Not everyone needs a conditioner, if you use a good zero waste shampoo, and your hair is short and does not tangle. But if your hair is naturally dry, long or processed, then you may find a conditioner helps. The best way to get healthy hair is to chop off damaged locks and start again.
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and medical conditions affected by them (epilepsy, asthma, heart – avoid rosemary, citrus and sage oils for high blood pressure). Avoid shea butter for latex allergies. If you live with pets, keep essential oils and cocoa butter (same ingredient as chocolate) away from them. Never use human shampoo bars on pets, the PH is different (read how to give your dog a bath).
Most conventional conditioners are packed in plastic bottles, usually a cocktail of chemicals including artificial fragrances (irritating and does not biodegrade when it washes down the drain, so can cause algae bloom which chokes oxygen out of water, harming marine life). Fix your hair through good nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
Zero Waste Conditioners
These are like bars of soap, made with nourishing plant butters and oils. Store them in a tin or on a slatted soap dish, to stop them going squidgy. Alter/Native by Suma is handmade in Yorkshire and free from palm oil. Soften the bar with wet hands to create a cream to massage into your hair. Wrapped in a cardboad box with compostable cellulose wrap. Made with olive and coconut oil and cocoa butter. Choose from Lavender Geranium, Rose Geranium or Coconut Argan Oil.
Choose ones in metal packaging, avoid glass as it’s dangerous handled with wet hands. Awake Organics Conditioner is made with natural ingredients (no water or fillers) that nourish fragile hair, smooth frizz, detangle and support hair growth, without leaving a greasy feeling or weighing hair down. Includes a spa-like blend of pure essential oils (including lavender flower oil) and is certified organic.