Friday, 7 October 2016

Stop buying toxic hair products! Swap them with coconut, banana and avocado instead

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Creating your own natural hair conditioner is a great way to provide your locks with much-needed nutrients. These homemade recipes rejuvenate your hair and scalp without stripping them of natural oils or overloading them with chemicals.
Plus, many of the ingredients in these homemade recipes are already stashed away in your kitchen cupboard. So, making them is not only easy but saves you money in the long run.

It’s vital to remember that the health of your hair starts from within. Eat wholesome, nutritious food, allowing the outside to radiate (i.e. your hair, nails and skin). Foods rich in Vitamin A, C E, iron, calcium and zinc will help to prevent dry, damaged and oily hair. Try sweet potato, lettuce, kale, broccoli, mango, papaya, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds to start.
Here are five DIY hair conditioners for healthy hair that you can start using in your weekly hair care regime.

Coconut Oil Conditioner


Coconut oil is a fantastic solution for dry, damaged hair, as it soothes the scalp and softens the hair. Honey is a natural humectant, a substance that attracts and retains moisture.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Yield: 1



  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix together until fully combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into an air-tight container. Store in a cool, dry place. (If you’re not using it all in one application, don’t worry. It keeps for a couple of weeks).
  3. Apply the mixture to wet hair and massage into the scalp, working your way to the ends of the hair. Leave for 2 to 5 minutes then rinse with water.

Lavender Moisturizing Paste


This is a great recipe for cleansing and moisturizing the hair. Sometimes referred to as the “no-poo” method (don’t worry this has nothing to do with your gut), since it also replaces traditional shampoo.
When you first start to use it, you may find your scalp and hair are oily. This is simply due to the transitional phase as your hair rids itself of the chemical build-up from commercial products. This is short-lived, so you’ll have to persevere in order to see your natural hair transform. Feel free to change the lavender for another essential oil to suit your preferred fragrance, or you can skip the oil altogether.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1


  • 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water, more if required
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together. Add more water if the mixture becomes too stiff.
  2. Pour into a lidded jar or bottle. Shake the mixture then apply to your wet hair. Start at the scalp, work through to the ends and massage fully into the hair. Rinse with water.

Apple Cider Vinegar to Balm


The acidity of apple cider vinegar helps maintain the pH balance of your hair and remove the build-up of dirt, dead skin cells and chemicals without stripping the hair of its natural oils.
This cider vinegar hair rinse is great for balancing the condition of hair, leaving you with smooth shiny hair cuticles. This works really well after the Lavender Moisturizing Paste.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Yield: 1


  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons water, more if required
  • Optional: a few drops essential oil


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a lidded jar or bottle and shake well together.
  2. Apply to wet hair. Massage into the scalp through to the ends of the hair. Rinse the hair with water.

Banana Hair Mask

Bananas are a rich source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese, all of which are fantastic nutrients for supporting healthy hair. This is a quick and easy recipe that’s ideal for when you have extra bananas leftover. Use ripe bananas to get the best of the creamy nutrients which will maximize moisture.
Prep Time: 5 minutes



  1. Mash the banana and avocado in a bowl.
  2. Add the coconut milk and mix together until fully combined.
  3. Massage into dry hair and leave for 15 minutes. You can put your hair in a clip or towel to lock in as much of the hair mask as possible.
  4. Rinse the hair mask from the hair with water then wash as usual.

Cocoa Butter Balm


Cocoa butter (also known as raw cacao butter) is a natural emulsifier and softener for skin and hair. Cocoa butter works wonders for reviving dry and damaged hair thanks to the nourishing fat content. If you have any leftover after applying to the hair, use the rest as a natural lotion for your skin (the aroma is heavenly).
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1


  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Firstly, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil over a pot of lightly steaming water.
  2. Drop the essential oils into a separate boil, then add the melted cocoa butter, coconut oil, and almond oil.
  3. Stir everything together with a spoon, then pour into a small jar.
  4. Apply the hair balm to damaged ends then finish at the scalp. Leave for a couple of minutes then rinse with water or leave it in overnight, then rinse.
Which DIY hair conditioner will you try this week?
Give these natural hair recipes a try – 3 Egg White Hair Masks and Pumpkin Conditioner!


Hughes, R. (n.d.). 5 Homemade Hair Conditioners to Try Next Time You Shower. Retrieved September 15, 2016 from

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