Leave in conditioners are a boon for people with frizzy, unmanageable and rough hair. For those of you who don’t know what leave in conditioners are, here’s some context.
Leave in conditioners are hair care products that soften your tresses, reduce frizz, make them manageable and reduce tangles. Unlike, after-shampoo conditioners, they are very lightweight with regards to the consistency and formulation.
Often, branded leave in conditioners are expensive. A lot of leave in conditioners might also end up harming hair owing to the presence of hazardous chemicals in them. So, what do you do when you can’t do without leave in conditioners but you want to protect your hair from chemical damage branded leave in conditioners may cause?
Here’s a way. Make your own DIY, natural leave in conditioner at home in just 5 minutes.
Read on to know how.
Step 1. Take an empty spray bottle.
Step 2. Pour 100 ml of rose water into it.
You may use commercially available rose water or you may prepare rose water at home itself. In case you don’t know how to make rose water at home, follow this link:
If you don’t have rose water and you don’t want to make rose water either, you may use plain water also.
Make sure the water is filtered, boiled and cooled.
Step 3. Add half teaspoon of glycerin to the spray bottle.
In case you don’t have glycerin, you may use olive, coconut or almond oil.
But, if you have extremely oily hair, do not use oils. Opt for glycerin.
Note: Make sure not to add excess glycerin or oil, otherwise it would make hair greasy and sticky.
Step 4. Add 2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel to the bottle.
You may use commercially available Aloe Vera gel or you may use home-made natural aloe Vera gel. In case you want to know how to make DIY home made natural Aloe Vera gel, click the link below.
If you don’t have Aloe Vera gel and don’t want to make Aloe Vera gel at home either, you may use a hair serum of your choice instead.
Step 5. Close the lid of the spray bottle and shake it vigorously till all the ingredients infuse with each other well.
Voila! Our DIY leave in conditioner is ready!
How to use?
DIY leave in conditioner is to be applied on partially damp hair after you’ve washed your hair.
Then comb through the hair, when they’ve dried completely to experience soft, manageable and tangle free hair!
Do not apply DIY leave in conditioner when hair is extremely wet or the conditioner would just melt and drip away with water.
After-Shampoo Conditioners Vs Leave-In Conditioners
The major difference between after shampoo conditioners and leave in conditioners is that, after shampoo conditioners are to be washed away sometime after application but leave in conditioners are meant to be left in the hair only.
Formulation and consistency wise, leave in conditioners are lighter whereas after after shampoo conditioners are viscous and heavier.
This DIY leave in conditioner is a cheaper alternative to marketed leave in conditioners. You’d find majority of the ingredients in your kitchen and backyard itself. As for commercial leave in conditioners, they’re not that budget friendly and can burn a hole in the pocket for people with unmanageable, frizzy hair, who’d need leave in conditioners excessively.
This DIY leave in conditioner is comparatively safer than marketed leave in conditioners as it is devoid of toxic chemicals and preservatives. A major part of the formulation comprises of natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, olive oil, almond oil, rose water, etc which nourish hair.
Aloe Vera contains proteolytic enzymes which repair damaged scalp and promote hair growth. Additionally, it tackles dandruff and reduces itching.
Olive oil, almond oil and coconut oil promote hair growth, moisturize hair and nourish scalp.
Rose water moisturizes and stabilizes pH of hair and scalp.
Glycerin nourishes and moisturizes hair and scalp. It reduces brittleness of hair, thereby promoting hair growth.
Ease Of Making
It is extremely easy to make and use. So, if you’ve run out of marketed leave in conditioner at the last moment, you can whip up your own DIY leave in conditioner at home with minimal investment of time and money!
You may also tweak the formulation as per your needs. In case you have oily hair, you may reduce the amount of glycerin and oils. If you have extremely dry hair, you may increase the amount of Aloe Vera. This is, however, not possible with marketed leave in conditioners.
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So, if you’re one of those with frizzy, unmanageable and rough hair, stop yearning for costly, synthetic leave in conditioners.
Give the awfully expensive leave in conditioners a miss and make your own DIY leave in conditioner!