DIY Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

07/29/2012. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade deep conditioner for hair- so easy and just one ingredient!

I mentioned this awhile back but I thought I would do a post with more details.

If you haven’t purchased Coconut Oil yet it really is a magic little bottle.

This stuff works for so many uses from cooking to hair care to diaper rash.  The cost is pretty inexpensive and a jar will last for ages.

One thing I like to use coconut oil for is a deep conditioning treatment.  There are two ways to go about this depending on your hair.

Before you get started though just one little note about coconut oil.  Depending on the time of year it will be solid or liquid.  You need a liquid consistency- similar to olive oil so you can rub it through your hair easily.  In the colder seasons if your coconut oil is solid- sort of like butter- simply put a spoonful into a bowl and microwave for about 10 seconds.  During the warmer months it will be liquid and you can skip this step.

My hair is way thick and way course and naturally wavy and does not get the care and attention it deserves from me.  (Think horse’s mane really.)

So this deep conditioner works really well for me and I do it about every 2 weeks.  I simply slather on coconut oil to the ends of my hair right before bed and wash it out the next morning.

Now I have oily hair so I am very careful not to get anywhere near the scalp.  I have found my hair looks super limp and oily with this on so you don’t want to sleep with this stuff in your hair if there is any chance at all you won’t be able to wash it out the next morning.

Another option is to just slather this stuff all over the ends and either put a warm towel from the dryer or a showercap on.  Leave it on for a good 20-30 minutes. If you feel inclined you can put the hair dryer on your hair with the shower cap.

Wash it out and your hair will be beautiful and smooth and it really does make a huge difference.

You could do this once a week for really damaged hair or colored hair.  Or just every so often when you feel like giving yourself a little treat.

Here are a few other things that coconut oil is great for:

  • If you have dandruff, you can put this on your scalp and it will help with the dryness and flakiness.
  • For little ones, coconut oil is a great way to get gum out of hair!  A great alternative (and less messy) then peanut butter.
  • Use a TINY bit on flyaway or frizzy hair.  I mean TINY because this will make your hair look oily if you use too much.
  • Add 1 cup warm water to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a spray bottle for a conditioning spray.
  • And I use this for particularly stubborn knots in my little girl’s hair.

My little Maya has long and very fine hair and she gets the worst knots.  I just dab a tiny bit in her hair, hold a washcloth under the knot and brush, brush, brush away and this helps a lot to get the knots out.

The girls LOVE coconut oil because they say I make their hair smell like cookies.

So this is magic stuff and if you haven’t tried it on hair, give it a shot and see if you notice a difference.  I am actually getting my hair cut later today and they asked me if I wanted a deep conditioning treatment to the tune of $35.00.  A jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil will last you AGES and it will set you back about $8.00.

The only trick is you really want to look for the extra virgin when you buy coconut oil.  You can grab it for $7.22 on Amazon right now with free shipping.  Another option is to order through Vitacost and get $10 off your first $30 purchase.

**And FYI, Coconut Oil is an excellent alternative to Goof Off!



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Jane July 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I listen to the People’s Pharmacy on public radio. Listeners usually call in with home remedies, and one that people use for Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and diarrhea is coconut cookies (the Archway Coconut Macaroons). One listener even used it for her dog that was diagnosed with IBS and had chronic diarrhea.

Some people also use coconut for “oil pulling” for oral and general health. It’s a method used in ayurvedic medicine, and there are videos on YT if anyone’s interested in trying it out.

Lauren May 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

How do you keep the coconut oil from getting all over your pillows at night? Shower cap?

Charlene May 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM


No I comb my hair out. I haven’t had a problem with messiness but I don’t compeletely saturate my hair. I run it through and then comb it out so it is sort of damp not soaking :)

sathya priya February 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

coconut oil def is very useful in kitchen n as a rash cream too .some more use includes as a lip balm when ur feeling cracked lips or a moisturizer too in hands ,legs .add few drops of coconut oil in water u take bath to keep ur body moisturized…

Anne on the lake May 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Be extra careful not to slip if you use coconut oil (or any oily stuff for that matter) in the bath. I slather myself with the oil after my shower or bath. It’s great in winter time especially when our skin is dry and scaly.

Annastasia June 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Love your posts!

Selena July 18, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I wanted to know if the dangler can be kept for long term use in the spray bottle, or does it need to be made fresh every time you use it?
Thanks for all the great tips!

Charlene July 18, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Selena- coconut oil will last for ages so no you can use it for a long time. After several months I might freshen it up :)

Delsi Lyle September 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Hi Charlene. I headed to Vitacost/s website but I do not see the $10 off $10. I see $10 off $30. Is this still valid?

Charlene September 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Hi Delsi,

No that post is about 2 years old. Vitacost had $10 off $10 for about a year but it looks like it changed now. You can also try Trader Joes for $5.99/jar or I sometimes find it at Sprouts for $5.99.

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