DIY Tip of the Week: Make Your Own Conditioners

Laura Shin

woman with conditioner in her hairLast 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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  • guest

    Doesn’t $15 for 2 months seem like a lot?

    • Anonymous


      Yes, you’re right. In fact, I checked with Christina, and she lowered her estimate after taking into account the fact that she uses many of these ingredients for other natural beauty products she makes herself, including exfoliants, lip balms, toner, moisturizer and more.

      I’ve updated the post to reflect the new price estimate.


  • GBT

    How often should you use the deep conditioner?

    • Emily

      It really depends on your hair and how its natural health is, but a lot of people do a deep conditioning treatment once a week.

  • Salty

    how long does this recipe keep? can i make it in batches and store it?

  • Emily

    If you make a tub-full of either one (say, a tub as big as the Herbal Essences deep conditioners) and put it in he fridge after the first use and take it out before following uses, will it still be usable? Or will you just have to start over?


    Amazing article. I have collect more ideas about hair conditioners make at home. This article is really amazing and will be helpful for our readers.

  • mamamash

    I love using the baking soda shampoo in my usual hair-wash routine, but it can’t remove that much oil used in this recipe from the hair at all!! I even had to use conventional shampoo to get rid of all the grease… :(