This three ingredient homemade deep conditioner is the ultimate product. You get a detangler, a softener and a gentle cleanser. At pH 5.5, yogurt is naturally optimized for hair care plus it is choke full of saturated fats, proteins and vitamins, which makes it a fantastic product for any diy conditioner enthusiast.
The brand of the yogurt shouldn’t matter that much as long as it is all natural, unflavored and with no added sugar. Full-fat yogurt is ideal because the saturated/unsaturated fats, proteins and vitamins are intact and will therefore be most beneficial to hair. Yogurt packs a punch on its own can be used directly on the hair without adding any other ingredients to it.
For those who prefer to tweak there are endless options. I like adding a pleasant aroma to my homemade conditioners because it adds to the overall luxe of my products. Often I will use a dual-purpose essential oil that not only adds fragrance but also provides some benefit to my hair and scalp. The only other ingredient I add to this deep conditioner is oil. Since the yogurt already has vitamins, minerals, fats and water, adding a herbal oil completes essential ingredients.
- Two-Three large dollops of yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon of herbal oil (available at my store here)
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (any essential oil of your choice will do. I rotate peppermint, sweet orange and lavender with occasional drops of tea tree for scalp treatments)
- Mix everything together and voila
How I use it:
My favorite way to use this deep conditioner is on dry, tangle hair. It serves as a deep conditioner, a detangler and a hair softener. In my observation, my hair soaks up most of this conditioner when applied on dry hair. There is no science to the application. I just slather as much as possible on my dry hair and use my hands to get to my roots, wrap a plastic bag on it and just let it marinate for a few hours (sometimes overnight). After a few hours my hair is so soft and it’s so easy to release the few tangles that remain just with my hands. Finally I just rinse it off (no shampoo, no conditioner) and then proceed to the leave-ins and styling.