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Natural, home made Leave in Hair Conditioner

4 Jul

I love my hair, vain I know!!!

But a girls gotta have something she loves about herself & for me, its my hair.

When its behaving itself I have glossy luscious brown ringlets & curls, that cascade down to my shoulders.


When its not – I have frizzy, fly away, kinky, wavy, dry hair that sticks out very unattractively all over my head. You can imagine how much I love “rocking” that look…………. not!!

I recently tried to go No-Poo & my hair & I are still recovering.

I tried people, I went weeks (weeks) with frizzy, greasy, coarse, fluffy hair. Weeks……..I can not stress that enough!!

Then I relented & snuck my Shampoo & Conditioner into the shower & welcomed back my glossy, curly hair.

So it seems my hair is not made for No-Poo, I tried it all……….Soap Nuts, Bicarb, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey. To no avail. They all gave me varying degrees of awful frizzy, fluffy hair & zapped the bounce out of my curls.

So now I am on a mission to create my own “more natural” hair products that don’t kill my curls, because a girl has got to have something she loves.

So this is my first recipe in my quest to “de-toxify” my hair cabinet.

I love leave-in conditioner, it makes my hair glossy, manageable & keeps my curls moisturised so they hang nicely. So it was first on my “Hit List”.

This Leave in Conditioner is lovely & soft, but not too greasy, it has a nice whipped, fluffy texture to it, that absorbs nicely into damp hair. I use about a 5 to 10cm amount in the center of wet hands & then smooth it all over damp hair.

This conditioner is chock full of hair loving ingredients. The burdock is to treat dandruff, prevent hair loss & promote hair growth. Wheatgerm & jojoba oil’s are great hair moisturisers, promote hair growth & make hair more manageable. While the peppermint oil stimulates the scalp & promotes hair growth & the orange oil – well it just smells divine!

Zesty Fresh Leave-in Hair Conditioner a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 1 c hot water
  • 3 t burdock tea
  • 1 T emulsifying wax
  • 1 T wheatgerm oil
  • 1 T jojoba oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil

Steep the 3 teaspoons of burdock in the 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Once the tea is cool strain out the tea leaves & keep the tea lukewarm. In a glass or ceramic bowl heat the 1 T emulsifying wax, 1 T wheatgerm oil & 1 T of Jojoba oil until the wax melts. Pour the warm tea into the melted wax & oils & stir to combine. When the conditioner is at room temperature add the essential oils & let the conditioner cool until it begins to form solids. Whisk vigorously while thickening to ensure that your conditioner has a nice fluffy texture. Pour it into clean sterilised bottles & enjoy moisturised, glossy hair.


I keep the bulk of mine in the refrigerator & a small bottle out on the bathroom counter for day to day use, this way no preservatives are required.

I have only made this with emulsifying wax, as I think the conditioner may split without some form of emulsifying agent.

If you are looking for a lighter detangling product then try out my Detangler Recipeย its great for coming knots of little one’s hair & is slightly more moisturising for dry hair.

Go forth & enjoy your hair ๐Ÿ™‚



Natural leave in conditioner, hair detangler recipe

11 Apr

We are slaves to hair products in this household. Each morning we slather on lotions & potions that claim to stop frizz, moisturise & repair damage, but all they seem to do, is cost a small fortune & have a list of ingredients that require a chemistry degree to decipher – not a good sign ย as far as this Mama who is trying to go all natural is concerned.

So in the spirit of going natural we have ditched our chemical concoctions & their claims of beauty & glamour in favour of making our own simple natural leave in hair conditioner.

We have been looking for an all-rounder product that will tame my unruly curly hair & detangle “little Miss’s” mop, a tall order, but I think we have finally found a winner. This leave in conditioner leaves our hair soft, shiny, healthy and smooth – now I sound like a commercial for the products I used to buy ๐Ÿ™‚


Leave in Hair Conditioner a’la Mama Going Natural

  • Spray bottle – feel free to re-purpose one of your old hair products spray bottles – you will get bonus good earth karma ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 2 T water soluble almond oil ย – if you don’t have water soluble oil you can use plain cold pressed but you will need to shake the conditioner more vigorously each time you use it to mix in the oil
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 150ml filtered or bottled water – the purer the better
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients in your spray bottle & viola you have hair magic


You can fragrance this leave in conditioner with any essential oils you have on hand. I use citrus scents as I like fresh smells & “little Miss” has a penchant for putting her dinner bowl on her head (still!) so the citrus scents help to hide the multitude of sins hiding in her locks until bath time. But any combination of essential oils would work – traditionally chammomile is recommended for blondes & rosemary for brunettes.

I use water soluble almond oil as it disperses much more readily in the water creating a more even coverage in the conditioner. You can use pure cold pressed almond oil or any lighter oil you have on hand but you will have to be sure to vigorously shake the leave in conditioner before you use it to ensure you don’t end up with just oil at the bottom of the spray bottle.

Because this is a natural oil in water emulsion without any chemical emulsifiers or preservatives (yuk!) the product does need a little shake before use & should be made in small batches & used up quickly. We have used ours for over a month so far & not noticed any spoilage.

With curly hair I prefer to spray it all over damp hair & then brush it through, with “little Miss’s” hair I spray it straight on dry hair & then comb it through. Because the almond oil is water soluble the conditioner doesn’t build up in your hair & washes out easily.

Our household is loving this simple leave in conditioner & we hope you love it as much as we do.


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