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Make Your Own Natural Hair Conditioners for all Hair Types

Updated on June 8, 2015
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Christin is a natural health and wellness advocate with 20 years' of experience studying and working in the health and supplement industry.

Natural treatments for scalp massage and conditioning the hair.
Natural treatments for scalp massage and conditioning the hair. | Source

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

  • Geranium,
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang-Ylang

For Oily Hair

  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

For Normal Hair

  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

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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    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Pinkchic I appreciate your commenting :)

    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great article! I will have to try this :)

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Mama Kim the coconut oil as a base would be my suggestion if your hair is really dry, it does an excellent job. let me know how it works for you :) thanks for commenting.

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      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      My hair has been so dry lately I'm definitely going to have to try this! Thank you!

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you visionandfocus - I appreciate the comment and vote. Hope you enjoy the natural conditioning :)

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      visionandfocus 

      5 years ago from North York, Canada

      Never thought of making my own conditioner, but I do cringe when I read the number of chemicals in my hair care products, so why not? You make it seem so easy, I'm willing to try, esp. considering I already have all the ingredients I need. Thanks for the motivation! Voted up!

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      hubsy - glad to hear that it worked so well for you :) I definitely prefer doing this to using bottled conditioners with all the alcohols and other yucko stuff. I think I would prefer the same with dyes - the more natural henna over the chemical laden stuff.

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      hubsy 

      5 years ago

      Awesome! I just did my hair with henna (the inspiration for the hub) and it has never looked this shiny!

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks hubsy, Henna can be very nice. I know in the past if you used henna dye on the hair, it would have to grow out completely before you could dye with other products. I would prefer Henna though I think - and I love henna tattoo art :). I'll be sure to check out your hub to learn more about it.

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      hubsy 

      5 years ago

      This is so cool. I love natural hari products. What do you think of henna? I wrote a hub all about it, so if you don't know what it is, check out my hub and let me know! Thanks :)

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the vote up vespawoolf I love Ylang Ylang too - I've used it with other essentials in soap a few times and yummy :)

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love using essential oils with a carrier base to condition my hair. I love the scent of ylang-ylang and always keep lavender on hand as an all-around useful oil. I've never known how to do a scalp massage the proper way, though, so I'm glad to have your instructions. Voted up!

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you Redberry - so glad you enjoyed it and feel free to post your experience doing this after you try it :)

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      Redberry Sky 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting and useful. It has never occurred to me before to make my own conditioner, but now I'm looking forward to it, and I love that you've given us instructions on how to massage the scalp. I'll be back to follow all the instructions more closely when I've bought in the essential oils to make my own conditioner. Voted up and across, very nice Hub :)

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for commenting Lisa I appreciate it and hope you enjoy the DIY conditioning treatments.

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      Lisa Brown 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      ChristinS,

      Thank you for writing this article. I will try the almond oil because I love the scent, It's great to know about the other oils too in case I need to use them when I run out of the almond oil or I want to try a different scent.

      Lisa

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      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. Nice to see someone touting natural products.

      May I add that if you put essential oils into the mix, it should last up to one year without being refrigerated. Essential oils act as a natural preservative.

      Voted up + and shared.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      thank you for sharing ICarrie I appreciate it. I used to have terrible skin and I started making handmade soap and using natural or homemade products and the improvement was nothing short of amazing. I appreciate it :)

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      Carrie Jones 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This is a really great hub. I was in a psoriasis forum and saw someone asking for a conditioner and I added a link to your hub. I hope they take the time to visit and read as well.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      thank you for voting and commenting anusujith - much appreciated.

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      Anoop Aravind A 

      6 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Very Useful hub...

      Voted up...

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