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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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.

Traci Lee

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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 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.


i had this prob­lem as well, if you watch this link
Nap­tural85 tells you how to over come this prob­lem, hope it helps (sor­ry the web address is s long)


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


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


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.

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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!


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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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There’s notice­ably a bun­dle to grasp this. I pre­sume you might have cre­at­ed cer­tain nice points in capa­bil­i­ties also.




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 also get Bragg’s Amino Acid at Whole Foods


U can get it on Ama­zon as well


You can get it at the Vit­main­shoppe


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.


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Napp­tu­al85 on youtube has a great tuto­r­i­al on cre­at­ing a home­made-made deep con­di­tion­er.
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I won­der if banana in baby food jars would work just as well as ripe whole bananas.


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.


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.


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


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