We all want those smooth tangle-free locks that have infiltrated our IG feeds. I mean, imagine having a mane full of soft hair that’s ever ready for any hairdo! A fishtail braid? Why not! A top knot look? Yes please. Whatever you wish is ready to be served. However, this is a far cry for us girls who have frizzy and curly hair. After all, those pesky strands do restrict our creativity. So much so, we can only step out once our hair is tamed -- and this is where the straighteners and blow dryers pop in. While these heaty ways give us those dream tresses, they’re only intact for a short time. Plus, they also come with a ton of collateral heat damage. We’re talking thinning, split ends and much more.
And now you may think, what do I do? Well, I’ve been in the same spot; tired and frustrated before I was introduced to the deep conditioner domain. And we’re not suggesting chemical-loded bottles that demand regular salon visits and lighter pockets. Infact, we’re talking about DIY and organic deep conditioners that can tame your locks to perfection!
Believe it or not, you can create hair conditioners at home, all by yourself. So good that they can better your hair health and keep a check on those flyaways. Not to mention, they are without chemicals (we have to mention this again) and any substances that can potentially cause any damage. So, let’s cut to the chase and take you through some of the best homemade hair conditioners that everyone is raving about.
Homemade Hair Conditioners That Will Change Your Hair Game
Cling on for no knots and TV commercial-like locks
1. Honey and Olive Oil Conditioner
Not only sweet to taste but also good for the locks, honey does the nourishing trick like no other. Plus, when combined with olive oil - it’s a dynamic duo for softening and nourishing the hair. And just not that it also helps curb dandruff; the embarrassing shoulder flakes.
However ladies, considering honey has sticky consistency do wash it off quickly. Orelse, the sticky honey residue may attract dust particles and maybe…flies.
So, to whip up this mixture, all you need is:
- Take 2 tablespoons of honey
- Take 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- Take a shower cap
- Mix olive oil and honey to create a smooth mix
- Apply in sections
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes
- Rinse off with a sulphate-free shampoo
- Apply a regular conditioner if you want
- Use twice a month for best results
Don’t doubt it because does honey ever disappoint?
2. Eggs and Olive Oil Conditioner
Who doesn’t love eggs? They do it all. From omelettes to hair masks, these yolky babies have taken their goodness and protein punches everywhere. So much so, they make for great deep conditioners as they have essential proteins for optimum health and shine. And when blended with the A1 mix; olive oil, this combo works as a great nourisher and dandruff protectant. Also, this deep conditioner needs to be rinsed off with shampoo (thoroughly, please) because of the eggy smell the hair mask can leave behind. And that’s not appealing, even with all that gloss and shine.
- Take 2 egg yolks
- Take around 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Mix the two to create a paste
- Add some water to make it easier to apply
- Part your hair into sections and apply
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave for an hour or two
- Rinse off with a sulphate-free shampoo, using cold water
- Follow up with a normal hair conditioner
- Use once a week for best results
Needless to say, this regime is simply eggcellent. However, if you’re looking for a quick-to-use retail alternative, fall back on the Tresemme ProProtect Sulphate Free Conditioner. Devoid of any and all harmful chemicals, this goodness in a bottle comes to your mane’s rescue on the days you’re on the run.
3. Coconut Oil Conditioner
Famous for generations, coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that penetrate hair deep enough to nourish your mane from within. Plus, its prolonged usage is known to have wondrous effects on the hair. Don’t believe us? Ask your grandma - she is sure to be a coconut oil supporter for it’s an impeccable deep conditioner. It's a tried, tested and a loved way of keeping your hair strong, beautiful and healthy. Needless to say, it is also one of the best homemade conditioners. To enjoy its brilliance and bag all the compliments, get mixing. Here’s all you got to do.
- Take around 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and heat it
- Take one hot towel and wring the hot water out
- Massage the oil from scalp to tip
- Wrap your hair with the steaming towel Let sit for 45 minutes
- Rinse off using a sulphate-free shampoo, with cold water Follow up with a normal hair conditioner
- Use twice a week for best results.
Tbh, we go nuts for this deep conditioner
4. Shea Butter Conditioner
If this name rings a bell, it sure should. Being an integral part of several conditioners, Shea butter is undeniably a star ingredient. Why? Because it’s rich in vitamin C and has ample antioxidants. It further contains fatty acids and oils that fight infections and have anti-inflammatory properties, so if you have an irritated scalp, this buttery goodness will put it all to rest. This not only makes it efficient enough to keep hair infections such as dandruff at bay, but also does its job as a calm and deep conditioner. When you think you’re going to get your hands on shea butter, it has more to offer (duh.) It is further known to protect hair from any kind of damage and hydrate it. Which means, a little heat won’t hurt your locks, if they showstopper is a part of your hair care regime. To pave your way towards healthier, shinier and softer tresses, all you got to do is:
- Take 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Take 1 tablespoon of argan oil
- Take a few drops of any essential oil
- Mix coconut oil and shea butter and warm up the mixture
- Add argan oil and essential oil and whip it all together
- Apply the mixture, from scalp to tip Let it sit for around half an hour
- Rinse off using a sulphate-free shampoo, with cold water
- Follow up with a normal hair conditioner
- Use twice a week for best results
Well, isn’t the making smooth like butter?
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner
To all our girls with curls, we know how frustrating tangled hair can be! One can never really put their instant glam face on for untangling those knots takes forever (and also loads of fallen strands!) To do away with this issue, go in with Apple cider vinegar; a best-in-class deep conditioner for frizzy hair. Taking its benefits from the health world to the hair health section, applying ACV (as they commonly call it) to your mane will feed it with that lacking moisture and hence, makes it easier to manage. We mean, lesser knots and softer, silker hair. And how do you get going? Here’s the route…
- Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- Take a cup of water
- Mix and keep aside
- Wash hair with a sulphate-free shampoo and follow up with a normal conditioner
- Pour the apple cider vinegar mixture through the hair
- Thoroughly massage it through scalp and strands
- Either leave it in or give a final rinse
- Use twice a month for best results
And folks, that’s the recipe to no more knotting knots. However, if you’re keen to add the goodness of natural elements to your haircare regime but are looking for a quick pick from the racks, we vouch for Love Beauty & Planet Volume and Bounty Conditioner with Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower Aroma. Inflused with the A1 nourishmened offered my coconut and the sensational fragrance of flowers, this softening solution is a unmatched altenrative to this DIY condtioner.
Benefits of Using Homemade DIY Deep Conditioners
What’s better? DIY hair conditioners are easy peasy to whip up and carry a plethora of benefits. I mean, this deep conditioning treatment gives you that kiss of TLC; the feeling that you’re actually putting effort and love into your wellness and on a more tangible front… here’s how to helps your precious locks:
To sum it all up, here are the few benefits:
- Organic deep conditioners improve the hair fibre’s hydrophobicity
- Make hair smooth and easier to manage
- Revive dry, dull and damaged hair
- It tackles frizz and adds lustre to your locks
- Homemade deep conditioners reduce the friction between hair fibres
These deep conditioners come with an array of benefits. However, they can start acting up if not washed properly. All you have to do is not go in with a cool shower (we all know tempting is it) but rinse your hair first with warm water to open the hair follicles. This enables these hair conditioning treatments to penetrate and benefit better.
FAQs about Homemade DIY Deep Conditioners
Q1 How long should I leave in a conditioner for?
A1: For starters, there are two predominant types of deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners and wash-off conditioners. The latter is applied post-shower and can be left on your locks until your next shower. However, if that is not a commitment you’re willing to make, no more than 30 minutes should be enough. And if you’re guessing which wash-off conditioner you should add to your cart, we suggest the Dove Intense Repair Conditioner, formulated with Keratin actives, It works as a holy grail for your tresses.
On the wash-off conditioners front, it should be applied right shampooing the hair and should be left on for a brief 5 to 10 minutes!
Q2 What is the right way to apply a DIY hair conditioner?
A2: Apply the deep conditioner gradually from the roots to the tips; so no inches are left out. Also, give your scalp some extra attention and massage the conditioner into your scalp. This helps the conditioner reach the hair follicles and hydrate every bit of your hair.
Written by Anushka Shah on Oct 12, 2022