We usually cause most damage to our hair with ironing, curling it or dyingit and using products that are made of chemicals that do more harm than good. Factors like these along with daily exposure to the sun or the wind leave our hair lifeless and dry, so we go out of our way to provide our hair with the best care possible. However, this can be expensive and sometimes it doesn’t even provide us with the wanted results which is very frustrating.
Most effective hair products are usually a bit more expensive than most of us can afford but don’t worry we have in store for you an inexpensive and easy way to make your own conditioner at home. All you need for this recipe are two very accessible remedies and an empty bottle and you are good to go.
How to make homemade conditioner
Not only is this conditioner easy to make it is also safe for any type of hair and another big plus is that this recipe will save you a lot of money on the long run.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
We recommend that you use a repurposed squirt bottle to combine this ingredients in. Fill the bottle and double up on ingredients until you’ve reached the top. With this recipe you will get around 8 ounces of conditioner.
Remember first shake the bottle then apply it on your hair and gently massage your scalp. Wash it off and dry your hair and I know some of you may think that your hair will smell like vinegar, don’t worry it won’t.
This homemade conditioner is especially recommended for those that use homemade shampoo. Some homemade shampoos leave you with a greasy, sticky feeling that this conditioner will surely eliminate and make your hair nice and smooth.
How much does it cost?
Compared to the store-bought conditioners, especially if you are buying organic brands this conditioner is fairly cheap. The cost can vary depending on the type of vinegar that you are buying but if we put it roughly it will cost you about 0.13 $ per ounce. According to our calculations a 16 ounce bottle will cost you around 0.32 $ . Another strong benefit we must not forget to mention is that now you actually know what you are putting on your hair, which is certainly not the case with commercial hair care products.
Safe for all hair types
This conditioner provides a gentle treatment to your hair and scalp and most importantly is not made of any chemicals that irritate the skin which is the case in some commercial conditioners. The apple cider vinegar is known to balance the PH of the hair and scalp and smoothens the hair cuticle.
A few twists to the original recipe
- By adding essential oils and herbs you may benefit your specific hair type.
- To treat dry scalp and dandruff add 6 to 8 drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, sage, rosemary or lemon.
- To treat greasy or oily hair or scalp you can add 6 to 8 drops of essential oils as sandalwood, rosemary, bergamot, lemon, lavender, ylang-ylang or tea tree.
Rosemary is an impressive herb that benefits all hair types. Take some fresh rosemary sprigs steep them in a few cups of ACV and leave them for one or two weeks. After time has passed, remove the rosemary sprigs and use the vinegar to make your conditioner. If you by chance have rosemary essential oil you can just add 6 to 8 drops of it in the vinegar, this way you won’t have to wait as long and your conditioner will be perfectly ready for use.
Other great conditioning alternatives
Straight coconut or olive oil are commonly used as conditioners. Take a small amount of your oil of choice and rub it between your fingertips and apply it to your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes to work then rinse it well. This will hydrate your hair without leaving it oily or shiny.
If you can’t be bothered to put in the work and make this conditioner on your own there are other options available there is a nice effective line of all-natural conditioners accessible on the internet.