Deep Conditioners Good Enough to Eat

Who would have thought that items that taste so good in your mouth would work so well to condition those curls? The key to these great recipes is remembering that they are for your curls and not your stomach (at least until you have finished the recipe)! You'll notice that these recipes have a lot of similar ingredients because these are what have worked the best for so many curlies thus far. Try them out and see which base product makes your hair feel the softest. Special reminder: For some curlies protein can actually dry out your hair. If you have find that happening, it might be best for you to try a different treatment or alternate between one of these and another one that doesn't contain as much protein.

Sweet Avocado

The recipe:

  • 1 avocado
  • EVOO (Extra-virgin olive oil)
  • Honey

The benefits: Avocado is great for deep conditioning. It can also be used for a quick softening, conditioning and moisturizing mask. The use of honey on hair is talked about everywhere. Honey by itself isn't sufficient enough to provide the conditioning necessary, but when combined with other products it can make your hair feel softer and provide smooth hair.

Baby Banana

The recipe:

  • Organic banana flavored baby food
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • honey
bananas

The benefit: Banana is another great kitchen item that can help give you that soft hair you have been wanting. The key to this recipe is getting banana baby food instead of using an actual banana. When using a whole banana, if you do not blend it well enough or strain it, it can leave pieces of banana throughout your hair. You would then have to shampoo and condition your hair several times to get them out and that would defeat the purpose! When you use the baby food it's already strained and liquefied so it can mix easily as well as still provide you with a great conditioner. Not to mention you have the great scent of banana and honey to accompany you throughout your day!

Cucumber and Egg

The recipe:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 egg
  • half an eggshell's worth of extra-virgin olive oil

The benefits: Cucumber is a natural refresher so it's no wonder that a great treatment would include it. It's a great finishing touch to a deep conditioning treatment. Eggs are also great to give your hair a great smooth finish. An important thing to remember when trying this treatment: NO HEAT (including hot water)! The heat can literally cook the egg into your hair and that just spells disaster for everyone. Your hair will also smell like egg unlike banana, the smell of eggs cooked into your hair is not pleasant.

Fruit Salad

The recipe:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cantaloupe
  • 1 tbsp. yogurt
  • any oil
fruit salad

The benefits: You might be hungriest after making this one so leave some fruit aside for you to enjoy while this treatment goes to work! The fruits in this treatment all work great together to give you soft hair that also will smell just as great. If you are worried about using the banana, substitute the banana baby food so you can be sure to avoid the chunks. If you have no fear of the actual banana, be sure to blend it well and strain it before mixing it with the other items. This recipe will make your hair smell fantastic and it will provide you with a great, healthy snack.

If you are nervous about trying homemade conditioners, or simply do not have the time available to test all of these great recipes, try some products sold in CurlMart that can give you similar results.

For a Sweet Avocado replacement: Darcy's Botanicals Avocado & Honey Twisting Cream or Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue

For a Baby Banana replacement: MYHoneyChild Banana Crème Conditioner or Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

For a Cucmber and Egg replacement: Wen Lavender Cleansing Conditioner or Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn Leave-In Conditioner

For a Fruit Salad replacement: MYHoneyChild Olive You Depp Conditioner

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