8 Natural Conditioners For Dry Hair

by Pooja Karkala

Using a good conditioner is always a priority for women with dry hair. The uncontrollable frizz and unwanted breakage are things we really want to do without. Conditioning helps smooth the hair shaft and keep it hydrated, which makes your hair soft, controls frizz, and gets rid of tangles.

There are many different types of conditioners available on the market today, ranging from the ones you use before you wash your hair, to leave-in conditioners and overnight deep conditioning treatments. But did you know that you could also make your own conditioners at home? Not only are they super easy to make, but they are also just as effective (if not more) as store-bought conditioners, with none of the harsh chemicals. Following is a list of 8 hair conditioning treatments made from natural ingredients. Take a look.

8 Homemade Conditioners For Dry Hair

Note: You can increase or decrease the quantities (in the same ratio), depending on the length of your hair. The quantities listed below are suitable for medium to long hair.

1. Coconut Oil And Honey Conditioning Treatment

Coconut oil contains essential fats that may help reduce hair damage. Research shows that coconut oil can penetrate deeply into hair shafts compared to any other oil, conditioning dry and frizzy hair from within (1). It reduces protein loss in both damaged and normal hair. Honey is an emollient and has hair conditioning effects (2). It seals in moisture in your hair and keeps it soft and shiny.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon of curd (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them until they are well combined.
  2. Apply this conditioning treatment to freshly shampooed hair.
  3. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and rinse off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

2. Coconut Milk Deep Conditioning Treatment

Coconut milk is a rich source of nutritional fats, vitamins, and minerals (3). These nutrients nourish your hair and make it healthy and strong.

You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerine

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until they are well combined.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
  3. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave it on for about 15 minutes. This will create a warm environment that will allow your hair shafts to absorb moisture and nourishment.
  4. Rinse your hair using cool/lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

3. Coconut Milk And Almond Oil Conditioner

Almond oil is an emollient (4). It can make your hair softer and shinier. Almond oil blended with coconut milk can deep condition your hair. 

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Wash your hair and apply the mixture to damp hair in sections.
  3. Leave it in for 15 minutes. Wrap a towel around your head or wear a shower cap during this time to allow for maximum penetration.
  4. Rinse the conditioner off with cool/lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

4. Aloe Vera Conditioner

Aloe vera has a cooling and soothing effect when applied to hair. It penetrates your hair follicles easily and conditions dry and damaged hair. Studies show that it helps reduce hair damage and breakage (5).

You Will Need

  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Processing Time

5 minutes

Process

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Wash your hair with shampoo and work the conditioner through your wet hair.
  3. Wait for 5 minutes and then rinse it out with cool/lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

5. Egg Conditioner

Egg yolk is rich in vitamins A, B, and E. These vitamins contribute to healthy, strong, and soft hair (6). Though there is no direct evidence, anecdotal evidence suggests that eggs make for wonderful conditioners for dry hair. 

You Will Need

2 egg yolks

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Beat the egg yolks and set it aside.
  2. Wash your hair with shampoo.
  3. Work the egg through your hair.
  4. Wait for 20 minutes and then rinse it out with cool water to prevent the egg from cooking.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

6. Olive Oil Conditioner

Olive oil contains squalene, which acts as a moisturizer or emollient (7). Hence, applying olive oil to your hair can replenish the strands with moisture, prevent breakage, and increase shine. Olive oil also contains oleuropein, which can aid hair growth, according to animal studies (8).  

You Will Need

  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 drops of essential oil of your choice

Processing Time

35 minutes

Process

  1. Warm the oil and massage it into your scalp and hair.
  2. Once all of your hair is covered in the oil, wrap it in a warm towel and wait for 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse the oil out with shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Rinse

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and alkaline nutrients. These nutrients help balance the pH of your hair.  Dry hair tends to have a higher pH  (9). ACV can help lower the pH and improve hair texture over time. However, there is insufficient scientific research to prove this effect. 

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 cups of water

Processing Time

5 minutes

Process

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jug and set it aside.
  2. Wash your hair with shampoo.
  3. Pour the ACV solution through your washed hair.
  4. Do not rinse your hair any further.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

8. Yogurt Conditioner

Yogurt not only conditions your hair but also prevents hair damage (5). Yogurt, along with honey and coconut oil, can help restore smoothness to your hair.

You Will Need

  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Wash your hair with shampoo and warm water.
  3. Squeeze the water out of your hair and start working the conditioner through it.
  4. Wait for 15 minutes with the conditioner in your hair and then rinse it out with cool/lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 3 times a week.

The natural conditioners discussed above may help condition dry hair temporarily. But if you want long-lasting results, make some dietary and lifestyle changes to restore shine, moisture, and smoothness to your hair.

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Pooja Karkala

Pooja is a Mass Communications and Psychology graduate. Her education has helped her develop the perfect balance between what the reader wants to know and what the reader has to know. As a classical dancer, she has long, black hair, and she knows the struggle that goes into maintaining it. She believes in home remedies and grandma’s secrets for achieving beautiful, luscious hair. When she is not writing, she learns Kuchipudi, practices yoga, and creates doodles.
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