Homemade leave-in hair conditioner

Updated February 21, 2017

Homemade leave-in hair conditioner is an economical way to get smooth, shiny hair without buying expensive hair products. Many of the homemade hair recipes use ingredients that are easily found around the house, allowing you to do leave-in treatments many times throughout the week. You may also use your favourite conditioner as part of a leave-in treatment.

Hair treatments

Whether you use an existing hair conditioner or you mix natural ingredients together, leave-in products are designed to moisturise and condition hair throughout the day and between washings. For a simple leave-in conditioner using your current hair products, mix one part hair conditioner with three parts water and add to a spray bottle. Shake well before each use, and spray onto wet hair and air dry or with a hair dryer. For extra moisturising, spray on dry ends throughout the day.

Conditioner recipes

For lightweight conditioners, mix 90 ml (3 oz) of distilled water with 30 ml (1 oz) of light shop-bought conditioner and 15 ml (1/2 oz) of olive oil in a spray bottle. Shake well and apply to dry ends. For a creamy, leave-in conditioner mix 60 ml (2 oz) of shop-bought conditioner with 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of distilled water, 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive or coconut oil and 15 ml (1 tbsp) silk peptide powder to make hair extra soft. Silk peptide powder contains 18 amino acids, and is water soluble. The protein powder is absorbed into skin and hair leaving it moisturised, shiny and manageable. You may find the peptide powder at beauty and health shops.

Hair care

To keep hair from getting dry, be sure to wash it every other day, or as needed, to wash away excess oil. Too much washing can strip valuable moisture from the hair and scalp. Spray the hair with a leave-in conditioner before spending time in the wind or sun, since the oils will protect the hair from getting damaged.

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