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Monday, April 8, 2013

DIY Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler

I think I've mentioned before that I have little brothers that wrestle. They will soon be going to the Jaycees State Tournament and that means a hotel stay along with a pool. It got me thinking about my hair and the condition it will be in after soaking up all the chlorine. I have one little sister, too, that has super long, thick hair that gets tangled very easily when the chlorine strips it of it's moisture.

I recently bought Joico Moisture Recovery conditioner (I used it for my Deep Conditioning Treatment at Home and loved it!) and thought that since it's such a nice conditioner, it would be probably be good as a leave-in conditioner & detangler, too. I was right. :)

I got up to work out this morning, but by the time I finished my shower, I was running late for work. I remembered my cousin told me recently that she never uses mousse or gel for her wavy hair, just conditioner. I thought it was odd and figured my hair would get really greasy doing that. Since I was short on time, I decided today would be a good day to test it out, as well as see how my homemade leave-in conditioner worked. I was worried that my hair would get really flat on top and frizzy every where else, but figured I could just throw it up once it was dry if it did.

I loved it! Once I was out of the shower, I towel dried my hair and whipped it up and down a couple times. (You don't want to comb it out if your hair is wavy or curly as it will make it go flat.) Once my wet hair wasn't plastered to my head, I generously spritzed my homemade leave-in conditioner in (not too much at the roots though so it wouldn't get greasy) and lightly scrunched it together with my fingers. Then I left it alone.
By the time it was dry, it was probably the best "beachy waves" my hair has ever done. I was shocked that my hair would do that without any gel or mousse! (Thanks for the idea, Joanie!)

Anyway, back to my point of this post...make this. :)

You can use it as a styling aid like I did, or spritz it in after a shower, then gently comb your hair. As long as you don't get too much at the roots, your hair won't get greasy, but it will be easier to comb and help smooth your frizzies at the same time. You won't regret it. Plus, it's cheap!

I highly recommend the Joico Moisture Recovery because I know how awesome it is, but if you have a favorite conditioner, feel free to use that. :)

All you need is water, your favorite conditioner, and a spray bottle
(I used an old leave-in conditioner bottle that I had on hand, but you can buy cheap spray bottles pretty much anywhere if you don't have any.)

Figure out how much liquid your bottle holds.
Put about 2/3 that amount of water in a mixing bowl.

Squeeze enough conditioner in to equal the remaining 1/3.

Gently stir until it is completely mixed.

Pour mixture into your bottle.

Can you believe this is what my hair did with NO product other than conditioner?!

I realize it's not as pretty as it probably would be using heat styling, but this is air dried.

My hair is never this "well behaved" when it's air dried, even with product!
Obviously, I'm kind of happy about this. :) I hope it works for you, too!


  1. This stuff is amazing! I have very curly hair so I thought this would just make it fuzzy. With a little encouragement from my sister, I tried it. AWESOME!

  2. be careful using that much conditioner, conditoner can also dry out your hair

    1. I've been using this almost daily for 5 months now, and I haven't had any problems. My hair is soft and healthy (without build-up), and I still notice the spray working. I wouldn't recommend a cheap conditioner, but using a high quality conditioner with regular hair care, I don't foresee a problem. If you feel that this will be an issue with your hair, I would not recommend trying it. However, like I said, I've had awesome results!

      Thank you for visiting our blog and sharing your opinion. :)


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