Sunday, March 11, 2012

Homemade Conditioner

Homemade ConditionerThose of you who have read this blog for a while know that I am a big no ‘poo fan. I’ve been no ‘pooing for over 2 years now and I will never stop.


While I promote no ‘pooing with great enthusiasm, I realize that some of you can’t or don’t want to no ‘poo. Maybe it just didn’t work with your hair or water type. Maybe you would like to do a no 'poo version for your children but know that vinegar and squirmy kids do not mix. Maybe you can’t stand the smell of vinegar. Perhaps you are like my husband who can stand the smell of vinegar but not when your beard gets wet from the rain and you have to smell it all day at work.

As I said, I’m perfectly happy with my baking soda and vinegar routine. My husband however is not. He does use baking soda for his “shampoo” but he just couldn’t stand the previously mentioned vinegar reaction so he has been using store bought conditioner. We try to get the more natural conditioners but they are hard to locate and generally cost an arm and a leg! Recently he ran out of his conditioner and instead of buying another somewhat natural bottle of conditioner (which I wasn’t thrilled with some of the ingredients despite it being better than some other brands) I decided to search for a homemade conditioner.

I finally came up with a homemade conditioner that is easy to make and works great. My husband has been using it for a week now and we are pretty certain that it’s working even better than his old conditioners. Now, I know that some of you are wondering how it works on girl hair so I took the plunge and gave it a try myself. I’m happy to report that my hair did just fine with it. Granted, I still prefer vinegar for my conditioner but this is a great homemade conditioner for those who want something else.

Homemade Conditioner

2/3 cup Water (boiled or distilled is best as it will have less contaminates) 
1 tsp. Coconut Oil –melted
½ tsp. Guar Gum
Essential oils – optional

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend away. It will only take a minute or so. Transfer to an old conditioner bottle or any sort of squeeze bottle. Can be kept in the shower. This recipe should last about a month, as it has no preservatives.

I used Tea Tree essential oil and Rosemary essential oil in my husband’s conditioner as he deals with dandruff and both are great for it. Peppermint is another great essential oil. Really any essential oil that you love should be great in this conditioner.

You can add more coconut oil if you have dry hair or less oil if you have oily hair.

You can also get creative and use cold tea instead of plain water.