemade hair conditioner. I have personally witnessed someone who has used shampoos and conditioners over a period of 15 years.

    Their hair is falling out like crazy now. I believe it is from those harmful chemicals. This is my personal opinion. I used to sell natural products back then and they educated me on chemicals in products. Now I don’t even go there. I threw away all the bad products I had.

    Thank you for this post. I am sure it will help a lot of people to become aware of what is in the products people use every day. I will always make my own conditioner!


    1. Hi Midsummer, wow this is very alarming. I knew these chemical-based products were harmful but I never knew they could have these kinds of effects. I was under the impression that the chemicals would irritate the skin. I will have to do some research into this. Thank you for reading.

  5. Hi Catherine!
    Wow!! This is really interesting. I did not realized hair conditioner was so easy to make. I am going to try this. Do you use all of the conditioner at one time or can you just use a little at a time?

  6. Great article here on DYI hair conditioner recipes! I can’t wait to try the avocado/banana and also the coconut oil! Thanks for sharing!

    Do you have a recommendation on coloring grey hair naturally?

    1. Absolutely Alyse, it just depends on the color. You are brunette so I would recommend coffee or Henna.
      If you are wanting to add an urban tint you could try some carrot juice and beets.
      I hope this helps.

  7. Great post! I should try some of these, I get terribly dry hair over the winter time. It seems as if some of these would work good for that. Im starting to switch to all natural products around the house so maybe I’ll have to work on this. Thanks for the info!

    1. Hi Kris
      You are more than welcome. I am pleased to hear that you are switching to natural alternatives. Good luck with this one, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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