Thursday, April 21, 2011

Homemade Hair Conditioner

One of my goals this year is to
focus on being more self-reliant. 
Rather than buying personal care items,
I am striving to make my own.
The bonus is that it's good for the earth...

I found this recipe in the book,
Homesteading Edited by Abigail R. Gehring
You can find a recent book review here:

Homemade Hair Conditioner
1 C olive oil
1 t lemon juice
1 t cider vinegar
2 t honey
6-10 drops essential oils, if desired

Whisk all ingredients together or blend in processor. 
Store in airtight container.

I used this the day after I made it. 
Keep in mind that this is used before you shampoo. 
It's best to keep it on your hair for at least 10 minutes,
but I imagine 20-30 wouldn't hurt. 
For best results, wash hair twice
to be sure you remove all the oil.

This really made my usually dry hair feel super soft.
I plan to use it once a week as a leave-in conditioner.
It's wonderful to be able to make a product
that's so often used,
with ingredients that are readily at hand.
And no, you don't end up smelling like a salad...

*Update-I've been using this (almost) once a week
for a month now, and I can't stop touching my hair!
It's sooooooooooooo soft!  Whodathunkit?*


  1. I just love this Daisy, I put olive oil on my hair once a week and leave it til the next hair is super soft and nice after a shampoo...I have cat fur for hair so this is right up my alley! Can't wait to try it with the extra stuff!

  2. It'll be purrrrrrrrrrfectly divine!

  3. I saw this in the Homesteading book (got it from library after seeing it here) but I haven't tried it yet. Nice to hear that you liked it. I have been going without shampoo for years now (I just use baking soda) but I still have to buy conditioner for my long hair. Might have to give this a try.

    Did you see that there are other books in the Homesteading series? I've had the Self Sufficiency one out too.

  4. Good to know about the baking soda. What a wonder that stuff is!

    I will have to check out the others in the series. Thanks!


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