Why Use a Natural Conditioner
Normal conditioners contain chemicals and synthetic fragrances that are not good for your body or your hair. Most do not contain natural oils that will be able to moisturize your hair. They do contain ingredients like dimethicone that coat your hair without moisturizing it.
100% natural conditioners have a high percentage of natural oils or butters that can penetrate the hair and provide true benefits.
If you want to buy bulk, Essential Wholesale has natural conditioners in bulk sizes. There are scented and unscented options so you can add your own essential oils if you like
Applying pure argan oil on dry hair does wonders and it actually soaks in when applied in small quantities! You can also try a little bit of coconut oil or an argan coconut blend. The coconut oil with take a little longer to soak in but is amazing for hair.
I love to make my own products and I have finally figured out a homemade one. You will love this recipe if you are ready to try to make your own.
You will need a gram scale for this one. Check back later for a recipe with tablespoons and teaspoons.
Natural Conditioner Recipe
Water 3 cups
Coconut oil 144 grams
Behentrimonium Chloride 45 grams
Cetyl Alcohol 25 grams
Glycerin 20 grams
Citric Acid 5 grams
Hydrolyzed wheat protein 5 grams
Hydrolyzed oat protein 5 grams
Panthenol 9 grams
Essential oil for scent
Melt coconut oil, behentrimonium chloride and cetyl alcohol in a double boiler. Warm the water. Pour the melted coconut oil mixture into the blender and blend. The b. chloride will not melt completely but will blend in the blender. Pour in the warm water and blend. Blend in remaining ingredients. Add essential oils to scent.
The hydrolyzed proteins and panthenol are not necessary but make a nicer quality product. They can be purchased at www.lotioncrafter.com.
You may try switching out some of the coconut oil for other oils.
The behentrimonium chloride can be purchased at www.makingcosmetics.com. The cetyl alcohol can be purchased at www.essentialwholesale.com. Glycerin can be purchased at either website.
Research Shows that Coconut Oil Moisturizes Hair the Best
Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.
SourceResearch and Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India.
Previously published results showed that both in vitro and in vivo coconut oil (CNO) treatments prevented combing damage of various hair types. Using the same methodology, an attempt was made to study the properties of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair. Mineral oil (MO) was selected because it is extensively used in hair oil formulations in India, because it is non-greasy in nature, and because it is cheaper than vegetable oils like coconut and sunflower oils. The study was extended to sunflower oil (SFO) because it is the second most utilized base oil in the hair oil industry on account of its non-freezing property and its odorlessness at ambient temperature. As the aim was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using the above oils, the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the Taguchi Design of Experimentation was used. The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss.
The above information was obtained from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094.