How to Add Slip to Your Conditioner: 6 Ways

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It’s optimal when your favorite hair conditioner possesses slip. You may love your conditioner because of how it makes your hair feel, look or smell. The missing slip factor may be the only thing that keeps you from rating your conditioner a five versus a four. You may even  be prepared to do the unthinkable and kick that conditioner to the curb. Let’s not be too hasty. You can add slip to your conditioner, thereby improving it’s overall performance and it doesn’t take a ton of time or a ton of work to do it.

Here are some ways to add slip to your conditioner:

1: Add Natural Oils

By adding just a few drops of a natural oil like Olive, Castor, Coconut or Jojoba; you can add adequate slip to your conditioner. But, it doesn’t just end with slip. These oils will also encourage your conditioners to be more moisturizing (retention wise) and can even encourage the stimulation of hair growth. For example, castor oil is famous for encouraging growth when applying it to the scalp regularly while coconut is known to reduce hygral fatigue.

2: Mix in some Slippery Elm Bark

The inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree is not only very moisturizing, it’s super slippery. It also helps to soften the hair since it is water based. When adding it to your conditioner, which is also water based, it turns into a very slippery substance. It’s no wonder it can add slip to your conditioner!

Check out this article from Lavishly Natural: What Every Goddess Ought to Know About…Slippery Elm Bark

3: Then, There was Marshmallow Root

A close cousin to slippery elm bark, you’ll find scores of DIY recipes that use marshmallow root either in conjunction with slippery elm bark or all by its lonesome. Marshmallow root is very slippery in its own right and can add tons of slip to your conditioner. An added benefit is marshmallow root can make your hair appear thicker. While it’s actually a plant native to Africa, it’s available in herbal form.

4: Add a Little Glycerin

While glycerin is typically best used in the hair when the air is moderately humid as it will pull moisture from the air into your hair, it can also be used in small amounts to add slip to your conditioner. The very consistency of glycerin is slippery and since you’ll be rinsing your conditioner out (thoroughly), there’s no risk of the presence of glycerin pulling moisture from your hair during lower environmental temperatures.

5. DIY It with Guar Gum

Guar gum is used to add thickness to products. In fact, I use it with my DIY Goat’s Milk Hair Treatment which was initially introduced to me by Shelli from Hairsapades. I’ve changed the recipe a little as of late and will share it very soon. What I noticed however is that, the guar gum adds tons of slip to this DIY hair conditioner. So, while it’s typically more common to use it when DIYing, you can certainly add a little to a commercial conditioner for a little more slip. Just be careful not to put too much (especially if your conditioner is already pretty thick). Guar gum thickens liquid based products pretty rapidly.

6: Make it Sweet

With honey or agave that is! Both honey and agave are natural humectants which will not only boost your conditioner’s ability to moisturize your hair. They both have tons of slip to add to your conditioner.

There you have it. Easy ways to fix upon or improve your conditioner so that it has more slip for you to work it through your hair (especially, if you plan to detangle your hair with it). No more tossing a perfectly good bottle of hair conditioner. You spent money on that! Use one of these methods of adding slip to your conditioner for just a few cents per use.


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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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