You might not believe this if you've ever looked at my haul posts on Instagram and Snapchat, but I'm a big fan of multi-tasking beauty products. There was a time in the not-so-distant past that I couldn't necessarily afford to try out eight thousand different lotions and potions at once, so I'm always excited when I find a single product that can fulfill multiple needs. One of the most versatile things in my bathroom is probably my regular ole, everyday Pantene conditioner—aside from all the non-haircare things you can do with it (like shaving your legs), it's actually really easy to turn one bottle into several different kinds of haircare treatments! Today I'll be sharing three of my most-used DIY hair treatments which are based around—you guessed it—my regular everyday conditioner.
HAIR HACK #1: USE YOUR CONDITIONER AS PRE-WASH TREATMENT BASE.
Hair penetrating oils (such as coconut, argan, and olive oil) are often recommended as a pre-wash treatment for dry/coarse hair types to help prevent hair from being "stripped" of its moisture while washing. If you have hair that's dry but also fine pure oil can be a little much on its own—if you use too much, it can result in slightly limp and stringy-looking hair. Solution: Mix one part oil to two parts of your favorite conditioner to help it rinse out more easily. I recommend leaving the pre-wash mixture on your hair for at least 30 minutes so the oil can really penetrate the hair shaft—and it's not a bad idea to slap a plastic shower cap on your head while you wait! (Unless you want oily conditioner drips on your couch, anyway.)
HAIR HACK #2: USE YOUR CONDITIONER AS A NOURISHING HAIR MASK BASE.
I like to do intensive hair masks once in a while. Even though my hair is fine, it's prone to tangling and knotting up like crazy... and using intensive hair masks a couple of times per month helps keep things smooth and sleek. If you're on a tight budget and can't afford to purchase a specialty hair mask, the following DIY mixture works really well:
- 3 tbsp conditioner
- 1 tbsp natural honey
- 1 tbsp oil (coconut, argan and olive oil are all good choices)
I chose honey for my DIY hair mask because it's a natural humectant—meaning it will help your skin and hair retain moisture. Some people use honey as a hair mask on its own, but personally I find that way too sticky and messy for my tastes... and that's when tempering it with a bit of conditioner comes in handy.
HAIR HACK #3: USE CONDITIONER TO MAKE YOUR OWN DETANGLING SPRAY.
Tired of having to buy separate detangling/leave-in sprays? It's easy to make your own—all you need is your favorite conditioner, some distilled water, and a spray bottle. Mix one part conditioner to five parts water in your spray bottle, then shake it like crazy to combine—and there you go! You can also add a couple of drops of essential or fragrance oil if you want it to smell nicer.
Even if you're not into leave-in treatments and hair masks, including conditioner in your regular hair washing routine will help keep it stronger than just using shampoo alone. So don't skimp! Luckily, Pantene makes a huge range of affordable conditioners for a variety of hair types and concerns. I've been using their Ice Shine as my everyday shampoo and conditioner lately and it seems to work well for my fine hair—it makes hair shiny and easy to comb without weighing it down. Of course if you have drier/thicker hair, they have lots of other options to check out... Pantene Repair & Protect, Smooth & Sleek, Daily Moisture Renewal and more! Even better, Walmart has a 2x money back guarantee on Pantene and Everyday Low Prices, so be sure look for their products in your local store or online at Walmart.com.
What are your favorite Pantene products? Do you ever "hack" your conditioner?
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