How to Condition Your Hair Herbally

Three Methods:Buying your Herbal Conditioner:Making your own Herbal Conditioner:Mixing your Ingredients

Are you tired of the frizzy poof that slowly rises upwards in the humidity but you have no idea how to fight it? Well, here's a little known secret that most cosmetics companies don't want you to know: Sulfates, the ingredient that makes your shampoos and conditioners lather so wonderfully are actually detergents use to clean garages in factories and strip your hair of essential oils that protect your natural moisture barriers and prevent frizz; and don't forget the parabens, highly questionable cosmetic preservatives that no one recommends for daily use. In order to prevent the usage of such low quality ingredients we should switch to natural or organic haircare lines. The easiest natural or organic lines to use are herbal because not only do they have wonderful benefits for your hair but they can also be made at home. So, here are a few recommendations to get you started on your new herbal routine.

Method 1
Buying your Herbal Conditioner:

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    Do your research: Find ingredients that you think will work best for your hair and then check the ingredient list to see how high its content is in that particular product: The order of ingredients listed tells you how high it is in that product, first is the highest, second is the 2nd highest, etc.
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    Read online reviews and find others with your hair type that have used those products and see what their results are. You can check on sites like or This gives you a good idea of whether its worth buying or not.

Method 2
Making your own Herbal Conditioner:

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    Start with the base of a homemade herbal conditioner and work your way from the ground up.
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    A good base for all hair types is an organic lotion with no sulfates or parabens, for example anything with coconut, or shea butter is moisturizing, aloe vera is soothing, peppermint, and eucalyptus,and rosemary are cleansing and stimulating, and tea tree oil is anti-fungal and great for irritated scalps.
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    Now that you have a set base, you can add a few oils, because despite common beliefs you can use oils on any type of hair; it won't make it oily as long as you know which ones to use. [1], and [2]. These sites have some great info on the basic carrier oils and essential oils that you can blend for your hair.
    • The basic carrier oils are: jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, coconut seed, kukui nut, etc. Carrier oils are easier for storage because of their long term shelf life, and are derived from the fatty parts like the seeds. Essential oils come from the leaves, barks, roots, etc.
    • A few good basic oils for any hair are coconut, jojoba, sunflower seed, eucalyptus or peppermint, rosemary, and sage, avocado, and pomegranate oil.
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    The most important ingredients to look at would be the herbs. Use fresh plants because they're the most potent and typically will have a long shelf life. Sage and rosemary are the most cleansing, arnica stimulates the scalp, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus stimulate and refresh an irritated scalp, horsetail strengthens the hair, and Chinese foxglove root encourages hair growth. Read more at [3], and [4].

Method 3
Mixing your Ingredients

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    Now that you have an idea of a few good basic ingredients, here's how you put together your very own organic conditioner:
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    Use your chosen lotion as your base and layer the oils in the order of what you want a higher concentration of. The base is most prevalent and as such it's the first ingredient.
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    Add the oil/s of your choice. You should use no more than three oils in your product, but two oils would be a good start.
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    Add in your herbs and to get a great blend you could always use a blender and make a sort of smoothie.


  • You can also use this conditioner as a deep conditioner. Just run the conditioner midway through your hair, Never place it on your scalp, unless you want greasy hair.
  • Use a cotton towel or t-shirt to lock in moisture and prevent frizz and place on top of your head for 15-20 minutes and comb through before you rinse out.
  • Just place the t-shirt neck hole in front of you and pile all your hair on top of your head and bending down wrap the shirt.
  • Another trick, take a little of the conditioner, depending on how rich you make it, and put it in a spray bottle and add a little water and shake until it thins a bit and use as a nighttime detangler.


  • It is imperative to always read the ingredient list, so you know what is going into your hair.
  • Stick to natural and organic products, Herbal Essences and Pantene are loaded with sulfate, high powered detergents and preservatives that do nothing for your hair.
  • Finally, note that you may be allergic to some of the ingredients. If you experience any strange irritation, go to the ER immediately in case you may be having an allergic reaction.

Things You'll Need

  • An empty bottle, maybe a soda bottle.
  • Natural or certified organic lotion (should have a seal)
  • Essential oils
  • Herbs
  • A blender to process and properly blend the products. (optional)

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