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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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.

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?


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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 […]


I did the banana treatment last night and my hair absolutely loved it!, I used a very overripe banana (it was pretty much black), dropped it in the blender with the other ingredients and my hair is very soft and bouncy. I was a little scared to do it at first when I saw mention that your curl pattern would loosen, but I twisted and put curl rods in, and my hair is bouncy and very soft, no issues whatsoever. Thanks for the tips!


This was written by someone who apparently is African American. So, once again, I would like to know the proper mix for a Caucasian with very FINE hair. If you know of an appropriate recipe/ratio, please let me know. I have fine/thinning hair and need a natural treatment to make it thicker/fuller. Thank you.

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I’d really like to try the second choice since my hair has been super knotty when I wash it and when it dries it just gets worse. However, I’m studying abroad in South America right now and can’t seem to find pure Shea butter anywhere. Is there a substitute for the Shea butter that someone could recommend? Or could it be just as effective if made without Shea butter? Also when should you do the treatment in your regimen? Before cowashing/shampooing or after? Please someone help!


this is a beautiful article, i think i’m going to try some of this. wow! thanks. also, for those in need of how to make some cash;

the mane captain

i’ve tried all these treatments, i had the worst experience with the banana treatment the two times I used it. I couldnt get thepieces out of my hair! I think the problem is that banana is sticky and so it sticks to the hair. I wouldnt recommend this treatment to anyone.

Julie Ali
For the person who is allergic to olive oil, use grapeseed extract oil instead. It is a wonderful substitute! Also, when your hair starts to feel dry, take a cosmetic cotton pad, and put it over the bottle of grapeseed extract oil. Get it a little saturated with the oil. the take the pad and start rubbing the hair ends lightly working it up to the roots at the scalp. You will not use very much! I color treat my hair. Those are the only chemicals used on my hair! Using the apple cider vinegar shampoo recipe with castile soap,… Read more »

Could you please clarify if you are referring to grapefruit seed extract or grape seed oil? The two fruits are different.


I been going natural for a year now. But unfortunately I started off getting blow outs all the time.. is it true that heat (blow outs) can damage your natural curl pattern? If so what can I do to gain that curl pattern back? To prevent doing a big chop, do apple cider vinegar help develop your curl pattern? PLEASE HELP.. #naturallife2013..

Mz. A

Sorry there’s nothing you can do about heat damaged hair but grow it off. Yes heat can and will damage your natural curl pattern when used to much or improperly.


I made the one with bananas to condition my hair today, and I have to say my hair does NOT like this at all. It took numerous washes, over 6 times on each section of hair to wash it out and I still have lots of banana stuck to my hair. It made my hair dry and straw-like. It was blended absolutely smoothly, and went on my hair easily, but the aftermath has been awful. I’ve been so upset at the state of my hair!!! Maybe my hair and banana just aren’t meant to be.


i had this problem as well, if you watch this link
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I shared your experience. Had to put conditioner over my hair and comb thru with a denman brush, then rinse to get the bananas out. I won’t use that recipe again.


would give option 3 a trial. .bcos i made use of product known as emily millionaire too often and it has made my to thin down. . .wondering about what could be done. .

Vanessa Stinson

My hair is natural but gray help.


For the first conditioner, what can Olive Oil be substituted with? I am allergic to olive oil when used topically/ externally. Thanks!


Coconut oil is a great replacement from Olive Oil


Trying the detangling on my daughter right now… it’s desperately needed! I’ll let you know how it turns out.


Thanks! I’m going to try this out this weekend.


Where would I find glycerin? Is it advisable to mix 1 and 2? Do I need glycerin or can I replace it with coconut oil and extra honey?


Doyin, I get mine online. Vitacost, Soapgoods, Amazon. If you are near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and sometimes a GNC you can find it. It may be near the natural sweeteners. It is Vegetable Glycerin that I use and I believe she is referring to here.


Regular Glycerin can be found at Walmart and drug stores in the first aid section for about $3


Doyin you can also find them in pharmacy stores such as Walgreens, maybe a CVS. If you frequent beauty supply stores glycerin is also there

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Coconut milk and honey is all I use as a deep conditioner now, it leaves my hair soft and shine and my hair is very kinky and coily


Hi Kiyla,

How much of each do you use? What is the consistency supposed to be when you apply it. And what kind of coconut milk do you use? I’m very interested to try this.



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Thank you for sharing this article. I have been using olive oil alone on my hair and noticed a huge difference and the softness and shine. There are so many products from your kitchen that is very beneficial for your hair. Check out more combination mixes that you can use on your hair at:


wow!!! great article. thanks for sharing


I normally shampoo and condition every other day using a commercial hair mask or deep conditioner as my conditioner. On the in between days I wet my hair in the shower and apply honey. I let it sit in the steam from the shower and rinse after ten minutes. This keeps my hair always soft never dry and crusty.

The Mane Captain

DO NOT try the Banana mix, I tried it twice, and couldn’t get the Banana bits off my hair for a week!


I did not experience this, maybe your blender is not powerful enough? Let us know how it worked out! Banana hair mask is amazing for my hair, please give it another try


Try using puréed banana in the baby food aisle. I’ve used it and it works great.


I have thin dirty blonde hair that is in need of a good conditioner for strength and moisture, do you think the coconut and honey would work in my hair too?


Coconut oil and honey is good for all types of hair.


I am definitely going to try this, especially the last one. I’ve been using raw eggs to give my hair a good protein treatment. It works well, but I LOVE coconut oil and honey! I keep them around my home. I wish I’d known this recipe a couple days ago when I washed my hair. Oh well, I use it Wednesday or Thursday! Thanks so much!


Can you store any of these? Perhaps refrigerated. I’m looking for something I can make in bulk and use often.


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I’m a BIG fan of olive oil and honey with a bit of mayo for consistency. I would add avocado more often too when it’s in season. I tried a ripe banana once – don’t think I’ll do that again, I couldn’t get all the lumps out no matter how long it was in the blender and picking it out of my hair was no picnic.


OMG!!!…I did a DIY deep conditioning with a banana yesterday, and thought I was never going to get all the banana bits out. All I could think was that I’d need to call my pest control guy today b/c I was going to turn my room into a hotbed of activity!


Hi Andrea.
Not trying to be funny but did you use a blender? I found that if you do, the mixture is much more creamy and uniform in texture and less chunky. I occasionally use the avocado/banana/olive oil/honey mixture but have found that if I mix it in my ninja, it is much better and makes my hair so soft. Hope that helps


Also can try the pureed natural bananas in the baby food aisle if you like.


I did blend, but no length of time seemed to get all the chunks out. And they weren’t large chunks. They were very tiny bits of banana tangled between hairs and it was impossible to simply wash out.


You can also try freezing and thawing the bananas first before blending them. 🙂


I was wondering are all of these homemade conditioners okay to use along with any of the homemade shampoos?


Can we mix any of these mixtures together?? I’m interested in mixing the strengthening and detangling recipes? Or would that have adverse effects?


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ive been doing a mix of yogurt, mayo, olive oil, honey, some brags amino acids and coconut oil. possibly overkill but my hair feels amazing after. there is alot of protein and i wouldnt recommend leaving it on longer than 30 minutes. the protein in the yogurt & mayo can make your hair start to feel kind of stiff. But when my sister started braiding my hair the last time i used this she was amazed at how soft my hair was.. I will never buy deep conditioner again.

Brandi R.

Where did you get the Braggs Amino Acids?


You can get it at the Vitmainshoppe


You can also get Bragg’s Amino Acid at Whole Foods


U can get it on Amazon as well


Any tips for cleaning the blenders afterwards? lol

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For the first two conditioners – am I supposed to shampoo first? I’ve used recipes like these before but as pre-poo.