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
- 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.
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.