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So what does this magical DIY conditioner consist of? Super easy, you only need these two things:
1. water (ha! Who would’ve thought?)
2. MSM powder*
Okay okay, technically you also need some kind of container to mix the two in. But that’s it! Put a teaspoon of MSM powder in an old shampoo bottle or something similar, fill it up with water and shake, shake, shake. (Seriously, when you feel you are done shaking, just shake it another time. The powder can be resistant.) Proceed to wash your hair as you normally would and end with pouring your DIY conditioner slowly over your scalp. No further rinsing needed.
As simple as this recipe sounds, it really works. I tested it and didn’t even use oil or anything else on my hair after washing. Here you see it really just air dried, not even combed, no leave ins, no other hair products. Still it clearly is shiny.
Excuse the bad lighting, I hope you see the result nevertheless. There is reflection! Even on my curly hair, which normally really needs some kind of oil or cream after a wash to not look kind of dull. Imagine what this little homemade hair care recipe could do to to naturally sleek hair!
If you are a rather inquisitive person, you might ask yourself at this point: “What is the MSM in the homemade conditioner good for?” I am not sure I can answer this conclusively, still I want to offer some insight.
What is MSM and what do you use MSM powder for usually?
You might have met MSM in the last few years as a dietary supplement. MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane, a naturally occurring sulfur compound. People swear it helps with skin problems like acne, fights candida and it has also been promoted among the many vitamins for hair growth. It can even brighten your skin. (Why you would want that and if that makes sense is a completely different topic.) If you are interested in how much truth is to those claims, you can find a little background information on TruthInAgeing.
So why use MSM in a homemade conditioner?
Well, after everyone started taking MSM orally for the various benefits promised, the idea of trying it topically wasn’t far away. After all, sulfur bathing has been around for a long time. Traditionally people with various kinds of skin problems would get treatment with sulfur creams, soaps and gels. So if MSM* is good for your skin topically and there is a credible connection between MSM and hair growth… of course you should also try it topically on your hair!
So can you put MSM powder directly on the hair?
Well. As you can see in the above picture, I am clearly not a blonde. While I find the idea intriguing to maybe even use the MSM powder* in a homemade dry shampoo recipe, this will not fly for brunettes. It is a crystal white powder after all and I’d rather not have the people around me ask why there are white crystals on my head… Joking aside, to really distribute the MSM, I very much recommend to just solve it in water. So yes, you can put MSM powder directly on the hair. With water. Or maybe even another carrier liquid like apple cider vinegar. I still want to try that one.
So, have a go at it and let me know what you think of this homemade conditioner! Do you want more ideas for DIY hair care?
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