Most women use conditioner after shampoo to ensure their hair is soft and manageable, easy to comb through and fully hydrated. However many commercial conditioners are full of chemicals which can actually damage the hair in the long run. This is why it can be a good idea to create your own hair conditioner from natural ingredients so your hair is conditioned and cared for without chemicals. This article will examine 5 homemade hair conditioners that you can create yourself easily and cheaply.
Hair dryers, straighteners and curlers all damage hair due to the high temperatures used. Similarly, too much exposure to the sun can also damage the hair due to the heat and ultraviolet rays. Using shampoo every day can wear the hair out, stripping the natural oils and leaving hair porous and prone to damage, while hair dyes, perms, hair extensions and other beauty treatments also damage the hair and leave it in a weakened state. Even brushing the hair can damage it as every time you drag the brush through your hair, it breaks.
Natural hair treatments
Once hair is damaged, many women go to the hair salon for a deep heat conditioning treatment at great expense. However, there is no need to head to the salon if you have effective homemade conditioners on hand to repair the damage caused by styling. Here are the 5 best homemade conditioners to keep your hair healthy, shiny and strong!
1. Avocado and banana conditioner
Take half a banana, one whole avocado and one egg, a generous helping of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix the banana and avocado together to form a rich paste then add the olive oil. After this, mix in the egg and honey and blend together to create a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to wet hair, making sure to work well into the ends and the most damaged parts. Leave this for at least 10 minutes then rinse well to leave it shiny and sleek. The banana and avocado reduce frizz and deeply moisturise the hair, while the olive oil adds shine and the honey creates softness.
2. Vinegar and egg conditioner
This recipe uses three eggs, honey, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar. Separate the egg yolks from the whites and beat thoroughly. Add 100ml of vinegar, 100ml of lemon juice, 200ml of olive oil and 3 teaspoons of honey. Mix this all altogether to make a rich paste then apply evenly to the hair and leave it for at least 15 minutes before rinsing for extra moisturised hair. The mixture strengthens and revitalises your hair, adding softness and silkiness, while the vinegar helps to prevent hair loss.
3. Banana hair mask
Create a nourishing banana hair mask to repair damage caused by heated styling products and hair dyes. This gentle recipe needs one banana and one egg, honey, olive and oil and milk. Mix the banana and egg together along with three teaspoons of honey, five teaspoons of olive oil and three of milk. Apply this mixture to your hair and leave for at least 30 minutes before rinsing to enjoy richly nourished hair.
4. Yoghurt hair mask
This simple recipe only uses two ingredients: natural yoghurt and egg. Take one egg and beat it well then add six tablespoons of yoghurt and blend thoroughly to form a liquid consistency. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off. This is such a simple recipe yet it works wonders on damage hair, sealing the cuticles and leaving it soft and nourished.
5. Natural oils
The previous recipes are all excellent moisturising conditioners but for those wanting an immediate application without the need to mix or blend ingredients, it is possible to use natural oils on the hair to condition it quickly and effectively. Oils also care for the scalp and penetrate into the hair shaft for deep conditioning. The best oils to use include avocado oil for its fatty acids and vitamin E, and olive oil for its emollient properties. Use the oils when warm for a deeply nourishing hair treatment, cover with a hair cap and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.