Yes, it is possible to cut your bill at the drug store and make your own conditioner at home! This alternative is way cheaper, is better for your body and the environment, and it actually works. I know people are often skeptical of hippy-dippy alternatives, but I wouldn’t have made the switch if it left my hair a rat’s nest.
The greatest thing about this homemade hair conditioner is that it only has two ingredients, one of which flows from your tap…
Water + apple cider vinegar = the dreamiest hair conditioner! I imagine you could play around with the ratios if your hair is particularly thick or wild, but I have found that this recipe works great for us.
Yes, while you are in the shower, your hair is going to smell like vinegar. Once you rinse it out, your hair isn’t going to feel like you just used conventional conditioner with all the extra stuff in it that coats your hair. But once you start brushing, your hair will be tangle-free and super smooth. It also doesn’t smell like vinegar at ALL once it is dry. You can add essential oils if you’re put off by the smell of the vinegar; in this bottle I added some orange blossom water for a lightly floral scent.
DIY natural hair conditioner
1 3/4 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
optional: 1 tablespoon orange blossom water, 3-4 drops essential oil
Add water and vinegar to a measuring cup, then pour into the bottle. Add essential oil(s) to the bottle, screw on the lid, give it a shake and voila: conditioner with ingredients you can pronounce.