We all know what a hair conditioner is. While not all of us may know what exactly it is, most of us have the basic idea that conditioning is something you do to your hair just after you have finished shampooing. Thanks to the numerous advertisements we have of various hair products, we have been taught to think that we should not just buy shampoo, but also a conditioner along with it. But some people consider that just a shampoo is enough and conditioner is merely something that companies only promote to boost their sales, and in a nutshell, most people don’t think that a conditioner is necessary.
But this is only a misconception, and in fact, conditioning your hair is more important than shampooing it every other day. Why so? There are more things we need to know beyond the concept of simply applying conditioner to your hair just because your favorite actor or actress in an advertisement said so. In this article, we aim to help you know more about why conditioning is important, and how you can prepare homemade hair conditioners by yourself.
What Is A Hair Conditioner?
If you’re seeking for a literal explanation, then a conditioner is a conditioning agent that provides moisturization to your hair and helps it from being dry and brittle. It is important to use a conditioner right after shampooing because, while using shampoo, your hair becomes stripped off of its naturally present oils. The natural oils in your hair are important to maintain the optimal health of your hair. When this is lost, a conditioner comes to the rescue and helps to regain the lost moisture.
What Are Conditioners Made Of?
Most conditioners consist of acidic elements and also have a pH value which is less than 7. Other than this, some common ingredients found in most conditioners are silicones, oils, proteins, humectants, and other cationic surfactants.
Benefits Of Using A Conditioner
Apart from just providing moisturizing to your hair and helping it from going dry, let us examine some other advantages of using a hair conditioner.
- Reduces frizz to make your hair more manageable
- Helps your hair to become more bouncy
- Softens the hair and makes it look glossy
- Prevents the scalp and the roots from going dry, thus also helping to prevent dandruff
- Gets rid of flaky scalp
- If you have colored your hair, then there is a lesser chance of the color getting faded
- Reduces friction between the strands making your hair smoother and shinier
- Promotes healthy growth of your hair
Those are the numerous benefits of using conditioner on your hair, especially after shampooing. Now let us move on to how you can use a conditioner
How To Use A Conditioner?
Before using one, the first step is to identify the right type of conditioner that is suited for each person. Everyone has different hair goals and hair needs, so make sure that you choose one which complements these factors and also one that suits your hair type. Do not go and simply buy the first conditioner you see on the shelf or the most expensive one. In this article, we also discuss how to make homemade hair conditioners, so definitely that would be your best choice as not only are these conditioners free of chemicals, they can be customized according to your needs also. Homemade conditioners will be discussed later in the article.
On How To Use A Conditioner, Go Through The Following Steps:
- Rinse your hair well after the process of shampooing and make sure the shampoo is gone
- Take conditioner in your hand in required amounts (usually a standard measurement of how much conditioner is to be used will be given on the product bottle. You can use more if you feel it to be necessary )
- After you take some conditioner in your hand, apply it evenly on all strands of the hair. Make sure not to apply it on the scalp and instead focus more on the area below the ears
- To make sure the conditioner is applied well, use a comb or just run your fingers through your hair so that it gets applied everywhere
- Now, let it stay on your hair for a little while
- After not more than 5-6 minutes, you can wash it off
While this is how you use a normal conditioner, the case is different when you are using a leave-in conditioner. As the name suggests, such conditioners are meant to be left in your hair and not rinsed off. Leave-in conditioners are a great solution for when you need to style your hair instantly and the best part is that you do not need to get into the shower for this. It is as simple as it can get and can be done only in a matter of time.
Simply dry your hair using the towel and start applying this leave-in conditioner. After this, follow the step of combing your hair with a wide-tooth comb or simply running your fingers through the hair. Once this is done, just wait for your hair to air dry, and your hair is ready to be styled. Along with being a great handy product, leave-in conditioners are also known to protect the hair from heat and promote the overall improvement in the health of the hair, since they are left on the hair for a long time.
Another method that is also widely popular is deep conditioning your hair. As is obvious from the name, they provide deeper conditioning and better nourishment to your hair follicles, thus making them, strong and healthier. It is best for hair types that are constantly under the heat. Those who have colored, bleached or permed their hair will also find deep conditioning to be useful. The process is the same and all you need to do is to leave it on for a longer duration, say 15-35 minutes and not more than that. A quick reminder that just like how you use scrubs only once a week for best results, do not use deep conditioners or deep conditioning masks more than once a week.
List Of Various Homemade Hair Conditioner
With all the benefits, do’s and don’ts, tips, and tricks all perfectly summed up, let us look at the main topic of this article which is homemade hair conditioners.
Why Use Homemade Conditioners?
Surely, this question is bound to pop in our heads, especially since we know that even chemical hair conditioners that are available in the market can provide numerous benefits to your hair. But the answer to all of those is that, no matter how many benefits it may give, it still is made of chemicals and this will definitely cause damage to your hair over a long period. When we have natural and better alternatives with us, it is only best that we switch to them so that we do not end up damaging our hair. Here are few easy and simple-to-make recipes of homemade hair conditioners that you can try out.
1. Banana Hair Conditioner
Things You Need:
- Banana -1
- Egg – 1
- Honey – 3 tbsp
- Milk – 3 tbsp
- Olive oil – 3 tbsp
How To Use:
Mix all of the ingredients together to create a hair mask that can also be used as a conditioner.
Leave it on your hair for not more than 20 minutes. This is a conditioner that you can use up to 2-3 times a week right after shampooing. As stated above, you can also simply use it as a hair mask.
Banana helps to reduce frizz, honey provides moisturization, while the egg makes your hair shinier.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner
Things You Need:
- Apple cider vinegar – 2 tbsp
- Honey – 1tbsp
- Water – 2 cups
How To Use:
Combine the ingredients until it becomes watery like substance. Apply this to your hair after you have completed applying and rinsing off your shampoo. Wash it away after some time.
Apple cider vinegar helps to get rid of dandruff, nits and other dirt presents on your head simultaneously making your hair very smooth and shiny.
3. Honey and Olive Oil Conditioner
Things You Need:
- Honey – 2 tbsp
- Olive oil – 4 tbsp
How To Use:
Combine both of the ingredients together in a bowl till the consistency becomes smooth and rich. This conditioner isn’t like normal conditioning as it is a deep conditioner so make sure you do not use it for more than once in two weeks. Divide your hair into various sections before applying so that it reaches all parts. Cover your head with a shower cap or even a cover would be good enough and leave it on for half an hour and you are good to go.
Olive oil helps to nourish your hair, and honey tackles the dryness by providing moisture.
4. Simple Coconut Oil Conditioner
Things You Need:
- Coconut oil – 3 or 4 tbsp, depending on the length and thickness of your hair
How To Use:
With only one ingredient being present, this is one of the easiest hair conditioners that you can make in no time. Simply heat the coconut oil for a few seconds till it becomes moderately warm. Overheating may cause burns on your hands while applying, so be cautious. After this, simply take the oil and start applying to your hair roots and tips while also lightly massaging your head. Once this is done, cover your entire head with a hot towel and leave it on for about 45 minutes. Wash it off and your hair will look and feel amazing.
Coconut oil is a miracle oil and one that is a household staple in almost all of our homes. It is an overall benefit enriched product that is laden with goodness that makes your hair, skin, and body healthier and glow from within.
5. Mayonnaise and Egg Hair Conditioner
Things You Need :
- Egg – 2
- Mayonnaise – 5 tbsp
- Olive oil – 1 tsp
How To Use:
Simply whisk the eggs and then add in mayonnaise till you get a smooth and consistent texture. Add one teaspoon of olive oil to this, and your hair conditioner cum hair mask is ready. Apply it on all parts of your hair and leave it on. You can rinse it off after 20-30 minutes.
Both mayo and egg are great products that can help your hair better. Mayonnaise does an excellent job of tackling problems like hair fall, lice, dryness, etc. And eggs provide such deep nourishment to your hair that you start wondering why you did not use this miracle product before. When combined together, they make for a killer combo that will surely take away all your hair woes.
There are countless other recipes of natural homemade hair conditioners and we have made sure to list only the top 5 based on convenience of preparing as well as the highest benefits. These hair masks do not consist of some ingredients like lemon which may be allergic to some people. Most of the ingredients listed in various recipes above are all safe to use on the skin so you needn’t go anywhere else to find out the best recipe for homemade hair conditioners that will suit you.
We guarantee that with consistent and proper use of these conditioners on your hair, you will notice a visible difference in the overall health and appearance of your hair. So say goodbye to dandruff, dry hair and other common hair woes by choosing any of the homemade hair conditioners listed above. Stop spending money on things you can prepare easily at your home as they will be safer and natural. You can never go wrong with natural products for your skin and hair, as they will not cause you any adverse effects. Welcome soft, smooth and shiny hair bid farewell to your old and broken hair forever.