Today I want to tell you about a newfound recipe for a homemade conditioner. I recently stumbled upon this recipe with only two ingredients. Needless to say, I had to try it!
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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?)
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 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? Does MSM powder do anything for hair growth?? ” 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. So why would you use sulfur for hair?
People swear on the many MSM benefits. According to them 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 powder for hair 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… why not also try to use MSM powder for hair?!
Cue the creation of this MSM conditioner.
Can you put MSM powder directly on the hair?
Well. It might depend on your hair color and what you want to use it for.
Let me explain:
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 like me.
MSM 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. Otherwise there is no reason not to touch your hair with it.
So yes, you can put MSM powder directly on the hair. With water. Basically your very own MSM water for hair. Or maybe use 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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