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 Comments on "4 Simple Recipes for Homemade Leave-In Conditioners"

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Kara Nuku
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… Read more »
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… Read more »

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Caro Ochoa

hav­ing oil in your hair, and expos­ing it to the sun, isn´t dan­ger­ous to your hair, it might bur­nit?

Melissa M
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… Read more »
Rachelle Barnes-Bradford
Rachelle Barnes-Bradford
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… Read more »
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… Read more »

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.

Avion Orr

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?


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.


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

Penny Jane

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.
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Hey Pen­ny — can you share your recipe. What is the rstio of water to coconut milk. Thanks


Hi Alison, want­ed to share the­se with you that I came across when doing a search :) I hope they help!



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.




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


Does any­one know of an arti­cle that goes into details about the ben­e­fits of using coconut water for hair?



I don’t have one, but you may want to vis­it some ‘green’ sites and make your best guess­es from there. Coconut water seems to have a lot of sug­ar and min­er­als, amino acids, fat­ty acids (lau­ric­C12, caprylic­C8) and sodi­um. Sug­ar makes me think of humec­tants, pro­tein is strength­en­ing, min­er­als always seem like nour­ish­ment for hair or skin and fat­ty acids are gen­er­al­ly lubricating/strengthening. It’s pos­si­ble if the oil was good for your hair, the water may not hurt.

*I don’t know ANYTHING about coconuts, I just made guess­es look­ing at http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3115/2


The coco Cre­me Leave-Un Con­di­tion­er sounds like every­thing & The con­di­tion­er based

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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.


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