Homemade Hair Conditioner

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All of my daughters have very different hair types with unique needs and they’ve spent hundreds of dollars trying different products while still feeling frustrated. Bad Hair Day Syndrome anyone? Experimenting with homemade products can take a lot of patience, but it’s worth it when you discover a homemade hair conditioner that actually works.


100% non GMO vegetable Glycerin
100% pure essential oils
White vinegar

measuring spoons
glass jars

Making homemade hair products requires a lot of research and practice to figure out what works for your hair type. Always make sure you know what each product does for your hair before using it.

Vegetable Glycerin is a popular product among women with naturally curly hair, because of its pro-curl effects. It helps pull moisture from the air and gives it to your locks. If you live in a dry climate, then the Glycerin will pull moisture from your hair! Therefore, this kind of conditioner may not work well for you if you live in the desert. Make sure you read all the details about the safety precautions of using vegetable glycerin at NaturallyCurly.com

Vinegar has been used to add shine to hair for many ages. The smell of vinegar can be quite potent, so we diluted it with water. The addition of essential oils also helps to mute the potency. Vinegar helps rid your hair of product build-up and can bring ph balance to your scalp. It’s an anti-fungal remedy and works well in minimizing scalp fungi (a contributing factor to dandruff). Some essential oils are anti-fungal, some have a drying effect, and others add moisture. Below are some essential oil recommendations for different hair types (source).

Essential Oils for normal hair include:

  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus lemon
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary

Essential Oils for Dry hair include:

  • Lavender
  • Birch
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Yarrow
  • Sandalwood

Essential oils for oily hair include:

  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Birch
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Essential oils for Dandruff

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Birch
  • Cypress
  • Peppermint

Some essential oils are more desirable for the hair based on the color of your locks. Chamomile and lemon oils can help lighten blonde hair, giving a pick me up to your natural highlights. Sage is good for brunettes while carrot and orange can be used for reddish hair.

I enjoy my products as fresh as possible so I never make a very large batch of anything. I prefer to make products that last me, at the most, 3 weeks. When it comes to a hair rinse, I like to make it the day I plan to use it. I help our youngest daughter with a deep cleaning of her hair once a week and that’s when I add one of my homemade conditioning rinses to her hair.

The amount of ingredients you will use is going to vary depending on the length of your tresses. Our daughters have chin length hair so we used a solution of:

  • 2 oz. water
  • 2 oz. white vinegar
  • ½ tsp. 100% vegetable glycerin
  • 2 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
  • 2 drops of Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops of Citrus Blend

We mixed these ingredients in a glass jar, tightened the lid and shook well.

Directions for use:
Wash your hair as you normally do, then rinse well. Shake the jar to be sure the solution is well mixed again and slowly pour it over your hair. Gently work the solution through your hair and ring out. If you prefer to rinse it out, you can. One of my daughters rinsed it out and the other left it in. It all depends on your preference. Air dry or use the COOL setting on your hair dryer. Adding high heat will diminish the aroma of the essential oils.

Gina’s hair tends to be straight and looks better when blown dry. We used the COOL setting on her hair and used a smoothing round brush. I am amazed at how bright her highlights are now. I can’t begin to tell you how much money we’ve invested in products, per the beautician’s recommendations from salon. Not only is this recipe eco-friendly and all natural, but it’s also a lot more affordable. 

shiny hair recipe

homemade hair conditioner recipe

If you have curly hair, you can make a hair spritzer if you want to scrunch your hair after drying. Use the hair spritzer at the end of the work day to liven up your locks for the evening. Hot heat from a dryer can make curls frizz, so always use the cool setting.

curly hair

Hair Spritzer Recipe:
4 oz. distilled water
5-10 drops (per your preference) of your favorite essential oil
Add to a colored glass bottle with an atomizer. Shake well before spritzing. Store this in a cool, dark place.

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*Disclaimer: As a Wellness AdvocateI provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. 

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  1. I’ve seen essential oils used for a lot of things, but not hair conditioner! Thanks for the informative post, and for linking up to Let’s Get Real!

  2. I bet these smell wonderful! I have been toying with the idea of getting rid of commercial conditioner, especially since I’m the only one in the house that uses it. Thanks for the tips! Followed you, and have a great day! :-)