Nourishing Homemade Scalp Conditioner

Make your own conditioners for healthy hair.

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Soft, silky locks are a trademark of sexy divas, although few women are graced with naturally gorgeous hair. Proper hair care is necessary to produce touch-me tresses, but professional shampoos and conditioners are out of the question for fashionstas on a budget. Making a batch of homemade scalp conditioner leaves your locks bouncy and beautiful, and your wallet fat enough to enjoy girls night out.

Dry Scalp Savior

If your shoulders often resemble a sidewalk flaked with snow, it’s time to bust that dry scalp. Pour 3 tablespoons of warm water in an empty shampoo bottle, and add 2 tablespoons of protein powder, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 egg yolk, and 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil. Shake the bottle up and down to mix the ingredients, and warm the conditioner under hot water. Squirt generously onto your scalp, let soak for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Oil No More

Oily scalp is an entirely different monster, and needs to be balanced to avoid gross, greasy locks. Add a whole egg to a clean bottle, pour in 2 tablespoons protein powder, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 10 drops of tea tree oil and shake to blend. Soak your scalp with the mixture, and wrap your scalp with plastic wrap. Watch your fave show or read the latest tabloid for 15 minutes, and rinse until no more conditioner residue remains.

High Maintenance Queens

Chemical queens need a powerful conditioner, since colored and chemically-styled hair is more porous and prone to breakage than natural-haired ladies. Mix 3 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of protein powder, 1 egg, 5 drops of patchouli essential oil, and 5 drops of rose oil in a bowl. Brush the cream over wet hair, pushing it to the scalp with your hands. Cover hair with a plastic shower cap and leave on for 2 hours. Rinse your hair thoroughly, rubbing between your fingers to break up and remove dried bits of conditioner.

Rinse Remedy

A conditioning rinse is the final step to bring out natural shine in any type of hair. Boil a cup of water on the stove, and pour in 2 teaspoons of chamomile flowers. Shut the heat off and leave the flowers to steep for an hour before straining. Dump the cooled chamomile rinse over your scalp after washing and dry hair gently.

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