4 Simple Recipes for Homemade Leave-In Conditioners


By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Do you want to create a homemade leave-in but you don’t know where to begin?  Then read on for a few simple recipes:

1. Coconut Cream Leave-In Conditioner

I LOVE this creamy, smooth concoction and plan to use it a lot this summer.  It only requires three ingredients – coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and avocado oil – and it smells lovely.

1 oz slightly melted (not completely melted) extra virgin coconut oil
2 oz aloe vera gel
1 tsp avocado oil

1. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with a hand mixer on medium speed.
2. That is it!  It is ready to use on damp, freshly washed hair or on dry hair.
3. Store any leftovers in a closed container.  (The mixture may solidify slightly in room temperature, but it melts easily in the palm of your hands.)

2. Multi-Oil Leave-In Conditioner

Now, this leave-in is for you oil lovers.  It will condition your strands, increase the luster of your hair, and reduce split end formation and breakage while styling.

3 oz avocado oil
2 oz extra virgin olive oil
1 oz almond oil
1 oz castor oil
1 oz melted extra virgin coconut oil
5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil

1. Pour all the ingredients into an oil mister.
2. Shake the bottle well to thoroughly mix the oils together.
3. Can be used on damp (but not too damp), freshly washed hair.

3. Conditioner-Based Leave-In

For those of you who want to start from a cheap conditioner you currently own, this recipe is for you.

4 oz distilled water
1 oz Tresemme Naturals Conditioner (the original white label) or Suave Naturals Conditioner
1oz avocado oil or olive oil

NOTE: If you prefer to use a conditioner other than Tresemme or Suave, just be sure that it is an instant conditioner that is NOT heavy in protein or silicones.

1. Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle or mister.
2. Shake the bottle well to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
3. Can be used on damp, freshly washed hair or on dry hair.
4. Store in a refrigerator to prolong the shelf life.

4. Coconut Aloe Leave-In Conditioner

I have yet to try this recipe but it certainly looks interesting.  Let me know how you like it.

(Recipe Source)

4 oz (or ½ cup) of aloe vera juice
6 oz (or ¾ cup) of coconut water
6 drops of honeysuckle essential oil

1. Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle.
2. Place the sprayer onto the bottle and gently shake to mix all the ingredients together.
3. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use.  Best used on damp, freshly washed hair.

Ladies, do you use a homemade leave-in conditioner?  Share below!



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25 thoughts on “4 Simple Recipes for Homemade Leave-In Conditioners

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  2. I keep seeing aloe-in both juice and gel forms-used in many hair recipes. Looks like I might need to do some research and try it out for myself.

  3. Hi, are these conditioners ok for protein sensitive hair if not which do you recommend. Also I’ve 4c kinky tightly coiled hair and it seems like breakage is impossible for my hair type no matter how I try. Is it possible I’m protein sensitive? If not how can I test cos the stretch method for testing breakage is confusing since I don’t ve a measure of how much stretch is too much

    • Hey my namesake! To answer your questions:

      Yes, these conditioners are okay for protein-sensitive hair. (In case someone else asks, coconut oil does not add protein to the hair. What it does is reduces protein loss from the hair. That is, it reduces breakage of the hair, which largely consists of the protein keratin.)

      Since I can’t check out your hair in person, I cannot give you a definite answer. I would, however, try a light protein conditioner to combat the breakage and see how that goes. Also, make sure your hair is well moisturized; dry hair has a tendency to break.

      I would suggest trying a light protein treatment/conditioner, and see how your hair responds. If it responds well, you can stay where you are OR gradually go up to heavier protein conditioners until the breakage stops. If it does not respond well, then scale back or stop altogether.

      I hope this helps! :o)

  4. I work with boys and I am constantly outside.
    How do I combat the sweet smell?

    I haven’t permed my hair in months, this is a new time consuming process.

  5. I use a homemade spray leave-in conditioner only I use coconut milk, distilled water, and a few drops of essential oils. My hair and scalp love it! I have low porosity which is why I usually avoid aloe vera in case anyone was wondering.

  6. Pls I need help with my hair,been growing my hair since 2010 and its still at neck length,very short.Last month I decided to go natural with out the BC,been going through this site.my goal is to reach APL or BL by december.can I go natural with BC I need my hair to grow.I need help Chinwe pls write me an email @ charispink@yahoo.com.I am Nigerian

  7. Just an idea. When you’ve made your batch, freeze half of it in the freezer and use the other half in the bottle. Then when the bottle is empty, defrost the other batch and pour into the bottle.
    That way, it’s likely to have a longer life expectancy.

  8. Hi there I live in the Caribbean. I have the coconut water direct from the tree – I’m wondering if I could mist my hair with that?

  9. That’s what I do here in South Florida. I take my coconut from the tree and use half the water with aloe juice to fill my bottle and freeze the other half. I have long fine hair, so I find no need to use the extra oil. I use the spray a few hours before my shower, then wash and condition as normal. It has left my hair stronger, shinier and VERY soft.

  10. I would appreciate some advice with leave-in conditioners and oils. I have a 2 year old biracial daughter(black/white) and I’m trying my best to learn how to care for her hair.I wash my daughter’s hair once a month with shampoo and every other night I do a creme rinse(wet hair and use Tresemme Naturals hair conditioner). I have tried using oils in between creme rinses but the oil never gets absorbed into the hair. I get flashbacks to the ’80’s because my daughter leaves a little grease stain every where she goes like people use to leave when the Jheri curl was so popular! What’s the best way to apply oils so the hair absorbs the oil? My daughter has definition of curl, but her hair is often as dry as straw. What is the best way to moisturize my daughter’s hair? Should I be using leave-in conditioner more then once a day? Should I mix it up and use leave-in conditioner and oil? I would like for her to have a soft curl, not greasy and dry. Thanks.

    • Melissa, it’s hard to say without knowing what her curl type is. I am not biracial, but my hair has a similar texture to someone who is. Also, my daughter’s hair is even softer than mine. I use Cantu Shea butter leave in. I’m trying to figure out this oil thing because I feel like they just sit on my hair. My daughter uses the Shea Moisture line for kids. There is a curling soufflé and a spray detangler http://www.sheamoisture.com/Kids-Hair-Care_c_41.html that I use daily for her. Just for Me has some really good products as well. They have a spray detangler that I really like and many other light moisturizing products. Are you leaving her ends loose? If so, maybe you can start twisting her ponytails and leave the “puffs” for special occasions. Are there any natural hairstylists in your area that could help you? People who will care for her hair in its natural state and not push for relaxers. Also, perhaps you can start paying attention to people who have similar hair texture to your daughter and just asking them for tips or even if they are able to recommend someone to you. I think it’s great that you are trying so hard to take care of your daughters hair! Hope this helps!

    • The best way to moisturize dry curly hair is in layers. You need a bottle of water, if the hair is long u can use a detangler, leave-in conditioner, and a moisturizing butter. Start by wetting the hair with water, (if needed the detangler), then add the leave-in conditioner (cream version will provide heavier coverage than a spray), then add the oils (or butter for heavier coverage), now style. Twisting and braiding help keep ends of hair from drying out. Also, the hair will not be as dry if you shampoo it weekly, monthly is not enough. Also, moisturize her scalp twice or more per week . I make my own growth oils, conditioners and moisturizers. Once you get control her hair it will grow like crazy. My lil sister has long, natural hair that is almost to her calves, when flat ironed it is a few inches from the floor.

      Oils: virgin olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e, almond oil, bergamot and tea tree oil; cook on low for about 5 minutes then cool completely. To apply use an empty hair color bottle.

      Butter: use the ingredients in oil recipe but add shea butter, after oil cools completely blend using a mixer until light and fluffy; butters can be used on skin and hair. There are some good leave-in conditioners posted by Chinwe above.

      I hope his helps…
      RAB Healthy, Long, hair specialists.

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  12. I have been told I have a mix between my father’s hair and my great-grandmother’s hair.
    Basically my hair is Wavy 2B with some section being Curly 3A (when healthy and moist) (the wavy is my father’s) but prone to dryness (great-grandmother’s). I’ve tried the main-stream moisturizing conditioners, but they make my skin break out in hives along my hairline, so I have recently been looking into homemade conditioners, and I am new to the concept of leave in conditioner.

    My question is, for leave in conditioners, do I wash my hair like I usually do (shampoo and condition), or do I just shampoo and after I get out of the shower, add the conditioner?

  13. Hi I have colored my hair for a long time(30 yrs) and now i want to stop, without damaging my hair any further, how can I get rid of the dark color and return my hair back to its original light brown, Im 55 and the style for woman my age is silver/grey have seen a lot of photos with woman that have gone natural and its stunning I would love to go natural but the time frame is too long in years to get there, how can I do it quicker using only organic products to rid this dark brown, then let my hair turn natural.

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