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Last time we taught you how to make homemade shampoo and decided we couldn’t leave you hanging so today we’ll show you how to make homemade conditioner for your hair.  Don’t worry, it’s as easy as the shampoo.

How to make conditioner

Homemade Conditioner

Again, you will only need 2 ingredients and one of them is free. Any guesses what it is?

Once again I am compelled to say never mistake simplicity for ineffectiveness. This conditioner works very well and is safe for all hair types.  Make it with confidence, an open mind, and an adventurous heart.  Did I mention it will save you boat loads of money over the years?

You will need:

  • 1 Tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar) - I suggest always using the raw kind “with the mother.”  We buy Bragg’s in bulk 1 gallon jugs.
  • 1 cup waterLike I said, one of the ingredients is free.  Use whatever kind of water you wish – we use tap which is English for “out of the sink.”

I suggest combining ingredients in a clean repurposed squirt bottle for your conditioner. Double up on ingredients until you fill your bottle – the recipe above makes 8 ounces.

How to use

Simply shake the bottle before each use and gently massage into the hair and scalp for a minute or two and rinse.  After drying, your hair will not smell like vinegar.  Trust me.

This conditioner is the best option for use after a homemade shampoo. Whether you are making a castile soap-based shampoo, or a baking soda-based shampoo, the vinegar rinse will smooth the hair and eliminate the greasy, sticky feeling some of these homemade shampoos may leave.

How much does it cost?

It costs more than the homemade shampoo but is still inexpensive compared to store bought conditioner, especially if you have been buying organic brands.

  • Cost = approximately $0.13/ounce depending on how much you pay for your vinegar.

If you use a 16 ounce bottle you will pay right around $0.32 per bottle, and the cost is but one benefit.  Now you know how to make your own and you know exactly what you’re putting on your scalp, something you can rarely say when using conditioner from the store.

Safe for all hair types

The ACV in this conditioner smoothes the hair cuticle and balances the pH of your scalp and hair. This conditioner is safe for all hair types and gently conditions without coating your hair and scalp with waxy chemicals, unlike most commercial conditioners.

Always question the safety of store-bought personal products, never assume they’re safe, and always understand the ingredients.

Homemade Conditioner 1

A few twists on homemade conditioner

You can benefit your specific hair type and add lovely fragrance to your homemade conditioner by using herbs or essential oils.

For greasy or oily hair/scalp, add 6-8 drops of an essential oil such as bergamot, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, or ylang ylang.

For dry scalp and dandruff, you can add 6-8 drops of essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, sage, or rosemary.

Rosemary is a wonderful herb for all hair types. Infuse your vinegar by steeping several fresh rosemary sprigs in a few cups of apple cider vinegar for 1-2 weeks. Strain out the rosemary, and use the vinegar to make your conditioner, storing leftovers for future batches. The rosemary will impart a lovely smell along with all the benefits of this herb. If you have rosemary essential oil and don’t want to wait 1-2 weeks for an infused vinegar, just add 6-8 drops of rosemary essential oil to your conditioner and it’s ready for immediate use!

(Find 100% pure essential oils here.)

Coconut or olive oil conditioner

Another option is to use straight olive or coconut oils as conditioners.  Simply rub in a tiny amount of your oil of choice, focusing on ends. Allow oil to sit a minute or so, and rinse well.  If rinsed well it will hydrate your hair without leaving it oily.

Happy conditioning… and share this recipe with everyone you know!

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  1. says

    I recently tried to start using natural products I can make at home. I have seen nothing but good comments about baking soda shampoo and vinegar conditioner. However when I tried this it made my hair extremely wirey feeling and it had a film type feel. It looked OK but felt horrible. I don’t know if I mixed it wrong or if there’s a trick. I did blow dry my hair, could this be the problem? Or my died hair? Any suggestions? I love the cheap and easy recipe and really want it to work.

  2. Robin says

    I too am experiencing the same problem. I will say that my hair looks healthier but feels grose. I have been using the shampoo and conditioner since right after Thanksgiving. I would love an answer. I find I have better results drying my hair with a diffuser but still feels wierd.