DIY Tip of the Week: Make Your Own Conditioners

DIY Tip of the Week: Make Your Own Conditioners

Last week, we gave you a simple and incredibly inexpensive way to get your 'poo on.

(Not that kind! Sham-poo.)

But before you go off to use that recipe, be sure to also whip up these two DIY conditioner recipes, one an everyday detangler for your hair, the other a deep-conditioning treatment.

Reader Christina Dameron found that her hair was less greasy after starting on these DIY shampoo and conditioners. Also, once she quit her regular conditioner, the skin on her shoulders stopped breaking out.

Even better, she says that back when she used store-bought shampoos and conditioners, "I used to notice my hair was dull-looking even after conditioner. But now, it is SUPER shiny."

All for what Dameron says costs her little more than $3 a month to clean her long locks!

Regular Conditioner: Ingredients

1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
A couple drops of an essential oil of your choice
A few drops of honey
1 cup water
Condiment squeeze bottle, such as used for ketchup and mustard in diners


This recipe is for at least one conditioning treatment, though people with short hair can get more conditions out of this recipe.

Before your shower, mix the vinegar, essential oil and honey in the condiment bottle. Add the cup of water using the warm shower water. Mix all the ingredients well, and use on your hair. Because the baking soda shampoo makes your hair more basic, this apple cider vinegar recipe will restore the pH balance by making it more acidic.

Rinse as you would any normal conditioner. Afterward, you should find your hair easy to comb through—and it won't smell like vinegar at all!

Deep-Conditioning Treatment: Ingredients

1/4 to 1/8 cup of extra-virgin coconut oil (more for longer hair, less for shorter hair), available at health food stores and groceries
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice
A few drops of honey


Mix the essential oil, honey and coconut oil. (If the coconut oil is solid, place the jar in warm water to turn it liquid.)

With your hair dry, apply the coconut oil liberally to the ends, eventually working it on to your scalp. Leave it on for an hour or even overnight.

Rinse it out with water first. Then, shampoo with the baking soda recipe and use the vinegar conditioner. If you are worried about your hair being too oily, you can use a little bit more baking soda in the shampoo.

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