Easy, Natural Homemade Conditioner For Soft Hair

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Homemade Conditioner

Homemade conditioner is inexpensive and easy to make. You only need two ingredients and an empty bottle, so ditch store-bought and go DIY!

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 recipe.

How to Make 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 boatloads of money over the years?

Homemade Conditioner

Homemade Conditioner Recipe

Homemade conditioner is inexpensive and easy to make. You only need two ingredients and an empty bottle, so ditch store-bought and go DIY!

Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
8 ounces
Estimated Cost



  1. Simply shake the bottle before each use and gently massage into the hair and scalp for a minute or two and rinse.

  2. After drying, your hair will not smell like vinegar. Trust me.


This homemade 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.

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How much does it cost?

It costs more than 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.[1] 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. (If you don’t want to make your own, we encourage you to check out this line of hair care products, made with exceptional ingredients.)

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A few twists on homemade conditioner

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

For greasy or oily hair/scalp, add 6-8 drops of 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.)

Other Great Conditioning Alternatives

  • Don’t have the time to infuse your vinegar? Mix up this Homemade Conditioner in just seconds!
  • Don’t want to make your own? DIY Natural has used and recommends this natural line of conditioners.
  • Need super simple? Use straight olive or coconut oil as conditioners. Simply rub a small amount of your oil of choice between fingertips, and then apply to the hair, focusing on ends. Allow the oil to sit a minute or so, and rinse well.  If rinsed well it will hydrate your hair without leaving it oily.
  • Need a deep conditioning treatment? Check out several Homemade Hair Masks for Dry or Damaged Hair that are simple and natural.

Use and share this homemade conditioner recipe with everyone you know!



  1. Dias MFRG, et al. (2014). The shampoo pH can affect the hair: Myth or reality? DOI:

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  1. bobbi says

    I used the vinegar for a long time, but for my gray hair, and with swimming, I got green undertones in my hair that my stylist could not correct without me dying my hair dark. It took us a long while to figure it out.

  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.

  3. Lana 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.

  4. Georgia says

    I was wondering, will essential oils help smooth out my hair and keep frizz away? And is it okay to add to this conditioner? If it won’t would it be okay to just add coconut or olive oil to the mix if i shake it up good? Thank you!

  5. Chandra says

    Ive been using the DIY shampoo and conditioner for a few months now and if your still having trouble with frizzy hair after a couple of weeks then you should try rubbing a few drops of castor oil on your palms then gently massaging it into your hair from the root down. (don’t use a lot or it can make your hair look oily) Castor oil is really good for frizzy hair, itchy scalps, and I’ve herd people use it as a treatment for hair loss as well.

    • Robin says

      Thank you for that tip. Do you do it when your hair is wet still or is better dry? I do have Castor oil. I haven’t tried this yet, but I was just told that if I rub Castor Oil all over my stomach, apply warm water/castor oil rags, wrap with plastic wrap and apply a heating pad on medium setting that it helps to draw out toxins that leak out from your gut (leaky gut syndrome). I imagine it is the same concept with the hair, which in turn would make it healthier. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Robin says

    Hi. I just came across this site. I am glad to read all of the tips, but I’m unsure how to move forward right now. I’m hoping someone can help that is or has been in my shoes. I found out in April that I have multiple allergies: strawberries, oranges, tomato, pineapples, pears, grapes, dairy, peanuts, coconut, cocoa bean, coffee bean, I suspect lavender, gluten/wheat, fish, chicken, and I’m sure I left out many more. My hair has been falling out lately. Like crazy! Not breaking but falling out. I use to have really thick hair but now my hair is so thin. I notice it, of course but my doctor thinks it’s nothing to be alarmed about. For a long time my scalp itched like crazy because I couldn’t find anything that didn’t have one of these items. I finally found a shampoo called Free and Clear and they have a Conditioner as well. Even though I don’t itch now, I don’t like the results. I end up with frizzy/dry hair. I have long, curly hair but all I can do is pull it into a pony tail or a low bun. The gel they have dries my hair out even more and I end up not being able to style or wear my hair down. I have thought about olive oil (because it’s safe), apple cider should be okay. Has anyone ever used flax seed (ground)? Does it do anything for the hair? My main concern is about my hair falling out. I don’t know how to stop it! Thanks for any help you can offer.

      • Robin says

        My diet is to avoid all of my allergens. I didn’t mention but I also have Oral Allergy Syndrome. So seasonally I have to avoid different foods. I eat turkey for my meat (it’s the only meat my whole family can eat because my girls have many allergies as well). I eat apples because they don’t seem to bother me. I eat salads (spinach and dark greens), Brussel sprouts, carrots, cucumbers (at different seasons), celery. I eat eggs on occasion, turkey bacon on occasion and gluten free/dairy free/egg free/corn free pancakes when I make them for my kids on occasion. I have lost 42 pounds since April but I have been overweight since I started having children 8 years ago. I have struggled with weight loss and always knew something was wrong. Now I know that if I avoid my allergies, eat healthy, my weight takes care of itself. I do take supplements because I am B12, folic acid and D3 deprived. Mainly because of the medicine I take (Metformin). I take high doses of Magnesium 400 mg daily and B2 (200 mg X 2 daily) for chronic migraines, which by the way has worked!! I have had 3 migraine since January 2012. It was greatly reduced from 5 a month to 3 in almost a year. I imagine removing my allergens in April contributed to the decrease as well. I will try the shampoo/conditioner. I was thinking that maybe I should cut my hair to a medium length as well to give it time to heal. Do you think that would help?

  7. melissa says

    I was wondering how long are the shampoo and conditioner good for?

    how often can you use them?

    Im looking for a homade condtioner I can use every other day….permently.

  8. Chandra says

    This worked great!!!! It only took one dollar to buy the vinegar and i didnt even use half the bottle!!! I added some Green tea and Rosemary that i ran through the espresso machine so it wouldnt smell as bad but its still really watery. Does any one know how to thicken it up?? I tried cornstarch but it didn’t work as well as i had hoped.

  9. kellen says

    You must alkalize! If you can’t get Sodium Chlorite or Hypochlorite ( it is nearly illegal due to FDA and its effectiveness ) then use baking soda ( Sodium Bicarbonate ) The gases that are released into the water are what do the real alkalizing action, and penetrate cell membranes ( this is what you want ). When the cell is penetrated the immune system can finally see and smell what is inside and go after pathogens, removing them from the body. Alkalizing also oxidizes which removes heavy metals and other heavy molecules from your hair / body.

    Alkalizing is the most important thing you can do and learn about.

    Since this is about hair here is what I do;

    I take very mildly Chlorine Dioxide treated water ( known as MMS using Sodium Chlorite or Hypochlorite ) using vinegar to activate the solution, then I add my squeezed Aloe Vera to make it look like a juice but with consistency of a shampoo or conditioner, then I touch it up with dash of honey and olive oil. The MMS makes it very powerful and I do not even need to use it all the time I wash my hair / skin. Other times I can simply take a shower.

    Another really good thing to do is to either build or buy a filter for your shower head. Tap has tons of garbage in it, depending on where you live. I use Aquasanas water 4 life program as its cheap yearly price for all replacement filters I need ( reverse osmosis and shower head filters in my case )

  10. PATRICIA BELL says

    Has anyone used olive oil? I tried it yesterday and although my hair was silky soft, there was residual oil on my bangs. Does anyone one know how to use this effectively on a daily basis without having oily hair?

    • Chan says

      yeah, i had the same issue, i put just a little in the mixture of vinegar and rince my hair out s much as possible and now its ok, i herd about putting olive oil in your diy shampoo and i imagine that would turn out better

  11. kevin says

    Just to add: Our human hair is a protein base as is silk fabric. the best thing to do for both is follow the washing with a vinegar and water rinse. My fibers college class instructor taught this and I have been using it on silks and my hair and now my kids hair since 1988 with good results.