4 DIY Deep Conditioner Recipes for ‘Naturalistas’ on a Budget

Let’s face it – living on a budget can  be (very) frustrating! It’s this period your village people come for you and you  start seeing that beautiful dress or shoe on your favourite online shop 😭. Trust me, you are not alone in this – it happens to the best of us.

If there’s a set of people that can get frustrated living on a budget, it’s the ‘Naturalistas.’ The array of products rolled out everyday to soften the hair, lay them edges and make our natural hair fuller is enough to have us breaking the bank or ‘kolo’ if care isn’t taken. However, as frustrating as frugal living is, you can actually make the best out of it as a ‘Naturalista’ by going the Do it Yourself (DIY) way!

Deep Conditioning is ‘holy grail’ for everyone who wants their natural hair to remain healthy and (quite) manageable. Rather than cough out about N1,500 for an affordable deep conditioner, you can make yours at home. Not only is this cheaper, it’s also healthier and enlightening  because you get to control the narrative while discovering what your hair loves. And oh – you get the well deserving title of a ‘mixtress’ 😂. Isn’t that amazing? Another amazing thing is that, you can get most of the things needed for this easy to make DIY from your kitchen.

Yummy Banana and Honey Combo

Do you know that those lovely bananas are not just for your parfaits or smoothies alone? This combo tastes heavenly and I am sure your hair would love it too.

If you manageability, this is your plug. When mixed with other ingredients such as Glycerin and Honey, Bananas help minimize shrinkage and soften your hair.  Glycerin and Honey are humectants as they keep your hair moisturized, while Olive Oil penetrates your hair quite easily leaving your hair soft and shiny.

What you need:
1 large banana (sliced)

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp pure vegetable glycerin
2 tbsp pure honey


Place all ingredients in a blender (or a bowl if there’s no blender available).

Blend (or mix)  the ingredients thoroughly to ensure there are no lumps or bits as they may be difficult to remove from your hair – we don’t want that do we?

Apply to washed hair

Cover and leave for 30–45 minutes.

Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style.

Avocado and Shea Overload

Avocados are yummy and they are one of the healthiest fats you can come across. No product gives your hair slip as much as this wonderful fruit does.

To get the full benefits of this DIY, pair with Olive Oil and Shea Butter. The fatty acids in Olive Oil plus the emollient properties in shea butter do your kinks a lot of good. It’s the ideal conditioner if you have thick hair and battle major shrinkage.

What you need:

1 overripe avocado
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup unrefined shea butter


Place all ingredients in a blender (or bowl)

Blend (mash) thoroughly to your desired consistency, depending on the density of your hair.

When done, apply to the hair and let sit for 30–45 minutes.

Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style.

Once you are done with the meat of your avocado, you can make other recipes from its seed.

Moisturizing Greens

What’s better than veggies in your stomach? Veggies in your hair!

There’s so much benefits greens do for our bodies inside out so there’s no harm trying them on your hair. This recipe reduces shrinkage, leaves your hair soft, moisturized and healthy.

What you need:

1 Cucumber
1 Avocado
1/3 cup of Yogurt


Place all ingredients in a blender (or bowl)

Blend (mash) thoroughly to your desired consistency, depending on the density of your hair.

When done, apply to the hair and let sit for 30 minutes with heat.

Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style.

Strengthening ‘Coconutey Sensation’

Not every hair can withstand protein. If this is your case and your hair needs a bit of strengthening, try this tropical recipe which is perhaps the most low budget of all the remaining recipes shared here.

The major ingredient here is the coconut oil which reduces hair loss and honey which aids moisture retention. With this mixture, you get to things every ‘Naturalista’ wishes for – Moisture and Strength. It is suitable if you have very dry hair.

4 tbs of extra virgin coconut oil
2 tbs of pure honey
(Please note that measurement may vary depending on hair density and length)

Mix coconut oil and honey in a small bowl and place in a large bowl of hot water.

Leave the bowl to sit in the water for a few minutes till the mixture is warm.

Pour the mixture onto freshly washed but damp hair.

Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse out 80–90% of the conditioner, and style.

I hope I have been able to convince you and not confuse you that even with a tight budget, you can still get your hair popping.

P.S: Before you go all the way with these recipes, please try a strand test to see if it agrees with your hair in order to avoid stories that touch . In that case, I am not there o 🏃🏽🏃🏽🏃🏽🏃🏽🏃🏽

Till next time, Ciao!


2 comments Add yours
  1. I want to say thank God I don’t have to bother about hair care regimen and I realised I made a silent vow to make sure my hair is healthy – short and long. So, I may try all of the above minus the one with banana (I can’t stand the smell at all).

    Thanks for sharing

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