Homemade Hair Conditioners for African-American Hair

Make your own conditioner in the comfort of your kitchen.

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Believe it or not, you can turn your parched scalp and desert-dry hair into waves of luscious, soft and shiny locks with items straight from your kitchen cupboards. When you slather hair with the best ingredients Grandma used to take care of her hair, you can ditch expensive conditioners that are chock full of chemicals and fragrances. Hydrating African-American hair is easy with quick homemade conditioners you can store in your fridge for whenever your hair needs a little TLC.

Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Avocado

To add shine and hydration to dull and dry hair, whip up celebrity hair stylist Pearson Knight's recipe using coconut oil, olive oil and avocado. "Dampen the hair with warm to hot water to prepare the cuticle, then add the mix and cover with the shower cap," says Knight. Let the hair mask penetrate hair for 20 to 30 minutes allowing your body's own heat to help the ingredients to penetrate. Rinse it out with cool water to lock in nourishment, and wear your hair natural for the day for shiny, healthy hair.

Bananas, Milk and Olive Oil

If your mission is to stop split ends and put the brakes on breakage, reach in the fruit basket and pull out a banana. Peel it, cut it up in small sections and toss it in the blender. Add an egg, 2 tablespoons of milk and 5 tablespoons of olive oil. Blend like crazy then gently massage the mixture into your scalp and hair, and let the natural oils, vitamins and protein soak into your hair for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse out and style as normal.

Eggs and Avocado

Turn your breakfast into a yummy treat for your hair by using it as a deep conditioner. Separate egg whites from the yolk and mix the yolk, which has all the protein, with a smashed avocado. Apply the mixture to slightly damp hair for 15 minutes, then rinse and wash out. Use the leftover egg white for a face mask, or cook it for a healthy breakfast omelet.


Let your sandwiches go dry, but not your hair! Save some mayonnaise to help rescue locks from dehydration. Take a cup of regular mayonnaise and thoroughly cover your hair with it. Cover your tresses with a shower cap and let hair and mayonnaise sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo hair with cold water, moisturize with olive oil, and blow-dry or style as usual.

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