By Terez Howard
Natural black hair isn’t naturally dry. Our sebum (natural hair oil) just has trouble traveling down our curls and coils. That leaves our natural hair looking dull. To account for this problem, we can turn to a natural hair conditioner, made right from home.
Natural hair conditioner remedies include nourishing ingredients like rosemary, avocado, mayonnaise, honey, sunflower oil, soybean oil, coconut milk and shea butter. These ingredients will not only condition natural hair; they will cure damage and make your natural hair healthy.
8 Power Ingredients For Natural Hair Conditioner
1. Rosemary – Rosemary stimulates hair follicles to grow and promotes new growth. A scalp massage with rosemary oil can rid your scalp of dandruff and flakes and nourish the scalp. It is believed to slow down premature baldness and gray hair. It will also eliminate dryness, a key reason to use it as a natural hair conditioner.
2. Honey – Sweet to eat and sweet for your natural hair, honey contains humectants (moisture-attracting properties) and helps the hair shine. It is chock full of vitamins and minerals and also can be used to treat dandruff. Yes, honey is sticky to handle, but it softens natural hair well.
Rosemary and Honey Natural Hair Conditioner
- 4 drops of rosemary essential oils
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup warm olive oil
- Mix all three ingredients and place them into a bottle.
- Dampen your hair.
- Gently rub the mixture on the scalp, spreading it over the hair and scalp.
- Wrap hair in a warm towel or plain shower cap for 30 minutes.
- Wash your hair as usual.
3. Avocado – Avocado, like honey, also is a humectant, trapping moisture and locking it in the hair shaft. According to Livestrong, avocados contain Vitamins C and E, which are anti-oxidants that can help your natural hair defend itself from the harsh environment, like pollution.
4. Coconut Oil/Coconut Milk – A 2003 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science revealed that coconut oil reduced protein loss (Protein strengthens hair) in hair when used as a pre- or post-wash. Coconut milk is a natural protein conditioner.
If you’re wondering what the difference between coconut milk and coconut oil are, here is what I found. Coconut milk comes from a coconut shell and is created by pressing the coconut’s white flesh with hot water. Coconut oil comes from a mixture of coconut milk and coconut water. The coconut water is the liquid located inside the coconut. Coconut milk retains all of its nutrients, while coconut oil loses some nutrients. Both can be beneficial as part of a natural hair conditioner.
Avocado and Coconut Milk Natural Hair Conditioner
- 1 peeled and mashed avocado
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- Combine the avocado and coconut milk in a bowl.
- Heat the mixture in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
- Stir mixture.
- Test temperature. Allow to cool if it is too hot to touch.
- Massage the natural hair conditioner into your hair.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap or a towel for 15 minutes.
- Rinse and wash hair.
5. Mayonnaise – This is one of my favorite natural hair conditioners. It softens natural hair marvelously. Personally, I never experienced softer hair than when I first tried the mayonnaise natural hair conditioner with loose natural hair. This conditioner forms a protective seal around the hair and smoothes down the cuticle.
Mayo Deep Conditioner (a personal favorite!)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 drops of essential oil (I like rosemary or lavender.)
- Combine mixed ingredients on dry hair. (If your hair is wet, this will not work so well. I know from personal experience!)
- Saturate your natural hair with the mixture.
- Place a plastic cap on your natural hair for about 15 minutes.
- Wash hair as usual.
6. Soybean Oil – Used as a carrier oil to dilute essential oils, soybean oil can stimulate hair growth and give you lustrous locks as a natural hair conditioner. Repeated daily or weekly use will produce the best results, according to a Livestrong article.
Soybean Oil Scalp Massage
- 6 drops of essential oil
- 1/2 cup of warmed soybean oil
- Mix the two ingredients together.
- Massage your scalp two to five minutes to allow the oil to penetrate your scalp and stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
- Wrap a warm towel and plastic cap around your hair for 20 minutes to 1 hour.
- Wash your hair as usual.
7. Sunflower Oil – The Journal of Cosmetic Science notes that sunflower oil is the second most commonly used base oil in the hair care industry. There is a reason for it. Sunflower oil is a powerful emollient, which lubricates and softens hair as well as prevents water loss. It conditions and nourishes hair without making it greasy. Sunflower oil even helps to prevent breakage and removes dandruff.
Sunflower oil can replace soybean oil in the scalp massage hair care recipe located above. It works similarly to soybean oil.
8. Shea Butter – Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E and demonstrates anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It protects the hair from environmental and free radical damage and contains more healing properties than most seed oils.
It can be used alone as a natural hair conditioner. Simply melt unrefined shea butter, and apply it to your washed natural hair.