How to make a leave-in conditioner: Smooth, Detangle & Shine - hair buddha

How to make a leave-in conditioner: Smooth, Detangle & Shine

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Is your hair dry, coarse, frizzy, tangled or unruly?

In healthy conditions, hair’s moisture content is about 10 to 12% moisture. People with dry, coarse hair find it difficult to retain moisture into their hair. When the hair dries, it all evaporates out, leaving the hair in a dry, tangled mess. This all-natural, handmade leave-in conditioner will seal the moisture within the strands and keep your hair looking great. And it will also keep any moisture that is outside the hair on the outside. Because if you have frizzy hair you don’t want external moisture to enter the hair strands, as that is what causes the frizz.

You can make this jar of cream with shea butter and your favorite oils.

I love shea butter for hair. It provides amazing moisturising and softening benefits. This plant butter is an excellent sealant, giving the hair incredible shine and texture. It also helps to reduce friction between the hair strands. This greatly reduces the tangling and improves manageability.

This recipe is very simple to make and you require no special equipments or skills. You only need shea butter and couple of other oils. I am using olive oil for its hair softening properties and coconut oil for its hair protecting and glossing effects. But you can use different oils if you like. Let’s get started…..

How to make a leave-in conditioner: Smooth, Detangle & Shine



1. Weight the ingredients using a kitchen scale.

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2. Melt the shea butter in the double boiler.

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3. Add the coconut oil and olive oil and stir until everything is liquid.

4. Remove the mixture form the heat and leave it to cool until it hardens ( can take 4 to 5 hours). To quicken the cooling you can also place the mixture in the fridge (takes 30 to 40mins).


5. Then whip it up using a spoon or a mixer until it is nice and creamy.

6. When the consistency is to your liking, add essential oils (if using). Stir well to combine.

7. Pour into the jar and enjoy!

(You can buy the glass jar here)

Note: You can use your choice of light weight oils such as sesame oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, or almond oil. Also feel free to experiment with different essential oils. So, use your creativity here!

How to use

When it comes to using any natural products less is more. Start with a pea size, rub between the palms of your hands and apply to damp, towel dried hair. (Keep it away from the roots to avoid greasy look.) And let your hair dry naturally.

You can also use this conditioner on dry hair but the key is to the lock in moisture whilst it’s still wet. So remoisturise your hair by spritzing them with moisturising ingredients such as aloe vera, rose water or any floral water. Then seal them with this conditioner.

The tangles will be much easier to comb out and you hair will look healthy, shiny and smooth.

Get Soft & Smooth Hands & Feet

This is pretty much a ‘all-purpose cream’. You can use it moisturise your hands and feet. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling beautifully soft. Both shea butter and sunflower oil contain some nice phytosterols which can help calm angry, irritated skin. Plus, shea butter has a natural SPF of about 4 to 6, so this cream is great for mild sun exposure.

Storage & Expiry:

The expiry is the expiry of the ingredients, which should be about a year. And keep it in cool, dry place to retard rancidity. You can also add about 1 ml vitamin E to keep it fresh for longer.

Happy Crafting!!


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[…] Don’t forget to lock the moisture inside or else it will all evaporate out, leaving your hair dry again. Using plant oil or butter is the simple way to do it. You can also make a DIY leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturised- here’s the recipe […]

Connie Campbell says

I just stumbled upon this discussion, and am hoping that you can help me find an alternative to shea butter, because I am allergic to it. Thank you in advance.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Connie, there are a few alternatives to shea butter:

    Cocao butter – this is slightly harder than shea butter so you will need more oil.

    Avocado butter, Murumuru butter & Babassu butter – All of them have lower melting point, more like coconut oil so you may not need to add any other oil.

    Mango butter – this is drier feeling than shea butter.

      Connie Campbell says

      I’m sorry for my late reply, but I want to thank you for the information that you provided.

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sandhya says

Wwo I’m new to ur site. I first searched for rice water for skin nd m directed to ur site. All ur article’s are so good. . Thank you dear. Keep it up. May God be with you

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hello Sandhya. Welcome to hairbuddha!
    And thanks for your kind words.

Sandy says

How long it will remain in good condition and how to store it?

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Sandy, the expiry is the expiry of the ingredients, which should be more than a year. And keep it in cool dry place to retard rancidity. You can also add about 1 ml vitamin E to keep it fresh for longer. Hope this helps.

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