By Chin­we of Hair and Health

So you have a bunch of prod­ucts that you have col­lect­ed but do not use.  They are either too dry­ing or not mois­tur­iz­ing enough or maybe they sim­ply just do not work.  Chances are some of these seem­ing­ly use­less prod­ucts can be trans­formed into some­thing usable, so don’t be so quick to give up on your stash.  You might be able to achieve one or more of the fol­low­ing “enhanced” prod­ucts with just a few sim­ple addi­tions:

1. Conditioner with more slip

The sce­nario: The con­di­tion­er in your prod­uct-junkie col­lec­tion just doesn’t have enough slip.
The solu­tion: Try adding 1 part melt­ed shea but­ter or coconut oil to 3 (or 4) parts con­di­tion­er.  Olive oil is a third option.

2. Leave-in or moisturizer that is more moisturizing

The sce­nario: Your mois­tur­iz­er or leave-in con­di­tion­er isn’t pro­vid­ing last­ing mois­ture.
The solu­tion: Mix 1 part veg­etable glyc­erin with 2–3 parts of your prod­uct to increase mois­ture reten­tion.

3. Shampoo that is more cleansing

The sce­nario: The sham­poo that is col­lect­ing dust in your cab­i­net isn’t as cleans­ing as you would like.
The solu­tion: Add 1 part bak­ing soda or Castile Soap to 3–4 parts sham­poo in order to lift away prod­uct buildup and dirt.  Be sure to fol­low up with an apple cider vine­gar (ACV) rinse in order to restore your hair’s pH lev­el.

4. Styling product or moisturizer with more sheen or shine

The sce­nario: Your styling prod­uct (e.g., curly pud­ding or pomade) doesn’t quite give your hair enough sheen or shine.
The solu­tion: Lay­er a lit­tle cas­tor oil on top of your hair to bring about more lus­ter.  Some nat­u­rals rave about coconut oil as well.

5. Conditioner that is more moisturizing

The sce­nario: Your con­di­tion­er just isn’t mois­tur­iz­ing enough.
The solu­tion: Mix a 1 part hon­ey or veg­etable glyc­erin with 3–4 parts con­di­tion­er.  Some nat­u­rals might also like to mix in a lit­tle melt­ed shea but­ter.

How do you enhance your prod­ucts?


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Oil in eerthang:)


I do all of the above list­ed — Thanks Loola! and these too.. — -

to my sham­poos I add coconut vine­gar or apple cider vine­gar, or a squeeze of lemon juice to clar­i­fy.

for added slip, I add marsh­mal­low root or slip­pery elm tea, or aloe vera juice 

for added mois­ture, sesame or avo­ca­do oil works best for my dosha (vata), but I do use olive oil also. 

Great tips!


I’m all about this. But my num­ber one favorite for con­di­tion­ers that real­ly don’t meet expec­ta­tions- shave gel/cream, my legs were nowhere near this smooth before I went nat­ur­al 12 years ago. 

I also use them as a base for home­made DC’s.


Co-sign, since I tried this tip I can put the love­ly drug­store smells that don’t work in my hair to good use on my legs!


exact­ly, I noticed years ago when I start­ed using Paul Mitchell’s The Con­di­tion­er that my hands were soft­er. I tried it on my legs- not a sin­gle nick. I’m not balling like that now so the so-so con­di­tion­ers are what I use and switched to the GVP Sally’s veri­on of “The Con­di­tion­er”.


With the excep­tion of the sham­poo, you can solve all these prob­lems with your favorite oil. I put olive oil in my con­di­tion­ers and mois­turis­ers.


These are great sug­ges­tions. I typ­i­cal­ly add oil: olive, grape seed, coconut, or almond to my con­di­tion­ers. I’ll def­i­nite­ly try adding bak­ing soda to my sham­poos


Thanks! Will def try some of these!