I have been using natural hair conditioner for about 10 months now, and whilst my hair is in better condition than I could ever have imagined, my bank balance hasn’t looked worse. All-natural hair conditioners, and products in general are expensive. Nut butters and essential oils can be pricey, so naturally, the products don’t come cheap.
Or so I thought. I decided to scrap paying £8.00 ($19) for a bottle of the good stuff and start making it myself. I was running out of product, so had a chat with a friend of mine who owns her own alternative beauty therapies company.
You only need a handful of essential ingredients to make a basic hair conditioner. I now always add shea butter or coconut oil so it penetrates the hair shaft, conditions hair and doesn’t just slide off in an oily pool on your shoulders, which is what happened to me during previous attempts.
Here’s how to make a basic, natural, cruelty-free hair conditioner. No animal products need to be used – it makes you wonder at the beauty industry.
Preparation time: 3 minutes Makes: 500ml
1 tablespoon vegetable natural emulsifier
1 drop rosemary oil (no more)
Pint of mineral water
1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon castor oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon avocado oil
Castor oil and shea butter are the only oils which penetrate the hair shaft, so I always add these.
It is essential that you use spring or distilled water otherwise the natural minerals in the water from the tap will dry out your hair as they die. It also maintains the longevity of your hair conditioner.
Do not be tempted to add more than a teaspoon of glycerin to your conditioner, even if you are making a large batch of hair conditioner because too much glycerin has the opposite effect: instead of attracting moisture, it will draw out moisture, leaving your hair dry as a bone.
Add the emulsifier to a pyrex dish and place it over a saucepan of simmering water.
The emulsifier will melt and become clear within 10 minutes.
Once melted add the water and stir quickly.
Add the oils and using a cold metal whisk, whisk the water and oils together quickly.
Your hand should be tired, whisk until completely smooth.
Pour or spoon into suitable receptacles.
Store in the fridge for longevity, but this lasts up to one month.
My hair is naturally dry and I have tight curls. If you have European hair omit the olive oil.