Self-made hair conditioners for a healthy shine

General hair conditioners are connected with creamy and sweet-smelling hair care products that nurture the scalp and hair in a simple and quick way after shampooing them, smoothing them and helping them to shine more.

Conventional conditioners, however, usually contain synthetic ingredients such as micro plastic and silicones. They rarely support a healing or even renewal of hair and scalp.

Yet there are a number of ways to care for hair without chemical additives using simple, natural ingredients. In this Blog post we will introduce you to simple, effective, homemade DIY- conditioners, which are healthier for the hair and less harmful to the environment.

Flaxseeds

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You probably know flaxseed as a healthy ingredient in baked goods and muesli or as a vegetable egg substitute. In addition to its use in cooking, the flaxseed gel can also be used for hair care. Flaxseed gel contains numerous nutrients that also keep hair healthy and strong – including magnesium, selenium, copper and omega-3 fatty acids. Using a leave-in conditioner with flaxseed gel, the active ingredients can have a particularly intensive effect on the hair.

Following ingredients are needed:

-35-40 g flaxseed (-> International shipping)

-500 ml tap or distilled water 1-2 tbsp.

-hair-conditioning vegetable oil optional, essential oil for even more care – for example, lavender, peppermint or rosemary

-optional a few drops of vitamin E oil to protect the ingredients from oxidation

Apple cider vinegar

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For those who use hair care alternatives such as hair soap, an acid rinse is an ideal addition to smooth the outer layer of the hair, which has been roughened by the alkaline effect of the soap. It removes soap and lime residues from the hair, providing shine and a stronger (natural) hair color, making conventional conditioners unnecessary.

Following ingredients are needed:

-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (contains especially many vitamins and minerals that additionally nourish the hair), raspberry vinegar or wine vinegar

-500 ml tap or distilled water (as needed)

-optional 5 drops of essential oil for even more care – for example lavender, peppermint, rosemary.

Herbal nutrition for your hair

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Various herbs and their care properties These herbs are particularly suitable for the preparation of a herbal vinegar as a hair rinse:

Nettle gives hair more shine, helps against slightly greasy hair, itchy scalp, dandruff and hair loss; has a slightly darkening effect (not suitable for blond hair)

Chamomile helps against greasy and inflamed scalp; brightens blond and white hair Nasturtium promotes hair growth; acts against dandruff and hair loss

Lavender soothes irritated and dry scalp; helps with damaged hair; acts against dandruff (not suitable for blond hair) Peppermint has a refreshing effect; helps against irritated, itchy scalp and against dandruff

Rosemary helps with hair loss and oily scalp; makes blond hair look slightly reddish

Sage has a soothing effect on itchy or oily scalp, is effective against greasy hair, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and strengthens the hair

For a hair rinse with herbal vinegar or just herbs:

-1 handful of herbs of your choice, dried or fresh

-250 ml apple cider vinegar, you can fill the ingredients into a jar with a capacity of 300-500 ml

If you liked the recipes and want to try it yourself, we are of course very happy. We’re excited to hear about your experiences with the new homemade DIY-conditioner, share them with us and other readers below in the comments.

Which hair conditioner works best for your hair? Feel free to share your experience in a comment below!

Break the shampoo habit – this is how the switch to natural hair care works!

Anyone who has recently turned their attention to the incomprehensible ingredients of their hair-care products has certainly landed informative websites and found skin-irritating, allergenic or even carcinogenic substances in body and hair care products.

The use of microplastics (hidden behind cryptic names), silicones or anionic surfactants also makes you think and leads many to the decision to fall back on natural products. But especially when switching to mild shampoos and cleansing methods, the oil release regulates only slowly.

Legacy silicone, polyquaternium or related substances with word syllables of “quat” are washed out only slowly.

In this article you’ll learn how a switch to natural hair shampoos is more enjoyable, prevents dehydration, and how the individual care you need gets to where it’s needed.

FIRST STEP: Removal of chemical reSIDUES!

In order for the changeover to the new cleansers or alternative methods, it is good to remove any remaining chemical residues from the old shampoos and conditioners.

As a quick method, three to five hair washes with sodium bicarbonate (e.g. Natron -> US shipping) with a wash interval of four days have proven to be effective.

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This sodium bicarbonate deep cleansing is applied as follows:

  • Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda (US shipping) in 100 ml of lukewarm water (up to three times this amount is needed for longer hair). Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of baking soda (EU shipping) to two tablespoons of lukewarm water to form a paste. Wet the hair with warm water before applying so that the cuticle opens and the silicone stored in it is also washed out.
  • Gently massage the mixture on the scalp. In the process, the mass becomes slippery and can cause color changes even in uncolored hair. Chemically dyed hair may lose color with each wash of baking soda.

SECOND STEP: To neutralize the sodium hydroxide, an acidic rinse should follow each soda wash!

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Mix either one to three tablespoons of wine vinegar (-> EU-shipping), the juice of one lemon with one liter of cold water or prepare a tea extract from hibiscus flowers (-> US-shipping) (reddish coloring). This rinse is distributed cold over the scalp and hair lengths and can be left in the hair as a leave-in. However, a very cold final rinse is also beneficial, as the increasing cold ensures that the skin and hair scales, which were opened by the warm cleansing process, are securely attached.

A less drastic, but also much more tedious method is the prolonged use of a silicone-free or quaternium-free shampoo. Hair conditioner, hair treatment and care products should also be free of these substances.

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