How to Make Baby Conditioner

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Safe, natural hair conditioners make bathtime a happy time for babies.
Safe, natural hair conditioners make bathtime a happy time for babies. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Making homemade baby conditioner is a safe and inexpensive way to ensure your infant or toddler has the softest possible hair while being exposed to the least amount of potentially harmful ingredients. Store-bought conditioners aimed at babies and small children frequently contain artificial fragrances, dyes and chemicals such as phthalates. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, such substances may cause a harmful reaction in your child. Fashioning hair conditioner from all-natural ingredients provides a safe and healthy alternative.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Almond oil
  • Filtered water
  • Honey
  • Egg yolk
  • Avocado
  • Measuring cups
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • Spray bottle
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sauce pan

Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil, and 1/8 teaspoon of almond oil in a small bowl. Quickly whisk all ingredients together and apply to the hair. Allow the conditioner to remain on the hair for five minutes before rinsing.

Olive oil can be a natural ingredient in hair conditioner.
Olive oil can be a natural ingredient in hair conditioner. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of filtered water and 2 tablespoons of honey in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a boil on a stove. Immediately remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Transfer to a spray bottle and spray on the hair. Leave conditioner on hair for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Honey softens hair naturally.
Honey softens hair naturally. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Pit and mash an avocado and slowly add up to 3 tablespoons of coconut milk -- a tablespoon at a time. Blend with a fork until it is smooth and reaches the consistency of store-bought conditioner. Leave conditioner on the hair for about 15 minutes before rinsing.

Mashed avocado is another natural shine producer for hair.
Mashed avocado is another natural shine producer for hair. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Whisk the yolk of an egg with a fork until it is frothy. Slowly add 1 teaspoon of almond oil while continuing beating the yolk. Add 1/2 cup of filtered water and beat until the mixture is well-blended. Immediately apply conditioner to hair and allow to sit on baby's head for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Eggs add shine to hair.
Eggs add shine to hair. (Image: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using essential oils on infants and toddlers and use them cautiously with older children. Just because an ingredient is all-natural does not make it safe for some groups of people.
  • Refrigerate all hair conditioners between uses and discard any containing food products after a week.
  • Use caution with recipes containing almond oil or egg if your baby has displayed allergies to these foods.

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