Natural curly hair can get dry fast. As such, it’s important that we regularly condition our hair. However, regular conditioners may not be enough, and so using a deep conditioning treatment once a week can make all the difference. It’s good for all other types of hair, too!
However, deep conditioning products can be expensive, and typically contain lots of chemicals. The good news? You can make your own DIY deep conditioner for natural hair with just a few ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
- Benefits of deep conditioning natural hair
- Best DIY deep conditioners for different hair issues
- For frizzy hair: Egg and olive oil
- For hair fall: Egg and castor oil
- For dry hair: Banana, olive oil, and greek yogurt
- For dry, dull, and lifeless hair: Mayonnaise, honey, and yogurt
- For brittle and damaged hair: Avocado and honey
- For severe hair breakage: Greek yogurt, egg, and castor oil
- For itchy scalp and dandruff: Sesame seed oil and aloe vera
- Other amazing DIY conditioning mixtures
- Final Tips
Benefits of deep conditioning natural hair
Deep conditioning treatments open your hair to a host of wonderful opportunities and benefits. Your hair will feel more moisturized, nourished, elastic, strong, and healthy. It won’t be as susceptible to split ends, breakage, and dryness.
Plus, deeply conditioning your hair also smoothens your hair shafts, therefore making your hair look shiny and glamorous.
Best DIY deep conditioners for different hair issues
Here is a list of the best DIY deep conditioners for natural hair (and other hair types) that you can make to address different hair issues:
For frizzy hair: Egg and olive oil
Eggs contain lots of vitamin A and proteins to strengthen and nourish your hair while also boosting sebum production to help your hair stay moisturized on its own. Meanwhile, olive all is great in hydrating hair. Together, these two ingredients smoothen hair and eliminate frizz.
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Whisk the egg then add in the olive oil. Mix well. Apply the resulting mixture to your hair. Then, wear a shower cap and blow dry your covered hair for 10 minutes on low heat. Afterwards, rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual.
For hair fall: Egg and castor oil
Castor oil promotes healthy hair growth while adding volume to flat hair, while eggs are rich in protein and amino acids, which are great in preserving the natural oils on your hair to make your hair look shiny and bouncy. This mixture is a great solution to damaged hair and hair fall.
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp castor oil
Combine the egg and castor in a bowl and mix until smooth and consistent. Apply this mixture all over your hair, wear a shower cap, and let the treatment sit for about an hour before washing off with cool water and shampoo.
For dry hair: Banana, olive oil, and greek yogurt
Olive oil, as we mentioned earlier, moisturizes and hydrates dry hair strands. Greek yogurt also helps moisturize hair while also softening your strands. Banana, on the other hand, contains lots of vitamins and potassium, which also make it great for treating dryness.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp pure honey
To start, blend the banana and olive oil until you get a smooth consistency, then add the honey and greek yogurt, mixing until there are no visible lumps. Strain the mixture to get rid of the remaining lumps and pulp. Wet your hair, apply the mixture, and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly with running water.
For dry, dull, and lifeless hair: Mayonnaise, honey, and yogurt
Mayonnaise contains a lot of fats and oils that moisturize, strengthen, and soften hair while adding sheen to your otherwise dry and dull strands. Meanwhile, honey is a natural humectant that prevents your hair from losing moisture.
Whip together all the ingredients in a bowl, stirring until you get an even, smooth consistency. Wet your hair and apply the mixture. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the treatment sit for an hour before thoroughly rinsing with water.
For brittle and damaged hair: Avocado and honey
Avocados are ideal for dry, brittle hair due to the high content of essential fatty acids, oleic acid, and vitamins, whereas honey naturally moisturizes hair, strengthens hair follicles, and enhances your hair’s natural texture.
- 1 avocado
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tbsp pure honey
Mash the avocado well, then blend it with all the other ingredients to create a smooth consistency. You may also use olive oil instead of avocado oil. Apply the resulting mixture to wet hair, then cover with a shower cap, leaving it on your hair for about an hour. Rinse your hair with running water, and if you wish, finish off with your regular conditioner.
For severe hair breakage: Greek yogurt, egg, and castor oil
Greek yogurt is filled with natural proteins, fatty acids, and lactic acid. It strengthens the hair shaft, fortifies each cuticle, hydrates the strands, and adds sheen to your hair. Eggs also offer a healthy protein source to fortify and strengthen hair, while castor oil works as an emollient which prevents your hair from breaking and losing moisture.
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1 egg, whipped
- 1 tbsp castor oil
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Whip the eggs and Greek yogurt in separate bowls. Combine them together and add the oils, stirring until even. Wet your hair and apply the mixture, covering afterwards with a shower cap. Leave it on for at least one hour or longer before rinsing thoroughly.
For itchy scalp and dandruff: Sesame seed oil and aloe vera
Sesame seed oil is a wonderful ingredient that heals a variety of scalp infections, including scalp fungus, dry scalp, and dandruff, thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties that prevent nasty microbes from accumulating on your scalp. Meanwhile, aloe vera gel also fights dandruff while reducing scalp inflammation.
- ¼ cup sesame seed oil (not toasted)
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 drops tea tree or peppermint oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until you get a smooth consistency. Apply the resulting mixture to wet hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the treatment for at least an hour, then rinse thoroughly.
Other amazing DIY conditioning mixtures
Not satisfied? Here are a few more DIY treatments you can try to deeply condition your hair:
Coconut oil and aloe vera
These two ingredients are not only great for the skin, they also work wonders on your hair by moisturizing your strands and eliminating dandruff from your scalp. You just need ¼ cup of aloe vera gel mixed with two tablespoons of coconut oil, or you can also adjust the amounts of each ingredient depending on your hair’s length and thickness.
Lemon juice, coconut milk, and olive oil
Coconut milk and olive oil moisturizes hair and boosts your hair’s health, but the real winner here is lemon juice, which tames wild curls, reduces frizz, and combats humidity, so you don’t have to deal with poofy, dull curls. You will need two tablespoons each of lemon juice and olive oil, mixed with a tablespoon of coconut milk. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Apple cider, honey, and greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is filled with natural proteins that your hair needs. Cider vinegar cleanses and detangles hair. Honey locks in moisture so your hair stays hydrated. Finally, essential oils like lavender oil finish everything off with a nice, pleasant scent. For this, you’ll need half a cup of greek yogurt, a tablespoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of oil.
Avocado and mayonnaise
A simple but effective way to moisturize and hydrate your hair while also strengthening and fortifying your hair strands is by using a mixture of avocado and mayonnaise. Use ½ cup of avocado with ¼ cup of mayonnaise, and add two tablespoons of avocado oil, plus a few drops of rosemary oil for a more pleasant scent.
Banana and honey
Banana is filled with a B-vitamin called biotin, which keeps your hair and scalp healthy. Honey, on the other hand, is a natural humectant that moisturizes your hair. When combined together (one banana with one tablespoon of honey), this treatment promotes healthy hair growth while adding volume to otherwise dull, flat hair.
As you saw above, there are plenty of amazing options right out of your own kitchen if you want a DIY deep conditioner for natural hair that will restore your hair to its optimum condition.
That said, when using any kind of hair conditioner, natural or store-bought, it’s always a smart idea to check for possible adverse reactions before going all in. This means doing a patch test, aka applying a bit of the product on the inner side of the arm or at the nape, and leaving the product on for about an hour, before checking for irritation or redness.