How To Make Playdough With Conditioner

August 22, 2021


how to make playdough with conditioner

Isn’t it marvellous how inventive people can be? It seems there are so many ways to make playdough these days – did you know you can even make playdough with conditioner?

This conditioner playdough recipe is very similar to the shaving cream playdough recipe you may have already tried, but this time, instead of using shaving cream, all you need is hair conditioner!

This makes it a perfect activity to do on a cold, wet, rainy day because while we don’t all always have shaving cream in the house, I’m pretty sure most households have a bottle or two of conditioner in the bathroom.

This means that you probably won’t have to dash out to the shops to buy any special ingredients because, hopefully, you’ll already have everything you need to give this playdough a try.

As long as you’ve got some cornflour in the pantry and some hair conditioner, you are ready to make this conditioner playdough.

how to make playdough with conditioner and cornstarch

If you want to make it colourful, it’s also handy if you’ve got some food colouring, but this is not essential to the process. If you’re using colouring, try to match the colour with the ‘flavour’ of your conditioner.

I’ve used a ‘Wild berry’ conditioner so I used red colouring to give the playdough a pink colour which matched in nicely with the ‘wild berry’ smell of the conditioner. If you’ve got apple conditioner, make your dough green.

Just like shaving cream playdough, the ratio required for this conditioner playdough is 1:2, so 1 part conditioner to 2 parts cornflour. So, if you’re using a cup of conditioner, you’ll need 2 cups of cornflour. I only made half of that quantity so I used ½ cup of conditioner and 1 cup of cornflour.

To make this hair conditioner playdough, I find the easiest thing to do is to pour your cornflour in a pile onto a silicone baking mat or some other clean, flat surface.

how to make playdough with conditioner and flour

Then add the conditioner to the top of the pile of cornflour.

playdough recipe with hair conditioner

If you’re making coloured playdough, now is the time to add a few drops of food colouring.

making playdough with conditioner

Then, get those fingers in and start mixing! It will take a few minutes to mix it all together well and get your dough nice and smooth but, eventually, you’ll be left with a nice, smooth ball of playdough to play with.

This type of playdough is more like ‘moon dough’ in texture, so it has a lighter weight and more crumbly feel than traditional playdough.

moon dough recipe with conditioner
how to make playdough with cornstarch and conditioner

Cornstarch Conditioner Playdough Recipe

Cornstarch Conditioner Playdough


  • 1 part hair conditioner
  • 2 parts cornflour/cornstarch
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional)


  • Combine ingredients until a smooth dough forms.
  • Have fun!

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this conditioner playdough recipe is a great activity.

You’ve probably already got everything you need to give it a go and the kids can have fun playing and experimenting with the interesting texture of the dough. Have fun!

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