Leave in conditioners are undeniably essential for anyone who wants healthy hair. They work by coating the hair strands to prevent damage and tangling. They are different from regular conditioners and deep conditioners because they are usually not as thick and because they don’t build up on the scalp or hair, they don’t need to be rinsed out.
See: Natural Hair Starter Kit
Sadly, so many leave in conditioners are quite expensive. Also, a large number of leave in conditioners available in the market contain ingredients like petroleum jelly, mineral oil, silicones, parabens, et al which can damage the hair.

Whether you’re looking for cheaper alternatives, or you want to be able to control what goes into your hair, these leave in conditioning recipes will be great for your hair. You can make them all by yourself at home with cheap and readily available ingredients.

NOTE: tsp-teaspoon

You will need:
Shea butter(1/2 a cup)
Honey(optional)(1 tbsp)
Coconut oil(1 tsp)
Olive oil(1 tsp)
1/2 tsp of any essential oil of your choice.(optional)

Make the shea butter soft by mixing it with a hand mixer or with a wooden spoon. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or with a hand mixer. Apply to hair after shampooing, after moisturizing or before styling. Store in a container in a fridge and use within 2-4 weeks.

Shea butter is excellent for sealing in the moisture into your hair. It is also a great hair conditioner that is suitable for hair types.
Honey is a great humectant and conditioner. A humectant attracts water vapour from the atmosphere to the hair. Therefore, honey works to keep your hair moisturized all the time.
Coconut oil is great for adding shine to the hair and conditioning it.
Olive oil is great for adding shine, soothing an itchy scalp and reducing hair frizz.

This will cost:
N100- 1/2 cup shea butter from Nigerian market
Buy shea butter here:
I bought a 50cl bottle of raw honey for N500, so a teaspoon will cost exactly N4.90. I did the math *wink*.
N1.47-Coconut oil.
N2.94-Olive oil.
*Essential oils- prices vary depending on the oil.

You will need:
A spray bottle
Your regular rinse out conditioner(1 part)
Water(3 parts)

Shake the bottle thoroughly. Spray on to hair for easy detangling.

This will cost:
(Assuming we use 4 tablespoons of alberto v05 conditioner. I bought  my 15 ounce Alberto v05 moisturizing conditioner for N400 at a local suupermarket.)
N0-Spray(Use an old perfume bottle)

See:Common Natural Hair Acronyms and Terms
You will need:
A spray bottle
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup of water

Spray on to hair for easy detangling. Don’t worry, you hair won’t smell of vinegar once it’s dry.

Apple cider vinegar is a great natural hair product for conditioning and restoring shine to the hair. It can also be used for clarifying the hair to get rid of build up.

This will cost:
N92.20-Apple cider vinegar(Assuming we use 1 tablespoon of Bragg’s organic ACV)

Buy ACV on Jumia here or here

You will need:
1/2 cup each of 2 of your favourite oils.
1/2 tsp of any essential oil of your choice.(optional)
I mix equal parts of olive and coconut oils. Simply apply them to the hair. You can also slightly heat up the oil mix and massage on to the scalp as a hot oil treatment.

This will cost:
N35.49-Coconut oil.
N14.20-Olive oil.
*Essential oils- prices vary depending on the oil.

Thank you for reading! Hope I was able to help.
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Published by Natural Nimi

I am a medical student residing in Lagos, Nigeria. I have worn my hair natural(unpermed) since 2013, and here I share my experiences. I'm not perfect, but I believe that natural is a journey on which we are constantly learning. 

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