I'll admit it...I'm not the best at deep conditioning my hair. I haven't found a deep conditioner that really works that well on my hair and I forget to do it every week. However, after creating this homemade deep conditioner this weekend, I'm really going to make an effort to do it every week because it makes my hair feel wonderful! I blow dry and curl my hair about every other day so I my hair gets pretty dried out and with summer coming up, it's essential to take better care of it. My hair grows really slow too so I want to take make sure that it stays strong and moisturized. Especially since I like to keep it long!
After doing some research on what would make a good conditioner, this is what I came up with. Coconut oil which is what Indian women use to make their hair glossy and is very commonly used in that part of the world for a hair treatment. Argan oil is great for dry hair, I even use it as a light leave in conditioner sometimes for my split ends. Baobab oil is from Africa and is extremely moisturizing for hair and contains essential vitamins. Combine these together it makes for a very luxurious deep conditioner!
For one small jar:
- 2 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of argan oil
- 1 teaspoon of baobab oil
- 2 drops of sweet orange essential oil
- 2 drops of bergamot essential oil
How to make:
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together.
- Place in a sterilized jar and use on a weekly basis.
How to use:
The first thing you want to do is lightly dampen your hair. You don't want it sopping wet, but just damp enough for the conditioner to be easily absorbed. Start applying it at the roots and then pull down through your hair. This conditioner is extremely moisturizing so you don't need to put a lot on the ends, especially if you have fine hair. Just start at the roots and comb it through or run your fingers through your hair. This will still get your ends conditioned without leaving them extra oily. Plus, this will leave your new hair that grows in extremely glossy. Leave it on for about 30 minutes to an hour or for a super deep conditioning, wear it overnight.
When you wash it out, you will probably need to wash it twice, especially if you have fine hair or are using a natural shampoo that doesn't get a good lather. Make sure to give your ends a good washing too. Trust me on this one, you don't want oily ends, just conditioned.
The end result is shiny easy to comb through hair. If your hair is especially dry, lay off the blow dryer for a couple of days and let your hair air dry. I know how hard this is because my hair turns into a frazzled mess when I don't blow dry it. However, when I let it air dry instead and then curl it, it makes a world of difference in keeping my hair nourished. If you still have dry hair, but aren't using any sort of heat on your hair, try doing the deep conditioner a 2 to 3 times a week until your hair has rejuvenated itself.
One more thing about this conditioner. I wore it out by the pool in the sun and used it as almost a sun screen for my hair. Come summer, I'll be wearing it to the beach to protect it from the water and sun while giving it a deep conditioning!
If you try making this conditioner, let me know how it works for you. It takes a little getting used to, but it's so worth it in the long run. Just remember that Indian women have been using coconut oil on their hair for centuries and in my opinion, they have amazing glossy hair. Be consistent and you could too! I know I will from now on and I'll be giving updates as well.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm heading up to Ventura to see my parents and drink some margaritas!