Leave-in Hair Conditioners are pricey and don’t give the desired results often. Here’s an effective and easy DIY Leave-in Conditioner you can try, enriched with the goodness of Shea Butter. Does it get any better than this?
So, I wanted something nourishing and easy to prepare for my hair. My hair tends to get dry often, especially when the weather isn’t really favorable. So, I thought a leave-in conditioner would solve this issue for me. I came up with this recipe when I had some left over Shea Butter. Let’s look at the ingredients and then, go for the benefits of the recipe.
Shea Butter – 7 Tsps.
Honey – 1 Tsp.
Aloe Vera Gel – 1 Tbsp.
Coconut Milk – 120 Ml
Argan Oil – 1 Tsp.
Vitamin E Oil – 1 Tsp.
Jojoba Oil – 2 Tsp.
Cedarwood Essential Oil – 10 – 20 Drops
Melt the Shea Butter in a double boiler and let it cool down.
When the butter cools down well, add it to your blender.
Along with Shea Butter, also add Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Argan Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Honey.
Whip the ingredients together, while adding Coconut Milk slowly into the blender.
Finally, add Cedarwood Essential Oil and whip till the mixture is fluffy.
Transfer contents to a sterilized jar.
I suggest refrigerating this right away, since we use Coconut Milk. With refrigeration, it should last longer than 2 weeks. Preparing fresh batches is ideal with this recipe.
Make sure you don’t let water into the recipe as it can form mold and compromise the recipe. Use a dry spatula or a spoon to scoop out a dollop of this conditioner for use.
How to Use this Conditioner?
The consistency of this conditioner is more like a thick liquid, like that of a lotion or cleansing milk. So, you could scoop out the required quantity and apply on your hair using your fingers, or a sponge after rubbing it over your palms to warm it up a bit.
What is it Good For?
While this is a conditioner, it is also a hydrator, mild detangler and can also be used as a pre-style product. With regular use, you hair becomes stronger, frizz-free and healthy!
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
If you have dry or frizzy hair, add more moisturizing oils like Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, etc. This will help combat dryness.
You can use any fragrance that you prefer – Vanilla Extract, Rose Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, etc. Identify what works best for your hair and also, the aroma that you prefer and come up with one or a combination that works best for you.
You could try different variations of this recipe and substitute Coconut Milk with Almond Milk or Herbal or Floral extracts that help your hair. Goat Milk is another option you can consider for healthy hair, if you don’t prefer nut milk.
Why These Ingredients?
We have heard a lot about Shea Butter. It is one of the best ingredients for hair care, richly nourishing, moisturizing and nutritious, Shea Butter can restore and rejuvenate your hair. Do you know Shea Butter is rich in Vitamins like E, A, K and F? These Vitamins are important for healthy hair and also, it protects your hair from UV rays.
Coconut Milk is one of the main ingredients in hair care in Asian countries and has been used for centuries by women here. We all know Asians are known for their long and thick hair. So, if you want healthy, strong and shiny hair, you should try to add this wherever you can! It penetrates your hair strands deeply and easily and keeps your hair hydrated and nourished. It also helps curb scalp inflammation and fights hair damage.
I have used unprocessed and raw honey in this recipe. It will not make your hair sticky, since we add very less. It is a humectant and locks in moisture, keeping your hair smooth longer. If you have dark hair, warm up honey slightly to prevent lightening of your hair.
Aloe Vera Gel
A cooling, healing and soothing herb, Aloe Vera plays a key role in hair and scalp health. Besides, the consistency also helps with detangling. It fights frizz, regulates oil secretion, dandruff and keeps your hair moisturized and nourished.
This is not an oil, but wax, and popular because it resembles our skin’s serum closely. So it is readily accepted and absorbed by the scalp or skin. It is light, non-greasy and ideal when you want you are looking at lighter alternatives to Olive Oil or even Coconut Oil!
Other ingredients are discussed a lot in our blog, including Argan Oil. Feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your requirements and taste. Don’t have time for DIY Recipes? Try HY Vitamins Argan Hair Conditioner & Argan Hair Oil for smooth and shiny hair.