If you'd like to make your own natural conditioner at home, and you don't want to smell like a salad with the usual mayonnaise and avocado blends you find elsewhere, then this article is for you!

Unlike most other conditioners, this conditioner should be applied to your hair before you shampoo. Massage it into your hair, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then rinse well, and follow with a gentle shampoo. Here's how to make it...

Things You Will Need

A double boiler or two cooking pots, 5 drops of essential oil of your choice, 2 tablespoons of almond oil (or jojoba or evening primrose as a substitute), 4 tablespoons cocoa butter

Step 1

First, prepare your double boiler. If you don't have one, you can use two regular cooking pots. The larger pot should be filled halfway with water and a pinch of salt. Bring it to a boil. The second, smaller pot should sit inside the first. This is where you will add your ingredients. Doing this prevents the

ingredients from burning and scalding.

Step 2

In the inner pot or double boiler, add 4 tablespoons cocoa butter, and allow it to melt. Stir in two tablespoons of almond oil. If you can't find almond oil, jojoba oil or evening primrose oil work well too (but at a higher cost). You should be able to find these ingredients in your local health food store, pharmacy, or online.

Step 3

Lastly, stir in 5 drops of essential oils of your choice. Which essential oils you use is really up to you, but a few recommended oils are clary sage, ylang ylang, chamomile, rosemary, carrot, or lavender. These oils perfume the mixture but can also have additional benefits depending on which you select.

Rosemary is reportedly good for fine or thinning hair, while chamomile is good to strengthen fragile hair. Lavender and rosemary are both good for treating dandruff. Carrot oil is said to brighten red hair, while sage deeps brown hair, and chamomile lightens blonde hair. All of them smell wonderful (and not like salad dressing, thank goodness)!

Once mixed, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once the conditioner has cooled, you can pour it into a container. Plastic is fine, but glass is better since it doesn't absorb the oils. Keep it sealed to prevent it from drying out. You should try to use it within several months of making it.

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