By Chin­we of Hair and Health

For some of us, going nat­ur­al did not stop with our hair.  It con­tin­ued with a move towards mix­ing our own “nat­ur­al” prod­ucts.  While numer­ous recipes exist on the inter­net, few are actu­al­ly both sim­ple AND effec­tive in meet­ing the needs of our nat­ur­al hair.  If you are new to mak­ing your own prod­ucts or are a cur­rent mix­tress search­ing for an easy-to-make recipe that actu­al­ly works, you can start with these home­made con­di­tion­ers, which are my three favorites:

1. For Manageability – Bananas, olive oil, glycerin, and honey

This home­made con­di­tion­er improves the man­age­abil­i­ty of my hair for post-rinse styling. The secret is in the banana, which has a way of min­i­miz­ing shrink­age and soft­en­ing the hair when mixed with the oth­er ingre­di­ents.  Mean­while, glyc­erin and hon­ey, which are both humec­tants, and olive oil, which is known to pen­e­trate the hair, all con­tribute mois­tur­iz­ing ben­e­fits.  Do not be alarmed if you notice a loos­en­ing of your coils or curls with this con­di­tion­er; the effect is tem­po­rary until your next wash day. This recipe is ide­al for nat­u­rals who want to achieve eas­i­er blow-outs or bet­ter stretched styles.

Ingre­di­ents:
1 large over­ripe banana (sliced) OR 7 oz banana baby food
4 tbsp extra vir­gin olive oil
2 tbsp pure veg­etable glyc­erin
2 tbsp pure hon­ey

Instruc­tions:
Place the sliced banana, extra vir­gin olive oil, glyc­erin, and hon­ey all in a blender. Blend the ingre­di­ents thor­ough­ly mak­ing sure no lumps or banana bits remain. (Depend­ing on your blender qual­i­ty, you may or may not have to then sieve the mix­ture.  Anoth­er option is to use banana baby food, though the con­di­tion­er may not be as effec­tive.) Apply to hair and let sit for 30–45 min­utes under a show­er cap. Detan­gle, rinse thor­ough­ly, and style as usu­al.

2. For Detangling – Avocados, olive oil, shea butter, and apple cider vinegar

This home­made con­di­tion­er is lubri­cat­ing, thick, and heavy, all of which give my kinks slip, mois­ture, and hang for detan­gling. The avocado’s meati­ness and fat­ty acid con­tent con­tribute to the effec­tive­ness of this mix­ture.  Addi­tion­al­ly, the fat­ty acids in the olive oil com­bined with the emol­lient prop­er­ties of shea but­ter add even more lubri­ca­tion and mois­tur­iz­ing ben­e­fits.  Last­ly, the acidic pH of the apple cider vine­gar helps to flat­ten the cuti­cles for eas­i­er detan­gling.  This con­di­tion­er is ide­al for those with thick, dense hair and major shrink­age.

Ingre­di­ents:
1 over­ripe avo­ca­do (sliced)
1/4 cup extra vir­gin olive oil
1/2 cup unre­fined shea but­ter
2–3 table­spoons of apple cider vine­gar

Instruc­tions:
Place the sliced avo­ca­do, unre­fined shea but­ter, extra vir­gin olive oil (EVOO), and apple cider vine­gar (ACV) into a blender. (There is no need to melt the shea but­ter ahead of time.)  Blend all the ingre­di­ents thor­ough­ly and add more EVOO, if nec­es­sary, until the mix­ture reach­es your desired con­sis­ten­cy. When done, apply to the hair and let sit for 30–45 min­utes under a show­er cap. Detan­gle, rinse thor­ough­ly, and style as usu­al.

3. For Strengthening – Coconut oil and honey

This con­di­tion­er is ide­al for nat­u­rals whose hair dis­likes pro­tein con­di­tion­ers but needs a bit of strength­en­ing.  The key is the coconut oil, which binds to the hair thus reduc­ing ker­atin loss. Hon­ey, a humec­tant, is also added to the mix to impart mois­ture reten­tion.  I get the best of both worlds – mois­ture and strength – with this con­di­tion­er.  I per­son­al­ly use two serv­ings of the recipe because my hair is real­ly thick, dense, and nat­u­ral­ly dry.

Ingre­di­ents:
4 tbs of extra vir­gin coconut oil
2 tbs of pure hon­ey
(depend­ing on hair den­si­ty or length, you may use two serv­ings of this recipe)

Instruc­tions:
Place the coconut oil and hon­ey in a small cup and place the cup in a large bowl of hot water.  Allow the cup to sit in the water for a few min­utes until the mix­ture is warm.  Pour the mix­ture onto fresh­ly washed but tow­el blot­ted hair.  Put on a show­er cap, and wrap with a tow­el to pre­vent mix­ture from drip­ping onto face. Let it sit for 20 min­utes, then rinse out 80–90% of the con­di­tion­er, and style as usu­al.

Do you have any home­made con­di­tion­er recipes? Share below!

Chinwe

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Yvette

Just tried the Bananas, olive oil, glyc­erin, and hon­ey mix­ture on 4b/c hair and I am in love..A year ago a friend gave me a mix­er and I nev­er used it..well today was the day I dust­ed off that Baby and went in and let my hair get some love. There were no knots, no shed­ding, no tan­gles just Man­age­abil­i­ty hair..I just Love You..(HUGGS)!!!

ayesha

Curd an eggs..are good for hairs??.….

Denise
I just want to say I love this site. While I am not a lady of col­or, my father had very tight curly hair,and I have wavy hair; and my hus­band has Ital­ian coarse, curly hair, and passed that on to my daugh­ter. So, I fre­quent this site often for tips to keep her hair gor­geous. I per­son­al­ly make my own con­di­tion­er with High Ole­ic Sun­flower Oil with Provi­t­a­min B, Vit­a­min E, and Soy Pro­tein; but like to try the all nat­ur­al approach too. I run a bath and body shop on Etsy, Sum­mer­land Bath & Body. Thank you!
Lk

I use hon­ey, olive oil, and egg. I am going to switch the egg out and use mayo.

nuttydiva86

I tried the banana con­di­tion­er today. Once I’d steamed it for half an hour hair was soft! Then came to rins­ing it out. Took hours. In the end my mum had to help me pick out the banana bits. It did actu­al­ly do the trick as my curls were loose but next time I’ll make sure to blend rather than mash the bananas. Had to mois­turise with coconut oil to restore the mois­ture lost. Guys do try it out but BLEND THE BANANAS!

JuicezNberriez

Hi, I just want­ed to give my feed­back on the home­made con­di­tion­ers. I liked all of them but my fav is the ava­ca­do mix. It made my hair real­ly soft and it was so easy to detan­gle. I have been nat­ur­al for going on 4 years and this was my very first time using con­di­tion­ers that I can make at home and I must say I love em!! Thank you for shar­ing!

Porsche

I am not nat­ur­al but I am try­ing the texlaxed method. I co wash my hair every week or two and only use sham­poo once a month or every cou­ple months. I have tried dif­fer­ent deep con­di­tion­ers I recent­ly made one with one avo­ca­do, EVOO, egg, mayo, and yogurt and it worked out well

Erin
I wash my hair with plain old bicar­bon­ate of soda which is real­ly good and I only have to wash it every three days BUT it’s very dry­ing! So I decid­ed to try coconut oil, I tried apply­ing half a tea­spoon to both dry and wet hair, leav­ing overnight, both times it made my hair SUPER greasy and took about four wash­es to get it out! (Over the course of four days which was nasty cos my hairs not used to being washed so often) Is Bicar­bon­ate of Soda just not good at get­ting coconut oil out? I real­ly need… Read more »
Lindsey

I would just stop using bak­ing soda to wash my hair. If you want to con­tin­ue using it I would just add a tea/tablespoon of it to a sul­fate-free (or reg­u­lar) sham­poo every now and then for extra clar­i­fi­ca­tion if that is what you are try­ing to achieve. But your hair should not be so incred­i­bly dry after wash­ing. Not good.

Sarada
Bicae­bon­ate is a base which leaves a sort of slip­pery residue. It is very dry­ing and so should be used spar­ing­ly and with extreme cau­tion. I myself nev­er use it in my hair only on my skin it is a great exfo­lia­tor. What you want to use is Apple cider vine­gar which is an acid. It has the added ben­e­fits of being full of vit­a­mins and alpha hydroxy acids which will break up the bonds between healthy new skin and dead skin cells, dirt and oil. If you are inter­est­ed in more com­ment here and I’ll try to respond expe­di­tious­ly.… Read more »
Erin

What about the vine­gar smell, will it wash out? Can I use white vine­gar since I have very light hair? (And it’s all I have in lol) How much should I use, should I use it with the coconut oil or just stick to putting coconut oil on my skin :P Sor­ry for so many ques­tions haha :’)

Sarada

Also, Apple cider vine­gar is effec­tive because it comes from apples, fruit. White vine­gar is made from grains. Some peo­ple pre­fer the white vine­gar as it can light­en col­or and leaves their hair with a gloss. It’s up to you which u choose. U won’t hurt your hair with one tri­al…

Erin

Thanks so much!! I’m gonna try this as soon as I get round to order­ing some more Laven­dar Essen­tial Oil.…oh and that part about white vine­gar com­ing from grains makes a lot of sense, I’ve been try­ing to avoid grains any­way so I’ll get some apple cider vine­gar lol, again THANK YOU SO MUCH

Sarada
Not at all. Ques­tions are good! Dilute about 5 or 6 drops of the vine­gar in about 1/2 c H2O. U could then add in a drop or three of an essen­tial oil, I like laven­der myself — it’s good for clean­ing and of course relax­ing and if you hap­pen to get some undi­lut­ed oil on your skin it won’t burn as it is one of the few essen­tial oils that is near the pH of human skin. I pre­fer to use olive oil, about 1 tbs, but coconut oil will prob­a­bly work. It is heav­ier than olive oil and… Read more »
vayvay

hel­lo I was look­ing for home­made hair prod­ucts for my nat­ur­al hair and I came across your com­ments and I am very intrigued with all the knowl­edge you have and I would like to know if you have any tips on home­made hair masks and hair gels?

Sarada

Geez! Can u say typo? I meant if you do not use the egg yolks…incidentally don’t use hot water if you do you use egg yolks, you’ll cook it into your hair that is rough to get out! warm water is suf­fi­cient.

Angelica

I love mak­ing home made con­di­tion­ers. This one works well on relaxed or nat­ur­al hair. I hope you all find it help­ful.

Amber

I made a hair con­di­tion­er with jus avo­ca­do, banana, olive oil and white shea but­ter. Blend­ed in a nin­ja blender to get all the clumps out and it left my hair soft and smooth no i did an extra rinse jus because but i dnt feel it was need­ed

kady eff

For the banana con­di­tion­er, err on the side of cau­tion and sieve it. I tried last night and the banana would not rinse out. I had to just wash my hair sec­tion by sec­tion to get it out. I could see the loose­ness of the dry curls after though. Will def­i­nite­ly try it again with a sieve!!!

keke

tHat is soooo true about the bananas!! I used bananas once and will nev­er use again. I mixed a lil olive oil and blend­ed bananas. When you put in your it becomes hard as rock and seemed impos­si­ble to wash out. Took me hours to get it out! Use at your own risk!!!!!!

amasheena

I think the sieve is great advice, for the avo­ca­do too, buz some­times you do get veins and seeds in the mix. Also, be patient when prepar­ing your mix­tures. It’s like with any­thing you do thats new.

Yo Yo
I am attempt­ing to grow out my tex­tur­iz­er for about the 4th time in the past sev­er­al years. I always make it pret­ty far and then give up around the sum­mer months. My nat­ur­al hair tex­ture is not that bad but when tran­si­tion­ing the two tex­tures are so dif­fer­ent it makes it so dif­fi­cult to com­mit to grow­ing out the tex­tur­iz­er and I am not doing the “Big chop”. Again, I am going to grow out the tex­tur­iz­er for good. I am try­ing to make sure that every­thing I use in my hair and on my skin is all nat­ur­al.… Read more »
mckenna

Im try­ing mayo heat­ed in the microwave. it make the oil look­ing stuff come out of the mayo and you leave it on ur hair for 15 min

ashley

I’m DEF try­ing this TODAY. I was in need of a con­di­tion­er

BLKMANWITHLONGHAIR

I tried the avo­ca­do jawn, I had veins and seeds all in my hair lol. My lil sis­ter had to pick it out. Nev­er again! But love this web­site. you ladies rock :)

kiki

when mak­ing the avo­ca­do mix use a blender to get the mix smooth for appli­ca­tion, that way you arent pick­ing out chunks of avo­ca­do in your hair. good luck!

kiki

when mak­ing the avo­ca­do mix use a blender to get the mix smooth for appli­ca­tion, that way you arent rick­ing out chunks of avo­ca­do in your hair. good luck!

Steph

There are no veins or seeds in avo­ca­do, an avo­ca­do has a large pit. Not sure what you used lol

TLa

I don’t think you used an avo­ca­do. Avo­ca­dos have a pit not seeds, unless you took the pit and was able to grind that up as well.

TLa

Or it could have been over ripe to get the veins…

Chauntae

There are nei­ther veins nor seeds when using avo­ca­do. Did you use the peel­ing and seeds some­how, and was it ripe…?

LacyW

Veins and seeds?

linda

how often do you have to wash your hair? please help me peo­ple i real­ly need this help me i am hav­ing a lot of break­age every time but how do i stop that?

Patrina

I wash my hair once a week with a nat­ur­al sham­poo and vine­gar rinse and then do the avad­ca­do con­di­tion­er and u must cut your ends and u will have shed­ding

Patrina

The recipe with the mea­sure­ments are list­ed above.

Elissa

Wow! Your hair looks so love­ly and soft, Pat­ri­na

Patrina

I want to thank BGLH .…..for all these won­der­ful receipes although I’ve only been nat­ur­al for 10 months these have been the best 10 months of nat­ur­al I’ve ever expe­ri­enced OMG… LOVE U GUYS HERE ARE MY RESULTS
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woowoo

I have just went nat­ur­al for about 10 months I am so excit­ed I have went throught the tran­si­tion stage now I am going through learn­ing my hair embrac­ing my nat­ur­al and I LOVE IT! I want to thank every­one for the nat­ur­al home­ade reme­dies for the are excel­lent and I look to learn­ing more I LOVE MY NATURAL!

erigirl

my fav comes from friend and nat­ur­al vlog­ger allieni­cole. every­one i’ve passed it onto has been incred­i­bly hap­py with the results. http://youtu.be/JTdLA-_YYos

Adapt­ed Banana Deep Con­di­tion­ing Mask from LolaZabeth.com.

1 semi-over­ly ripe banana
3 table­spoons of EVOO
3 heap­ing table­spoons of coconut oil
1 table­spoon of rose­mary oil
1/2c mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­er

Blend to puree mix­ture and shin­gle through hair. Great as an overnight leave-in!

ajani

OMG bANANA CHUNKS IN MY HAIR Nev­er again, that is all

Cathey Poindexter-Taylor
Cathey Poindexter-Taylor

I expe­ri­enced this as well the first time a used bananas in my hair. I real­ized I should have blend­ed them. I am going to try it again, this time I will blend the bananas until smooth.

Anonymous

Yeah, it does say blend it. I will use my lit­tle per­son­al blender if I try this!

Marisa

Avo­ca­do and banana deep con­di­tion­er
Half a ripe avo­ca­do
Half a banana
One third of coconut milk one third of a tin 400ml.
Two table spoons of hon­ey
Two table spoons of Jojo­ba oil
Blend the above ingre­di­ents for a cou­ple of min­utes or so until in a con­sis­tent paste. 

My hair is always super soft and mois­turised after this treat­ment. I Love it.

India

Dang y’all need to stop com­plain­ing and take this arti­cle for what it’s worth. Jeez

lovelylauz02

I’m with the oth­er ladies… I“m In Atlanta and the avo­ca­dos don’t just fall off the trees here. You pay at least $2 on a good day. I’m going to try to baby food and coconut oil. As for now, I have two jars of man­made DCs that make my hair leap for joy. My hair likes cones and I use them in great mod­er­a­tion… so… until I use up all my “sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly enhanced” DCs, lol, no kitchen mix­tures for a while. I might make some flax seed gel though.

Shaz

This is a bril­liant arti­cle. I love mix­ing up my own prod­ucts because in the UK it is cheap­er than shop bought prod­ucts. I have been want­i­ng to try the banana one for ages. Def­i­nite­ly gonna try it soon. Thanks for post­ing!!

Jula

Huh? Bananas are gen­er­al­ly cheap, like $.89/lbs. Avo­ca­dos I’ve seen $1.99 and this is in the south and the west coast. Maybe on the east coast, not count­ing Flori­da it’s more pricey.

Any­ways. When I first went nat­ur­al, I would make these mix­es. They’re use­ful when you run out of prod­uct but too time con­sum­ing right now. Very help­ful though.

Erica

Hi, I recent­ly did a video on youtube fea­tur­ing an avo­ca­do and coconut milk home­made con­di­tion­er and I had AMAZING results. In my BGLH style icon inter­view, I men­tioned not hav­ing a go-to conditioner…well, I have it now! I dont think I’ll ever spend tons of mon­ey on pricey con­di­tion­ers. 5 days lat­er, my hair is still soft with­out adding addi­tion­al oils/product.

Check it out! http://youtu.be/hihqyuUge_M

And here’s a pic of my results
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nelle

PERFECT tim­ing, I have pear in my fridge now, that has turned a lit­tle brown, and I don’t like to eat it that way. I’m going to mix it w/some hon­ey, some olive oil, some mayo, some egg and see what hap­pens.

Courtney

Take*

Amy

I guess it’s fun (almost ther­a­peu­tic) to make nat­ur­al hair care pro­duts and take care of your hair but some peo­ple take it way too far. Why would you put baby food in your hair? How did you dis­cov­er that and why is that nec­es­sary at all? Wouldn’t the baby food have the oh so harm­ful preser­v­a­tives in it? Just go around pass­ing on ideas that have no sci­en­tif­ic basis or proof that they work oth­er than hearsay.

Shawnie
Why is this even an arguable debate? Before we had con­di­tion­er on the shelves this is what our ances­tors did mix stuff to put in there hair. Baby Food is actu­al­ly good for your hair and body it dosen’t con­tain a lot of pre­servs as one might think..Baby Banana food has worked on my hair. I’m a no heat,no col­or, I don’t put any­thing I can­not eat on my hair Nat­ur­al and I’m Proud of it…My hair is Thriv­ing! Let’s have an open mind.You might be sur­prised. I rather know what is going in my hair than hav­ing to read… Read more »
mangomadness

+1

TINA SMITH

AGREED!!!!!!!!

Mariah Clay

Amen!

AfroGeisha

Boom! +1

Courtney

Actu­al­ly, you can get organ­ic baby food.…just like any oth­er food. And baby food is already pureed so it tales the work out of mush­ing up a whole banana.…don’t be so judge­men­tal, espe­cial­ly of YOU don’t know what you’re talk­ing about.

Mia_P

This is wast­ing food items. I will not use these items on my hair sor­ry. I will eat the banana, avo­ca­do, olive oil etc.

Idara

Or you could save the recipes until one of the men­tioned fruits is going bad in your fridge.

Ugonna Wosu

LOL. I don’t mind doing it on occa­sion.

LBell
I think folks who use avo­ca­do on their hair must either be upper- or mid­dle-class (lol) and/or live in Cal­i­for­nia or some­place else where they’re super-cheap. Out here in the Mid­west they’ve been going for around $2 apiece or a lit­tle more. That’s too much mon­ey for some­thing that’s real­ly much bet­ter for your insides (avo­ca­do is full of healthy fat and keeps you sati­at­ed) than your out­sides. So I agree with you on the avo­ca­do BUT note that it’s a sin­gle-use prod­uct (most of the time). Every­thing else list­ed is pret­ty cheap by com­par­i­son. You’re not going to use… Read more »
Mia_p

Hon­ey, avo­ca­do, bananas, apple cider vine­gar and extra vir­gin olive oil are expen­sive where I live. One Avo­ca­do can cost you $25.00 (equals 4 USD), bananas are $12.99 per pound, nat­ur­al hon­ey is $20 for 20 flu­id oz bot­tle. Apple cider vine­gar & EVOO are import­ed so they are pricey. Coconut oil is the only cheap prod­uct on this list. Hence the rea­son I said I would rather eat the prod­ucts. it’s all good though.

KaraJ

I am just curi­ous where are you from because with those prices I don’t blame you. I am spoiled where I am, in Orlan­do I am able to buy 3 avo­ca­dos for 1.99.

Venus

Lmao!!!

Kemi

Hahah­ha­haah­ha­ha, you know you can do both right? Lol. :-)

DreamGirl

Banana baby hair food yields amaz­ing results on my hair. I also love full fat greek yoghurt mixed with hon­ey and evoo.…10 points!!

KaraJ

I am a big fan of home­made con­di­tion­ers espe­cial­ly using advo­ca­dos (although I have to fight with my hus­band because he feels like I am wast­ing a per­fect pear). My recipe is 1 ripe advo­ca­do, 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/4 cup of olive oil. I swear my hair feels like silk the only thing is I have to wash it out very well.

Lola Zabeth

Love this post! These recipes use some of my fave ingre­di­ents. I use this recipe every so often, or when need­ed:

Triple Phat Coconut Cus­tard Hair Masque
-4 oz pure coconut cream
-1 oz unre­fined coconut oil
-1 oz goat’s milk
-1 tbs black strap molasses
I mix all all of this togeth­er, slather it thick on my hair (after cleans­ing), leave on for 20 min­utes, then rinse out. Hair is but­ter soft.

Seven

how much in tsp/tbsp are the ounces, and where can can I pur­chase these items

Lea

Her name is LOO?????

Ugonna Wosu

thank you!I am intrigued by the banana one. I’ve been inter­est­ed in using banana late­ly. I know Coconut oil can strength­en your hair a lit­tle bit, but I don’t know about replac­ing pro­tein with it.

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