Struggling to tame your unruly, frizzy hair? We feel you! Dry and naturally frizzy hair is hard to style and can also be a challenge to detangle, resulting in hair breakage. Fortunately, we have a simple trick to improve your scalp and hair health – a DIY coconut oil conditioner.
Coconut oil can help reduce inflammation, fight fungal infections such as dandruff, and eliminate hair breakage and split ends (1), (2), (3). In addition to this, the fats in the oil help tame flyaways, thereby reducing frizz. To ensure your locks get the nourishment they deserve, we have shared a homemade coconut oil conditioner recipe, along with some tips to use it. Scroll down and take a look.
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Why Make Your Own Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner?
This is because coconut oil can easily penetrate the hair cuticle and reach the cortex (inner layer) to moisturize and nourish the hair from within (4). Commercially available coconut oil conditioners claim to offer similar benefits. However, one look at the ingredient list will tell you that it is better to go the DIY route.
Most commercial conditioners contain artificial fragrances, preservatives, silicones, and parabens. These synthetic chemicals can damage your hair in the long run and may also cause allergic reactions.
A DIY coconut oil hair conditioner is one way to avoid these harmful chemicals. Moreover, it is affordable than store-bought conditioners.
Here is a simple and effective recipe for you if you are interested in switching to natural conditioners.
DIY Coconut Oil Conditioner Recipe
You Will Need
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
- A few drops of essential oil
- Hand blender
- Airtight container
- Melt the shea butter in a microwave or over a double boiler.
- Add the coconut oil, jojoba oil, and essential oil to the melted shea butter and mix.
- Store in the fridge until the mixture solidifies.
- Whip the mixture using a hand blender for a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Transfer the homemade coconut oil conditioner to a clean, airtight container for storage.
- Store it in the fridge to prevent it from melting.
Shea butter and jojoba oil are emollients. Although there is no scientific proof of their hair benefits, these two ingredients are common in hair care products. Their emollient properties can help retain moisture in your hair.
Do not worry if you cannot find the required ingredients for this recipe. You can customize this coconut oil conditioner as per your needs.
- Use almond or vitamin E oils instead of jojoba oil.
- Use cocoa butter or mango butter instead of shea butter.
- You can skip the essential oil or add multiple essential oils.
You now know how to make a coconut oil conditioner. Read on to know the many ways you can use it to combat frizzy and dense hair.
3 Ways To Use The Homemade Coconut Oil Conditioner
The true secret to the success of this coconut conditioner lies in its versatility. Be it a pre-poo hair mask, a spa-day with a deep conditioner, or just smoothing the frizz a little before stepping out – this DIY coconut oil conditioner is what you need.
1. As A Pre-Poo Hair Mask
A pre-poo hair mask is an excellent way to ensure that your hair does not dry out after shampooing. It also makes detangling easier. Here is what you need to do:
- Massage a small quantity of the coconut oil hair conditioner onto your hair and scalp. Start from the roots and work your way to the ends.
- Leave the coconut oil mask on for at least half an hour before shampooing. You can also leave it overnight.
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
2. As A Deep Conditioner
A deep conditioner repairs hair damage, smoothens the strands, and nourishes them to health. Here is how you can use the above DIY coconut oil as a deep conditioner:
- Apply a small quantity of coconut oil conditioner to your hair.
- Spread it across the length of your hair.
- Wear a heat/shower cap or wrap a warm towel around your head and let the hair soak up the oil.
- Leave the conditioner on for half an hour.
- Wash it off using a mild shampoo.
3. As A Leave-In Conditioner
A leave-in conditioner keeps frizz in check and protects your hair from environmental damage. Follow these steps to use the homemade coconut oil as a conditioner:
- Rub a pea-sized amount of the coconut oil hair conditioner between your palms and massage your hair with it. Avoid the roots.
- Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing with a mild shampoo.
- Adjust the quantity as per your hair length.
A DIY coconut oil hair conditioner reduces frizz, relieves itchy scalp, and combats dandruff – all without chemicals and artificial preservatives. It is also cost-effective as you can use the same conditioner in three different ways. So, whip up this today, and your hair will love you for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can coconut oil be used as a hair conditioner?
Yes, coconut oil makes for an affordable and effective hair conditioner.
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