4 D.I.Y Conditioners For Natural & Chemically Treated Hair

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Deep conditioning is a key component of a hair regimen if you hope to achieve length, volume or just altogether healthier hair. 

All hair types need conditioning especially colour-treated, damaged, bleached, permed, texturised or natural hair. Deep conditioning prevents damage and strengthens hair – and even if you feel your hair isn’t damaged, deep conditioning is a great preventative tool to maintain healthy looking hair.

Regular deep conditioning will yield noticeable results quickly. Your hair will benefit from the strengthening and hydrating ingredients that deep conditioners offer. After deep conditioning, hair looks and feels healthier and more manageable.

Here are 4 DIY deep conditioners for whatever ails your hair. Winter may not be as brutal in southern Africa but hey; these may come in handy if you're suffering from breakage or lacklustre tresses.

Though I'm not a fan of overnight treatments because dream enacting is real, you can do what works for you. My time slot for each of them is between 30 minutes to an hour (if you have the time) on clean, wet hair. After that you can wear a wrap set, air dry or style with minimal heat. All the ingredients can be found at your local pharmacy, health store, supermarket or food market. Try as much as possible to get pure versions of all the butters or oils.

When using a deep conditioner

Always cleanse your hair first. Deep conditioning works better on clean hair.

Apply conditioner starting in sections from root to tip to ensure you don't miss any bits or tangle your hair.

Don’t apply too much but make sure hair is covered.

Rinse the conditioner off with cool water. It helps close the hair cuticle, leaving all the nourishing oils infused into the hair.

If you must do an overnight treatment, don't forget to wear a shower cap underneath your bonnet or head wrap to avoid ruining your bedding.

Please make sure you wash them out thoroughly. 

I like to deep condition my hair every 2 weeks, but how often you choose to do so this is at your discretion. Do it as frequently as you can; at least once every 14 days.

1. For Strength & Moisture

2 tablespoons of Greek or any good plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice

How To:
In a clean, dry bowl add the yoghurt, honey, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix it all and apply it in sections on your hair. Cover with a shower cap.

2. For Better Blowouts and Manageability

1 large overripe banana or avocado
4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of pure vegetable glycerin
2 tbsp pure honey

How To:
Thoroughly mash the banana (or avo) and mix it into the extra virgin olive oil, glycerin, and honey or throw into a blender until well-mixed. No banana bits or avo should be visible, sieve it out if like me you had to use elbow grease. Apply to you hair in sections. Cover with a shower cap.

3. For Moisture & Shine

1 cup of aloe vera juice
1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel 
200ml of coconut milk

How To:
Mix it all up in a clean, dry bowl or blender. Apply to sectioned hair. If you want it to be more of a mask add cornstarch to thicken and "set" the mixture. Cover with a shower cup. Rinse thoroughly.

3. For Thickening

1 cup of mayonnaise
4 tablespoons of black bean castor oil
1 tablespoon of bergamot essence
1 tablespoon of coconut oil (optional)

How To:
The instructions are the same as the above. I like using whatever cheap mayonnaise I can lay my hands on; the thicker the better. 

4. For Chronically Dry Hair

1 banana or avocado
1 cup of aloe vera juice
Half a can of coconut milk (organic is best)
1 tablespoon argan oil
1 tablespoon rosehip oil
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 

This is an absolute favourite of mine because my hair is really bad at retaining moisture. Please use a blender to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed. As with the rest of the steps, cover your hair but for this one - use as an overnight treatment. Rinse off with cool water and style as normal. 

Let me know if you have any questions or if you have your own unique spin on these conditioners! Good luck

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