Deep Conditioning for Hair: Home Remedies

by Lynn Farris ; Updated July 18, 2017

There is no need to spend a lot of money at a salon; deep conditioning for your hair is as close as your kitchen cabinets. Many ingredients in your pantry can provide healthy conditioning without chemical additives or preservatives. As an added benefit, you can save money by using these home remedies as well.


According to the California Avocado Growers Association, avocados have 20 nutrients including potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid. Avocados also make a great conditioner for your hair.

The simplest recipe is to mash an avocado until it becomes creamy. Other recipes call for combining a small jar of mayonnaise and ½ an avocado. Another one calls for mixing an avocado with 2 egg yolks. Yet another calls for ½ cup of avocado, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 banana and 1 egg yolk.

With all of these recipes, you apply the avocado mixture to your hair, cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap, and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning, wrap a warm towel around the shower cap. Rinse and wash your hair after 20 minutes.

Olive Oil

Use plain olive oil or add in a sprig of fresh rosemary. Other aromatherapy oils include sage, bay and jojoba. If the oil has been in the refrigerator, you may want to warm it before you start.

Part your hair and dip your fingers into the oil, working it slowly into your scalp. Continue parting your hair until the oil is completely through it, then wrap your hair in a towel for about 30 minutes. Unwrap your hair and wash it. If your hair seems oily after it dries, use a little less next time, or try a shampoo for oily hair.


If your hair is damaged, mix a ½ cup of honey and 3 tablespoons of any kind of vegetable oil. Work a small amount in at a time until all of your hair is covered. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap for about 30 minutes. Shampoo well and rinse.

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About the Author

Lynn Farris has been conducting management studies, writing technical articles and contributing to local newspapers since 1984. Having traveled throughout the world, Farris now lives in Costa Rica, teaches English and writes a column for the "National Examiner" on Costa Rica. Farris holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in speech communications and psychology from Case Western Reserve University.