How to Naturally Condition Your Hair

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If you have tried a more natural routine for washing and conditioning your hair, chances are that you’ve had one of two experiences: 1. your hair gets really greasy or 2. your hair gets dry and brittle.

For the first situation, you basically have to tough out the new natural regimen until your hair completes the detox phase. A lot of today’s hair products are filled with chemicals that strip the hair of all it’s essential oils. To compensate, the hair over-produces oils. Once you go more natural and remove these oil-stripping products from your routine, it takes a while for the hair to catch up and realize that it no longer needs to produce as much oil.

After you pass this stage, you may find that your hair needs a little something extra for conditioning. This isn’t the case with all people, as a more natural routine usually makes hair healthier, fuller, soft and shiny.

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I use two different types of conditioning oils in my hair:

1. Coconut oil – This marvelous oil isn’t just for cooking. I also use it to moisturize my entire body, and even my hair. Just a little smoothing through of this oil about once a week makes my hair soft, sleek and shiny.

2. Bhringraj oil – This is a nice oil that smells kind of like sesame oil. Not only does it condition the hair, but it is supposed to also promote faster hair growth and strengthening of the hair. I try to use this one about once a week.  I noticed after just a few weeks of trying this that my hair did feel stronger and had less breakage.

What are some of your tips and/or products that you recommend for naturally conditioning hair? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  1. I LOVE coconut oil. Use it as a body butter myself. Also my 3 yr old Rat Terrier had an attack of a red rash all over his tummy. I gave him an anti-histamine, a bath and then rubbed his tummy area with coconut oil. He quit scratching and his rash went away. new regimen, add coconut oil daily to his coat as well as his tummy! He will probably lick it off but it’s good internally. He always licks it off my legs & arms anyway! LOL

  2. I think I have some of this oil Bhringrhaj oil (I got it at the Indian grocery where I get my cilantro), its smells like Aveda kinda doesn’t it?

    I should try this method..

  3. Thank you for this post. I went “no-poo” about a month ago…I’m so glad to know the hyper-oil thing is just a temporary phase. I find that using a straight iron helps…I think it burns off the extra oil or something.

    • I went no poo for about 4 months. I couldn’t take it anymore. My problem was not the oil. In fact, my hair was dry and brittle from going no poo. But maybe I need to dry the coconut oil in this post.

  4. By the way, is there are particular brush you recommend using to effectively distribute the oils, and perhaps help to keep the hair clean?

  5. I know it sounds crazy but my brother had flakes/dandruff really bad growing up so my grandma would every couple of months put mayo in his hair and leave it in for about an hour and rinse it out and he would be flake free for a couple of months :)

  6. How do you apply the coconut oil? In the shower and rinse? Or as a leave in? Also about how much?

  7. I am going to try this with my daughter. She’s having such trouble with shampoo/conditioners causing rash on her scalp that makes her hair fall out. Baby shampoo is helping, but conditioner still worries me!

  8. Hi Crystal! Thanks to reading one of your blog posts about “poo-less,” I mustered the courage and started non-shampoo’ing my hair with a Soap Nuts scrub. I started off using just plain Soap Nuts liquid, but it left my hair a little too oily for my liking, even after a few weeks of getting used to a different hair-washing routine. Then I tried the Soap Nuts scrub that I make to use for general cleaning around the house, and it worked great, but after a few weeks, my hair was too dry! So now, I use the scrub on my hair, then I add plain Soap Nuts liquid (as a “conditioner” of sorts) that I leave in until I finish shaving my legs (or scrubbing the shower stall with the Soap Nuts liquid – double duty works for me! lol). The added step leaves my hair shiny, smooth, and soft, but not greasy or dry. I love it! I say, find what works for you and stick with it!

    For straightening my hair, however, I need to find an all-natural, leave-in product (such as the coconut oil – I will have to try that) that will protect my hair follicle. Right now I use a commercial product, but, since I am trying to get away from anything that is not natural, I want to change.

  9. I’d like to know also where to aply, in the scalp only ? and how much.
    The idea is to use a regular shampoo without conditioner?
    Where can I find coconut oil, in a regular supermarket?

    • Hey Lili! I use about a pea size and yes I do it all over. I do use the no poo method with coconut oil as a conditioner. Sometimes when I have to use a shampoo, I will not use a conditioner and just use coconut oil. And yes, you can find it at the regular supermarket. Good luck!

  10. I just blogged about my no-poo experience….I’ve gotten several “that’s just gross” type of comments. LOL!

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