The best hair conditioners restore your hair's pH to its optimal level of approximately 5.6, which is on the acidic side of the scale. Chemical conditioners may accomplish this, but at what cost to your scalp and overall health?
Why not try these natural options instead?
- Apple cider vinegar. Apply after shampooing, then rinse.
- Coffee grounds. Massage into hair to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly.
- Lemon juice. Squeeze fresh lemon into jar, or boil and strain. Apply and rinse.
- Glycerin conditioner:
- 5 oz. herbal water (infuse nettle or lavender leaves in water—see our All-Natural Personal Care article for instructions) or use 5 oz. distilled water
- 2 oz. glycerin
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- Coconut oil. Apply to dry hair and leave in until the next wash. Coconut oil helps reduce protein loss in hair. See this article for more information.
- Olive oil/egg/essential oil blend. This recipe is a conditioning treatment. You can do this weekly or as needed.
- 2 tsp. olive oil (moisturizer)
- 1 egg yolk (softener)
- 3-4 drops of essential oils of choice (optional)
The short video below discusses the pH-restoring benefits found in lemon juice, coffee grounds, and apple cider vinegar.
Join momsAWARE founder and president Andrea Fabry as she shares her tips
for simple, healthy (and inexpensive!) hair conditioner alternatives.