Curlies, coilies, and wavies tend to go the natural route on many (if not all) things for our hair. We love herbs, plants, oils, and butters and find ourselves closely tied to our kitchens for many of our ingredients. If this sounds like you then I am coming to you with something called a conditioner bar to spark your interest and get your pulse racing. I know that most of us have heard of shampoo bars, but conditioner bars give your hair the best of both worlds, as you gain all the benefits of a conditioner without the harsh ingredients.

Benefits of Conditioner Bars

  • Conditioner bars are less wasteful. Unlike most liquid conditioners that are made with around 60 to 80% water, these do not contain water and are full of the ingredients you want. Concerned about distribution? The water from your shower will help to spread the product.
  • They are easy to use. They just glide on your wet hair and you can use either your fingers or a wide tooth comb to distribute.  
  • The packaging is limited. Waste not, want not. Being green is always a plus!
  • There is less mess. No leaking bottle or spillage while in the shower. We all know that is the worst!  
  • It is lost lasting/cost-effective. This little bar will last a very long time, if you let it properly dry after each use it will last a very long time. Cutting your bars into smaller portions and using a little at a time will help you preserve it.
  • Create easy traveling. Great for travel because they pack without the worry of leakage.  

Now that you see just how beneficial they are it is time to give some a try. I have two recipes for you to try and get your DIY urges met!

DIY Solid Conditioner: Spill-Proof for Your Travels

Have you ever been forced to part with a beloved beauty product in airport security? Or found yourself hurriedly pouring your cocktails into travel-size containers the night before a trip? What about the fateful mishap of opening your suitcase to find your shampoo has spilled all over your clothes. This spill-proof conditioner bar is perfect for your travels. It will give you fifty grams of product that are easy to travel with no matter what.

Tools and Ingredients

  • Kitchen scale
  • Spoon
  • Double boiler pot
  • Silicone cupcake molds
  • 30% (15g) cocoa butter 
  • 30% (15g) incroquat* (behentrimonium chloride) 
  • 20% (10g) cetyl alcohol 
  • 20% (10g) nourishing oil of choice 
  • Optional: essential oil(s)
  • Optional: hydrolyzed keratin, panthenol, or silk amino acids (proteins). 

Directions

  1. Mix everything together and pour into a double boiler pot on low-medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until completely melted. 
  3. Pour the mixture into the silicone molds.
  4. Let it cool down, preferably in the fridge or freezer for an hour. 
  5. Peel or cut the conditioner bars out of the mold.

Recipe from Her Packing List

Argan Oil Conditioner Bars

Argan oil is ideal for low porosity, very curly hair, but you can substitute for the hair oil of your choice.

Tools and Ingredients

  • Saucepan with 2 in of water
  • Craft stick
  • Pint sized mason jar 
  • Quarter cup of BTMS 50
  • 1 Tbsp shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp cetyl alcohol
  • 1 Tsp argan oil
  • 1 Tsp apricot oil
  • .5 Tsp DL panthenol
  • 1.25 ml phenonip
  • Essential oil(s)

Directions

  1. Mix the BTMS, shea butter, cetyl alcohol, argan oil, and apricot oil in the mason jar.
  2. Place the mason jar in a saucepan and heat mixture on a low-medium setting. 
  3. Make sure all of the ingredients are melted before turning off the burner. 
  4. Quickly add DL panthenol and phenonip and essential oils. 
  5. Pour conditioner into the silicone molds. 
  6. Allow the conditioner bars to become completely solid and then remove them from the mold. 
  7. Place it in a cool and dry place for around 24 hrs.

Recipe from Hair Treatments Talk

Not into DIY? Try the LUSH Jungle Conditioner Bars or the Nature Skin Shop Hair Keratin Treatment, which comes in a ready made bar form without any of the kitchen time.

Have you tried a conditioner bar?