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.

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

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.

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

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.

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)

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!


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Naturalista Nidia

I use to make my own hair recipes with much suc­cess. How­ev­er, now with two tod­dlers and a job my life is too busy to make hair recipes. My hair was start­ing to show the neglect. Now I just buy nat­ur­al prod­ucts and order it online instead. My hair loves Mic­Mas Remix scalp treat­ment and leave in hair cream. These prod­ucts are a God­send for this naturalista’s busy life.

Cindy Snyder

I’ve made sev­er­al ver­sions of these through exper­i­men­ta­tion. I like the avo­ca­do+ voconut oil.Its fun and cer­tain­ly safer than a buncvh of chem­i­cal laden prod­ucts. Egg white mask is great for tight­en­ing pores and hon­ey and turmer­ic mask for dis­col­orations. And crushed oat­meal as a non irri­tat­ing face scrub!


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I’m try­ing coconut oil, hon­ey, and banana baby food on my sons hair(if I go by hair typ­ing it’s between 3–4). I’m let­ting it sit while he enjoys his bath. I’ll post an update lat­er for results.


[…] Once a month I wash my hair with black soap, then con­di­tion it with one of the above con­di­tion­ers and deep con­di­tion with Olive Oil deep con­di­tion­er.  You could try to make your own deep con­di­tion­ers. […]


[…] Once a month I wash my hair with black soap, then con­di­tion it with one of the above con­di­tion­ers and deep con­di­tion with Olive Oil deep con­di­tion­er.  You could try to make your own deep con­di­tion­ers. […]


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[…] Home­made con­di­tion­er (Avo­ca­do, Shea but­ter, Olive oil and Apple Cider Vine­gar) […]


It’s so weird that peo­ple will trust unpro­nounce­able chem­i­cals in a fan­cy bot­tle with a high price tag, but are afraid of all the natural/raw foods around us. We need to trust what grows from the earth over chem­i­cals. I’m gonna make my own mix today. I have dreads down past my rear. I like what’s in Beau­ty Aura’s pure Cas­tor Oil. (Omega 9s plus anti­fungi­ci­dal prop­er­ties!). I keep unre­fined raw coconut oil for food and non food use. I have apple cider vine­gar and olive oil. I will whip some­thing up and see how it goes.

Tahsin Ahmed

Is Any­one make these home­made con­di­tion­er? Is it harm­ful for hair?

Naturalista Nidia

No, its not harm­ful for hair. How­ev­er, if you are using essen­tial oils and are breast­feed­ing or preg­nant you may wan­na get the ok from your doc­tor first before adding essen­tial oils into the mix.

Berline Durosier
I have a friend who intro­duced me to using apple cider viniger and water as an conditioner,I don’t know if this web­site already knows about it but I just start­ed using it last week. How­ev­er it real­ly works it cleans and clears the scalp extra good all you need to do is mix apple cider vine­gar with water any nat­ur­al oils and pour on your scalp after sham­poo­ing . what I do is sec­tion my hair and do one sec­tion at a time for I can masauge my scalp after you are done sham­poo your hair and make sure the… Read more »
Naturalista Nidia

I swear by apple cider vine­gar and rec­om­mend using it unfil­tered to get the most out of its nutri­ents. After I clar­i­fy my hair with Bragg apple cider vine­gar I always mois­tur­ize with Mic­Mas Remix scalp treat­ment. My hair and scalp are the health­i­est it’s been in a very long time.


Can you use these week­ly ?

Earllisha Sanders

For num­ber 3 can you add tea tree oil to the mix, as a lit­tle some­thing for the scalp?

Sonja Larsen

#2 is absolute­ly amaz­ing. I put it in, and then I went to start comb­ing my hair so that it would coat bet­ter. Well…my hair was already detan­gled after just hav­ing it in 1–2 min­utes. Thanks for shar­ing Chin­we.


Can I leave the coconut and hon­ey on for a few hours rather than 20 min­utes?


If you do the banana deep con­di­tion­er BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL TO USE BABY FOOD. I puréed my mix very well yet it still result­ed in a NIGHTMARE. Banana bits were stuck in my hair and there WAS NO WAY OF GETTING IT OUT. Per­son­al­ly I just say STAY AWAY FROM THE BANANA!!!!


Wait are you say­ing the baby food still left par­ti­cles? Or are you say­ing you used a reg­u­lar banana; so you rec­om­mend using the baby food to avoid it?

I was going on an after­noon date a few years ago and decid­ed I’d do a deep con­di­tion­er so my hair would look amaz­ing and touch­able. I got out­of the show­er, wrapped up my hair, and got all ready with­out look­ing out at it. My date was going to arrive in 10 min­utes so I took down my hair, only to find it FILLED with banana! Haha, need­less to say I had to call him and say I was hav­ing an emer­gency and that I’d call him when I was ready. When I saw him I told the sto­ry and… Read more »

These all sound won­der­ful! My best friend has nat­ur­al hair and LOVES how it feels when she gets back from a treat­ment at a salon. I hope to make her some as a gift so she can pam­per her­self at home. Thanks for the recipes and the tips!


Hi! My hair doesn’t real­ly like olive oil can i replace it with anoth­er oil like jojo­ba or coconut oil? Thankx


@Louisha, yes you can sub­sti­tute with what­ev­er oil you like. Per­son­al­ly my hair doesn’t like olive oil its too heavy and coaty. I’d use jojo­ba oil in place of it hope that helps :)

Elizabeth Bowers

I’ve tried a few of these treat­ments with good results, but for some rea­son I’ve nev­er tried the Avo­ca­do deep con­di­tion­er! Can’t wait to try it, thanky­ou.


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Nev­er post­ed on here before, but I had to share my expe­ri­ence. I made a ver­sion of the banana deep con­di­tion­er mak­ing small sub­sti­tu­tions based on the ingre­di­ents I had on hand. I used a banana, olive oil, coconut oil, hon­ey, and aloe vera gel. I coat­ed the stuff on after co-wash­ing and left it on with a show­er cap for about 30 min­utes. It rinsed out eas­i­ly and left my hair unbe­liev­ably soft, shiny and silky- and detan­gling has nev­er been eas­i­er! I have thick, tight­ly coiled hair. Nev­er had it typed, but I’m sure it’s in the 4abc… Read more »

I tried the coconut oil and hon­ey deep con­di­tion­er. It worked, but my hair is still a drip­py mess even though I washed it out sev­er­al hours ago. Not sure where I went wrong because I fol­lowed the instruc­tions to a T.


[…] 3 easy to make Nat­ur­al Deep Con­di­tion­ers for Nat­ur­al hair […]


Hi Chin­we,
still try­ing to com­pre­hend that this is your hair. I start­ed keep­ing my nat­ur­al hair about 10months ago but it seem to be real­ly hard. How long have you kept yours and how did you man­age to get it to this length? I real­ly do not know what to do right now. I do weave my hair and thread it at times. can you lend an advice?
Thank you.


These look great! I just tried to coconut/honey one, my hair is very dam­aged. I can’t wait to try the oth­er ones too — how often should you do these? I’m think­ing I will prob­a­bly do all three inter­mit­tent­ly — I just wasn’t sure how often they should be done? Thanks so much for post­ing this!

Rosa Harris
My fav home­made mix that I use as a bit of every­thing — I use it after wash to seal in mois­ture and also use it as a pre-wash con­di­tion­ing soak. I also rub small amounts into the scalp dai­ly on the tips of my fin­gers work­ing it up under the back of my hair. I cre­at­ed it for the prob­lem of extra dry hair and itchy scalp and it works quite well. It makes a very thick oil that stays in place. 2ounces tea tree oil. 3ounces coconut but­ter 3ounces shea but­ter all should be 100 per­cent pure prod­uct. Just put… Read more »
Earllisha Sanders

where do you get the shea but­ter from, I leave in Japan so it might have to be order online


I get mine from Ebay its awe­some $5.99 per 8 ounce!!


I extra dry skin n hair so im going to try this thank u!
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Michelle Luna
Oh my gosh I tried the coco oil and hon­ey com­bo yes­ter­day and it went ter­ri­bly! I don’t know if start­ing off with dry hair was the prob­lem but… First of all the two ingre­di­ents just do not want to mix, no mat­ter how warm I got them. So I start­ed just pour­ing care­ful­ly down the length of my hair, start­ing at chin length (my hair goes just past my butt) and basi­cal­ly only oil came out til I got near the ends of my hair bc the hon­ey kept con­geal­ing at the bot­tom of the cup and the MOMENT… Read more »
Daje Morris
I know that I’m a year late haha! But for any­one else read­ing this post, I used the coconut and hon­ey mixture–only I didn’t melt the coconut but­ter. Coconut but­ter melts so eas­i­ly so if its room tem­per­a­ture, its very easy to whip in hon­ey with a small whisk or fork. This is now my go-to deep con­di­tion­er. My 4a/4b/4c hair loves it. I also add 10 drops of laven­der, 3 drops of ylang ylang I, 1 drop of pep­per­mint and 1 drop of tea tree for a lit­tle bit of an extra scent and nutri­ent boost (not that coconut… Read more »

I’m doing this mix for the first time and I wish I’d seen your com­ment before I put the hon­ey + coconut oil mix in my hair but oh well I’ve done it and I’m now sit­ting with a sticky gooey head of hair. I hope it will wash out well. I’ve pre­vi­ous­ly used hon­ey in my con­di­tion­er and it nev­er gave me any prob­lems. Maybe you should try it like this as well.


I hope what I do helps you which is to heat up the mix­ture for a few sec­onds either in the microwave or by stove top to get the ingre­di­ents to mix togeth­er. Care­ful it can be hot! Doing this has helped soo much, but warn­ing once it begins to cool it hard­ens and becomes sticky! LOL

Hi Michelle, It could be a cou­ple of things, #1 you want to make sure your hair is wet and has already been washed #2 you want to make sure the hon­ey is RAW not just organ­ic but pure raw homey (which costs a bit more) #3 make sure the coconut oil is VIRGIN and unre­fined as well, you want it to be in it’s purest state. #4 lastly…even though your hair is long, by the looks of your icon pic­ture, it prob­a­bly absorbs oil much faster than some­one with curly hair, you might need less oil as most would…and start… Read more »
A Bald

you can also use 1 banana, 2 2tbs of hon­ey, and 1/4 or 1/2 cup of coconut milk. It did won­ders to my 3b hair.
check it out on my insta­gram @aisshaliezle


Mine is not all nat­ur­al but who i mixed for said it works per­fect and i don’t have a spe­cial mea­sure­ment.

over ripe avo­ca­do
Extra vir­gin olive oil
Nature’s Advan­tage Hon­ey & Almond Con­di­tion­er

Mel Stevens

All of these tips are amaz­ing! I per­son­al­ly rec­om­mend the pro nat­u­rals argan oil hair repair mask =)


[…] here for the oth­er recipes…here’s a pic of the ingre­di­ents I used, noth­ing fan­cy […]


what can sub­ti­tute for apple cider vineger,bcos i don’t know what it is and where to find it,help please


@ Mor­gan, I also found that avo­ca­do left my hair super oily when i use it on its own. I have now start­ed to com­bine it in small­er amounts with oth­er ingre­di­ents for my conditioner(plain yoghurt, flaxseed gel etc) and find that works bet­ter for me. I also use an Acv and tea rinse after con­di­tion­ing and that seems to lessen the oily feel­ing.


It’s per­fect time to make some plans for the fuutre and it is time to be hap­py. I’ve learn this sub­mit and if I may just I desire to rec­om­mend you few fas­ci­nat­ing things or sug­ges­tions. Maybe you could write sub­se­quent arti­cles relat­ing to this arti­cle. I desire to learn even more things approx­i­mate­ly it!

Morgan Ash

Thank you Nisha! What I am more con­cerned about more­so than the oily feel­ing is the raw fruit being stuck in my hair. Is this a con­cern? Or is it more-so just the oils from the fruit (not so much the meat) that stick to the hair? In oth­er words, if I am see­ing green juice on the tow­el when blot­ting my hair, is that in indi­ca­tor that I need to keep rins­ing? Oily= ok, Green= all the fruit isnt rinsed out?

Morgan Ash
Hel­lo! I have tried the Avo­ca­do recipe a few times. While I have not had trou­ble with pieces (i push the avo­ca­do through a very fine mesh strain­er), my hair is left VERY oily once it starts dry­ing, after I washed out (of thought i had washed out) the con­di­tion­er. While I don’t have too much of an issue with the oils, I do wor­ry that there could be avo­ca­do cream still mixed in my hair with those oils- do I have to wor­ry about rot­ting fruit being left in my hair? Are these con­di­tion­ers sup­posed to leave your hair… Read more »

[…] So I did a hot oil con­di­tion­ing treat­ment with coconut oil and hon­ey. I heat­ed the coconut oil by plac­ing it (in a bowl) over about-to-boil water and added the hon­ey to the heat­ing mix­ture. I allowed it cool for a bit, before apply­ing it to her hair (sec­tion by sec­tion, just like relax­er appli­ca­tions are done). We put on her a show­er cap and left it on for about 30 min­utes. I got this recipe from […]

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