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A Natural Conditioner Product? Great Idea! First, before you decide to make your own natural deep conditioner treatment you must know the different properties and benefits of the ingredients. For deep conditioners and conditioners in general, you want to use ingredients that will penetrate the hair.
It’s best to start with a conditioner, as your base. Conditioners are formulated with certain ingredients that bind to the hair. Starting with a great conditioner base helps make your deep conditioner do what it was designed to do, Condition!
Aloe Juice: It is a moisturizer that is just as good as water. If your conditioner does not have either water or aloe juice as the first ingredient, it just might not be moisturizing. It may be more of a hot oil treatment than a moisturizer.
Vegetable Glycerin: This is a humectant that draws water from the air and sucks it into the hair shaft.
Panthenol B5: Is a humectant, emollient and moisturizer. It binds to the hair shaft readily and is a frequent component of shampoos and hair conditioners (in concentrations of 0.1-1%). It coats the hair and seals its surface, lubricating the hair shaft and making strands appear shiny.
Hydrolyzed Wheat: Penetrates the hair shaft and absorbs deep into the hair fibers. Great at nourishing and smoothing the skin and hair, thereby improving feeling and softness. Aids in retaining moisture by protecting the skin & hair from drying out. It also decreases the number and depth of wrinkles and creates a volumizing effect on the hair.
These are just a few ingredients and their benefits in creating an awesome conditioner.
Now that we have a nice yet simple conditioner, that provides a bit of “slip” (great for detangling) we can look into some additions based on the problems we may have or want to prevent with our hair.
Neem Powder: Cleansing (great if you have scalp issues or even dry scalp)
Amla Powder: Conditioning and an astringent
Fenugreek Powder: Conditioning, great for hair loss and promotes shine
Molasses: Contains sulfur which is one of the key building blocks for healthy hair growth
Honey: Adds shine and is a humectant
Wheat Germ Oil: Decreases thinning and helps the scalp utilize oxygen, also conditions & softens hair
Brahmi Oil: Promotes growth and helps with dandruff
Hibiscus: Conditioning (I didn’t add it this time but, I plan to add it for my next DC)
Yields 4 oz. of Deep Conditioner
3.5 oz. conditioner (I used Aloe & Chamomile Detangling Conditioner)
1/4 tsp. Honey
1/4 tsp. Molasses
1/4 tsp. Wheatgerm Oil
1/8 tsp. Fenugreek Powder
1/8 tsp. Amla
1/8 tsp. Neem Leaf Powder (doesn’t have the stinky smell that the oil has)
1/8 tsp. Brahmi Oil
Optional: 5 drops of Peppermint Oil
Mix the oils with the conditioner first and then mix in the powders. Although this may seem like a small amount of powders it is definitely enough.
This is how my mix looks when mixed thoroughly. As you can see there is plenty of powder throughout the mix. Note: This conditioner started off white!
I set my mix aside for a few hours and let it “marinate” a bit. The herbal smell did increase a bit. However, the overall smell is easy to cover, nothing too heavy or annoying.
The consistency was really nice. It was easy to spread, not too thick or too thin.
I applied the mix to freshly washed hair that was dried 75% using an old t-shirt.
I left the mixture on for about 2 hours and then rinsed. It rinsed out easily, far easier than the other Fenugreek mixture I made.
My hair feels soft, shiny and healthier. I did notice the Fenugreek weighed my hair down a bit after I rinsed.
For more natural conditioner recipes click this link naturalhairforbeginners.com