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Get Shiny, Lustrous Locks With These Homemade Conditioner Hacks

We just covered the natural ways to shampoo hair. (Turns out it’s extremely easy, read more about it here.) If you’re going to use your own homemade shampoo, it’s best to pair it with homemade conditioners. These cheap, easy methods are usually made of ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Below are the top ways to condition your hair at home naturally.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This common home hair care ingredient is perfect for sealing the hair’s cuticles and promoting shiny, healthy hair. It sounds counterintuitive, conditioning your hair with harsh vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is supposed to be great for balancing the pH level of the scalp, too.

Simply combine a splash of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water. Increase the amount of vinegar for oily hair or hair with tons of buildup. Combine in a bottle and shake before use, then massage into your hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly, and you should be left with healthy hair that doesn’t even smell of vinegar. This recipe is great to pair with homemade shampoos that are oil or honey-based, as it will cut back on residue.

Break Out The Oils

A super easy method is to just rub coconut or olive oil into your hair. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. That will add a dose of hydration without the oiliness, as long as you rinse well.

Raid The Fridge

Another popular way to DIY condition your hair is to use mayo, egg whites and yogurt. All of these have excellent nourishing properties, even more so when used together. Combine one part plain yogurt to one part mayo and add one egg’s worth of egg whites. Stir in a bowl and coat the hair, focusing on the ends. This method verges on more of a deep conditioner that you can use once per week, as you’ll want to let the mixture sit under a shower cap for a half an hour, then rinse.

Shea Butter

Here’s a really heavy conditioner for the driest of hair. The method calls for about one part olive oil to two parts shea butter, a splash of vitamin E oil and a few drops of essential oil of your choice for scent. Heat the shea butter on medium until it’s a liquid. Stir in the olive oil and let it cool. Then stir in the other ingredients and apply to your hair. Since it is so heavy, use just as your hair needs it.

Honey

Yes, you can use honey both as a shampoo and conditioner. Rather than mixing it with water for a liquid consistency and scrubbing, however, you’ll want to combine it with other moisturizing ingredients and let it sit for a few minutes. One option is to combine one part aloe vera gel to one part organic honey. You can also add a couple splashes of olive oil to a half-cup of organic honey.