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How to Use Hand Lotion as a Conditioner

author image Laura Gianino
Laura Gianino works at a publishing company in New York City. Her writing has appeared on eHow, LIVESTRONG, Synonym and Global Post.
How to Use Hand Lotion as a Conditioner
Hand lotion can be a hair conditioner alternative, when used correctly. Photo Credit: Agnieszka Pastuszak-Maksim/iStock/Getty Images

Hand lotion can be used as a cost-effective substitute or last-minute resort to provide your hair the smoothing power of a conditioner. The weight of hand lotion coupled with the moisturizing properties will help your hair retain its sleekness, similar to what typical hair conditioners might provide. Used incorrectly, however, hand lotion can leave your hair either too heavy or dried out. Follow these steps to use hand lotion as a conditioner with great results.

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Step 1

Check the label to ensure the hand lotion's ingredients are safe for your hair and will provide the similar effects of a conditioner.

Step 2

Administer a pea-sized amount to work through dry hair, concentrating on the ends or frizzy pieces that need the most moisture. (Source: All You). Too much lotion can cause your hair to appear greasy, so use sparingly!

Step 3

Brush or comb the lotion through your hair to evenly distribute and gain the full effects of a conditioner.

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