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Natural Home-Made Hair Conditioner Recipes

Commercial hair care products contain a long list of ingredients, some of which can actually do more harm than good. Harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances are things you can do without. With these tips for natural home-made hair conditioner recipes, you can have lovely locks and save money in the process.

For an effective deep conditioning treatment, blend one ripe banana, two tablespoons of honey, and two tablespoons of olive oil to create a smooth paste. Leave on the hair for a half hour and rinse thoroughly. Be patient when rinsing because banana tends to stick. Apply shampoo after the paste is completely gone. Olive oil penetrates the shaft to restore moisture while the banana minimizes shrinkage. Use this concoction once a week for the best results.

long hairCoconut oil is a great ingredient that increases shines, makes hair soft, and leaves it smelling great. Whisk together one egg yolk and one teaspoon of coconut oil, and whisk again. Pour in one cup of water and stir the mixture. Massage into the scalp well and work your way down toward the tips. Leave in for approximately five minutes. Use cool water to rinse the mixture out. This is a great treatment for eliminating excess oil.

The average person loses around 100 hairs per day. Thankfully, the follicles are constantly busy producing new hairs, but breakage and loss are aggravated by using styling tools, products containing chemicals, perming, and even hormonal changes as we age.

To minimize breakage, whisk together one egg, one-half cup of mayonnaise, and one cup of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture starting at the roots and working toward the tips. Allow to sit for 40 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Eggs contain several ingredients that can strengthen the follicles and increase the production of natural oils. Yogurt softens the strands and brings out the natural shine.

Split ends are common on long hairs because the natural oils fail to reach the tips due to the length. The tips lose their protective cuticle making the ends dry and brittle and causing them to split. Using hot irons and blow dryers makes the problem even worth. Trimming the bottom one-quarter inch every two months can prevent split ends.

Using a vitamin E and shea butter conditioner every two weeks can also help. Shea butter is extracted from nuts and has wonderful hydrating properties. Heat one cup of shea butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it liquefies. Mix in one-half cup olive oil, remove from heat and allow it to cool completely. Add one teaspoon of vitamin E oil and mix to a consistency similar to mousse. Apply evenly and let it rest for one hour. Wash out the mixture with a mild shampoo. The remaining mixture can be stored in an airtight container for later use.

Sesame oil is naturally antifungal and antibacterial making it ideal for treating scalp infections dandruff, and itchiness. Aloe vera gel reduces inflammation and soothes an irritated scalp. If you suffer from these problems, mix two tablespoons each of sesame oil and aloe vera gel, one cup of plain yogurt, and one tablespoon of honey. Apply the paste to damp hair and allow it to sit for one hour. Rinse with clean water and then apply a mild shampoo.

The healthy fats in avocado are ideal for making hair shiny, manageable, and light. For this conditioner, combine one avocado, two tablespoons of heavy cream, two tablespoons of water, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Comb the mixture through the hair and cover your head with a shower cap. Allow 20 minutes for the mixture to penetrate the hair follicles. Use a mild shampoo and rinse.

long hair at fenceThe vitamins and minerals in tea give hair a smooth texture and strengthen the strands. Mint prevents infections and rashes while cooling the scalp, especially during the summer. Chop a few mint leaves and boil them in two cups of water until half the liquid is gone. Strain the leaves out and set the liquid aside to cool. Boil two tablespoons of black tea leaf for five minutes. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Mix the two liquids together and rinse hair with it after shampooing.

You do not have to spend big bucks for professional products. Using everyday ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinet, you can have the shiny, lustrous, and manageable locks you have always dreamed of having. Save money and get the results you are looking for with these recipes for natural conditioners.