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Hair treatments such as perms and highlights may make your locks look beautiful in the short term, but they can damage the strands over time. Liven up your dry, over-processed hair with a homemade leave-in conditioner. Not only will making your own conditioner save you money, you'll know exactly what you're putting on your locks. Bottle your hand-made hair moisturizer up for convenient storage and application.
If you want an effective leave-in conditioner without spending a lot of time mixing and blending, use your regular conditioner as a base. Simply fill a plastic spray bottle with 1/2 cup of your favorite conditioner and two cups of distilled water. Shake the mixture well to blend and spray onto damp hair.
Jojoba Oil Treatment
Treat your tresses to a jojoba oil-infused leave-in conditioner, which will leave your hair soft and moisturized. Jojoba oil, also known as "golden wax," will deeply penetrate your strands, imparting high shine. Make an all-natural leave-in conditioner by combining 1 cup of distilled water with 1 tsp. of jojoba water in a spray bottle. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, for a fresh scent.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
Give your hair the royal treatment with a luscious, coconut oil-based leave-in conditioner. Start by pouring 1/8 cup of your favorite conditioner into a plastic spray bottle. Add 3/4 cup of distilled water and 1 tbsp. of coconut oil, and shake to blend well. You can substitute the coconut for olive or sweet almond oil if that's all you have on hand.
Aloe and Rose Water Spray
For a light, detangling leave-in conditioner, use an aloe vera juice and rose water blend. Pour 1/4 cup of sweet-smelling rose water, 1 tbsp. of aloe vera juice and 1 tbsp. of sweet almond oil into a plastic spray bottle and shake thoroughly to mix. Spritz the treatment onto towel-dried hair before combing or brushing.