Perhaps you are thinking “but Marie, didn’t you just publish a hair conditioner recipe?”. And you wouldn’t be wrong—it’s barely been a month. But I am smitten. I love my Olive & Jojoba Silk Hair Conditioner. I’ve been asking coworkers to touch my hair to prove how soft it is (they agree it is very soft). I keep running my hands through my hair like I just left the hairdresser. It’s amazing stuff. Conditioner is my new BFF. So I had to make more, obviously, and this Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner is just as awesome. Maybe even more awesome.

How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

I found some panthenol (aka Vitamin B5) and Soap & More when I was last in and bought a wee bag on a whim. I recalled seeing it on assorted labels for various hair products, and hey—I do love new toys. Vitamin B5 is a super strong humectant, helping to attract moisture to the hair, keeping it soft, hydrated, and happy. Combined with some silk,  you’ve got a fantastic hydrating, strengthening set of additives for a conditioner to help revitalize tired, dry hair.

How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner
How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

For oils I used a blend of silicone-like broccoli seed oil and shiny castor oil. Broccoli seed oil is great for hair; it’s lightweight and smooths down the cuticle, leaving hair smooth and shiny. It’s sometimes called a ‘natural’ dimethicone, which is pretty cool. If you don’t have it there aren’t a lot of similar oils, but I’d probably go with jojoba or camellia seed oil.

How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner
How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

The scent blend is an intoxicating one; deep, beguiling labdanum and sweet rose. I used a rose essential oil my friend Clarke brought me back from the Mısır Çarşısı spice bazaar in Istanbul. It’s unlike any rose I’ve ever smelled before—more fruity, and not as sweet. I’ll be heartbroken when I’ve used it all, but for now I really want my hair to smell like that. Mmm.

How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner
How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

3g | 0.1oz complete emulsifying wax (not beeswax!)
2g | 0.07oz castor oil
4g | 0.14oz broccoli seed oil
1g | 0.03oz vitamin E oil

80g | 1.41oz just-boiled water
10g | 0.35oz vegetable glycerin
1/2 tsp silk peptides (don’t have silk?)
1/4 tsp panthenol (Vitamin B-5) (optional—the silk is also a great humectant)

1g | 0.03oz bamboo bioferment (optional)

4 drops rose essential oil (optional—lavender would be a nice alternative)
2 blobs labdanum essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh the emulsifying wax with the castor oil, broccoli seed oil, and vitamin E oil into a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the emulsifying wax mixture is melting, combine the water, glycerin, silk, and vitamin B5 in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm.

Once the emulsifying wax mixture has melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat.

Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice white cream. I’d recommend using an immersion blender, especially if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse, to help the conditioner thicken up quickly.

Whisk in the essential oils and the bamboo bioferment (if using). Add your preservative (though do check the instructions for your specific preservative—some have special instructions for adding to concoctions) and decant the mixture to a 120mL/ 4oz plastic pump-top bottle (avoid glass since this’ll be in your shower, and avoid wide mouthed jars so you don’t get lots of extra water into your conditioner when you try to use it). Enjoy!

Don’t have the oils called for in the recipe? Check this out.

I also found vitamin B5 at Lotion Crafter and on Amazon.

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How to make a Restorative Hydrating Hair Conditioner

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