Natural Hair Conditioners

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!