I'm looking for an alternative to hair conditioners like Pantene. I have to condition my hair daily. It's very long and just can't be brushed otherwise. I was reading that coconut oil is an alternative, but will it stay in my hair and get oil on my clothes? Are there other non-oil options I can try?
It takes very little coconut oil brushed through hair to condition it, and when using just enough to make your hands shiny (1/8-1/4 tsp.?) it won't transfer to anything else. You can use any oil though, like grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, etc., whatever you like the feel of and/or have on hand. It won't look or feel oily if you use it sparingly.
You can also add a drop or two of any essential oil you like the scent of. I like lavender, sweet orange, chamomile, peppermint, and cedar.
When I had long hair, I also used to use a few drops of glycerine to detangle and prevent friz (it is the main ingredient in most anti-friz balms).
Shampooing less frequently and brushing from the scalp will let your natural oil condition it for you as well.
I use shampoo bars and diluted apple cider vinegar for conditioning purposes. If my hair is feeling a little too oily I rub in some baking soda, let it sit for a minute or two, rinse, and then follow with acv.
Baking soda and water is a great shampoo and I've used diluted cider vinegar for conditioner. It really does work well and is very cheap! Although my hair is very short so perhaps not the best person to advise!?
I also use an apple cider vinegar rinse, but dilute it with green tea. It makes my hair so soft! Mine is only shoulder length, but I used to have major frizz and dryness problems. Egg yolk/coconut oil hair mask once a week works wonders too!
Coconut oil does wonders for your hair and will not get all over your hair.
You can also try coconut oil on your skin. I've been battling acne since I was 12 years old, but I've noticed a marked decrease in my acne ever since I began washing my face with coconut oil a couple times per week. It's also become my cooking oil of choice so that may be contributing as well.
I'm a hairstylist in a high end salon that uses AVEDA products which are mostly naturally derived and sourced sustainably but they are hella not paleo. Lots of soy, wheat and sorbitol (corn). This post has totally inspired me to give a class on Paleo hair care in a professional setting. Awesome question gets my up! As does the answers!
Egg yolks. I am not that crunchy, but I swear, it is so good for your hair. Not really conditioner-y in the sense that it will not get tangles out, but it makes your hair gorgeous and shiny, and for me seems to sort of function as a shampoo as well.
Coconut oil made my hair too oily but reading the above answers I realize that I was probably using too much; will try again. What HAS really helped is washing my hair less frequently, especially after my scalp adjusted to that. It's great the way my own natural oils are the perfect pH for my hair and terrific to stop forking over so much $ for expensive hair care products!