Make Your Own Natural Hair Conditioners for all Hair Types
DIY Natural Hair Products
Why spend a fortune on conditioners with all the extra added chemicals when it's super easy to make your own? There are a variety of oils and essential oils that work well for all hair types to ensure healthy, shiny hair that is easy to manage. What follows are scalp and hair conditioning treatments you can customize to meet your own needs.
Review the various oils and then create your own blend that will work according to your own needs.
Basic Natural Conditioner Recipe:
- 2 - 3 Tablespoons of the base oil of your choice
- 1 - 2 capsules of vitamin E liquid
- 4 -6 drops essential oil according to your needs - just one or mix a blend of 2.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in small bowl or sterile glass bottle. Use right away or refrigerate for up to one week. The vitamin E acts as a natural preservative and is also very healthy for the scalp and hair. Before using warm gently by placing the bottle into warm water. Do not microwave!
Base Oils for Homemade Conditioners
- Coconut Oil makes a great conditioner on its own for any hair type. It starts off in a slightly solid form and quickly melts as it heats up. You can warm your conditioner before applying to turn this to liquid, or it will easily melt as you run in through the hair.
- Olive Oil is inexpensive and easy to obtain. Lighter oils are preferable to heavier oils, so use a light or extra virgin olive oil for better penetration of the scalp and hair.
- Sweet Almond Oil is a great choice for promoting and sustaining hair growth. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium which is vital to continued hair growth. Use this if your hair is thinning or if you lose hair due to stress etc.
- Avocado Oil has nutrients that promote hair growth and it is also deeply conditioning. Use this if you need a lot of added moisture and control for dry, frizzy, or stressed hair and scalp.
Best Essential Oils for Hair Care
Essential oils are medicinal and they help normalize the scalp while nourishing the hair. Regular scalp massage with essential oils can help remove and prevent dandruff, increase circulation and promote hair growth, while making the hair shiny and soft. As a bonus, essential oils in massage also ease stress with aromatherapy.
Choose one or more essential oils by hair type below. A nice combination is lavender with rosemary for oilier hair and scalp or lavender with sandalwood for dry hair is also very nice. You can use even parts, or 2 to 1, however you like. It's very customizable. I do find using several drops of the same essential oil can quickly become very pungent, so add a drop at a time and mix it in gradually.
Essential Oils by Hair Type
For Dry Hair
For Oily Hair
For Normal Hair
Rosemary essential oil is amazing for skin, scalp and hair. You can also use it in natural homemade cleaners for a refreshing, clean scent with disinfectant properties. *bonus* It also stimulates hair growth.
Directions for Scalp Massage with Conditioning
Scalp massage is essential for healthy hair and scalp. It improves circulation which aids the growth and continued nourishment of the hair shaft. Scalp massage should be done properly to ensure you are receiving the full benefit – here's how to do it correctly:
To massage the scalp, dip fingers into the oil mixture and run fingers with oil over the top of the scalp from front to back spreading the oil evenly over the entire scalp. Spread your fingers like a comb and press firmly. After this knead the scalp with the pads of your fingers (not the nails!) rotating and moving around the scalp in a circular motion.
Always work from front to back, starting at the forehead, down to the sides at the temples, and then to the crown and down the back. When you reach the nape of the neck, push your entire scalp forward a couple of times to relieve tension.
After massaging for several minutes, pull the extra oil through to the ends of the hair. Wear a shower cap with a warm towel wrapped around to help the oils absorb. Leave the oils on for 5 - 30 minutes depending on how deep of a conditioning treatment you desire. Rinse, then shampoo as normal with a gentle sulfate free shampoo of your choice.
Why You Should Use DIY Beauty Products
Most commercial products are loaded with chemicals that are bad for you, bad for the environment and do not work as well as natural products. Natural products are more economical. They are biodegradable also, so you don't have to worry about contaminating ground water.
Beware "fragrance" labels especially. If your products are created with synthetic fragrances, they are likely filled with carcinogenic substances that have been linked to breast cancer. Unfortunately, companies are not required by law to disclose the chemicals they use in their products due to "trade secret" laws. As a result, they are able to hide suspect chemicals under the generic label "fragrance". It may smell nice, but don't let that fool you.
Learn About Using Natural Essential Oils
This video shares some DIY recipes for using essential oils for natural beauty products.
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