For many of us, simply using a shampoo without conditioner would mean a frizzy disaster of a bad hair day. However, the commercial conditioners on store shelves are not any better than the shampoos. They typically contain harsh, drying chemicals laden with waxes and oils to hide the damage they do to hair and scalp. This recipe can detangle even the curliest of hair and slowly restore even the most badly damaged hair. If you find it is not working for you, simply follow the simplifying tips at the end of this article. You will love being able to know exactly what is in your product, and you’ll probably enjoy changing the scent every time you make it.
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons guar gum
- 1 tsp carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, almond, sunflower, grapeseed, avocado, Moroccan oil, etc)
- 10 to 20 drops of one to three essential oils of choice (Depending on hair type, skin type, health need, or scent desired.)
- ½ cup raw apple cider vinegar (The raw kind simply works better and provides a pH balance and preservative.)
- Bring water and guar gum to a boil stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients in the following order: Carrier oil, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils.
- Allow the mixture to cool fully before using a funnel to pour it into a clean and empty conditioner bottle or condiment bottle. It will thicken as it sets.
- Customize the recipe to meet your needs: add less oil to make it less greasy, more guar gum to thicken it, or more apple cider vinegar to detangle better.
- It should last a family of four about a month and cost less than a dollar per bottle. Only a teaspoon or less is needed.
- If you have oily hair, leave off the oil and reduce the amount of essential oils to just a drop or two.