DIY Conditioner Recipe And Guide: Healthy Hair The Natural Way
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So many hair-related products out there. Enough to boggle the mind of even the most proficient and seasoned of hair care veterans. This is a post on conditioning, and why using the right one can make or break your hair day.
The Importance Of Using Conditioner
So, first off, why even use conditioner? Isn’t shampoo enough? What exactly is the point of conditioner. Well, essentially, hair conditioner is intended to pick up where the shampoo left off. Shampoos are often used to rid the scalp and hair of any dirt, grime, excess oil, and other microbiological hazards in the area. After the shampoo has been rinsed out, it’s time to replenish the nutrients which may have been lost with the shampoo’s “great scalp purge.”
Conditioners are used to manipulate the hair’s texture and overall appearance. Many conditioners make use of oils and other moisturizing agents. Hair conditioner was first invented at the turn of the 20th century, by a perfumer named Edouard Pinaud. Over the years, the ingredients of hair conditioners have changed, but the final goal stayed the same -- to soften, to untangle, and to make hair more manageable and visually pleasing.
Why Choose DIY For Your Conditioner?
With so many conditioners out there, why choose a do-it-yourself method? First off, the best answer -- no chemicals. When you make your own conditioner, you skip all of those industrial ingredients, and leave in only what you need. The fact is, you can get soft, healthy hair, without using any potentially-harmful chemicals. There is a good chance you already have everything you need to create your own conditioner, right in your home.
Second -- it is immensely satisfying to find what you and your scalp like, make your own formula, use it, and tweak it to perfection. Learning what you and your body take pleasure from is an important lesson, and this remains true regardless of the capacity or industry involved.
Your body is yours, and your scalp and hair are yours. Educate yourself on what it is that you like, and watch how you are rewarded instantly with a meaningful cleansing experience and awesome hair days.
— Journey With Liz (@journeywithliz) March 29, 2017
DIY Conditioner Recipe For Curly Hair
Curly hair does traditionally require more attention, and this is one way to get it what it needs. The secret here is to condition the hair and let it keep its natural tendacies, without forcing it to bow to the whim of any ingredient. Bananas, avocados, olive oil, shea butter -- these are all good. A simple recipe for curly hair conditioner:
Apple cider vinegar, water, greek yogurt, lavender essential oil or rosemary essential oil. Use a measure of 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of yogurt to 1 cup water, and add 3-5 drops of the essential oil of your choice. When used properly, by the way, your hair will not smell of vinegar.
By the time it dries, the scent should be gone. If it isn’t, try leaving it in for less time. All it needs is a couple of minutes. Those ingredients I mentioned earlier -- bananas, avocados, etc. -- are also great, whether on straight or curly hair!
DIY Conditioner Recipe For Straight Hair
This next recipe is a lot like the first one. Straight hair is easier to handle, in a way. Now, you have to understand that hair care recipes are interchangeable, since we all have a scalp and hair with somewhat different tendencies, likes, and dislikes. For this recipe, heating up some coconut oil and olive oil is recommended.
Also, you will need some Vitamin E and/or jojoba oil. Mix the ingredients together: water, oils, yogurt, ACV -- massage into your already-shampooed and rinsed wet hair. Let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse it out.
DIY Beard Conditioner Explained
That’s right. A beard conditioner. This is for you guys (or bearded ladies) out there, who are looking for a way to maintain your beard with ease. You could technically use hair conditioner on facial hair, but if you want a product -- DIY or store bought -- which specifically targets facial hair, there are those, too.
There are beard balms and beard conditioners. Conditioners are also known as beard oils, and those who say they are not the same, well… they can keep on saying that. A beard balm will help you tame your beard and style it, and a beard conditioner will help you spread moisture throughout the length of it, nourishing it and providing it with vitality.
Conditioners are not as essential as shampoos, perhaps, but they do have their place, and a big one at that. You may not use it every day, but a good conditioner can help your hair (and beard) look good under any circumstances. Re: beards, this also depends on how long your beard is. But, combined with a good comb, there is nothing you and your beard cannot achieve.
One other thing that should be addressed is this: do not overdo it. Whatever you use, whether it is store-bought or DIY, use it properly and with care. Remember that ingredients like essential oils are very powerful and potent. Overusing them is not recommended, so keep tabs on how your hair and scalp react, and use as needed. You really don’t want to end up with the conditioner causing adverse effects, you know?
DIY conditioners are inexpensive, efficient, and best of all, tailored precisely to your own scalp and hair. Isn’t that something worth investing in? It certainly is, in my opinion. Your scalp and hair could also change with the seasons, so keep an eye on it and go with your gut.