Some people might tell you that the best leave-in conditioner is simply watered down conditioner. But if you've adopted a no-poo hair care routine, or need a little extra nourishment to bring your dry hair back to life, an deeper moisturizing treatment might be in order. An oil-based leave-in conditioner can help tame wild fly-aways, soften brittle hair in dry temperatures, and protect a healthy mane.
Why Try a Leave-In Hair Conditioner?
The best thing about making your own hair serum recipe is that you get to customize the feel and smell every time you refill your precious bottle of botanical ingredients. I typically sway toward jojoba and argan oil for my lightly coarse, curly hair, which tends to stay dry and oil-free, no matter how much oil I add to it. This allows me to freshen up my look without taking a brush to my hair (which can just break up the curls and cause more frizz).
Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis), which is actually a liquid plant wax, is the closest oil to our body’s naturally produced sebum. For this reason, jojoba oil doesn't tend to make you feel greasy. This is an especially good choice for oily hair types. Since it’s quick to be absorbed not only by your hair, but also by your skin, it's one of the most popular additions to facial oil serum recipes too.
Argan oil (Argania spinosa) is golden in color with a subtle aroma. This oil contains vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids, which your hair will love!
This is the base I use for all of my hair serum recipes. Sometimes, I add a little rosehip seed oil or a dab of pomegranate seed oil in the winter. I regularly change the essential oils I use, but rosemary and lavender are two of my favorites.
Makes about 1 ounce.
- 1 Tbsp. organic argan oil
- 1 Tbsp. organic jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. pomegranate seed oil or castor oil (optional, for dry/coarse hair)
- 5 drops organic rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops organic lavender essential oil
- Combine carrier oils and essential oils in a 1 oz. glass dropper bottle.
- Screw on cap and roll bottle between palms to disperse essential oils.
How to Use Leave-In Conditioner
- For dry hair: Place a couple of drops onto fingertips, run through midway to ends of hair. Avoid adding oils to scalp directly, as this is where oil can tend to build up.
- For wet hair: Place a couple of drops into finger tips and run through midway to ends of hair, brush through while still wet, and style as normal.
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