Coconut Oil Conditioner

by Merissa on June 27, 2012

in Featured, Green Living

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While looking for some natural alternatives to chemical filled hair products a few weeks ago I ran across something that said you could use coconut oil as a hair conditioner. I thought this sounded interesting and since I already have a jar of coconut oil on my bathroom sink I decided to test it out!

On day one I used a little coconut oil in my wet hair after I towel dried it off a bit. I figured that using it in the shower would defeat the purpose and using it when my hair was dry would make it super oily. I just added a little in hair all over, combed it through and let my hair dry naturally like I normally do. When it dried it was a little greasier than I would have liked but super soft! I also had no fly-aways and any split ends didn't look quite so bad.

On day two was when it started to look really nice. Yes, the moisturizing lasted through a shower and shampoo and my hair was still soft and shiny but not quite as greasy as the day before.

On day three I even took a pic....

Still super soft and shiny! I finally noticed it wearing out by about the 5th wash. I couldn't believe it lasted so long!

Shiny, smooth, no flyaways, and not greasy. I loved that I still had the effect from the coconut oil for more than one day. Any store boughten normal product I would have had to apply again.

I will definitely continue using this as my "hair product". It's easy. I get to smell like coconut, not chemicals. And I reap the benefits for several days afterwards!

I actually used my Homemade Lotion recipe on my hair. I figured a little added Vitamin E oil in the coconut oil would be beneficial overall. I also think that this "recipe" is pretty frugal considering you just have to use a tiny amount of the oil and it lasts for a while on your hair.

What natural products do you like to use in your hair?
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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becca @ Sweet Swan Songs June 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

I am going to have to try this! I’ve been looking for natural conditioner “recipes” lately and this is so easy and your hair looks amazing! My hair is really wavy and tends to be frizzy, with lots of flyaways so the idea of smooth, non-frizzy hair without chemical products sounds awesome. :)


2 Carrie June 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I’ve recently been experimenting with a baking soda ‘wash’ and apple cider vinegar ‘rinse’ for my hair. I just use about a 1/4 c of baking soda, add some water to make a paste and massage that into my hair. I’ll rinse it out then do the ACV rinse which is 1/4 c of the AC vinegar then enough water to make a cup or so. I pour that on and let it sit a minute or two then rinse. My hair is always very soft afterwards. It can get a little dry if I do it too often so I might try your coconut oil conditioner too and see if that helps.


3 Ellie April 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I do that too! And, I always finish with a coconut oil as a hair mask. Leave the oil in for 5 minutes or so, then rinse most of it out. Of course, some always remains, which is fine, as it acts as a frizz fighter & leave in conditioner.


4 Mari June 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I used to dye my hair blonde when I was younger but it looked dyed. My mom said to get the straw they used in packing wines and boil it. Use it as a final rinse after shampooing. My hair had so many highlights that no one believed I dyed my hair. Most liquor stores will give t to you free since they dispose of it anyways.


5 Susie Earning-My-Cape June 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Hi! What a great tip! I have recently been reading up on the many uses of coconut oil, and I am sooo going to try this!
I’d like to invite you to come link this and any other recipe/project/tip posts to my Super Link Party.
I hope to see you there! :-)


6 Wendy June 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Great idea! I tried the baking soda and vinegar method for over 3 months with lots of trial and error with the proportions but it never worked out. I am back to shampoo and conditioner. I really miss how smooth my hair was from before, but it was too greasy. Any suggestions on more natural hair wash? Thanks!


7 Merissa June 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

I’m working on a new recipe for shampoo, I’ll post it soon:)


8 Valerie June 28, 2012 at 3:51 am

Perfect! I’ll definitely try this on my dry, curly hair. I’ll probably start using it this weekend so I can have ample time to shower and experiment. Actually, I’ve also been using coconut oil but not as conditioner. I apply it on my skin and use it as moisturizer. Indeed, my skin feels so soft and smooth without having to use chemical filled lotions or skin moisturizers. This is one of the reasons why I love this product. The coconut oil benefits that it gives make me love to use natural alternatives more and more.


9 Shelly @ Coupon Teacher June 28, 2012 at 7:58 am

I like this idea. I have oily hair to begin with though, and you saying day 1 was really oily kind of scares me.

Summertime when I am out of school is a good time to try though!


10 Denise June 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

Just an idea…you might try putting on the coconut oil a short time before a planned shampooing. Then you wouldn’t have to go through looking oily the first day.


11 vivien June 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hmmm, I would love to try this. I’ve been using argan oil so far, Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil to make my hair soft and shiny and not as greasy as with other oils.


12 Monique July 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

thank you for the tips, I also use a good conditioner, it’s Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner which has helped me a lot and keeps my hair soft, shiny and healthy. :D


13 maribel July 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I just wanted to share a little something. I was very concern because of my hair loss is was crazy. So I decided to try coconut oil. The results? Outstanding! ! I couldn’t asked for more. I washed my hair after 24 hours and just one hair come off!!!! Wow!. I really forgot about how great was the the coconut oil. I mean, I am from the tropic; Puerto Rico. I am back to my roots! !!!LOL


14 Merissa July 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

That’s awesome!


15 Valerie Z December 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I just noticed this post is pretty old, but in case you haven’t figure it out yet. The best thing to do is to put it on your dry hair an hour or 2 before you plan to shower. Then you get rid of most of the greasiness with that first shampoo.


16 Merissa December 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Great tip!


17 Karen January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Hi Merissa
Just came across your page a few weeks ago. Just love browsing around. I have been using the coconut oil for about 2 months as a moisturizer and I’m hooked. My skin has never been softer and no longer have extra dry skin in the winter. I have also used it in my hair. I used it when I was air drying my curly hair and I agree that it keep it shiny and not flyaway. I love that its all natural and know exactly what I’m putting on my body. I was turned on to it when I went to a spa for a facial and she used it all over my face and shoulders. Been hooked ever since. Keep up the great writing. It’s being enjoyed:)
God bless


18 Tasha January 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

I stopped using shampoo and conditioner just before Christmas and I am happy with how clean my hair is (I was skeptical before I tried it). My only concern was that my long hair (almost to my waist) was getting really dry. Finding this post was perfect timing and I am SO going to try this out! I am a new fan to coconut oil, so I am excited for this recipe. Thanks for posting. :)


19 siti shabazz April 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

when i was a kid, I used to have a very long and black hair. my mum loved to apply some coconut oil on my hair, and hers too, of course. when she died at the age of early 90s, her hair was darker than those of 60s. I am now 43 and hardly have white hair on my head. I didn’t do much about it when i was busy working, but now that I am a staying home housewife, i have plenty of time in hands. I found your website and think of myself to be more creative, learning from you. now i love the coconut oil more than I used to. and soon will be busy making things out of it! Thank you Merissa :)


20 Dani September 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

I was wondering if you could add an essential oil to this to change up the scent and if so how much you would recommend adding. Also, I love your website!


21 Merissa September 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

I haven’t tried it but I’m sure you can. Just add a few drops until it’s scented strong enough for your liking. Don’t add a citrus oil though.


22 helen November 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I heard that cold pressed coconut oil was best to use. my jar says expeller pressed is that ok or should I look for the other kind?


23 Merissa November 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Expeller pressed might be ok for your hair. It just doesn’t have the same minerals and good properties like cold pressed does. I wrote a little more about it here in our Coconut Lotion post.


24 Maureen November 24, 2013 at 5:37 am

Not to get to of off topic. But yesterday I made my own homemade shampoo A recipe that is quite typical with castile soap. Then I made conditioner using coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, water, vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E oil.

I am so discouraged. I feel that the shampoo is too drying and the conditioner is way too greasy. I want to do all natural products, but can’t seem to find something that feels good.


25 Merissa November 24, 2013 at 7:12 am

Would it be possible to shampoo/condition your hair every other day instead of every day? Or maybe make another shampoo that is more moisturizing and use it one day and the other one the next?


26 Pam December 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Hi, Merissa!
I just wanted to say that I have been using coconut oil on my hair for quite some time now. I am HIGHLY gluten intolerant, and had to stop using easily available hygiene products (for the most part…). Shampoo and conditioner were my most difficult struggle. I did find great gluten free products from Hugo Naturals, but their conditioners tend to build up on my hair. So, I started applying coconut oil to my hair before I shower and never at the roots. Only from 1/3 of the way down and a little extra on the ends. After I wash, I don’t apply conditioner, and either air or blow dry with a diffuser. My hair comes out super soft either way, and the conditioning lasts a couple of days (I have VERY hard water so conditioning is a little tough!).

Thanks for your blog! Great information on here. :) Keep up the good work!


27 Linda January 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I have just recently read about he benefits of coconut oil, I’ve been cooking with it for a while but now I’ll try making some lotions etc…
Regarding conditioner, I have long baby fine hair, exactly how much should I use? A dimes worth…a quarter???


28 Merissa January 11, 2014 at 7:53 am

I would start by using very very little, it goes a long ways! If you use too much your hair will end up being pretty greasy.


29 Kshav6 January 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I have been using the coconut oil/vitamin E mixture for a while. After I apply it to my body I just run my hands through my we hair to wipe off the excess on my hands. That is the perfect amount for my hair :)


30 Kshav6 January 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

*wet hair


31 Merissa January 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Great tip!


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