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Paleo Hair Conditioner

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 06, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I'm looking for an alternative to hair conditioners like Pantene. I have to condition my hair daily. It's very long and just can't be brushed otherwise. I was reading that coconut oil is an alternative, but will it stay in my hair and get oil on my clothes? Are there other non-oil options I can try?

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on September 08, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Nope. I chucked my hair dryer years ago.

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on September 08, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Do you have to blow-dry your hair if you use oil to condition it? I want conditioner, but I don't blow-dry.

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on September 08, 2012
at 02:08 PM

What proportions do you use to dilute the cider vinegar? How much baking soda? I'm very interested in trying this.

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on September 07, 2012
at 04:44 AM

I am a hair care professional and Polynesian by descent and this is exactly what my grandmas and great aunts would do to tame their dry frizzy hair. Happy Now's is perfect advice. Keep the coconut cold and use it as a pomade. Melt and apply to the ends detangling the hair as your work up towards the scalp. Upvote for "Shampooing less frequently." But if your hair is long, make sure you detangle from the ends before brushing from the scalp as to not cause more snarls or matting.

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on September 06, 2012
at 10:25 PM

When I had long hair, coconut oil made my hair more tangled somehow..

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 06, 2012
at 08:31 PM

It takes very little coconut oil brushed through hair to condition it, and when using just enough to make your hands shiny (1/8-1/4 tsp.?) it won't transfer to anything else. You can use any oil though, like grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, etc., whatever you like the feel of and/or have on hand. It won't look or feel oily if you use it sparingly.

You can also add a drop or two of any essential oil you like the scent of. I like lavender, sweet orange, chamomile, peppermint, and cedar.

When I had long hair, I also used to use a few drops of glycerine to detangle and prevent friz (it is the main ingredient in most anti-friz balms).

Shampooing less frequently and brushing from the scalp will let your natural oil condition it for you as well.

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on September 06, 2012
at 10:25 PM

When I had long hair, coconut oil made my hair more tangled somehow..

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on September 07, 2012
at 04:44 AM

I am a hair care professional and Polynesian by descent and this is exactly what my grandmas and great aunts would do to tame their dry frizzy hair. Happy Now's is perfect advice. Keep the coconut cold and use it as a pomade. Melt and apply to the ends detangling the hair as your work up towards the scalp. Upvote for "Shampooing less frequently." But if your hair is long, make sure you detangle from the ends before brushing from the scalp as to not cause more snarls or matting.

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on September 08, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Do you have to blow-dry your hair if you use oil to condition it? I want conditioner, but I don't blow-dry.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 08, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Nope. I chucked my hair dryer years ago.

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on September 06, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I use shampoo bars and diluted apple cider vinegar for conditioning purposes. If my hair is feeling a little too oily I rub in some baking soda, let it sit for a minute or two, rinse, and then follow with acv.

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on September 07, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I'm a hairstylist in a high end salon that uses AVEDA products which are mostly naturally derived and sourced sustainably but they are hella not paleo. Lots of soy, wheat and sorbitol (corn). This post has totally inspired me to give a class on Paleo hair care in a professional setting. Awesome question gets my up! As does the answers!

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on September 07, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Coconut oil does wonders for your hair and will not get all over your hair.

You can also try coconut oil on your skin. I've been battling acne since I was 12 years old, but I've noticed a marked decrease in my acne ever since I began washing my face with coconut oil a couple times per week. It's also become my cooking oil of choice so that may be contributing as well.

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on September 06, 2012
at 11:24 PM

I believe you can make one from olive oil, sea salt, coconut oil, and honey.

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on September 06, 2012
at 10:23 PM

I also use an apple cider vinegar rinse, but dilute it with green tea. It makes my hair so soft! Mine is only shoulder length, but I used to have major frizz and dryness problems. Egg yolk/coconut oil hair mask once a week works wonders too!

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on September 06, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Baking soda and water is a great shampoo and I've used diluted cider vinegar for conditioner. It really does work well and is very cheap! Although my hair is very short so perhaps not the best person to advise!?

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on September 08, 2012
at 02:08 PM

What proportions do you use to dilute the cider vinegar? How much baking soda? I'm very interested in trying this.

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on August 02, 2014
at 08:31 AM

Hair conditioner is an important role to maintain the hair straightening and maintain the hairs shiny appearance

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on September 09, 2012
at 07:17 AM

I swear by bi-carb soda rubbed into my hair as A "Shampoo" and then a ACV rinse to "condition". Along with a coconut oil hair mask once a month or so. This is all i have used in my hair since the beginning of this year. In conjunction with a high-fat paleo diet, my hair looks great. People are ALWAYS commenting on how nice my hair is. It grows really quickly too which is great- it used to grow so slowly back in the "healthy SAD" days.. ALl the best finding what works for you.

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on September 09, 2012
at 04:50 AM

I remember using an egg yolk-based conditioner (commercial) when I was a kid. I have frizzy, "Jewfro" hair and I remember it made my hair soft and manageable.

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on September 08, 2012
at 12:27 PM

Coconut oil made my hair too oily but reading the above answers I realize that I was probably using too much; will try again. What HAS really helped is washing my hair less frequently, especially after my scalp adjusted to that. It's great the way my own natural oils are the perfect pH for my hair and terrific to stop forking over so much $ for expensive hair care products!

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on September 07, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Egg yolks. I am not that crunchy, but I swear, it is so good for your hair. Not really conditioner-y in the sense that it will not get tangles out, but it makes your hair gorgeous and shiny, and for me seems to sort of function as a shampoo as well.

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on September 07, 2012
at 12:03 AM

If you're willing to buy commercial products, Alaffia makes some great conditioners with shea and coconut oil (my favorite is the Shea & Honey). You can find them online or at Whole Foods.

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