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Luxurious Hair Conditioner Made by you from Scratch!

Updated on July 5, 2011

Make Luxurious Hair Conditioner from Scratch!

Making your own hair care is not only fun kitchen chemistry, but super easy and the best part is that you are in control of what goes into your haircare. You have many additive options to choose from, from oils to extra emollients. The sky is the limit. Hair conditioner is made the same way body lotion is made, except this is a lotion that rinses away. Conditioning after shampooing replenishes moisture loss due to sulfates contained in your shampoo or from showering with water that is too hot. It helps to control static and adds shine, body and manageability.

Luminous, Shiny, Healthy Hair and Scalp

Naturally and Made by You!

In this article, I will give you a recipe and explain step by step how to create your own luxurious hair conditioner, but first I want to talk about the ingredients that will be going into your conditioner and what their properties are.

Distilled water - Tap water contains microbes and bacteria which in turn could cause mold to grow in your conditioner, so to play it safe, use distilled water

Behentrimonium Methosulfate or BTMS-50 for short - This is a conditioning emulsifyer, and the ingredient that is going to bind your water and oils together. It will leave your hair feeling silky smooth and is a great detangler.

DL Panthenol - Also known as Pro-Vitamin B5. This ingredient improves your hair's structure, is moisturizing to the hair shaft and adds luster and sheen.

Liquid Glycerin - A humectant that attracts and retains moisture.

Liquid Silk - An amino acid that adds protein and body to your hair.

Olive Oil and Sweet Almond Oil are great nourishing oils to use in hair care, they penetrate the skin better than almost any other oil. Sweet Almond oil is a great source for Vitamin A and Omega 3, it smooths the hair's cuticle which creates shine and is deeply nourishing. Olive Oil is 85% oleic acid and is considered the ultimate hair conditioner.

Optiphen - A preservative that is both paraben and formaldehyde free and protects against microbial growth. This preservative will also give an exceptional feel to your finished product.

The first thing you will need to do is sterilize all the equipment you will be using to make your conditioner. Rinse your equipment in a 5% bleach water solution to kill surface germs, then dry with paper towels.

Time to measure out your ingredients. I normally work in ounces, but since this recipe is so precise, I am going to be working in grams, so you will need a scale that will measure gram weight.

Add 374 Grams of Distilled Water to a pan and place on your stove top on medium heat, while this is heating up, measure out all of your other ingredients in a separate bowl. I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup. You are going to withhold your preservative and fragrance or essential oil until after this phase.

What you will need for this phase:

* 2 grams of Liquid Silk

* 22 grams of Liquid Glycerin

* 13 grams of Olive Oil

* 6 grams of Sweet Almond Oil

* 12 grams of DL Panthenol

* 35 grams of BTMS-50

Add all of this to your heated water and give them a good stir. It will take at least 5-10 minutes to melt so just keep stirring occasionally using a whisk until your BTMS has completely melted. Try to keep your mixture at around 160 degrees, this makes it easier when it is time to add in your preservative (Optiphen) and Fragrance or Essential Oil. It is really important to never add your preservative to any mixture above 165 degrees, doing so will break down the action of the preservative and allow mold and bacteria to grow, so you want to keep it below 160 Before you add your preservative.

Once your BTMS has completely melted, take your pan off of the heat and mix using a stick blender or your whisk, you are going to mix until your mixture no longer separates. It will have a milky appearance and not separate into oil and water when you have stopped mixing. At this point you will add in 4 Grams of Optiphen and 4 Grams of Fragrance or Essential oil .

Once your preservative and fragrance has been incorporated, you are ready to pour into your bottles. You are finished...Congratulations! Your conditioner will thicken as is cools. Thick, rich, creamy, nourishing hair conditioner, made by you!

Below are some scent blends to try, or you can make up your own:

Sea Breeze: 2 parts Eucalyptus; 2 parts lemongrass and 1 part rosemary essential oil.

Citrus Cooler: 1 part pink grapefruit essential oil, 2 parts sweet orange essential oil; 1 part lime essential oil.

Lavender Patchouli: 1 part patchouli essential oil; 3 parts lavender essential oil; 1/4 part cedarwood essential oil.

Amber Vanilla: 2 parts amber fragrance oil; 1 part vanilla fragrance oil; 1/4 part patchouli essential oil.

All of these ingredients can be found at any soap supply company online, just make sure that if you are using fragrance oils, that they are "skin safe"

If this all seems like too much, or you just don't think that you are ready to go this route, I have a simple deep conditioning treatment using ingredients that you may already have sitting around your kitchen. All you need is

* 1 ripe avocado

* 1/2 cup mayonnaise

* 1/4 cup coconut milk

In a medium sized bowl or food processor, peel and remove the pit from 1 avocado and mash by hand or place into your food processor. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (any mayonnaise will do) and 1/4 cup of coconut milk, mix all ingredients together to form a paste and apply to hair from root to tip, make sure you work the past through your hair and into your scalp and leave for 15 - 30 minutes. After your time is up, rinse and shampoo as usual. You will be amazed at how nourished, soft and shiny your hair and scalp will be. I would recommend this treatment at least once a month. Your hair will thank you! Handmade hair conditioner

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