Simple Daily Hair Conditioner 14


Completely cooled hair conditioner on my finger.

Completely cooled hair conditioner on my finger.

I have very fine and oily hair. My hair is a little longer than shoulder length and hasn’t been colored, straightened, curled or even been dried by a hair dryer! I prefer to wash my hair and let it air dry since my hair dries very quickly. Unfortunately, the oily nature of my hair means that washing my hair is a daily necessity to just look like a regular human being! I’ve discovered that the best way to deal with my hair is to wash with simple shampoo (or bar soap) and then follow up by applying a conditioner only to the bottom 3 inches of my hair.

Weighing the Conditioning Emulsifier.

Weighing the Conditioning Emulsifier.

Most hair care products available here in Beijing are formulated for the coarser Chinese hair that loses moisture quickly and therefore needs ingredients to help keep moisture in the hair shaft. I decided to make my own hair conditioner that would allow help me keep my hair tangle free by keeping the ends relaxed and smooth.

Weighing the oils.

Weighing the oils.

Let’s look at the reasons why that I chose these ingredients for this hair conditioner!

Conditioning Emulsifier is the important ingredient as it not only conditions hair, but also is a mild emulsifier which is important for hair care. If you want to make hair conditioners, the Conditioning Emulsifier is the best option.

Weighing the remaining ingredients to be heated.

Weighing the remaining ingredients to be heated.

I wanted to add Argan Oil because it is a very popular oil in hair care because Argan is a light weight oil that doesn’t feel greasy when used lightly, I felt it was a good ingredient for my hair and helping tame flyaways.

Melted ingredients.

Melted ingredients.

I added HoneyQuat as a humectant because it was originally made to be used in conditioners! It has been noted to help condition hair, assist in detangling and reducing dry hair static electricity.

I chose to add both Wheat Protein and Liquid Silk to the formula as a way to help keep hair from tangling and with moisture retention in the hair.

Weighing the additives.

Weighing the additives.

I love extracts in lotions, creams, lip balms as well in every possible project! I love extracts so much that I felt like I had to add extracts to this hair conditioner. I added Chamomile Extract and Horsetail Grass Extract for the sheen and protection they give hair. Remember, you don’t have to use the extracts I use, or even use extracts at all! If you don’t want to use extracts, simply increase the Argan Oil in this recipe.

Let’s go make some hair conditioner now!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Conditioning Emulsifier
Argan Oil
HoneyQuat
Wheat Protein
Liquid Silk
Chamomile Extract
Horsetail Grass Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: (Makes 3.53 ounces or 100 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
3.53 ounces Water
0.54 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.14 ounces Argan Oil
0.09 ounces HoneyQuat
0.05 ounces Wheat Protein
0.05 ounces Liquid Silk
0.05 ounces Chamomile Extract
0.05 ounces Horsetail Grass Extract
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 ounces French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
78 grams Water
12 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
3 grams Argan Oil
2 grams HoneyQuat
1 gram Wheat Protein
1 gram Liquid Silk
1 gram Chamomile Extract
1 gram Horsetail Grass Extract
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
78% Water
12% Conditioning Emulsifier
3% Argan Oil
2% HoneyQuat
1% Wheat Protein
1% Liquid Silk
1% Chamomile Extract
1% Horsetail Grass Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% French Lime Blossom Fragrance Oil

Cooling conditioner.

Cooling conditioner.

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (extracts, fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus) into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the additives once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before labeling.

Hair Conditioner Notes: This light hair conditioner is perfect for daily use and even on my hair where I only use it on the bottom 3 inches of hair. I’ve used this conditioner for a while now and I have been pleased with how my hair feels as well as how easy it is to brush, whether I choose to leave down or put up in a ponytail/hair clip.

I would like to hear your opinions about this conditioner! Would you try this?

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About Andee

I'm a twenty something soap snob. I've grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!


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14 thoughts on “Simple Daily Hair Conditioner

  • birdies

    This is so perfect for me! I’ve spent a lot of time
    getting the silicones off my hair. I tried a similar
    recipe, but it used plain emulsifying wax. It was O.K.,
    but the conditioning wax should make a big difference.
    I’ll try this recipe with rosemary and mint essential oils.

    (If you add a few capfulls of honeyquat to a 16oz spray
    bottle of aloe gel and shake, the honeyquat turns the
    gel to liquid, without adding water…..hairspray)

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    • Andee Post author

      I hope you enjoy this conditioner and I think the addition of peppermint and rosemary will be nice!

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  • Ana B

    Andee, this is a lovely conditioner! I love the same extracts that you’ve used here. They are amazing. Thanks for this new recipe! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! 😉

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  • LuAnn

    I was wondering about the liquid silk. What is the difference between that, and the B vitamin panthenol? The panthenol I have is powdered, would you recommend using both, or just one of them? I’m not sure how you mix in the powder either, I’ve heard it’s hard to work with. Any thoughts?

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    • Tina

      I think the easier method is to use the liquid. It makes the whole mixture much less work and more enjoyable.

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  • Monique

    great, thank u for the info, I’ll try that, I also use pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair conditioner which keeps my hair soft, shiny and healthy. 🙂

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  • Alane

    I made this yesterday but used almond butter in place of macadamia butter because I had it on hand. I used it today on my very fine hair. I liked as a once a week heavy duty conditioner. I color my hair as well as blow dry and curl it daily so even though this made my hair very soft, I think it helps moisturize my hair. Can someone tell me what the differences I might notice if I had used macadamia butter? Also, does anyone have a good recipe for spray in detangler? My daughter has fine hair, but lots of it and it tangles something fierce. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    • Tina

      Alane,

      I think the Macadamia Nut Butter version might be lighter in oil weight than the Almond Butter version. I think both would be good though. Generally lighter feeling oils make lighter feeling conditioners. Of course, this depends on our hair and scalp. I think there is a detangler on the blog. I will search for it.

      Tina

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  • Neva

    Great recipe, I will try to prepare it for next week and post you my progress. Thanks

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  • Catherine

    I am going to try this with some tea tree oil added to it as a cleansing conditioner

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  • ArtisanShelly

    BEST conditioner I have EVER EVER USED in my whole life. I am so excited about it!!! Made this with my OWN adjustments added, I used Half Aloe Vera Gel and Half Herb Tea All in place of the Water. I try not to use just plain water in ANY of my recipes if I can help it. This is such a great feel, I am impressed, I shall NEVER use a store bought hair conditioner ever again. I will be making the OTHER conditioners sometime as well, from the MMS Blog. Thanks Andee!!!

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