Herbal Ingredients That Work Better Than Your Conditioner!

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Shampooing without a conditioner is like putting out an open invitation for hair troubles. But, when you run out of a conditioner in the shower, what do you do? You think smart! What if we say, there are herbal alternatives lying around in your kitchen, which you could use instead of a conditioner?

Would you give it a try? Then, keep reading to find out more!


Natural ingredients versus store-brought conditioners, which one should you opt for? Well, we would any day say natural ingredients, and we have good a reason why.

Your conditioner effectively seals the cuticles, locks in the moisture, improves elasticity and prevents breakage.

Only hitch is, a store-brought conditioner is packed with toxic chemicals, artificial fragrance and synthetic derivatives that though does its job, in the long run will leave your hair dry and limp.

Natural ingredients, on the other hand, do not just work better than conditioners, but involve zero chemicals and cost fraction of its money.

It's an easy choice really! So, without further ado, here are 10 herbal alternatives that you could use instead of a conditioner, which guarantee the best hair days of your life!



Proteins in mayonnaise can infuse life back into your dull hair.

Apply a dollop of mayonnaise on your freshly cleansed hair, as you would apply a conditioner, focussing more on the hair ends, instead of the roots. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for 10 minutes, before rinsing it out with a mild shampoo.



High on proteins and vitamin B, beer makes your hair supper glossy, ultra-soft and shiny in the first wash.

Take half a cup of beer, mix a teaspoon of jojoba oil. After shampoo, rinse your hair with the solution. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse the homemade hair conditioner mask with plain water.



Gelatin is 90% proteins, which can transform most damaged hair.

Take a packet of gelatin powder, mix it with a cup of warm water. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then apply the mixture to your freshly cleansed hair. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it clean.



Take a cup of lukewarm water, mix in 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, a few drops of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of glycerin and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix until all the ingredients blend well in this Ayurvedic hair-strengthening mask. Once done shampooing, use the solution to give your hair a last rinse. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it clean.


Henna Powder

Henna has powerful moisturising and hair-nourishing properties, which can work as an excellent conditioner.

Take a tablespoon of henna, preferably one that has natural colourants removed, and mix it water to get a smooth paste. Apply it liberally to your hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it clean.

olive oil

Olive Oil

Mix a few drops of olive oil, with a few drops of coconut oil, add a teaspoon of honey and mix until all the ingredients blend well. Sparingly apply it to your hair ends, let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly. Depending on your hair length and thickness, tweak the content to avoid making your hair greasy.


Rosemary Oil

Yet another tip on how to condition your hair naturally is with the use of rosemary oil. Add a few drops of rosemary oil to water and use the solution to give your hair a last rinse. It will keep your hair from frizzing and add a nice shine.

Body Lotion

The moisturising properties of a body lotion will give your hair the same sleek, smooth feel. However, read the label carefully before using it to avoid any side effects.

Take a pea-sized lotion in the palm of your hand, and rub it sparingly through your hair ends. Let it sit for 2 minutes and then rinse. Avoid using too much lotion, as it can make your scalp turn greasy!

Story first published: Monday, October 17, 2016, 14:18 [IST]
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