Many people will spend all kinds of crazy dollars to get the best hair care, and conditioner is no exception. However, sometimes your hair is dry, frizzy, brittle and unmanageable no matter what hair conditioner you use. If this sounds like you, try making your own hair conditioner at home! It’s quick, easy, and certainly cheaper than the stuff you buy in the store, and you can customize your hair conditioner by adding your own scents to your solution for happy, sweet-smelling hair.
To make a wonderful hair conditioner for even the most deeply-damaged locks (like over-processed hair or ethnic hair) make a solution of 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup avocado, and 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil. For sweeter smelling hair you can substitute banana or mango for the avocado in the recipe. This solution can be stored in the refrigerator to be used whenever needed, and should be applied to the hair prior to washing it with shampoo to keep the oils from weighing the hair down. Take damp hair and saturate it with the home-made conditioner. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse out entirely. Follow with regular shampooing. For very damaged or dry hair, use this conditioner up to every other day (over-use can cause your hair to be too oily, tho). For regular hair, use this solution once a week, or every other week, or as needed. Remember- this conditioner is to be used PRIOR to washing the hair with shampoo, not after.
You can add lovely scents to the conditioner with lemon oil, lavender, or vanilla oil, or improve the scent by adding the banana or mango to replace the avocado in the mixture.
To add shine to your hair, you can rinse it in beer (flat beer from last night’s party perhaps?). Flat beer is healthiest on hair and when rinsed in the hair adds surprising shine. While it doesn’t condition the hair really, it does make the hair shinier and help close the shafts that makes the hair frizzy and create flyaways. Added to your conditioning regime, beer can make your hair truly shine.
For a creamy, sweet-smelling and nutrient-rich conditioner, use avocado and coconut milk. Take a mashed avocado and mix it with about a cup of coconut milk (you can buy it in stores). rub through hair and lather like shampoo and leave on for 10 or 15 minutes, then rinse. You can store the remainder or keep large batches in the fridge. It smells lovely and really hydrates and nourishes hair. No need to do this conditioning prior to shampooing. It can follow your regular shampooing regime.
Another sweet-smelling deep-conditioning treatment is a large mashed banana and a tablespoon of honey. Saturate wet hair with the mixture, leave on for an hour (put on a shower cap to prevent the mixture getting on other stuff) and rinse out.
Here is an ultimate, sweet-smelling, lovely, natural hair conditioner that is sure to leave you with beautiful locks. Take 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 cup papaya pulp (or mango or a whole mashed banana), 2 drops lavender oil (or vanilla), and half a cup whole milk. Blend all these nutrient-rich ingredients together in a blender until creamy and frothy. Apply to wet, shampooed hair and comb through from roots to tips. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes and rinse. Store this hair smoothie in the fridge for future use. You can use this every day.
To make conditioners work best, after applying them to your locks comb them all the way through from roots to tips, and use them accordingly. For best results, use these conditioners every time you wash your hair (except the very-damaged hair conditioner, which should be used at most 2 or 3 times a week) and let them set at least 5 minutes prior to rinsing. To shine up hair, apply flat beer now and then for happy, lustrous locks of all types.