Best Homemade Face Mask For Oily Skin: You only need one thing!

“Best homemade face mask for oily skin” sounds like an overstatement, doesn’t it? I get you and I am not a fan of unfounded superlatives either. Still, at least for me and quite a few other folks with oily skin it is true. The face mask I am telling you about today has been the best DIY mask for us.face mask oily skin diy, homemade face mask for oily skin diy, oily skin remedy, aloe vera for skinDisclosure: Some of the links below are so-called provision links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

What oily skin doesn’t need

If you have been dealing with oily skin for a long time, chances are you already know about all the things to avoid. First of all, don’t eat bad foods, your skin will get more oily. Definitely don’t wash or treat your skin too much, as this dries it out. Then it produces even more sebum in response – Hooray! Also, don’t use most of the face masks from the drugstore, as they all contain chemicals that won’t help either. Consequently, for everyone with oily skin it seems like there is a huge list of things not to do. But usually we are looking for something that we CAN actually do. And this is where my best homemade face mask for oily skin comes in!

The best homemade face mask for oily skin

So, unless you have an allergy to the only ingredient, you can use this face mask even though and especially if you have oily skin. Yes, you read that right. This DIY mask only needs one ingredient and you might already have it on your window sill.

By the way: Yes, the fact that it only needs one ingredient also makes it the best homemade face mask for oily skin! Or for any skin! The secret ingredient I am talking about is pure Aloe Vera gel! (Imagine angelic music and a light beam towards that plant.)

Aloe Vera is the star and only ingredient of the best homemade face mask for oily skinWhy is Aloe Vera the best homemade face mask for oily skin?

I am glad you asked. Let me give you two reasons.

Number 1: Above you read about how people with oily skin shouldn’t wash their face too much. No one wants to increase sebum production. But what if I told you that Aloe Vera has an awesome moisturizing effect on your skin without clogging the pores? Also, it works against inflammation and small pimples. Both things oily skin tends to develop.

Number 2: This mask is super easy to “make” and use. You definitely want to use 100% pure Aloe Vera gel* for this. (Or well, 99%, the gel staying fresh is also nice.) So either buy a good one or, even better, get a plant. This is how you get some gel out of your plant:

Aren’t Howcast videos just the best? Anyways, back to our face mask. As I said, using it is extremely easy. No mixing, cooking or other forms of preparation required. Just distribute the gel over your freshly washed face and leave it on till it is completely dry.

After washing it off, your skin will feel super soft and moisturized and won’t feel the need to overproduce on sebum for quite a while! (Doesn’t mean you should eat burger now though!)

So this is it. Tell me, have you tried this face mask yet? Did it work for you as well as for me? Or didn’t it do anything at all? I love hearing your experiences, so do leave me a comment!

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Easy homemade face mask for dry skin in winter

Wnter skin in need of a homemade face mask for dry skinWhich better time for a homemade face mask for dry skin than winter time? Heater air inside and frosty climate outside – our skin needs to deal with quite the dehydrating environment in these months. So take some time this weekend, mix yourself this easy DIY mask and enjoy a moisturizing effect and a short timeout.

(Short disclaimer: This mask is not vegan and contains honey. If you are looking for alternatives, check out my 6 ideas for a homemade face mask without honey.)

Ingredients for the homemade face mask for dry skin in Winter

Naturally our skin can use an extra moisturizing boost in winter. So it makes sense to get out some rich ingredients! As usual with my homemade beauty recipes, you only have to go into your kitchen to pick up the ingredients.

We will need:

  • 1/2 cup of yoghurt (without additives, just pure neutral yoghurt)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Now mash the banana thoroughly and mix everything together. This should give you a thick, creamy paste.

Subsequently apply the mixture all over your face. Now put some relaxing music on, put your feet up and enjoy your little break for 10 minutes! If you are into visualization, you can even imagine your skin absorbing all the goodies from the mask.

Relaxing while letting the homemade face mask for dry skin do it's workAfterwards just rinse it off with lukewarm water. Generally avoid using hot water, as this will just add to your skin’s dryness. Also make sure to drink enough! (As if you really needed to hear that again.)

Now your skin should feel refreshed and soft. Even though the effect is great, don’t do this mask too often. First of all, what will you eat if everything lands on your face, rather than in your mouth? Seriously though, while your epidermis benefits a lot from this mask, it can easily get too much. Doing it more than once a week will most likely not give you an increased benefit anyways.

As usual, if you liked this recipe I am happy when you let me know! And if you want to share it with someone, find a pin below.

Easy homemade face mask for dry skin in winter

 

 

Homemade hair cream: The Easy Way

Homemade hair cream with only two ingredients - cream jarHair cream, let alone homemade hair cream, is not something many people use regularly. I say, maybe you should! Do the tips of your hair stay dry when the roots already start being a little oily? Have you tried balancing shampoos? Still no success? Don’t worry. Today I will show you a recipe for a homemade hair cream which will help with this.

As usual with my homemade beauty tips this recipe doesn’t need a huge amount of ingredients. And it can easily be customized to whatever your hair and your nose like best! So without further ado let’s jump right into what you will need for your homemade hair cream.

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Ingredients for the homemade hair cream

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make this recipe with as little as two ingredients! Obviously it is way more fun to mix and match and tweak. Still, if you are going minimalist or just don’t feel like playing around too much, you only really need the following two things:

You will need the same amount of each ingredient. So for the basic recipe you would use 50% of shea butter and 50% of oil.

For choosing the oil consider that the cream will stay in your hair as a leave-in after washing. So you want to use a nice smelling or neutral oil. Personally, I love avocado oil* for its nourishing effect on my hair. But I wouldn’t want to walk around smelling like it all day… So I would choose another oil from my list of favorite hair care oils that I told you about in my post about my long hair care. A good example for a neutral oil I like to use is almond oil. And if I want to smell like a cookie, I use the Monoi Tiare Tahiti vanilla* flavored coconut oil. (Seriously, that one smells sooo good!)

Some essential oils for a nice smell of the homemade hair creamSo when it comes to the oil, you can really play around with what you like. You can also mix different oils. Or put in a few drops of essential oil to perfume your homemade hair cream. Just make sure you get to the 50% shea butter, 50% oil proportion in the end.

How to make the homemade hair cream

First, you need to melt your shea butter. This step can vary in length a little bit, depending on which type of shea butter you have. Make sure to not heat it up too much! Only use low heat.

Once you have a liquid, you can add your oil. And then you start mixing it all together. Just treat it like whipping cream. Depending on the amount of cream you are making, you might want to take out the mixer. Or, if you just have a small amount, you can simply use a fork and build some muscle!

Now all you have left to do is waiting for your concoction to cool and to stir it every now and then. This will prevent the shea butter and oil from separating again.

How to use the homemade hair cream

As I mentioned above, you want to use the cream as a leave-in. Ideally you apply it to the tips of your hair after washing, when your hair is still wet. Or, if you use the LOC method or Liquid-Oil-Cream method, you apply it directly after the oil portion. There is no need to wash it out, as it will be absorbed by your hair.

One word of warning though: This homemade hair cream consists of FAT! It will do wonders for your dry tips, but that is also where it should stay! Do not put it on your scalp and length, it will most likely be too much. If you have a hair type that does need that amount of extra care, increase the amount you use after every wash. This way you can work your way up and find out how far you can go.

As always, do let me know how you liked this recipe and what you did with it! And if you want to save it for later, find a prepared pin below. Happy mixing!

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Homemade hair gel recipe without gelatin

homemade hair gel in a glassHomemade hair gel is something I didn’t believe to be possible for quite some time. I thought that effect of hardening your hair in a certain position could only be achieved with many many chemical ingredients. Turns out I was very wrong about that. Not only can you make this homemade hair gel with 2 (TWO!) ingredients. You probably also have everything you need for this in the kitchen already!

Homemade hair gel recipe: ingredients

Do you eat linseeds sometimes ? No? Well, let me tell you they are very healthy. Maybe it is time to start adding a few to your salads? And by the way, you will need a few anyways for this recipe. Linseeds and water. That is it already. Obviously you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give it a a little bit of a scent. But otherwise you won’t need anything else to make your very own homemade hair gel.

linseeds pouring out of a glassSo go to your kitchen (or the nearest shop) and collect the following:

  • 2 tablespoons of linseeds
  • 250 ml (or 1 cup) of water

How to make the homemade hair gel

The active steps required to make this recipe only take a few minutes. Afterwards you will have to let everything sit for a few hours though. For that reason I recommend to start the process in the evening, so your gel will be done in the morning.

First you want to pour the water in a pot and heat it up. When it starts boiling, add the the linseeds and stir for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, take the mixture off the heat and let it sit for a while. After about 10 minutes, check if it starts becoming jelly-like. If yes, you are good to go and can just leave it be till the next morning. If not, put it back on the heat and cook it a little longer. Rinse and repeat.

In the morning (or after letting it sit for a few hours), filter the gel through a strainer. Now you can either put it in a jar to use it directly or in an ice cube tray, if you want to freeze it for later usage.

Using the homemade hair gel: some tips

The gel works really well if you put it in your hair directly after washing, when your hair is still wet. Style your hair the way you want it to be later and then DO NOT TOUCH IT anymore. This can be hard, I know. Especially because your hair might feel weird and overly sticky to you. Don’t worry, that is completely normal and and everything will be fine once your locks have dried.

If you try this homemade hair gel, please let me know in the comments or on Pinterest how it worked for you! Or if you have an even better recipe, I would also love to hear about that.

Homemade hair gel recipe without gelatin

DIY Body Spray Recipe: a breeze of orange

Orange juice and peel as ingredients for the DIY body spray recipeAs we are closing in on christmas, I want to tell you about my DIY body spray recipe with orange. Oranges remind me of childhood winter evenings, when my Dad would bring the big basket of oranges and start peeling them for us kids. Telling us how especially in winter it is important to get your vitamin c. While this body spray won’t do anything regarding you vitamin intake, it will give you a nice scent of orange. And who doesn’t love to smell good?

DIY body spray recipe: The ingredients

As usually with my recipes, this DIY body spray recipe only asks for very few ingredients. After all, the less ingredients something has, the higher the probability to have everything needed at home. Also, way less risk to have any intolerances to one of the ingredients. For your orange body spray you only need the following things:

  • 2 teaspoons of natural salt
  • 100 ml (or 3.4 oz) of water
  • half the peel of a Bio-orange (You want to use Bio, so the peel is chemical free!)
  • 1 teaspoon of juice from that orange (Now you can eat the rest, got some vitamins after all!)

How to make the DIY body spray

It almost seems ridiculous to me to give this step an extra heading. Seriously, this recipe is so easy and quick. All you need to do now to create your DIY body spray is to finely grate the orange peel. Then you can mix it with all the other ingredients. Ideally do that in a lockable container, so you can shake everything well. Once you feel everything is mixed enough, filter the liquid through a fine strainer. Then you can put it into a spray bottle. Aaand you just finished making your body spray! Easy-peasy, right?

You can just spray your whole body after showering with this spray. The salt-water-mix will refresh your skin and the orange will leave a gentle scent. And all of that for a few cents and done in 5 minutes!

If you are not planning on using your body spray every day, consider storing it in the fridge. There you can store it for up to 3 months. If you plan on storing it at room temperatures, make sure to use it up in the next two weeks.

DIY body spray recipe with orange

Easy DIY recipe: Homemade hand cream without beeswax

Now is the time of cold weather and rough hands. Which means everyone needs to find their favorite hand cream. Perfect timing to share my recipe for homemade hand cream without beeswax with you!

Homemade hand cream without beeswax in a glass

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Why a homemade hand cream without beeswax?

Similar to my homemade face mask without honey this is a recipe for people who have trouble finding a nice DIY recipe without the ingredient they are trying to avoid. In this case: beeswax. No matter if you are a vegan, who does not want to use any animal products or if you simply don’t have beeswax at home, but need that hand cream RIGHT NOW. This is for you! (For everyone else I also have this homemade hand cream with ginger recipe.)

Ingredients for the homemade hand cream without beeswax

For this lotion you will need the following ingredients:

– 1 part shea butter*

– 2 parts cocoa butter (version with vitamin E here* – double good for your skin!)

– 1 part jojoba oil*

– 1 part almond oil*

You can replace the almond oil with another light oil, but I would really recommend to use the jojoba oil. First of all it is very similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces. So if your skin is dry, what would be better than moisturizing it with something as close to “the real deal” as possible? Second of all, despite the name jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. Not totally irrelevant for making a homemade hand cream without beeswax.

How to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax

Steps on how to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax

First you want to melt the cocoa butter using a double-boiler. Make sure to have the water just warm enough to melt it, don’t heat it up too much!

Once you have a nice golden liquid and no more chunks, you can start adding the oils and the shea butter. Keep stirring continuously! Soon all ingredients will have become fluid. Now you can take it off the heat, but still keep stirring for a few minutes longer. This way your lotion will be nice and smooth later. Even afterwards, when you let the mixture cool, it is a good idea to stir it every now and then. Once your cream has reached approximately room temperature, you can fill it into the container you want to keep it in.

And that’s it! Smooth hands without the use of beeswax: here we come!

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Homemade hair mask: Questions answered!

Soft hair on the face after a homemade hair maskA regular homemade hair mask should be part of your long hair care. Not only can you match the ingredients to exactly what your hair needs at that moment. In addition you will find out which ingredients your hair likes and which it doesn’t. So the longer you stay with it, the better your skills at making your own perfect homemade hair mask will be. Awesome, right?

How to make homemade hair mask

First of all, to make your own homemade hair mask you want to check the status of your hair. Is it dry and brittle? Damaged? Or are you trying to fight frizz? Depending on this you might want to use different ingredients for your mask.

(I know, there can be way more hair problems. Here I just picked the most common ones.)

Homemade hair mask for dry hair

Naturally dry hair needs moisture. So you definitely want to put an ingredient to remedy that. A very good example is Aloe Vera gel. Combine it with something fatty, like Avocado or egg. Or mix it directly with olive oil, macadamia oil… whichever oil you have around! Be careful with coconut oil though, for some people it has a rather drying effect!

Homemade hair mask for damaged hair

This one is not so straightforward. First of all, you cannot “repair” hair. So while doing a mask is gonna help you have healthier hair in the future, split ends will not magically be glued back together – Sorry!

However, there are some hair treatments that can make your hair more resistant to damage like rough clothes or treatment. (No hair treatment can protect your locks from bleaching and heat! Just minimize that or don’t do it at all!) A popular treatment to start building a protective layer around the hair is Cassia for hair. As damaged hair oftentimes is already dry, make sure to put a little oil, yogurt or Aloe Vera gel into the mix as well!

Homemade hair mask for frizzy hair

Frizzy hair needs a little weight to it. While doing a hair mask will not be the final solution to your frizz problem (I will write another full article about this), it can help for your hair to be less dry. Basically, you want to use similar ingredients as the people with dry hair. Make sure to use nothing drying, nothing too strong (definitely no alcohol in your products!).

How to apply homemade hair mask

Depending on the consistency of your DIY hair mask, there are different ways to apply it to your hair. If it has a creamy consistency, more like a hair pudding, consider just taking it into your hands. This way you can distribute it evenly and really  work it into the hair.

If your homemade hair mask turns out to be totally liquid like my homemade conditioner with MSM, the application is easy. Just fill it into a spray bottle and sprinkle your mane from all angles. Most likely you will end up with a consistency between the two extremes: Too liquid to use it like a cream, too firm to use a spray bottle. For this kind of homemade hair mask, I will tell you a little trick. Simply go to your crafting corner or the nearest arts and crafts supply store and buy a paint brush like this one. (Just make sure it’s a clean one, of course!)

Paint brush painting a wallThis way you can “paint” your hair with your homemade hair mask without dripping it everywhere. Genius, right? I use this all the time especially for hair masks with staining ingredients. Definitely don’t want my Cassia for hair to become Cassia for the floor…

Can you leave a homemade hair mask on overnight?

Oftentimes people ask if it is okay to leave a homemade hair mask on overnight. In most of the cases the answer is: Yes, definitely! (Unless your mask contains a very drying or a coloring ingredient, that is.) Usually the only think you need to take care of is protecting your clothes and bed sheets. So if you are planning on leaving your hair treatment in your hair overnight, make you to wrap it thoroughly in and old T-shirt or towel. If your hair mask contains oil, do not use your favorite towel!! Oil can be super hard to wash out and tends to ruin towels in the long term.

DIY face cream with 3 ingredients

DIY face cream with 3 ingredients

Today I want to show you a very easy recipe for a DIY face cream. It consists of only three ingredients, takes only a few minutes to make and is easily customizable to fit your personal skin preferences. And as usual with homemade beauty recipes, you can probably find all of the ingredients in your kitchen!

So before I dive into the details as to why this cream should be a part of your homemade skin care routine, let me just quickly show you the recipe:

DIY face cream recipe

You will need

1 Nutmeg nut

100 ml / half a cup of coconut milk

1 tablespoon of oil

Grate the nutmeg finely. Put it in a pot together with the other two ingredients and bring everything to a boil. Now you just need to wait till about half of the mix has evaporated. This step will get rid of the excess liquids. Afterwards strain the mass and put it in a container of your choice. Make sure you disinfected the container before!

And this is it! Your very own DIY face cream is ready! If you store it in the bathroom or somewhere else at room temperature, use it up within a week. Storing it in the fridge gives you up to 2 months to finish the cream.

Now you are probably wondering: Why nutmeg? Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t heard about using nutmeg in skin care before stumbling onto this recipe. So naturally I had to do a little research to find out what exactly the different ingredients can do for your skin.

Nutmeg benefits for skin

Nutmeg waiting to show it's benefits for your skinWhile nutmeg is usually known as a spice, the nut also packs some serious benefits for your skin. First of all it has strong antibacterial properties. Everyone who has ever dealt with skin problems or even acne knows how much of a problem bacteria on the skin can be. Another benefit of nutmeg is it’s anti-inflammatory effect. Now you might be tempted to use loads of nutmeg on your skin, so here is also a word of caution: Too much of the special nut on your face can cause redness. If you have extremely sensitive skin, also test this cream on a small patch before you apply it all over your face.

Coconut milk benefits for skin

Coconut milk for the DIY face creamRecently everyone uses coconut oil for hair and face. But did you know that also coconut milk can be a magnificent treatment for your skin? Similar to coconut oil it helps fight bacteria, as it is antibacterial and antifungal. The white liquid also works as a great moisturizer and people gush about how plump and soft their skin feels after a “milk bath”. Finally – who doesn’t like smelling like coconut? It smells like beach and sun and just soo tasty!

Which oil for your DIY face cream?

You might have noticed that the recipe does not specify which oil to use. This is indeed on purpose as no skin is the same. Any oil will do to make the consistence cream like. Still, you might want to consider which oil your skin usually likes. Different skin types react differently to different oils. Elizabeth from The Nourished Life wrote an entire blog post on this topic, so go ahead and check it out if you feel you could use some more input on oils.

And there you have it. All you need to know to go and try your DIY face mask with nutmeg and coconut milk. If you do try this recipe, leave me a comment and tell me how you liked it!

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Homemade face mask without honey: 6 ideas

A homemade face mask without honey?? Really? Yes, they still exist. Now, you might have stumbled onto this article by accident and wonder: Why on earth is it so important that your face mask does NOT contain honey?

Reasons for a homemade face mask without honey

Well, first of all I’ll have you know: not everyone likes to put honey on their face. It is sticky, and very thick. Especially if you use raw honey as is recommended for homemade beauty recipes. Moreover this type of honey is quite expensive. In some areas of the world it is not even that easy to come by at all. You might just really feel like doing a homemade face mask RIGHT NOW without having any honey available. Honey could actually irritate your skin instead of healing it. Or you could be a vegan, generally avoiding honey. If any of these points ring true to you, fear not. The following recipes for homemade face masks without honey will be for you. (Spoiler: Even if none of those points apply, you might want to read on. They are nice and easy DIY face mask recipes!)

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Homemade oatmeal face mask without honey

oats on an oatmeal field, ready to be made into an homemade oatmeal face mask without honeyUsually everyone mixes their oatmeal face mask with that one ingredient we are trying to avoid here. But that is not actually necessary! You can for example make yourself a nice DIY oatmeal mask by mixing

4 tablespoons of oatmeal

1 egg

and put the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Now, if you are a vegan looking for vegan homemade face masks, the egg recipe is not very helpful for you. An animal free variation of the oatmeal mask could look like this:

Vegan oatmeal face mask:

2 tablespoons of oatmeal

4 tablespoons of hot water

1 dash of lemon juice or aloe vera* or both

Mix everything until you get a creamy consistence. Apply to your face while the concoction is still warm and leave it on for up to 30 minutes.

Homemade face mask for dry skin without honey

half an avocado for a homemade face mask for dry skin without honeyIf you are interested in a DIY mask for dry skin, try avocado. The creamy fruit is recommended against very dry skin and first little wrinkles. Also there is no necessity to mix it with anything else. Now just smash half an avocado with a fork until you have a creamy paste. For a nice effect, leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

DIY turmeric face mask without honey

Spices for a DIY turmeric face mask without honeyA turmeric face mask is actually one of the best-known ayurvedic beauty tips. By now there are countless variations and here you can find some without honey. Now, for the first one you will need

1/3 banana
1 teaspoon of yogurt (ideally bio!)
1 teaspoon of turmeric*

Mix everything together with a fork and put in on your face for about 20 minutes.

Vegan turmeric face mask:

1 cup of chickpea flour*
3 teaspoon of turmeric*
1 dash of almond oil*

Add just enough oil to get a creamy paste.

Fun fact: The turmeric face mask is the traditional Indian bridal mask. Indian brides would be covered from face to toe in the yellow paste in the night before their wedding.

Homemade face mask without honey or yogurt

pineapple falling into water, ready to be made into a homemade face mask without honey or yogurtFirst of all, I know the vegan variations of the face masks before this one also fulfill the criteria. However, as honey and yogurt seem to be one of the top ingredients in homemade face masks, I explicitly wanted to give room to another vegan face mask, completely without honey or yogurt.

All you need for this mask is

1 slice of pineapple/papaya (ripe!)

Awesome, right? Ideally you puree the fruit, because especially pineapple can be a little difficult to “pulverize” otherwise. Enjoy the smell of vacation on your skin!

If you are interested in more recipes for a homemade face mask without honey (and also with it), follow my Pinterest board “Homemade face masks, scrubs and wash”. Or simply follow my profile to also see all my other boards on homemade beauty topics.

PS: Just so you know, I am not a vegan or a honey hater in general. Sometimes I do use honey in my homemade beauty recipes. See my Homemade beauty tips for lips for an example.

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Homemade conditioner with MSM: DIY conditioner with 2 ingredients

loose braidToday 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:

tea spoon with MSM powder and white empty shampoo bottle
Just a tea spoon of MSM and an old shampoo bottle to “Shake it out”

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.

Picture of my hair air dried after rinsing with the homemade conditioner
MSM DIY conditioner on hair – results

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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