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DIY Hair Conditioner for Shiny Hair

DIY Hair Conditioner

I’m really excited about this DIY.  It’s easy to make and highly effective, even after just one application!  Your hair will feel silkier and stronger and shine will be restored!  And of course, this DIY conditioner is completely safe and natural!  I can honestly say I’ll be using it at least once a week all summer!

I’ve been using a natural shampoo and conditioner for years now.  The problem is, my hair still feels dry despite this conditioner.  Not to mention, I haven’t cut more then an inch of my hair for years so it’s really long and prone to breakage and dryness.  With summer here, that means sun and chlorine-2 huge culprits when it comes to drying skin and hair out.  Long hair was starting to feel like a losing battle.

I applied this conditioner for the first time to my hair about a week ago.  When I was shampooing it out, the texture of my hair felt smooth and strong.  There was a noticeable difference.  I plan to use this conditioner at least weekly in the hopes of continuing to grow my long hair.   I couldn’t be happier with the immediate results!

DIY Conditioner

I formulated this DIY to be somewhat solid.  I’ve always experienced great results when using coconut oil on my hair and having a more solid consistency makes it much easier to apply.  Avocado oil is one of the most moisturizing oils and vitamin E helps to strengthen hair strands.  I chose a blend of lavender, rosemary and chamomile.  Chamomile helps soften and restore shine so it’s the important one.  Lavender also helps to soften the hair and if you’re planning on applying this conditioner to your scalp, rosemary helps bring blood flow to the scalp which in turn helps hair growth.  Can I mention how amazing this conditioner smells?!

DIY Hair Conditioner For Shiny Hair:

6 TBSP. coconut oil (find it HERE)

2 TBSP. Avocado Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Chamomile Essential Oil (find it HERE)

3 drops Rosemary essential Oil (find it HERE)

Directions:

There are 2 ways to make this conditioner.  You can melt your coconut oil in a double boiler (fill a medium sized pot with water and place a glass pyrex measuring cup  in the water).  Turn stove top on medium heat and add coconut oil and avocado to the glass cup. Once melted, remove from the stove top and add essential oils and vitamin E.  Pour into a glass jar and place in the fridge so it can firm up.

You can also scoop out your coconut oil, add the rest of your ingredients and stir.  This can be a bit messy and hard to control but your conditioner will be just as effective.

Another option to make it more pliable is to whip it!  Once you’ve mixed all your ingredients, place in the fridge until completely cold and solid.  Using a hand mixer, whip for about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.  Then just spoon into a glass jar.  For me, this is too much effort because in my bathroom in the summer, the whip will fall flat due to the coconut oil not staying solid because of room temp.

To Use:

  1. I concentrated the conditioner on my ends but you can put it everywhere your hair is dry.
  2. Once I applied a thin layer on my ends, I put my hair in a bun and allowed it to soak in for 1-2 hours.  Again, you can tailor this to whatever works for you.  I knew I would be outside in the sun and since sun will heat up the oil helping it to penetrate the hair better, it works for me to use it when I’ll be outside.  You could totally apply it and leave it on for just 10-20 minutes indoors.
  3. Shampoo hair as usual.  I conditioned too because I needed to detangle but my hair didn’t need it for extra moisture.

DIY Hair Conditioner

You don’t have to store this conditioner in the fridge but it will keep it more solid and easier to apply.  Because we’ve added zero water based ingredients, a preservative is not necessary and your conditioner should last a good 6 mos.

This recipe makes about 4 oz.  Find 4 oz. glass jars HERE.

Funny enough, since we’re using nourishing oils, this conditioner can be a double duty DIY and you can use it as a skin moisturizer as well!  Be sure to use a small amount on your skin or you’ll be very oily!  It takes very little of an oil based product to moisturize the skin.

I hope my directions make sense.  This DIY really is as easy as combining all the ingredients together and stirring.  Melting and whipping isn’t necessary. I highly recommend using this type of conditioner because commercial conditioners are full of water and even the natural conditioners contain questionable ingredients.  You don’t get any more natural then PURE high quality ingredients!

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xx, Jenni

P.S. For more DIY hair recipes, go HERE!

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10 Comments

  1. Karen W
    May 31, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Just curious which natural shampoo you use? I’ve had zero luck with any all natural shampoo 😓

    • Jenni
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Hi Karen! I use RenPure. They aren’t as natural as I like but they are easily found at Walmart and Target. They are paraben and sulfate free among other unhealthy ingredients.

  2. Jennifer Smith
    June 5, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    Do you apply this conditioner to wet or dry hair?

    • Jenni
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Jennifer-Hi! I apply it to dry hair. I don’t think it matters but there’s no need to wet the hair.

  3. June 9, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Love this! It’s amazing how effective natural ingredients can be. Many times I’ll apply a TINY bit of oil to just the ends of my hair and leave it in. Aargan oil is great for this, but I’ve used coconut oil or a little bit of shea butter warmed up in my hands.

  4. June 22, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Great article on DIY hair conditioner. I have suffer from dry skin and hair so I am always looking for a good moisturizer and hair conditioner. These are some ingredients I have already in my home. I can get the rest to give it a try. I will love to have shiny looking hair again. Thanks for a very informative article.

    • Jenni
      Author
      June 29, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Nidia-You’re so welcome!

  5. Samara Wright
    September 14, 2018 / 2:20 am

    Hi,

    Just to clarify, you condition with this DIY first to dry hair, and then shampoo to rinse it out? When you condition to detangle, do you just use more of the DIY conditioner? Thanks!:)

    Samara

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