As I run out of beauty products, I have been creating my own versus buying new items. It has saved me so much money, and has been a lot of fun because I love a challenge. One of my best recipes so far has been my leave-in conditioner.
I suggest using a small 2oz. spray bottle that you can buy at a drug store instead of a larger one. This way your conditioner stays fresh and you are able to change the recipe if you decide without wasting products.
4oz. Spray Bottle
Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
Fill up 50% of the bottle with aloe vera gel leaving space to add the essential oils, jojoba, glycerin, and water. Next add 10 drops of rosemary and lemongrass essential oil and three to five drops of jojoba oil. Add a very tiny amount of vegetable glycerin if you air dry your hair. I noticed that the vegetable glycerin wasn’t helpful when used with a flat iron. Either use only a teeny bit or omit completely. Lastly fill the rest of the bottle with purified water and shake up.
Aloe Vera moisturizes the hair and keeps it soft. It is packed with vitamin B12, vitamin C, amino acids, minerals, and salicylic acid. It has been used for general hair health, hair growth, and also as a hair shampoo and conditioner.
Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates hair follicles, therefore increasing hair strength, hair growth, and for dry and flaky scalps. It has also been used as a remedy for mental fatigue.
Lemongrass Essential Oil stimulates hair follicles and also adds a refreshing citrus fragrance to the leave-in conditioner. It has anti-bacterial properties and is calming and soothing to the body.
Jojoba Oil is the closest oil to skin’s sebum. Therefore, is extremely healing and moisturizing for the hair. It is a non-greasy oil absorbing immediately into the hair. This will help with hair frizz and dryness.
Vegetable Glycerin is known for being a humectant. It is an amazing ingredient to add when air drying hair. It is amazing for curly hair and really dry hair. It should be used very sparingly so that it doesn’t create a sticky film.
I have used most of these same ingredients in other DIY beauty products that I have made. By creating my own beauty products I am not concerned about what is in my cosmetics. Use only 100% essential oils and organic ingredients if you can. This leave-in conditioner is great as a hair refresher and has a wonderful refreshing fragrance.
~~~Update~~~Wow, so much has happened since I first began making this simple leave-in conditioner. This DIY leave-in conditioner is actually an amazing curl refresher! For my most updated hair story and hair care regimen check out Curly Confession–The Curly Girl Method. You can also read Henna, Curly Girl Method, Tightly Curly Method… to see what has really helped me care for my curls over the past two years.
(Image by Dawn Michelle 2012)