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5 Sep

Beauty Tips: Nourishing DIY Conditioner


One of the best beauty tips I can offer are DIY recipes.


As I continue to enjoy playing around with creating my own beauty products using natural ingredients, I will only share the best of the best DIY recipes. Authenticity to every brandista represents something different, for me its embracing things that are supportive of me reaching my personal best. With that, I go through peaks of experimental “all-natural” products and regimes, always attempting to embrace the healthiest lifestyle choices available.

Transitioning to natural hair over a decade ago did not stop with my hair. It evolved into a lifestyle of incorporating “natural” and/or “organic” products as often as possible in everything, from my household cleaning supplies to the ingredients in the products I use daily. While we all have an overload of recipes available for us to try, and for everything we could ever imagine ‘Doing-It-Yourself,’ I aim to stick with simple and effective. For an easy to create homemade conditioner that is ultra-conditioning, try my new favorite: a banana, coconut oil, honey, glycerin and rose water mixture.

Authentic beauty is the ability to be true to your own beauty needs, DNA and personal choices.


This DIY conditioner works well to improve the manageability and restore shine to my hair after its been cleansed. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, biotin and copper, providing a nourishing base to hold the other ingredients. Both the honey and glycerin are humectants used to seal in the moisture from the rose-water and unrefined coconut oil. Rose water is from real rose petals steam distilled in water, this floral water carries the astringent, antiseptic properties of the rose. It helps to balance the scalp, increasing the health and shine of hair. The coconut oil is an able sealant infused with minerals and protein that provides the perfect amount of coating for my hair. If you would like to try a heavier oil, I recommend using a virgin olive oil.

You’ll need the following ingredients to have fun with my best beauty tips:

1 banana (the more ripe it is without being mushy the better)
3 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil
2 tablespoons of rose-water

1.5 tablespoons of pure vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons of raw honey


Add the banana, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, honey and rose-water into your blender.  Blend the ingredients for 2-3 minutes making sure you completely blend any clumps of banana and achieve a creamy consistency. Apply mixture to your towel dried- damp hair and allow it to penetrate for 40-45 minutes under a shower cap, or 20-25 minutes with a shower cap, under a hair dryer on medium.  Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style as you normally would.

Enjoy your naturally conditioned,  manageable and shiny locks!

Courtney Rhodes

Courtney R. Rhodes is an author, brand building and marketing strategist, and speaker with a passion for style, traveling, and sharing interesting and informative content. She is founder of The Brandista Guide + www.CourtneyRRhodes.com; a volunteer for women development and empowerment initiatives and a student of the arts, humanities, and the pursuit of happiness. Courtney is a graduate of Morgan State University ('98) and The University of Baltimore M.A. ('03).

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