The best natural hair conditioner ingredients

For anyone considering buying a natural hair conditioner or making up their own, the ingredients matter. With a variety of conditioning products out there that we can use on our hair, it is difficult to know what ingredients actually improve the condition of our hair. We have looked in to some of the most popular natural ingredients that are known for repairing, nourishing and hydrating the hair making them the perfect addition to almost any hair conditioner.


Without doubt, honey is a great product to use as a natural hair conditioner ingredient. Not only does honey have a unique sweet scent, it works well at deeply hydrating the hair and scalp. It is important to keep our hair well moisturised otherwise it can become very dry, brittle and easily damaged. Honey is used in a variety of conditioning products and can easily be used in a home made conditioner too!


While some people might feel odd about using vinegar in their hair, it does a fine job of helping to treat hair loss. A great way to use vinegar to condition your hair is a vinegar rinse. After shampooing your hair coat your hair in vinegar, leave it for a few minutes and then rinse out with water until your hair is clean. You will need to ensure you rinse this out thoroughly otherwise the vinegar smell can be left lingering in your hair. Remember not to use too much vinegar as it can be overly potent when used too much.

Olive oil

Another fine product to add to your natural hair conditioner is olive oil. We recommend that you use olive oil, or look for a conditioner containing olive oil, as it’s great for strengthening the hair and moisturising the scalp.


Banana is great to use in fresh or handmade hair conditioners as it works well at preventing long term hair damage. If you have extremely dry or frizzy hair, banana works well at improving manageability and the overall condition of your hair.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is tremendous for keeping hair deeply hydrated, and works well at smoothing out frizzy strands. Coconut oil can also help add strength and thickness to your hair which is great for those who suffer with fine and fragile hair.

If you are thinking about making your own natural hair conditioner at home then be sure to add some of the ingredients above to really hydrate and nourish your hair. Alternatively, if you are looking for ease and wondering which hair conditioner is best to buy, then try and find one containing some of the natural ingredients mentioned above.

Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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