It’s winter in New England but over the last few months my hair has undergone some serious heat. Last fall I left my work-from-home job for an office job. The change meant I went from air drying my hair most days to hitting it with heat from a hair dryer at least five days a week. The heat combined with the dry winter air has taken its toll.
Since the apple cider conditioner I was using was no longer enough, I decided to make my own leave-in conditioner. This article on BecomeGorgeous.com features a bunch of ideas for homemade conditioners. I tried the fifth which uses jojoba oil, peppermint essential oil and distilled water.
The jojoba acts as a moisturizer. Peppermint oil has several uses in hair treatments. Peppermint can treat oily scalps because it acts as an astringent, it can neutralize dryness and it can stimulate hair follicles and promote growth. Peppermint oil is pretty potent so it must be diluted, I use one drop per 1/4 cup of liquid. The distilled water dilutes the solution.
Spray the conditioner on your wet hair, comb it through your hair and then dry your hair naturally or with a hair dryer. For me, the conditioner made an immediate difference. Initially, I used the conditioner three days in a row, but now that my hair is back to normal I’m scaling back to using it twice a week.
While I like this conditioner so far, there are a few drawbacks. First, using too much can make your hair look flat and a little greasy. I recommend trying it at night or on a day when you don’t need to look your best, until you know how much to use. For me, 3-4 spritzes is enough. If you use too much, just rinse it out and try again a few days later. Second, the oil and water separate very quickly. That means I shake the spray bottle and can only get a couple of spritzes out before the liquids separate. It’s not awful since you only use a little bit a few times a week, but it’s a little inconvenient