As someone with thick, wavy hair, I can use all the moisture I can get. Deep conditioners and leave-in treatments are vital in my hair regimen. Without them, my hair is dull, lifeless and unmanageable! The thing is, even simple ingredients can help infuse your hair with rich hydration, and you can even make a natural DIY deep conditioner easily at home that will make a world of difference for your locks.
Especially if you heat style or color your hair, a good revival with a deep conditioning treatment will help you restore its natural shine and strength. This recipe from Wendy Rose Gould of Latest-Hairstyles.com is tried and true, all natural, and can transform your hair with its super moisturizing formula.
- 5 tbsp Shea Butter
- 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (unscented, or a scent of your choice)
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 15 drops 100% Camellia Seed Oil
- 6 Drops of scented essential oil of choice (Rose Essential Oil smells great in this recipe!)
Scoop out three tablespoons of shea butter and coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave and mix in 10 second increments until everything is thoroughly melted and combined.
Add the castile soap, olive oil, camellia seed oil and scented oil.
While the coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil add intense hydration, the castile soap adds slip, and will help the conditioner rinse out of your hair. If you have thinner hair, this ingredient is important so that your hair isn’t weighed down after use. The camellia seed oil will give touchable softness and the scented oil adds a personal flair.
Place the bowl into the fridge or freezer until it’s cool, but not long enough that it solidifies. After it’s been chilled, add the remaining two tablespoons of shea butter, and whip the mixture with a hand mixer.
You’ll be left with a consistency close to normal, store-bought conditioner. The conditioner has a shelf-life of 30 days when kept in a closed container like a mason jar. Mark the date on the jar so that you know when to use it up.
You can use this DIY conditioner in a few different ways. As a deep conditioner, apply after shampooing and let it sink into your hair for about five minutes before rinsing. You can do this up to twice a week depending on your hair type. Alternatively, you can use it as a mask and apply it to your hair for 15 minutes before shampooing out.
Because of its consistency, this recipe also works well as a leave-in treatment for those who have thick and textured hair like myself. Use a dime-sized amount and apply it into your ends on either damp or dry hair.