How to Make Baby Conditioner

by Deborah Muller ; Updated September 28, 2017

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Making homemade baby conditioner is a safe and inexpensive way to ensure your infant or toddler has the softest possible hair while being exposed to the least amount of potentially harmful ingredients. Store-bought conditioners aimed at babies and small children frequently contain artificial fragrances, dyes and chemicals such as phthalates. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, such substances may cause a harmful reaction in your child. Fashioning hair conditioner from all-natural ingredients provides a safe and healthy alternative.

Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil, and 1/8 teaspoon of almond oil in a small bowl. Quickly whisk all ingredients together and apply to the hair. Allow the conditioner to remain on the hair for five minutes before rinsing.

Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of filtered water and 2 tablespoons of honey in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a boil on a stove. Immediately remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Transfer to a spray bottle and spray on the hair. Leave conditioner on hair for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Pit and mash an avocado and slowly add up to 3 tablespoons of coconut milk -- a tablespoon at a time. Blend with a fork until it is smooth and reaches the consistency of store-bought conditioner. Leave conditioner on the hair for about 15 minutes before rinsing.

Whisk the yolk of an egg with a fork until it is frothy. Slowly add 1 teaspoon of almond oil while continuing beating the yolk. Add 1/2 cup of filtered water and beat until the mixture is well-blended. Immediately apply conditioner to hair and allow to sit on baby's head for 10 minutes before rinsing.


  • Avoid using essential oils on infants and toddlers and use them cautiously with older children. Just because an ingredient is all-natural does not make it safe for some groups of people.

    Refrigerate all hair conditioners between uses and discard any containing food products after a week.

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About the Author

Deborah Muller lives in Phoenix. She has a B.A. in English and an M.S. in print journalism. Muller has written articles for "The Arizona Republic" and various online publications.