How To Make Your Own Leave-in Conditioner
I do not use hair shampoo with sulfates as it is too harsh on my curly hair and I do some of my own recipes at home because my hair being curly, many of the normal hair products for sale are directed at achieving straight hair or a curl pattern that isn’t at all like mine ( meaning long loose curls).
I have long ago stopped to buy leave-in conditioner because I came to discover that its generally the same formula of a normal rinse conditioner, but in a more liquified form, so it meant I were just paying double for something I already owned. The thing is that companies do not want you to know these type of things because it means they will stop the sales.
Same thing with hair shiners and hair serum, they are almost always the same formula within the same brands, but marketed with different names and packaging. You before anyone else should know what you should put your money on, and my judgement so far for me, is that leave-in spray/conditioners is not one of them.
So, below is a recipe to make your own hair leave-in conditioner, its very simple and all you will need is:
- Conditioner (the one you already own or favorite brand will do).
- Water (distilled water would allow you to keep the formula for a while).
- Any hair oil ( coconut, olive oil, jojoba, anything you already own).
- Spray bottle.
Here, I am using a silicone-free conditioner that allows very little build-up in my hair, as I make this measured for day-to-day use (don’t keep the mixture, it is a heaven for bacteria). I use it daily as my everyday staple for reviving my curls without shampooing every single time.
The mixture ingredients are:
- 1 table spoon of conditioner.
- 1 tea spoon of honey.
- 1/4 spoon of oil.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can adapt a water bottle with any spray nozzle you have lying around or you can very well use your hands to spread it on your hair.
It may seem so, but the ingredients are not chosen randomly for this recipe. There is a lot of chemistry behind it and here is why.
Leave-in conditioners rely on the principle of adding moisture to your hair and sealing the moisture in.
Water is the best and only moisture that actually penetrates your hair and is the main ingredient to any hair treatment. So, the water you have at home is just as good as anything else or even better.
In leave-in conditioners, all the other ingredients are there to seal that water inside your hair cuticle, so it can look tame and beautiful and hydrated. Don’t think the conditioners are the ones hydrating your hair, its the water in them, the other agents are there to help the water glue to your strands.
Here is a drawing of a hair strand:
The water molecules attach to your hair cuticles and then penetrate the hair. Next, the oil molecules attach to each other and straighten the cuticles down forming a shield around your hair thus sealing the water’s moisture in (that’s why your hair shines when you put oil on).
Honey is a natural humectant and enveloping the hair fiber together over the water and the oil, it keeps humidity off, so you will have less frizziness plus it smells good.
It is extremely important that you do not store the mixture, so make only enough for your current needs, as in that environment bacteria spreads awfully quick and we should keep bacteria away always. Let me know if it works for you.
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