DIY Conditioner

I have the most wonderful family that consists of me, hubby, 2 teenagers and an 11 year old. And some of us have long hair -- down to the shoulder or past it.

My daughter's hair is down to the middle of her back and wonderfully thick. She could easily go through a bottle of cream rinse style conditioner every 2 weeks, and that adds up fast. I have taught her that she doesn't necessarily need to wash her hair every day, and that has helped the amount of hair care we need to make or buy.

I have since taken to making my own shampoo and conditioner, not only because I am cheap  frugal, but I like the idea of being able to control the ingredients.

I have tried several different recipes over the last few years, and this one has by far become a favorite. It's easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find.



  • 5 grams dried chamomile flowers (organic and sustainably sourced like this)
  • 3 grams dried rosemary leaves (organic and sustainably sourced like this)
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • 1 Tbs almond oil (organic, unrefined almond oil like this or another carrier oil)
  • 1 Tbs honey (raw, unfiltered honey like this)

Make It

  • First, make an infusion of the herbs in water, like you are making a tea to drink. Measure the herbs by weight to get a more accurate measurement. Since this is a washout product, you could also measure by using ½ cup of chamomile flowers and 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary leaves.
  • Pour the boiling water over the herbs and allow to infuse for 20 minutes or so, depending on how much time you need to finish that cup of coffee, start another load of clothes and get breakfast going for your kids.
  • Pour the herbs into a cloth over a strainer and gently squeeze to get all the water out. You will have just over a cup of tea to use. You only need one cup, so any "excess" can be enjoyed while you are waiting your teenagers to get out of the bathroom. For me, that's a 2 cup ordeal but I digress.
  • Carefully stir in the oil and honey. You will need to shake this up each time you use it to redistribute them into the infused water. Store in a plastic container. Broken glass in the shower is not a pleasant thing, trust me on this one.

*T=tablespoon and t=teaspoon


To Use Your DIY Conditioner

Simply add about 1 tablespoon of the mixture to clean hair, concentrating on the ends.

You may find that it doesn't feel like it's de-tangling much at first, but I found that after two uses, my hair felt much softer.

Since this doesn't have any preservatives in it, you will want to make sure to use it up within 2 weeks.

I have found that this batch only lasts my family 1-2 days since my teens are in the taking multiple-showers-a-day phase, and my daughter likes to "slather" her hair with it. Sigh... at least it's easy and cheap to make.

However, with "normal" use of only using it once a day, this should last a family of 5 roughly a week.

Oh, you want a DIY shampoo recipe, too? Ookaay...

Finally, a homemade DIY shampoo recipe that will leave your hair soft and luscious. Ready to get properly ph balanced and bring back the bounce to your hair? This is the recipe for you!



Great! Simply head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell some of the ingredients you will need.

While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!

Comments 9

  1. Conventional conditioners are harsh and natural ones are generally rough on my wavy long hair so I can’t wait to try this one!

  2. I have extremely thin baby fine hair. I usually don’t use conditioner, as it tends to weigh my hair down. Would you say this homemade conditioner is lightweight or heavier?

  3. Can this also be frozen to increase length of storage time? I only have 2 people who will be using it.

    1. Hi Kelli! Yes, definitely! You could use an ice cube tray and melt them as you use them. If you give it a go, let us know how it works for you!

  4. For those of us who are always running low on time and like to make things in large batches — is this something that could potentially be stored frozen as then thawed until it is ready to be used?

  5. How long should you leave this conditioner in? Is this a leave in conditioner or wash-out, I think you mentioned wash-out, just wanted to confirm. Thank you! 🙂

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