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Homemade Hair Potions: A Strengthening and Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Homemade Hair Potions: A Strengthening and Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
 

One of my challenges since going natural has been finding a deep conditioner that is hydrating, strengthening, and detangles without breaking the bank.   Well, one day out of desperation, I stumbled upon a gem that I whipped together with stuff I already had at home.  

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When all natural, DIY, goes HAM:) Don’t worry this post will not require you to empty out your fridge, turn on blender, or remove semi cooked food from your hair :-)

I found this deep conditioner recipe from coilybellas blog. Even though its geared toward fine hair, it worked wonders on my thick coarse strands as well.   Here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup Fage Plain Greek Yogurt (2% milk fat or total)
1tbs of Coconut Oil
1 tbs Honey
1 tbs EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
1/4 cup melted Shea butter to  soften and stretch the hair
(Optional) A few drops of Lavender Essential Oil  to mask the smell of the Yogurt
(Optional) A few drops of ACV to mask the smell of the Yogurt and for added shine

I followed the recipe with a few minor substitutions: I used another brand of yogurt that was full fat.  The more fat, the more hydrating.  Any brand/ percentage of plain greek yogurt will work except nonfat.  I also used an ACV rinse (3 parts water to 1 part ACV) instead of adding it to the conditioner. I didn’t have aloe vera juice so I used aloe vera gel instead .

So for those of you that are curious and those who may be a little grossed out by this recipe, let me explain why its a winner:

Yogurt- has lactic acid (which has detangling properties) , protein (strengthens), fat (moisturizes)  along other nourishing vitamins that are good for the hair

EVOO and Coconut Oils- Hydrating, moisturizing, nourishing because of the chemical characteristics of the oils.

Honey- is a natural humectant (attracts water to the hair).  It’s also reported to have antibacterial properties.

Aloe Vera Juice - Moisturizing, smoothes the cuticle

Shea Butter- Hydrating

 

yogurt and honey

 

Don’t waste that old yogurt,  whip it up into a conditioner!  NOTE:  Please don’t try to be fancy and buy honey flavored greek yogurt!  Not. the. same.

 

Comments

  • Jerry Dieball

    That’s really very helpful tip for dull and dry hairs, would
    surely use it as I am suffering for dull and dry hairs since long.
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  • Rachael Griffin

    Hahaha buy honey flavored yogurt instead. that’s funny.