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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AK

Napptual85 on youtube has a great tutorial on creating a homemade-made deep conditioner. http://un-ruly.com/homemade-hair-deep-conditioner/
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Paoloma

I wonder if banana in baby food jars would work just as well as ripe whole bananas.

NEFER.UA

That is what I use. I’ve heard to many say that they had a hard time getting banana bits out of their hair. Its easier, you don’t have to blend it, it is already done for you! I purchase the Gerber Stage 2, comes two in a pack. I use one to begin with and add more if needed.

Mizkuukua

Omg! Omg! Omg! I tried a blend of banana, white shea butter and honey and omg! Is my hair soft?! It feels like butter. I cut a fresh banana into pieces, poured some honey onto it and poured some melted shea butter and then blended till it was smooth. Washed out like soap. P.s. I washed with raw egg protein before conditioning it.

FABLIFE-1

Where did you purchase your shea butter? I visited a store call Sally’s Beauty…but, the only Shea butter they offered had a billion other ingredients in it! I would like to use 100% Shea Butter.
Any suggestions on where to get it??
Thanks!

Black Girl With Long Hair

*Scooches in* You can get it here: https://bglh-marketplace.com/product/raw-shea-butter/

Jerk

If you have to ask you can’t be black.

Venus

can you jar n store the avocado mixture in fridge n still use or is it a mix each time u need it????

NEFER.UA

The mixture will eventually go bad. I try to use it all at once.

InMyOpinionGodlyWisdomIsBest
InMyOpinionGodlyWisdomIsBest

Nefer.UA,

GREAT ADVICE! This hair conditioner is just like “manna” from heaven! No need to STORE it…it will go bad. Just make it “fresh” each time!
If you happen to make too much…share with a relative, friend or even your pet! ;-D

Your dog will have the shiniest coat, ever! 😀

Shana

I tried the avocado deep conditioner and it worked wonders. Just make sure to really blend it. I have very thick 4c hair and it made it so much softer and manageable. Also, I still had enough for 2x, so I stored in the freezer and it was still good for the next 3 weeks. It started to turn just a Lil in the last week but I still used it and it was fine. My hair did not complain!

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.

Lolliwink
MAYONNAISE is chiefly made up of well-blended egg yolks, oil and vinegar or lemon juice. I believe Best Foods/Hellman’s have an “Olive Oil Mayo” on the market these days. ;-D However, it’s also very easy to make your own Mayonnaise, as well. You’ll just need a blender or blender wand. Instead of vegetable oil…use OLIVE OIL! 😀 TRUTH ABOUT MAYONNAISE: 1. Hair Growth Mayonnaise contains egg yolks, vinegar, and oils that work together to nourish and moisturize your hair. The presence of L-cysteine, an amino acid, in mayonnaise helps it nourish your “scalp” to promote healthy hair growth. 2. An… Read more »
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!

BSH

Yep, blending the banana until it’s smooth is key to avoiding the bitty residue.

Lolliwink

Yes, I agree with you about blending until very SMOOTH!

I found that after blending the mashed bananas…it was a great idea to “strain” them (sort of like baby food). I pushed the blended bananas through a sieve…it works wonderfully.

Absolutely NO banana particles at all!!! ;-D

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 »
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 😛 Sorry for so many questions haha :’)

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 »
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.

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

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

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.

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!!!

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.

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!!!!!!

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 🙂

LacyW

Veins and seeds?

Chauntae

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

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…

Steph

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 »
AfroGeisha

Boom! +1

Mariah Clay

Amen!

TINA SMITH

AGREED!!!!!!!!

mangomadness

+1

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.

Venus

Lmao!!!

Kemi

Hahahhahaahhaha, you know you can do both right? Lol. 🙂

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.

Ugonna Wosu

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

Idara

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

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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