12 Best Homemade Hair Conditioners

By on April 10, 2015

If you’re searching for simpler and cheaper ways to care for your hair, why not try out one or more of our 12 Best Homemade Hair Conditioners? They’re super-easy to make, good for your hair, and they’re quite affordable – all you need is a few ingredients from your kitchen, grocery store, or health shop! Did you know that mayonnaise, eggs, and apple cider vinegar are good for your hair? Find out which DIY hair conditioners suit your hair type and save money by making hair conditioners at home. Fix common hair woes and give your locks a beauty boost with our carefully selected homemade hair conditioners.


1. Mayonnaise Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1/2 cup mayonnaise + 1 egg white (separated & whisked) + 1/2 cup yoghurt (you can get the vanilla kind for a more pleasant scent)

We have to admit that the thought of slathering our hair in oily mayonnaise is quite unpleasant, but this unusual hair conditioner really does work! Whip all the ingredients together in a bowl and comb the mixture into your hair, focusing on the tips. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or a warm, wet towel to prevent dripping, and leave the conditioner to soak into your locks for about 30 minutes. The oil base of mayo nourishes your hair, making it look shinier and brighter. Rinse with lukewarm water and shampoo to remove any lingering smell or oil. For an intensive hair mask, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to this conditioner and leave it on for 45 minutes.

2. Honey & Olive Oil Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1/2 cup organic honey + 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

This cheap and easy hair conditioner adds moisture to your hair, making it look sleek, shiny, and super healthy. Combine your honey and olive oil – over low heat if necessary to aid mixing – and pour into an empty and clean squeeze bottle. You can then use however much of the conditioner you want in the shower – simply heat the bottle up under the hot water, squeeze the desired amount into your palm, and work it into your scalp. For best results, apply to damp hair, wrap up in plastic, and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing out and/or shampooing. Conditioning before shampooing is actually a great way to care for your hair!


3. Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1 cup water + 1 egg yolk (separated) + 1 tablespoon coconut oil (1 teaspoon for short hair)

If you have dry, damaged hair, or hair that gets oily very quickly, then this homemade conditioner is for you! Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing, and it helps to smooth frazzled hair follicles. It also regulates the scalp’s natural oil production- yes, coconut oil can reduce the oil on your scalp! Whisk your egg yolk, add the coconut oil whilst whisking, and then add the water and stir gently to create your nourishing hair conditioner. Massage into your scalp, focusing on your roots and tips. Leave in your hair for about 10 minutes, then rinse out with cool water and leave to dry naturally.

4. Avocado Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado (pitted, peeled, mashed) + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + 2 tablespoons water + 2 tablespoons double thick cream

As well as being delicious and very healthy to eat, avocados can make an excellent hair conditioner! They contain beneficial oils and fats that will make your hair shiny and strong. To make the conditioner at home, mix all the ingredients together, using a blender if possible, for a creamy consistency. Comb the conditioner into dry or slightly damp hair, slather your roots, and leave it in for about 20 minutes. You can wrap your hair up in plastic wrap or a warm, wet towel to keep the green goo from dripping. Rinse with lukewarm water and then shampoo to remove any stubborn specks of avocado.

5. Coconut Milk Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1 avocado (pitted, peeled, & mashed) + 1 cup coconut milk + 2 tablespoons coconut oil

This homemade conditioner is for dry and damaged hair. Like coconut oil, coconut milk is a fantastic beauty treatment for your hair, face, and body – and you can eat it too! Coconut milk is a great alternative to coconut oil as it’s easy to find at the grocery store, and easy to mix with other ingredients. Make this conditioner by blending or mixing the ingredients together until you have a smooth, creamy conditioner, and then massage it into damp hair. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse and shampoo to remove any lingering residue.

6. Shea Butter Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: (BULK) 1 1/3 cups shea butter + 1/2 cup olive oil + 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil + 1 teaspoon fragrance oil (orange blossom, lavender)

Make yourself a batch of deep, nourishing hair conditioner with shea butter, olive oil, and some fragrant essential oils. Start by heating the shea butter in a saucepan on low heat – you will generally buy it semi-solid. Add the olive oil, mix the two together over low heat, and then leave the mixture to cool – but don’t let it set completely (i.e., get hard, like a bar of soap)! Then add the other oils, and whip the mixture until it reaches a mousse-like consistency – light and fluffy. Store your conditioner in an air-tight container, and use small amounts on the tips of your hair to reduce the appearance of dry, frizzy split-ends.

7. Banana Milkshake Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 2-3 over-ripe bananas (they can even be brownish) + 1 cup coconut milk + 2 tablespoons honey (halve recipe for short hair)

This homemade hair conditioner recipe is good enough to eat! The coconut milk and bananas add moisture to your hair, whilst the honey traps the moisture and gives your hair lots of shine. Use a blender to puree the ingredients – this is very important, as you want a smooth mixture with no sticky lumps! Massage into your scalp, and leave on for about 15 minutes. Rinse well and shampoo to remove any sticky residue. If you only have bananas in your kitchen, that’s no problem – simply puree them and use the mixture as a hair conditioner. Easy!

8. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (maximum!) + 1 cup water

Apple cider vinegar is a great hair treatment, as it removes product buildup, treats a dry, itchy scalp, and can leave hair looking effortlessly shiny and healthy. It also banishes split ends and frizz, making it an especially attractive choice when it comes to hair treatments. Mix your ingredients together – you can add more water if your hair is sensitive or very damaged – and put it in a spray bottle to spritz wet locks after shampooing. Massage the solution into your scalp for 1 – 2 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. Apple cider vinegar can be damaging if you use too much or leave it on your scalp for too long, so be diligent when you use it!

9. Olive Oil Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1/2 cup regular hair conditioner + 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

This ancient Greek beauty staple is excellent for your hair. To avoid drenching your hair in oil, add it to some regular hair conditioner. You can use two empty squeeze bottles, and divide the regular conditioner between the two, adding some olive oil to each. Comb the conditioner through your hair after shampooing and rinsing, leave it in for 15 minutes, and then give your hair a final good rinse in lukewarm water. For a more intensive treatment, you can rub pure olive oil into the tips of your hair, leave them for about 10 minutes, and then rinse them.

10. Egg Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1 medium egg + 1 tablespoon organic honey + 1 tablespoon olive oil

For soft and shiny hair, try out this egg-based homemade hair conditioner. Eggs are moisturizing and nourishing for your hair as they are full of protein and essential fatty acids. Whisk your egg first before stirring in the honey and olive oil, and apply the conditioner to damp hair. If you try to apply it to dry hair, you will likely find yourself in a sad and sticky mess, so be warned! Leave it in for 5 – 10 minutes, and shampoo very well to remove the smell of raw egg.

11. Aloe Vera Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1/2 aloe vera gel (fresh is best, otherwise from a pharmacy) + 2 tablespoons honey

The vitamins, minerals, and amino acids in aloe vera gel make it a fantastic hair care and beauty product. Refresh and protect your locks with this homemade aloe vera hair conditioner! The ideal source of aloe vera gel is directly from the plant. You can harvest a few thick, juicy leaves, cut them open and scrape the flesh out, and then put it in a blender to get the gel. Alternatively, you can buy aloe vera gel at most pharmacies (it’s often sold as a sunburn treatment). The moisture from the aloe vera gel protects hair from damage, and it also gives it a lovely healthy shine. Leave the conditioner in your hair for 5 – 10 minutes before carefully rinsing it out.

12. Beer Hair Conditioner


Ingredients: 1 cup of flat beer (any brand) + 1/2 cup water + 1 teaspoon jojoba oil

You may wonder why you’re putting beer into your hair instead of drinking it – well, this alcoholic beverage is actually excellent for adding body and shine to your locks! Mix a cup of flat beer with half a cup of water and one teaspoon of jojoba oil (for fragrance and moisture), and apply the conditioner to your hair after shampooing and rinsing. Leave it in for about 5 minutes before rinsing out. Alternatively, you can make a beer rinse, with 1 cup of distilled water, 1 cup of flat beer, 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, and 7 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix all the ingredients together, pour onto your scalp, and rinse off after about 3 minutes.


We’d love to know what you think about our 12 Best Homemade Hair Conditioners! Which ones worked best for your hair type? Let us know in the comments section!

One Comment

  1. Susan

    May 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Love this post! I am all for DIY beauty, especially since it tends to be much better for you and your hair or skin. I will have to try at least one of these, but maybe more. Great ideas!

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