DIY: Vegan Protein Conditioner

Lustrous Hair w/ Vegan Protein Conditioner 

Hi and welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

When it comes to beauty products, vegans get the short end of the stick–particularly in one vital area: protein conditioners. While mainstream cosmetic industries know what our hair needs, they get results through animal testing and the use of non-vegan ingredients, such as mayo, yogurt and emu oil. This isn’t what you want, or what animals deserve.

Image from Wild Earth Market

You can find protein hair products suited for vegans from brands like Nature’s Gate and BWC, but I’ve found a cheaper alternative to the problem: homemade vegan conditioner using coconut milk. Fortified with natural ingredients to replenish lackluster hair, you’ll get similar results, spend less money and yield more product. Did I also mention that one batch is easy to whip up?

Coconut Milk Protein Conditioner:

  • 3 tablespoons pure coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegan conditioner (homemade or store bought)
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite carrier oil)
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil (or your favorite essential oil)

To make this, I like to first heat everything in a pot. Not too hot. Low heat will suffice, just so all the ingredients blend well together. 

First I add my coconut milk {I double up the recipe so I don’t have to prep the next time–then store what’s left over in the freezer}.

You don't have to buy light coconut milk--it's porbably best to buy FULL FAT
You don’t have to buy light coconut milk–it’s probably best to buy FULL FAT

After the coconut milk, I add my extra virgin olive oil, stirring until the ingredients blend smoothly. The olive oil will not want to mix with any of these ingredients. It’s pure structure only blends well with water. That’s why the heat helps. And of course plenty of mixing.

With enough stirring….

The end result should look something like a beaten egg.

I remove it from the stove, allow it to cool, then transfer to a bowl. I add three drops of eucalyptus oil–the kitchen will perfume medicinally, as this oil smells much like vapor rub.

I then add a moisturizing conditioner.

When it’s done, I pour the recipe into a bottle. You can apply it immediately, or store the content in the freezer until your next wash day. Of course, first reheating it in a pot prior to use.

Vegan Protein Conditioner Application 

  • Take lukewarm conditioner and apply it all over scalp–this scalp massage is sure to stimulate growth as much as healthy hair.
  • Massage for a few minutes.
  • Divide hair in two or four sections, lather on the coconut conditioner and then with a wide tooth comb, comb the conditioner down the length of your hair.
  • With a shower cap, cover hair so the nutrients from the oils and coconut milk disperse.
  • Leave it in for one hour.
  • Rinse out with shampoo and conditioner. If the smell remains, do a second conditioning treatment.

Because our hair is made up of protein, it’s an essential addition to any hair care regimen. So as a vegan, your hair may be deprived of the one thing it needs more than anything else.  This is why coconut milk should be ever vegans best friend. It really is an all purpose ingredient.

Try this recipe for yourself, and reap incredible results. To put it in a few descriptive words, your hair will be: soft, thick, light ‘n fluffy, clean, fresh, lustrous. Do this treatment whenever your hair lacks luster and needs a boost.

~Live Well!


3 thoughts on “DIY: Vegan Protein Conditioner

  1. Say wha, I thought all conditioners were, you know, naturally vegan… Hmm I see my hair products in a new light now.

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