Homemade Body Care – Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner

I am happy to say that I was able to get both of my homemade to-do list projects done for January. I purposely chose two projects that would be easy to do and required only a few ingredients because I want to be able to accomplish my goal.

There are several homemade conditioner recipes out there but I narrowed my choices down to three. I only tried two out of the three that I chose. One is a detangler and conditioner and the other is a deep conditioner.

I found both of these recipes from Ultimate- Cosmetics.

Recipes and Reviews

Conditioner/Detangler Recipe

  • 1-2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • Essential oils to mask vinegar scent. I used peppermint and melrose. I just added the oils until I was pleased with the scent.

Pour over your hair as the final rinse.

Conditoner/Detangler Review

I used an emptied out lotion bottle with a pump. I am not sure this is the best way to store this conditioner. I think a squirt bottle would have been a better choice. A baby bottle might also work. You need to be able to squirt it on your hair.

When I first used this conditioner I was surprised at how well it worked as a detangler. I have very curly, thick hair that get’s tangles very easily. Brushing my hair out dry is not an option and when wet I have to use a conditioner. So I was surprised at how fast I was able to brush through my hair after I applied the conditioner.

I may need to add more essential oil for scent because I was able to smell the vinegar. I really liked the peppermint scent and I think next time I will add tea tree oil instead of melrose. Trader Joes has a really good shampoo and conditioner that is mint and tea tree, so I think it will make a good combination.

I also would caution that in a cold bathroom this conditioner gets really cold. Since it is mostly water it does get on your body when applying to your hair. So I am considering storing it in a warmer part of my bathroom. Also, the amount of conditioner in the recipe does not last very long so next time I will be making a lot more. I will probably store a larger container of the conditioner under the sink and then fill my squirt bottle as needed. Just remember for every cup of water add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Overall I really liked this conditioner. I feel strange about calling it a conditioner because it’s mostly water but it really works well. My hair never smelled like vinegar either and the peppermint offers a really refreshing feeling.

Hot Oil Deep Conditioner Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water

Directions: Place olive oil and boiling water into large glass bottle or jar with a lid. You may need to wrap a towel around the bottle to avoid burning yourself. Shake very well until oil is emulsified. Massage into hair, taking care not to burn your head. Put a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair and wrap your head in a hot towel that has been soaked in hot water then wrung out. Leave mixture on your hair for 1/2 hour, then shampoo as usual.

Deep Conditioner Review

This conditioner worked well on my hair. It did leave it a bit oily but it hasn’t really bothered me since my hair is a bit dry in the cold windy weather we have here. I am not sure this conditioner treatment would work very well for someone with thin hair. I does leave your hair a bit heavy. Since the only ingredient are things you probably already have on hand, it wouldn’t hurt to try it and see if it works.

I decided not to use my more expensive extra virgin olive oil. Instead I used the milder version ( Star Originale) that is less costly.

It’s a bit tricky applying this conditioner without getting burned. So do be careful when using this hot oil treatment.

17 Responses to “Homemade Body Care – Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner”

  • I make this same thing! I love it!

  • I’ll have to try this. I’ve been trying to find something, but haven’t been pleased with the vinegar. my hair doesn’t smell like it, but I don’t like the smell in the shower. Thanks

  • Hi, I found you via the bloghop. I have tried this homemade conditioner too and loved it. I didn’t use the essential oil, since the vinegar smell disappears when it dries, but that’s a great idea. Do you do a homemade shampoo as well? I am very curious to learn more about that and the no-poo idea. I love your blog and will visit regularly!

  • It was a good idea to mask the vinegar smells with the oils. Fantastic. This method really does clean your hair, detangles and puts some shine back in your hair. I used some mayo a while ago. Blimey thats messy stuff

  • Mona:

    Nerdy Mom,

    I haven’t tried any conditioner recipes yet. It’s on my list! Glad you found my blog 🙂

    Homemade Hair Conditioner,

    The third conditioner I wanted to try has egg in it. I opted out of that one because it sounded too messy. 🙂

  • A while back I started making my own shampoo bars. We have soft water. I doubt it would work as well with hard water, but when I use these, I don’t need any conditioner or detangler.

  • Mona:


    I would love to have your shampoo bar recipe. I also have hard water but the lotion bar idea sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Mona, I am assuming you have had experience making cold-processed soap? If not, you can find plenty of information online about that. To calculate my lye, water, and fats, I use this link:


    In shampoo bars, the distinguishing feature is that they contain Castor oil in addition to other oils. I looked around the web for recipes, and did not want to order anything expensive, so I just made up a recipe out of things I could easily get at our supermarket. Here is what I use:

    Castor oil – 4 ounces
    Coconut oil – 4 ounces
    Olive oil – 20 ounces
    Peanut oil – 4 ounces
    Safflower oil – 8 ounces

    5.25 ounces of lye and 11 ounces of distilled water

    Please do research the method, as lye is potentially very dangerous and you don’t want to get burned. If you use the lye calculator link, it will give you basic instructions. I use a stick blender to “stir” my soap, and that helps it come to “trace” much more quickly. After it’s all done and in the mold, I cover it with cardboard and some blankets to let it cure at least overnight, and sometimes longer if it’s not firm enough to cut. After cutting, I stack it in a cardboard box and let it cure for at least 2 weeks before I use it.

    I hope this helps!

  • Mona:


    Thank you Yolanda! I am going to try and make goat milk soap this month. So I don’t have experience with lye soap yet but I plan on learning. I have done a lot of research. Thanks for the recipe. I will put this on my list of to-do’s.

  • You’re welcome. By the way, I have learned that you can’t just add the goat milk. It needs to be frozen. Do some research on that before you proceed.

  • […] it turns out I don’t really like the vinegar and water conditioner method all that much. I think the first time I tried it my hair was already detangled so I thought […]

  • Bethany:

    I use the Apple Cider Vinegar conditioner too! I love it! I don’t pre mix mine though. to solve the cold conditioner problem, try pouring a few Tbls ACV in an empty sport top plastic water bottle, then filling to the correct amount with warm water from the shower! I don’t use the essential oils, but I keep my jug of ACV in the bathroom. It works for me!!

  • Akhira:

    I had read a post which says that apple cider vinegar wasn’t really working on treating hair shedding problem and even moisturizing your scalp. She made her post and claim even clear since she provides photo and some videos which she had actually had on applying an apple cider. But considerably it was all true, I guess it was just been a sort of misguided usage or perhaps the whole thing was really not been totally for her hair type.

  • Mary J:

    ! I’ve been using a good shampoo made with argan oil which is supposed to be really beneficial for hair. I think I’ll replace the olive oil with it because it’s not greasy and it’s really helped with hair loss and frizz. I got one called Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil, has no silicones so it’s great for hair 🙂 Had to get it online though…site called beyas, nice service.

  • Thank you for your homemade conditioner recipe! There are tons out there and I am having a hard time deciding which one to go with, I think I will choose yours!

  • Hi – I just made my own shampoo and conditioner at home…great formulas, but because they’re so watery, I end up pouring half down the drain…any ideas on natural ingredient I can add to thicken up the mixtures? Thanks! 🙂

  • Tiffany:

    When I use the vinegar conditioner it leaves my hair feeling really heavy and kind of oily. I have long hair and it’s so hard to brush through after the shower. Any tips or suggestions?

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