From chamomile and rosemary to beer and vinegar, the kitchen and garden have always provided ingredients for homemade hair conditioners and rinses needed for a healthy head of hair.
You’ll probably pay a lot more for these ingredients when they appear in commercial products, so why not use them in their natural state? With the information below, you can make your own hair conditioner, reap the full benefit and pamper yourself with time-tested recipes to give your hair extra shine.
A Homemade Herbal Rinse
This herbal rinse is a traditional way to add shine and to bring out the color of every hair type.
Traditional Favorites Are:
- Chamomile for fair hair.
- Pot Marigold for red or chestnut hair.
- Marjoram or rosemary for dark hair.
- For dry hair elderflower, calendula, camomile or marshmallow.
- For greasy hair mint, rosemary, sage or lavender.
These herbs can all be found on my organic herbs and spices guide
- Make herbal tea, using 2 tsp of your chosen dried herbs or 6 tbs of fresh to 1 pint of freshly boiled water.
- Allow to stand for 15 minutes, and then strain twice.
- Shampoo and rinse your hair as normal, before rinsing with the herbal rinse of your choice.
You can also make this herbal rinse using herbal tea bags, just pop 2 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water and stand for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Egg Prewash Conditioner
Eggs were what our grandmother used to make her hair shine. They’re best used as a prewash homemade hair conditioner, to bring out the shine of dull and damaged hair.
- Dampen your hair and then beat a large egg until it is foamy.
- Massage into the hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap.
- Leave for 20-30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo as normal.
Beer Hair Conditioner
Did you know that the proteins found in the malt and the hops of beer can strengthen and repair damaged hair. Try rinsing with a cup of warm beer once a month and see the difference.
Simply wash your hair with your usual shampoo then rinse and towel dry. Then pour 1 cup of warm beer over your hair and leave to soak in for 5 minutes then rinse clean.
Or for extra shine body and hold, pour some beer into a spray bottle and spray onto damp hair. The smell usually disappears once your hair is dry, however depending on your hair texture and the make of beer, your hair may feel a little sticky so make sure you have a trial run.
Warm Oil Remedy
This hair rescue recipe is warm and sticky but does wonders for dry, damaged hair and split ends. It relies on the oil being hot, warm damp towels and plenty of time. Olive oil suits all hair types, but you can try sunflower oil for fair hair and wall nut oil for dark.
- Place 2 tablespoons of oil into an egg cup and warm it ether in the microwave, or by standing the egg cup in a cup or basin of hot water.
- Work the oil into the hair and scalp and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
- Warm a small damp towel in the microwave, dryer or hot water (wring out throughly.)
- Wrap the towel around your head and cover with cling film/plastic wrap.
- When it cools quickly reheat the towel and repeat the process(you may need to do this about 3 times.)
- After 40-60 minutes wash your hair with a mild shampoo, using 2 applications, and rinse until your hair is squeaky clean.
Adding essential oils to the warm oil treatment will increase its affect and leave your hair with a wonderful smell.
Pour 3 floz (100ml) of Olive Oil into a clean bottle or jar, add the chosen oils to suit your hair color then shake well. Once this oil treatment has been made up it can be kept for up to 6 months.
Fenugreek Infused oil
By Terrie (Fort Worth, TX)
- 2 to 3 tbsp Fenugreek powder
- Good quality Oil of choice*
- Glass jar with lid**
- Add the fenugreek powder to glass jar and cover with oil leaving 3/4 to 1/2 inch space at top of jar.
- Stir slightly to mix and warm bath jar on low heat for an hour.
- Remove from bath, allow to cool and cap jar with lid.
- Macerate in pantry for two weeks (or longer if desired), shaking jar daily.
- Strain oil throught coffee filter and store in dark bottles for use.
I’m not a cook that measures, so when I started making infused oils and homemade salves, etc. I didn’t measure and The notes below reflect that.
* Depending on the use of the final oil, I use different ratios of the following oils: safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba, olive, mustard, coconut or walnut.
For example, I use fenugreek infused oil recipe on my hair so I want the final oil to be light. Based on that, I blend light oils with hair related properties together, then infuse the fenugreek powder in the following blend and order – jojoba (50%), coconut (30%), sunflower (10%)and olive oil (10%).
** I use the Kerr 16oz regular mouth mason jars to make oil infusions in.
Homemade Conditioning Scalp Massage
By Karen (Maine)
I wanted to share my homemade conditioning scalp massage with others who maybe suffering from a sensitive and itchy scalp, its a massage you can do yourself and it also relieves tension in your head, neck and encourages the flow of blood to your brain to perk you up.
Use a few drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil (olive oil or almond are good.) Choose an essential oil to suit your hair condition and mood.
Rosemary – For an itchy and flaky scalp, its also very invigorating.
Lavender – For greasy hair and to help you relax.
Geranium – To sooth and moisturize dry hair.
Rub a little of the blended oil of your choice into your hands. Make a fist with each hand and then extend your fingers slightly, keeping them braced.
Starting with the nape of your neck, massage your scalp in sections, working methodically round your head. You may find that you need to shampoo your hair twice to remove the oil so try use a mild shampoo.
Swimmers Hair Treatment
By Nikki (Austin, Texas)
This conditioning treatment works wonders on dry damaged hair, it has been a staple in my routine for years. Enjoy!
- 3oz Aloe vera juice
- 1 Ripe Avocado
- 2tbsp Honey
- 1tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 5 Drops rosemary essential oil
- Combine honey and oils, gently warm oils (Do Not Warm Essential Oils!)
- In a blender, blend together aloe vera juice, avocado, banana and warm oil mixture, add essential oils while mixture blends. If needed ad 2oz distilled water while blending.
- After cleansing hair and scalp, apply the creamy mixture to hair and scalp, allow treatment to sit 5 minutes, rinse with cool water.