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.
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
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.