Natural hair conditioners

What do our regular hair conditioners contain?

Here are some chemicals that hair conditioners that we procure from the stores contain – Cetearyl alcohol, Amodimethicone, Cetyl esters, Isopropyl alcohol and Paraben. This list may go up or come a tad down based on the brand you are using. But using even a single chemical on the hair feels nightmarish to me! And why put ourselves and those lovely locks through such hazards when natural and much more beneficial alternatives are available? Here are natural hair conditioners for frizz free, conditioned hair.

Top natural hair conditioners for frizz free hair

Yogurt

To make this hair mask, follow the below steps:

  • Take a bowl of curd or plain yogurt.
  • Add half tablespoon of coconut oil to it.
  • Mix well.
  • Apply on the scalp and hair.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo or shikakai.

Yogurt hair mask

Aloe vera

Of all natural conditioners, aloe vera is my favourite. Not only does it leave hair super soft, it feels really refreshing and instantly cools the body. It also doesn’t need any blending or mixing.

Just scrap the aloe gel from the leaves and apply it from scalp to tip. Then wash off.

Another way is to apply it on the hair after shampooing, leaving it on for about 5 minutes and rinsing with water. But this method might leave the raw smell of aloe to linger around. So, the first option is better.

aloe conditioner

Aloe also has some great benefits for hair:

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Prevents and cures dandruff
  • Cures itchiness of scalp
  • Forms a protective layer on the scalp and helps to protect the scalp / hair roots from pollution.
  • Aloe is anti-inflammatory. It can soothe skin and relieve of pain due to any condition.
  • Reduces breakage of hair.

Conditioners made using aloe and chamomile can be used along with milk to condition hair and make it softer and smooth.

Olive oil

Heat olive oil till warm. Apply warm oil on the scalp and massage gently. Also apply on the hair till tip. You can leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour.

Then wash off with a mild shampoo.

Olive oil conditioner

Hibiscus leaves and flowers

Both hibiscus flowers and leaves work as great conditioners for hair.  The flowers and leaves not only add shine and condition hair, but also help to stimulate hair growth. It can also reduce dandruff and prevent yeast infections on the scalp. Hibiscus has properties that can stop thinning of hair and prevent split ends. Hibiscus can also be used to make a hair oil and you can use it for regularly oiling your hair. When hibiscus leaves are blended along with yogurt, this hair mask can cure premature greying.

To cure dandruff, you can soak fenugreek seeds in water for about 1 hour, and blend with hibiscus leaves along with it. Apply this as a hair pack and then wash off.

Hibiscus also works as a great cleanser and can help you get rid of dirt on the scalp.

Steps:

  1. Blend the petals of 3 hibiscus flowers with a handful of leaves.
  2. Add water to make it into a paste. The paste can be of cake batter consistency and not too thick or too watery.
  3. Apply this paste on your scalp and hair.
  4. Wash off after 30 minutes.

Avocado – Banana conditioner

Steps:

  1. Take half an Avocado and half of a banana.
  2. Blend the two together along with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Apply on the scalp and hair.
  4. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off.

This conditioner would not be suitable for those with oily hair. It would make the hair sticky. It would be most suitable for dry and damaged hair.

Avocado banana conditioner

Coconut milk and oil

Coconut milk contains a natural antiseptic called Lauric acid. As a result, coconut milk and oil cannot only condition hair but can also cure infections on the scalp. It can cure dandruff and itchy scalp. Coconut milk nourishes hair and it promotes hair growth. It can also restore hair that is damaged and brittle.

coconut oil conditioner

Steps:

  1. Grate half a coconut and extract milk from it.
  2. You will get about two tablespoons of coconut milk.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to 2 tablespoons of coconut milk.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Heat the mixture for about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Allow it to cool down.
  7. Apply this on your scalp and hair.
  8. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  9. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

Reference

“…coconut oil has been found to reduce the loss of protein which can repair both undamaged and damaged hair when. It works both as a pre-wash product as well as for post-wash grooming.”

Source:

Rele AS, Mohile RB. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2) 175-192. PMID: 12715094.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.