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4 Simple Recipes for Homemade Leave-In Conditioners

• Apr 14, 2014


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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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.


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

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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


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




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.

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.


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!


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 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 @ am Nigerian


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.

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?


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.

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 »
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 that I use daily for her. Just for Me has some really good products as well. They have a spray… 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 »
Caro Ochoa

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


[…] made from a few inexpensive ingredients. The first one I tried was a leave-in conditioner I found here along with a few other lovely recipes I have yet to […]

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 »
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 »

can these receipes be used on weaves

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