Honey can give your hair the additional moisture and shine it needs. It can also provide your strands with softness, shine, and suppleness. Honey has been constantly praised for being a powerful humectant for the hair, and it can provide you with the maximum moisture.
Plain Greek Yogurt is commonly used to make homemade conditioner, of course. Adding it to your regular conditioner will feed your hair with protein, moisture, and shine. Some naturals deep condition with Greek yogurt alone, so you know it’s good stuff; a great detangler too.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil* is an oil we all love, whether it is to seal in the moisture, massage our scalp, or hot oil treatments, you name it. Adding this to the conditioner provides your hair with nourishment and shine it needs. Now just about any natural oil will do; Castor oil* is a popular choice, and many of us like Jojoba as well.
Mayo you say? Yes, mayo. A great protein treatment; it adds strength and shine to your hair.
Avocados can provide your strands with vitamins*, and prevent hair loss. Whether you have damaged your hair or have a vitamin deficiency, adding avocado promotes soft, elastic hair. Make sure your avocado is mashed up thoroughly to form a paste, before adding it to your conditioner.
Shea butter* (preferably African Shea Butter*) is just all around a deep conditioning* moisturizer. It contains high amounts of fat. In particular, you are going to want to heat up this ingredient after it is applied to your hair. Sit under a hooded dryer*, or wear a steam cap or warm towel on your head. This activates the properties Shea butter has to offer.
Now that you have identified what ingredients you are going to add to your regular conditioner, apply the mix to clean hair and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Here’s how to tell if the “deep” conditioner actually did its job:
- Did the consistency of the conditioner make it easy or hard to apply? If it spreads easily, this can help control how much you use and coat all of the strands.
- Was finger detangling easy after rinsing? If this mixture allowed you to easily detangle, you’ve got a winning combination.
- Have you noticed less shedding? If so, that is always a plus.
- Feel your hair. Is it soft or softer than the usual? How long did the softness last?
After trial and error and test after test, be sure to write down the combination of ingredients you have discovered. Remember that a simple $2-$5 bottle of conditioner will do just fine. We recommend a conditioner with slip. Oh, and don’t forget to moisturize your hair afterwards, and seal in that moisture with your choice of sealant.
So what about you? While you were going through the list of ingredients to choose from, did another one come to mind? Is there another way you could spice up your regular conditioner? Go ahead and comment below. We’d love it if you would add to the list we have above.
Originally posted 2014-08-30 15:00:02.