When my hair conditioner ran out before I found another clearance deal, I decided to see if I could make my own. After a few rounds of experimenting, I ended up with a conditioner that I like better than any commercial conditioner that I’ve ever tried. It takes me less than five minutes to make; costs very little to put together; and leaves even my oldest daughter’s crazy-long locks easy to brush. I also love that I know exactly what’s in it (not much) and that I can pick a different fragrance every time I make it.
Want to try my recipe for yourself? Here’s my latest formula (recently tweaked for longer shelf life):
To make your own hair conditioner you will need:
- A carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, Moroccan, sweet almond, etc.)
- Guar gum (a natural thickener commonly used in cosmetics and foods)
- Essential oil for fragrance – lavender, peppermint,orange
- 1 cup distilled water
- A bottle (you can reuse empty conditioner bottles)
Step 1: Measure 1-1/4 tsp of Guar gum into an empty squeeze bottle.
Step 2: Add ¾ tsp carrier oil (I used jojoba in this example.)
Step 3: Then, add several drops of essential oil (I used peppermint oil this time).
Step 4: Add the distilled water. Then, stir/shake until the mixture is smooth and clump-free, and your conditioner is ready to use!
- One of the benefits of making your own products is that you can customize them to meet your needs. If after making a batch you find that you want a conditioner with more or less oil, simply tweak the recipe until you hit the right amount for you. Want a thicker consistency? Just bump up the amount of Guar gum.
- Combine two or three different essential oils to create a fragrance blend that is uniquely yours
- Clear condiment squeeze bottles work beautifully as conditioner bottles
- The carrier oil and essential oil used in this recipe can also be used to make lotion bars, bug repellent bars and lip balm
Calculating the Cost:
Here’s a look at what it costs me to make a batch of hair conditioner:
Using jojoba, peppermint oil and Guar gum, it costs me $.60.
Using coconut oil, lavender oil and Guar gum, it costs me $.94
Compare that to the $7.99 that most of the natural brands sell for, and that’s a great deal. When I was buying conditioner, I always tried to spend $3 or less for a bottle. This blows that right out of the water.
Ways to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Homemade Hair Conditioner:
This hair conditioner recipe is preservative-free, so it will eventually break down and go bad. I’ve made changes to the recipe since I first posted it to ensure that you get maximum shelf life out of each batch, but there are a few things that you can do to make it last even longer. Here are my recommendations:
- Keep the lid closed between uses
- Avoid storing the bottle in direct sunlight
- Avoid temperature fluctuations
- Do not use tap water in place of the distilled water (It usually contains chlorine, fluorine, and other chemicals, which will cause the conditioner to go watery)
- Right-size the recipe for your family. This recipe is a good size for my family of four, but it might be too much or too little for your family. I’ve halved, quartered and doubled this recipe with good results, so just tweak it to your needs
- To keep your conditioner from going watery or bad before you’ve used it all, make a two week’s supply at a time