The Best Hair Conditioner
The best long hair conditioner? After many experiments, Ithaca Soap and Beeswax Lip Balm works the best for me.
I went to the Ithaca Farmers Market one day, and a friend had new hair. It was curly! Normally her hair is very straight. She did a long hair conditioning method that is specific and best for long curly hair.
This will work on short hair also. Now that I've actually had short hair a few times in recent years, I know how much easier, and more difficult, it is than long hair. What takes an hour for long hair will take 5 minutes or less with short hair.
Of course I asked how she achieved her beautiful curls. She gave me step by step instructions about how to get your hair to display it's curls, while not getting the frizz. She put great emphasis on the styling gel. These techniques are all over the internet. As I listened, I came up with my own method and gel replacement ideas.
It worked well, considering that I do not own a hair dryer. If you have a hair dryer, it will likely work better. A day later the wave was still there, but to get the curl/wave freshly washed look back, I lightly wet my hair, and crimp it to get the curl and wave to bounce back.
To be clear, my hair has a lot of wave, and a few unruly banana curls. I usually brush them out the day after I wash my hair. For the most part my hair looks straight-ish with a slight wave.
I do not have curly hair, but would definitely like to keep the wave and banana curls longer than a few hours.
Since 2003 I have exclusively washed my hair with our Olive Oil Shampoo, (which has been in Bar form since 2013).
I forgot about hair conditioners, since most of them are made from synthetic oils (otherwise known as plastics). My hair has great shine and is very soft, just from using our shampoo bar. Sometimes, I apply olive oil before the wash.
I do an apple cider vinegar rinse once approximately every 6 months.
I will definitely not be using the styling hair gels on my hair, since the ingredients are usually a variety of liquid plastics. These are things I wouldn't recommend using for personal care.
Using LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balm as a long hair conditioner, is alcohol free. Alcohol is a known skin irritant, so I'm not recommending that you put that on your hair. Then there's the gel itself, which is liquid vinyl, that you would then melt with a hair dryer so it completely coats your hair.
Bees wax lip balm as hair conditioner
I decided to take the plunge and try using bees wax lip balm as hair conditioner, thinking the bees wax and oil would be a great hair gel substitute. I can honestly say I wasn't sure how it would look or feel. We have a customer that has been using our beeswax lip balm as a mouse and hair conditioner for many years. Since she loved it and her hair looked great, I thought it would be worth a try.
This method is also great as beard oil
What is hair conditioner
Conventional hair conditioner, is artificial greases and alcohols to mimic natural oils and waxes. The concept is that oil and waxes coat individual hairs to give it body, bounce, and shine. Body and bounce are way more fun. The best long hair conditioner is so simple using our Olive Oil Shampoo Bar and LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balm.
The photo is half dry, conditioned hair. As you can see, it's still a little wet, but the wave is nice and defined. I wanted to get these photos taken before the sun set.
My biggest concern was a sticky texture. My hair is very soft. There is no wax feeling, or residue. Plus there is a little weight to my hair, making the bounce pronounced. I'm very pleased. This is the best long hair conditioner.
- Wash hair with the Olive Oil Shampoo Bar, twice I do this in the evening, once or twice a week. How often you wash your hair is up to you and your hair type.
- Take a small amount if LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balm, and rub it in between your fingers to melt it and carefully and quickly apply small amounts to the ends of hair.
- Take another small amount of lip balm, rub it in between your fingers, and apply it evenly to the rest of your hair, avoiding getting any on your scalp.
- Fluff and rub hair in between my hands to warm the lip balm up so it spreads evenly.
- Continue your shower, letting the hot water and shower steam melt and evenly distribute the lip balm.
- Towel dry with a flat, low pile towel. Separate the hair clumps into strands. Crimp, fluff, let dry.
For more crimp and wave or curl
These steps are optional:
- Take an old tee shirt and crimp clumps of my hair up and squeeze out any excess water. Repeat this process a few times to crimp all of your hair several times.
- You can also use a hair dryer blowing on the outside of the tee shirt, while squeezing out the excess water.
- Wrap hair in the tee shirt for a couple of hours, while it is wet.
- Remove the tee shirt and let it air dry for another hour or two.
- Waited a little while to brush, comb, pick your hair it.
- The wave lasts all day.
- For better wave on non hair wash days, fluff and crimp your hair with wet hands.