During the winter when my hair tends to get really dry and uncooperative, deep conditioning is a must!
I love deep conditioners and I’ve tried many store-bought varieties over the years to repair my hair from chemicals, dyes, heat damage, and many other traumas I’ve put my hair through. But lately I’ve been experimenting with making my own homemade deep conditioners.
Not only is it cheaper, but you don’t have to wonder about those mysterious, unpronounceable ingredients on the label. It’s nice to have control over what’s going in my hair. The simpler and more natural the better!
This DIY deep conditioner is extremely simple to make and is one of my favorites. All you need is Greek yogurt, honey, and olive oil. Whenever I use it my hair feels super moisturized, shiny, and soft. It also cuts down on frizz (a major concern for me) and tangles which makes styling afterward that much easier.
Each of these ingredients has a ton of benefits to support hair health and you probably have them in your kitchen right now.
I almost always include Greek yogurt in my hair masks because it has a lot of protein and fatty acids which do wonders for dry, damaged hair.
- Protein strengthens hair and helps prevent split ends.
- Fats lock in moisture and nourish dry strands.
- Lactic Acid supports hair growth and cleanses the scalp to soothe itching and prevent dandruff.
Not surprisingly, honey is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds that can also support healthy hair.
- As a humectant and an emollient, it attracts and seals moisture into your hair, softening and increasing the hair’s natural luster.
- Vitamins and antioxidants strengthen hair follicles and prevents breakage, which leads to hair growth.
- Antibacterial properties keep your hair and scalp clean and healthy.
There are many oils that are great for hair care, but olive oil is my preferred type. It’s a bit heavier than some of the others and in my experience adds longer-lasting moisture.
- It coats the outer layer of the hair giving a smooth, glossy appearance.
- Penetrates the hair shaft to improve elasticity and shine.
- Antioxidants shield hair from harmful free radicals keeping it strong and protected.
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (full fat) 1/4 cup Honey 2-3 TBSP Olive Oil
Mix together all ingredients until the consistency is a smooth paste.
Cleanse your hair, then apply the mask to damp, detangled hair. Divide hair into at least two sections to more evenly distribute the mask. Start at the root and work your way to the ends.
Cover with a shower cap and leave in for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better! You can also wrap a warm towel or muslin cloth around your hair to add heat for added absorption.
Rinse thoroughly with cool water. You may want add an additional rinse with your regular conditioner if your concerned about removing all of the mask.
Repeat this as often as once a week for strong, moisturized, and more manageable hair!
When making this hair mask, you may need to adjust the amount of each ingredient to account for the length and thickness of your hair. You can use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt, it will just have as less protein. You can substitute olive oil with any oil you prefer (e.g. coconut, argan, jojoba, etc).
Again, feel free to tweak this simple recipe to your needs! There’s so many items you already have at home that you can use to condition your hair when it need a little boost.