Natural Hair Conditioners

| Modified on Oct 09, 2020

Mama's Curly Hair Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 10/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars


It turns out that I have curly hair and have been doing all of the wrong things for a long time.

My daugther has wavy hair and read a bunch to figure out how to best take care of her hair. She convinced me to read, "Curly Girl, " as she was convinced I had curly hair under my menopausal frizz.

I didn't finish the book but read enough to make changes that have really helped my hair.

My hair used to be very, very straight. I spent a lot of money in the 80's to achieve curly hair. But pregnancy and age changed my hair a surprising amount.

In the last 10 years my hair has gotten thinner and frizzier. Turns out I have been dehydrating it dreadfully by shampooing it every time I shower, which is once or twice a day. I have tried countless natural shampoos. I have tried borax and baking soda and all kinds of stuff but nothing helped my hair to look better.

I now shampoo my hair twice a week. I still shower every day. When I finish my shower I put conditioner in my hair (not on the scalp), carefully "comb" it with my fingers and leave it in. I gently towel dry it with a t-shirt. I don't comb it. I put another leave in conditioner for curly hair in it and scrunch my hair with my fingers. That's it. The two conditioners keep my hair hydrated (apparently.) No frizz. Its astonishing.

This isn't exactly a "natural" remedy. But it may be the answer to anyone else who is dealing with frizzy hair that is actually frustrated curly hair!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kay (Hibbetts, Ohio) on 05/17/2018 3 posts
5 out of 5 stars

For what it is worth... I rinse my hair with organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother, and sold in glass bottles); a 50/50 mixture with water. But I do not rinse it out. The vinegar odor quickly dissipates and my hair is very shiny when dry. In my experience, organic apple cider vinegar sold in plastic bottles does not produce the same results and does not smell organic.

Natural Hair Conditioner
Posted by Art (California ) on 11/29/2017 932 posts

In reply to Oily Head (Europe),

Zinc is well noted for helping to reduce oily hair. It works by inhibiting production of catalase which in turn reduces production of dihydroxytestosterone which in turn limits sebum production by the sebaceous glands.

Zinc is normally taken orally or it can be applied topically and is also used in some shampoos so there are multiple options. Zinc has many other health benefits.


Natural Hair Conditioner
Posted by Oily Head (Europe) on 11/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

This is a cure that I love, but I am also looking for advice if anyone has any regarding my excessively oily hair.

I have really fine, oily hair, which is also prone to dryness and a very dry scalp. I have found a cure for the dryness which is a Honey & Cinnamon mask.

  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Castor Oil

I usually leave it on for 6-8 hours, once a week, and it has transformed my hair with just 3 applications.

Sadly, I am still prone to excess oil (and I mean excessive). Some men have issues with 5 o'clock shadow, and I get a 5 o'clock oil slick. I only wash my hair every 3 days, and by day 3 I can just about collect this oil and turn it into an alternate biofuel source. I have tried everything. No Poo (baking soda & ACV) method, not washing my hair at all for months, oil masks, special shampoos, only washing with conditioner, not using conditioner at all, you name it. Nothing has worked.

This is not new. I have had this problem since puberty, and hence have had a good 3 decades of trying every 'cure' under the sun.

I have a healthy diet (very rarely, if ever, eat junk food). I use ACV almost every day, coconut oil, and take make sure I get all the vits and minerals I need.

I've never had acne, or excema, or any other issues related to skin really. Just the oil slick that is the mop on my head. I'm either going to have to resort to washing my hair twice a day, or just try and make the wet look happen.

Has anyone else found anything that has worked for them with excessively oily hair?

General Feedback
Posted by G (Las Vegas, Nv) on 10/28/2017

I would not recommend Blue Magic Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner for African American or Caucasian hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Crabby Apple Pi (Minnesota) on 07/24/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I use ACV for everything but never, ever considered pouring it over my dry hair. After reading the posts from people who use ACV in their hair I went to the kitchen sink, more to prove that it wouldn't work for my problem. I shampooed, then poured diluted ACV over my hair and let it sit for about a minute. At this point I'm thinking it won't work because my hair felt dry when I poured the ACV solution into my hair BUT as I was rinsing I could feel my hair soften and turn silky...with nothing but water and vinegar?! I dried my hair as usual and my hair is soft and healthy with not the slightest trace of the dryness that has plagued me for 2 years. Shut up!

Natural Hair Spray
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 12/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter was out of hair spray so she found a recipe online and made her own.

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

She put this in a little spray bottle and said it worked better than store bought stuff!

You could add a drop of your favorite essential oil if you like.

Not only is this cheaper than anything I could have bought, it has no harmful chemicals in it and is not harmful to the environment.

~Mama to Many~

General Feedback
Posted by Cryssyhoneylove (Toms River Nj) on 05/02/2016

I had the same thing happen to me . It was horrible... Head and shoulders shampoo will strip the oil... Good luck... Also you could go to a salon and they can remove it with a special shampoo ;)

Lavender Oil Spray for Detangling
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 01/26/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I found by putting a little bit of lavender oil in a spray bottle full of water to spray on hair to detangle hair gets knots out and make hair smell lovely, note best to use soluble oil

Coconut Oil
Posted by Tree (Ny, New York) on 01/15/2016

I would like to know if you put this on a dog's fur while bathing or you feed it to the dogs. I'm confused!

EC: People mix up to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil into their dog's food.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Sarahmcsp (Abu Dhabi) on 11/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

You can use it on dry or wet hair.. I do on dry hair. leave it 2 or 3 hours or overnight is even better! Than rinse with shampoo!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 05/24/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Put lots of coconut oil in your hair on a day or evening when you don't have to be somewhere the next day, as it is difficult to rinse out and may appear greasy. Cover your head with a dollar store shower cap (throw away). You will have very bouncy hair the 2nd time your wash it! I have even left it in all night and put a towel on my pillow (just in case). It's AWESOME!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ctbrowneyes (Ct) on 01/29/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I love ACV on my hair. It has been now 5 months I ditched shampoo. I used thr Dr. Hulda Clark recipe of 1 Tablespoon with 1 cup water of baking soda to wash my hair and then rinse with water. For conditioner and extra rinse, I use 1-2 TBs of ACV in about cup of water and rinse my hair, hair comes out great and don't need to wash for 3-4 days. Less frizz and healthy scape and shinny hair. Takes a while for hair to get used to it and it took me a while to get used to not having suds. Love it. I ended up buying on Amazon a 50 lb container of baking soda because I use it for cleaning my home and more.

Natural Hair Conditioner
Posted by Julie R (Phoenix, AZ) on 09/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Castor Oil and Coconut Oil

I have used this 3 times in the last two weeks as a pre-shampoo conditioner. The mix is 50-50 each oil. I add several drops of rosemary oil but I think that could be optional. The castor/coconut oil mix has no adverse scent, and you're going to wash it out anyway.

1-2 hours before shampoo, start with the ends, getting them well-saturated but not dripping. Work the oil up the shafts and finally onto - and into your scalp, adding more oil if necessary.

Gather hair and cover it with a plastic bag or shower cap, another covering on top for good measure if you like (I use a plastic bag + stocking cap).

You may want to shampoo twice depending on how sudsy your shampoo is. I shampoo twice.

Result? My hair went from extremely dried out, super thin, super frizzy (like pubic hair - yuk! ) to thicker, glossy, and smooth wavy hair. No lie. I am thrilled!

From what I have read, you can use straight castor oil but it is very thick and hard to wash out. The coconut oil thins it and is also good for your hair.

This is what I would recommend as an extremely effective, totally non-toxic hair conditioner - to anyone. Try once a week, then adjust, depending on your results.

I also follow my shampoos with a rinse made of 1 C ACV, 1 C green tea, and 2-3 capsules of nettle leaf. But I was using this prior to the castor/coconut oil and did not have these great results. Can't hurt, though!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn. ) on 05/18/2014

HI U KAY, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , your post is strange to me because as a vain young man I frequently resined my hair with the yoke of an egg. As you know the white of an egg will starch your hair like a board. The yoke leaves it smooth, shinny and silky. Please explain how you got a rotten egg smell from a fresh egg. Egg yoke has been used for eons as a hair conditioner.

========OLE ROBERT HENRY==============

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
Posted by Kay (Destin) on 05/17/2014

Cautionary note about conditioning with Raw Eggs; be sure to rinse out egg very well with COOL/COLD water (or you may get a rotten egg odor that lasts weeks)!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Gopio (Georgia) on 02/15/2014

In my culture, we use oil a ton in our hair. We actually coat our hair in a thin layer of coconut oil before bed and wash it off in the morning. It's better to leave it on for more than 20 minutes.

Baking Soda, Borax, Mayonnaise
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 12/10/2013

First I combined equal parts Borax and Baking Soda, doused head with water, scrubbed in powder, rinsed with water, sprayed on white vinegar. I got a horrible tangled mess of straw-like hair, which is waist length. I poured dilute apple cider vinegar on it, 1 tsp in 2 cups water, nope. I tried egg to moisturize it, it wasn't enough. I tried mayo, which worked well near my scalp, but the ends were hopeless no matter how much mayo I used. I poured apple cider vinegar on it but the mayo didn't rinse out well enough. I even tried peanut butter on the crispy dry ends, no go. I rinsed it all in water, toweled it off, put hand lotion on the ends and brushed it though and dried it. The section near my scalp was much to oily from the mayo, another Borax scrub did not remove it. I used Dove bar soap, and more hand lotion for the dry ends, though the mayo helped considerably with the majority of the dry mess after I stood under the hot shower and squeezed the oils down the rest of the hair. I tried the apple cider vinegar "shampoo" once, it was gorgeous the first day, not so much when I did it the next day.

I also scrub my body with Borax and Baking Soda mixed. Scrubbing with Baking Soda and rinsing with apple cider vinegar makes you feel really good. I scrub my face with it too, and put apple cider vinegar on after, the pores on my nose are still black, though it's been maybe a week. My face feels so smooth and clean after though :) And none of that weirdness from chemical soap. Thank you, God :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lloyd (Charlotte, Nc) on 09/29/2013
5 out of 5 stars

On the use of Apple Cider Vinegar as a hair rinse and left to dry overnight... Well I've done that when hair was just lifeless and dry. Even when using conditioners. Just now did it again. Let it soak on hair to the point it was nearly dripping... Very wet but not dripping. In the past when I did it, next day hair had a sheen was very managable.

Can't recall if I read it from Dr Jarvis' book on ACV "New England Folk Medicine" which I read about 20 years ago. That book is what got me started on the amazing world of ACV.

Natural Hair Straightener Recipe
Posted by Shine (Gabs, Botswana) on 08/05/2013
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Use one can of Coconut Milk, two teaspoons of olive oil, three tablespoons of juice from a lime, and start with one tablespoon of cornstarch (add more as needed).

The mixture did not permanently straighten hair nor but it helps hair straighten better and it seems to help fight against humidity.

Apply to hair and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse with water and a little shampoo and then rinse with conditioner. Let hair air dry and then style as usual.

Posted by Ida From Texas (Somewhere In, Texas) on 05/08/2013

Could you please tell me which mayonaise you used?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Della (Inland Empire, California USA) on 01/30/2013

I hope this will help me. My hair comes out in combs full. It is thin and has broken out very short on the right side. The left side grows out very long.

Posted by Elembe (Uppsala, Sweden) on 11/15/2012

Buttermilk Hair Conditioner (finally, a non-oily natural conditioner! )

  • ½ cup organic buttermilk
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Plain organic yogurt (full-fat, not lowfat)
  • 1 egg yolk (no whites)
  • 2-3 drops of a complementary essential oil (e.g. , lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, peppermint or tea tree)

My hair is more fine than coarse, and a lot of homemade hair conditioners contain oil that leave me with greasy hair. I have treid several of these oil-based conditioner recipes over the past year, and my hair remains oily after 3, 4 or 5 washes especially since I shampoo only with homemade soapnut liquid, which is gentle compared to most store-bought (even "natural") shampoos.

This buttermilk conditioner works great for me. My hair is soft, shiny and full after I use it. It can be used daily although it's not necessary for me to use it that often.

The essential oil is optional, primarily included so your head doesn't smell like buttermilk afterward.

If you have coarse or especially dry hair and really want some oil, you could of course add a bit of coconut or olive oil to the mix.

To use: Mix together buttermilk, yogurt and yolk. Warm the mixture by setting the glass/jar of it in a bowl of very hot water for a few minutes, stirring well once or twice. Then add the drops of essential oil. Massage into hair from scalp to roots, covering entire head. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and (optionally) natural shampoo.

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 09/06/2012

Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: Hi Lisa, yes you're right, Horsetail can be used in all those ways but since I now have a huge bag of it to make tea, I've read where horsetail shouldn't be used on a long term basis internally. I'm thinking maybe a cup a day for a month then a month off etc. However, I've made a tea with it, put it in a spray bottle and each time I wash my hair, I just spray that in on the final rinse and leave it to dry. It gives my hair much more body and it did seem to grow quicker when I started doing that. Since it's notoriously slow, anything that helps is a godsend!

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 09/06/2012

Hi Farrah, Yes, horsetail is safe to take internally. It dates back to ancient Roman and Greek medicine. Mainly it is used to strengthen bone because of its silicon content. It can also be used as a diuretic. It can be taken as a tea, a tincture or capsules. Hope this info helps, Lisa

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Farrah (Middletown, California Usa) on 09/05/2012

I am no expert, however, we did a wild harvest of horsetail last summer and gave it away to the women at the goddess temple with the disclaimer that it was NOT for internal consumption... if anyone knows it to be safe internally I would like to know...THANKS!!!

Borax, Conditioner, Citric Acid
Posted by Lisa (Lafayette, La) on 09/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Francisca from France: I believe I remember you commenting on the condition of your hair once, and have been thinking about you since I found this great remedy for my own hair - I was suffering slight hair thinning, and began using borax instead of commercial shampoos and rinsing with citric acid for the last 6 months or so. I read that borax opens the hair shaft and leads to a feeling of greasiness after the hair is dry, not to mention leaving it in a vulnerable "open" state. Hence, the rinsing with approx. 1-2 teaspoons of citric acid (find it in the canning section of Walmart), mixed with roughly 2 cups of water, to close the hair shaft back up. Then I thought, what if I add some conditioner while my hair is in that vulnerable, open state? So I tried it, and it worked!

My protocol: I mix approx. 2 Tablespoons Borax in a pint of water. Pour over head. Let sit for minute or so. Rinse with plain water. Hair shaft is now in "open" state. Massage good, heavy duty "repairative" conditioner into hair from ear level down, since scalp area is not damaged. Let sit for 2 or so minutes while shaving legs, finishing shower, etc. Meanwhile, mix my citric acid rinse in my little plastic coffee canister, pop lid on and shake to dissolve. Pour half of this over head, from scalp to conditioned ends. I believe this helps "seal" cuticle of hair while conditioner is still in there. Then I rinse well under running water, getting all conditioner out, then use the other half of the citric acid mix to pour over conditioned part of hair AGAIN. Rinse again with plain water. End of procedure. I have been doing this for a few weeks now, and my hair, which is bra strap level, is looking like it did 20 years ago, actually shiny and manageable! (I am now 48). I am thrilled with this, and wanted to share. Thanks!

Posted by Robyn (Walla Walla, Wa) on 08/01/2012

You might try a zinc supplement to get back your darker colored hair. Sometimes it is a lack of zinc that is causing the lightening of natural pigment.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Bill (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 04/15/2012

I don't boil it. I just melt it in my hand and massage it in. I work in/near refineries and that coupled with cleaners I use at home, damage my hair. I like to leave it in for at least an hour, then when I shower, I first rinse it out with ACV (which also clears the scalp to reduce/eliminate dandruff). If possible, try to reduce the number of times a week you wash your hair. (my stylist-a good one says every 4 days to allow natural oils to protect the hair- she practises what she preaches) When in an operating refinery I have to wash every other day, and oil/vinegar once a week, otherwise I can get away with every 4, sometimes 5 days between shampoo. Use good quality shampoo as well. the stuff advertised is largely recycled deep-fryer fat and only gums up your pores.

Dishwashing Liquid for Hair Growth in Toddler
Posted by Minnesotagrandma (Near St. Paul, Mn) on 04/02/2012

I read the article about Dawn and decided to try it. I had very thick, fine hair as a younger person but the past few years it seems that my hair just wasn't growing or as thick. I had some original Dawn and tried it....... I've used it for about a month now and my hair is growing and feels thicker. I do use a conditioner but my hair is not stripped or dry like one would expect. I filled an old shampoo bottle with Dawn and keep it in the shower. No more expensive salon shampoos for me!!

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 03/12/2012

An, I had heard of lemon juice in hot water to detox the liver and being great for the skin, never heard about the cayenne pepper though! I tried it but I got diarrhea and a coated tongue, maybe I should have stayed with half a lemon instead of a whole one? I only did it for maybe a week, first half a lemon and then a whole lemon but I didn't see any changes in my skin, maybe it was too short but I couldn't put up with the diarrhea anymore, it didn't seem right.... Maybe it was a detox sign, no idea!

Faster Hair Growth
Posted by An (Baltimore, Md) on 03/11/2012

I would recomend cut out all sugar, gluten, and red meat products for at least 60 days. Add raw vegetable juice, drink hot water with lemon and a pinch pf cayenne pepper in the morning. You will see your hair and skin will look good. If you are taking Biotin, remember it should be taking with regular Vit B complex and B12.