View Full Version : can you combine conditioners?

April 18th, 2008, 02:04 PM
I've got a ton of half-used conditioners lying around, and I was wondering if it was okay to combine some of them to get rid of the bottles, and if it was safe to use the combined conditioners.

Most have cones in them, but a few don't. Is it okay to combine cone and cone-free conditioners? I also have a few 2n1 shampoo/conditioners- can I combine them with regular conditioners?

I really want to get rid of some bottles and not feel so bad about buying more- help reassure me! :)

April 18th, 2008, 02:06 PM
It's OK to combine them -- they shouldn't self-destruct or anything. However, it might be harder to diagnose what's wrong if your hair doesn't like something, so keep that in mind.

I wouldn't mix the 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner mixtures with the conditioners, but I'm sure it would work to mix multiple bottles of those together. If you mix them with your normal conditioners, you'll be reducing the conditioning properties they have by adding detergents to the mix.

Cinnamon Hair
April 18th, 2008, 02:23 PM
Eek, I would be wary of combining a bunch of conditioners longterm. There is the small chance they could react together with some mix of chemicals and spoil or worse. Mixing bottles to be used within a short time span (say, a week or two) is probably ok though.

April 18th, 2008, 02:24 PM
I used to do this, but I'd just mix little amounts before conditioning my hair. But there shouldn't be a reason why one couldn't mix conditioners...

April 18th, 2008, 02:24 PM
Your biggest problem with diluting conditioners comes from diluting it with water, it throws off the preservative balance. If you're just mixing two conditioners, I doubt you would have the same problem. It should be fine.

I don't reccomend combining a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner with conditioner unless you're looking to make a more conditioning shampoo (and even then I'm not sure how good that would be). Combining a 2-in-1 with another 2-in-1 probably won't cause any weird things.

April 18th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Well my Kiss my Face conditioner was already 1/3 gone, so I combined it with my Redken color protect conditioner. I figure that it'll protect my color and still work for CO, and I'm definitely planning on using it within a week.

April 18th, 2008, 05:03 PM
im always doing this but mine are all cone free, im forever opening new bottles when i am still half way through one, so to have a clear out i just mix them up and slap it on! ive never had any problem with it.

April 18th, 2008, 05:08 PM
I'd be a little wary because not all cosmetic ingredients are compatible. You might end up with chemical warfare right in your bathroom. Well, probably not... but anyway. If it were me, I'd store the mass somewhere and only use one bottle at a time in the bathing area. But that's just me.

April 18th, 2008, 06:55 PM
im always doing this but mine are all cone free, im forever opening new bottles when i am still half way through one, so to have a clear out i just mix them up and slap it on! ive never had any problem with it.

:p Me too. It has never caused any problems.:p

April 18th, 2008, 07:34 PM
I do it all the time and I've done it for years. Sometimes I combine then as I use them, as in a handful of this and a glob of that. When I have a few almost gone bottles of conditioner, I'll pour them all in to one bottle and shake it up to mix. I've never had a problem doing this. I actually think I get better results this way. I have a liter bottle of Regis OO going right now to which I've added several other conditioners. As far as I can remember they were all cone free. I've never mixed 2-in-1's with conditioner. I think I'd avoid doing that unless it was with another 2-in-1. I mix shampoos and body washes all the time in a large pump bottle but only use it for body wash.

April 18th, 2008, 07:40 PM
I mix conditioners occasionally, and I've never had any problems. Sometimes, it seems like I get the good properties of both conditioners. However, I'd only combine similar conditioners. I wouldn't mix a thin CO conditioner with a heavy moisturising one because they won't mix well, and it might not work as well.

I wouldn't put conditioner in the 2 in 1 though because it would lessen the cleansing properties of the shampoo. It might even make your hair look greasy because 2 in 1's tend to have really light conditioners in them. It should be okay to mix 2 in 1's together though.

April 18th, 2008, 07:51 PM
I wouldn't worry at all. And I say this as a person who cringes when she reads the "what's in your mister bottle" thread! ;) If you feel nervous about it, mix up a week or a months worth at a time. But really, unless you have a conditioner that is super old or not challenge tested (like a hand made brand), I don't see any problem.

April 18th, 2008, 08:11 PM
The Redken is pretty old but I put about 1/4 of it compared to 3/4 of the KMF. I shook it pretty good- the consistency of both conditioners is similar.

Here's hoping it works, though I might toss it if it really dries out my hair. I've been toying with getting the Suave coconut based on rave reviews here :) or the Aubrey Organics, but it's a bit heavy for my fine hair.

April 18th, 2008, 09:43 PM
I have done this for all of my adult life, long before I found LHC or started trying to grow my hair out. No big philosophical reasons, just trying to keep the traffic level down in my bathroom cupboard. I've diluted, combined, mixed -- you name it. The only times I've had problems are when I've heated the mix for some reason. They never thicken back up after they've been heated.