How to Make Natural Hair Products: 8 Cheap Staples Make 10 Products

Don’t Go Broke Going Natural

Make high-quality hair products, grow long healthy hair and save big $$$ while you do it. Who says going natural has to be expensive? I used to think that hair products had to be expensive to be effective. Now, I know better. Actually, many of the products marketed to black women contain cheap fillers that give hair a false shine and actually make dryness worse. In essence, you end up paying money to need more of their product. Stoppit. Learn how to mix up your own stuff, instead. It’s better for your hair, your health and your pocket. All the products listed below cost $5 or less, some of them cost less than $1 and can be used over and over to make different products whenever you need them.


Use these 8 cheap staples to make 10 types of hair products.


 How to Make Natural Hair Products: Start With These 8 Cheap Staples

You can find the following 8 products at your local supermarket for about $5 or less:

Plant-Based Oils

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) The price ranges for this depending what size you buy and where from. It should be less than $5
  • Castor oil: I bought a 2 oz bottle for $1 and some change at Meier in the pharmacy section but I’m sure it’s cheaper elsewhere.
  • Crisco: Or generic vegetable shortening-should be made from cottonseed oil and soybean oil. I got a huge container at Aldi for about $3 I think
  • Pure coconut oil: I like Trader Joe’s organic virgin coconut oil-it’s about $5, give or take

Other Staples

  • Eco Styler gel Any type will work. I like the kind made with Argan oil that’s a 10 =max hold) Mine was on sale at Sally’s for $3-4 (large container) but you can find it anywhere.
  • Alberto VO5 conditioner: Any kind works. I like the shea/vanilla type. It was 0.88 cents at Meijer.
  • Apple cider vinegar: I got about 16 oz for $1 at Meijer but I’m sure larger bottles might be cheaper. I sent my husband shopping that day and he came home with that one. Who knows if he bothered to comparison shop? LOL :-)
  • Honey: Honey is about $3 at Aldi I think which is high to me. Then again, honey seems to be expensive everywhere. I mean…it’s just honey! *shrugs* I don’t get it.

 1. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Hot Oil Treatment

Use: Olive oil & coconut oil

I mix about one parts coconut oil to two parts olive oil. That may or may not be the best ratio for your hair. Play around with it until you find what works best for you. Mix oil in a container, place the container into a separate one filled with hot water and heat up to 2 minutes. Test the temperature on your wrist before applying. Apply to wet hair and leave on at least 20 minutes or overnight if you wish. Remember to cover with a plastic cap.

 2. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Detangler

Use: Coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and water

Before cleansing:

For long hair or hair that’s already tangled, detangle before cleansing. Mist hair with water until damp. Coat hands with coconut oil and seperate into four sections using fingers only. Finger detangle each section of hair applying more coconut oil as needed. You may need to coat your hair with coconut oil to work out some of the tangles. Use enough oil and water for hair to easily slip past itself. If you meed resistance, work it out gently with fingers or add more oil/water.

After cleansing:

Mix one tablespoon of ACV to one cup of water. After you’ve detangled hair while soaked with conditioner and rinsed it out, pour the rinse through the hair. No need to rinse it out unless you don’t like the smell (the smell fades when hair dries, though). ACV closes hair follicles and makes them slide past each other more easily; improves combability.

 3. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Moisture Sealer

Use: Coconut oil & castor oil

After you’ve cleansed hair and applied a leave-in conditioner, seal in moisture with either coconut oil alone or a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil. I wouldn’t recommend castor oil alone, though if your hair is tangled, you need to comb through it or you have very kinky/coily hair because it’s sticky and does NOT like to let hair glide/slip past istelf. However, for our type 4a hair, I find that we need about one parts castor to 3 or 4 parts coconut oil, especially in Winter.

 4. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Rinse-out conditioner

Use: Alberto VO5 conditioner (coconut oil is optional)

Use Alberto VO5 as a rinse out conditioner alone after a sulfate-free shampoo or use with coconut oil for added conditioning.

 5. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Pre-poo Treatment

Use: EVOO & coconut oil

Dampen hair with water using a spray bottle. Apply a mix of equal parts EVOO and coconut oil (or experiment with a different ratio of the two). Follow up with a sulfate-free shampoo.

 6. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Co-Wash Cleanser

Use: Alberto VO5 conditioner & EVOO

Thoroughly rinse hair with warm water for at least one minute while gently massaging hair in a downward direction. Add VO5 conditioner alone or use with EVOO. Massage one or both through hair in a downward direction. Leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse out. Hair will feel remarkably smooth. Be careful with EVOO in the shower, though. It makes the tub slippery. :-)

 7. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Deep Conditioner

Use: Honey & coconut oil + any rinse-out conditioner you like including VO5.

Mix your favorite rinse-out conditioner with coconut oil and 0.5-1 tsp of honey. Apply throughout wet hair, place a plastic cap over your head and sit under a warm dryer for approximately 30 minutes. There is no one right amount of time to deep condition hair but you need the heat to open the hair to allow deep penetration. You may feel that your is conditioned in less or more time than 30 minutes.

 8. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Defining Mix for Twist-Outs, Braid-Outs, Finger Coils & Wash-and-Go’s

Use: Crisco, VO5, EVOO, Eco Styler Gel & Gylcerin (optional & can be substituted, see link below for details)

I wrote an ENTIRE post about this one, ladies. There are video instructions (and results pics) in the post from the person who created the recipe I use. Yes, you can use Crisco for natural hair. It’s actually pretty great. Check out Calvis “The Crisco Kid” Williamson’s video with the recipe and instructions along with my results pics here

 9. How to Make Natural Hair Products: Leave-In Conditioner

Use: Alberto VO5 Conditioner & water (optional)

VO5 conditioner is a light and instant rinse-out conditioner that doubles as a creamy leave-in. To thin it out, mix a little water with it or apply a small amount evenly to soaking wet hair.

 10. How to Make Natural Hair Products: pH-Balanced Shine-Boosting Rinse

Use: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and water

Mix one tablespoon of ACV with one cup of water to restore pH balance to hair after shampooing or conditioning. The negatively charged acid closes and smooths the hair shaft after exposure to bases like shampoo and conditioner. The smooth surface makes hair reflect light better, hence the shine. Read about how ACV can lift hard water deposits from mineral buildup here.

 How to Make Natural Hair Products: What Staples Do You Use?

Leave a reply below and share your favorite staples and recipes so others can benefit. By no means is this list meant to be exhaustive or exact. You can modify these recipes to suit your tastes. You can also add to it. There are so many more inexpensive items you can buy to make ALL kinds of products. These 8 staples are here as a comprehensive starter-list for making natural hair products; please do build upon it and share. Let us know if you have questions or what worked for you. 



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