How To Make a Ridiculously Awesome Homemade Deep Conditioner

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Hiya Lovelies:

“Life is short. You might as well live it with really great hair.” (Anonymous)

Hands up if you revel in a good hair day! It makes you feel like a goddess when those tresses look just right, doesn’t it? I 100% feel ya!

Sometimes keeping your mane happy and healthy isn’t easy. Stress, thyroid health, diet and more can all dull your hair’s shine. I know… it sucks!

But a little extra TLC can help! Your hair deserves some love and so do you.

Making your own homemade conditioner is a fun way to not only support your hair health but to also indulged in a little self-care magic for yourself.

Ready for a mini spa day moment? You betcha! Let’s dive in, find out how you can keep your gorgeous hair extra happy and spoil yourself to a lovely hair mask while you’re at it.

Let’s do this!

What Goes Into Creating Healthy Hair?

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There are so many factors that help to create those lustrous, healthy tresses we all desire. The obvious one is the products we choose to put on it (we’ll talk more about that in a second). But it’s so much deeper than that.

What you eat has a huge effect on your hair’s health, including how rapidly it grows and how quickly it falls out.

We naturally lose around 100 hairs a day when we’re doing good. Nutrients like proteins, fats, zinc, sulfur, vitamins A, B, E and more are pretty important for hair growth and shine. Learn more about how you can eat your way to sexy hair (and what foods to look out for) right here.

While eating for healthy hair may seem silly, not getting the right nutrients can easily affect how quickly your hair grows and how fast it falls out too. And it even plays a role in how it looks.

So, while this homemade deep conditioner will totally give you shiny, gorgeous locks… don’t forget to put some hair healthy goodness on your plate too to help that healthy look last. (source)

Related: 6 Reasons Why Your Healthy Diet Isn’t Working (And How to Fix It)

Here are a few delish hair healthy foods to enjoy:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Avocados
  • Berries
  • Spinach
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Almond and peanut butter
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Radishes
  • Orange fruits and veggies (like sweet potatoes, pumpkin and butternut squash)
  • Leafy greens
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (like hemp see oil and fish oil)

Your hormone levels also have a say in how fast and thick your hair can grow.

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Your hair has different growth stages – growing, transitioning, resting and shedding. When your estrogen levels are higher (think puberty or pregnancy) your hair spends more time hanging out in the growing phase.

When those levels are lower (like when we hit menopause or after we have a baby) we may notice that we shed more hair. It’s all about balance! But when our hormones are out of balance, our hair health suffers too. (source)

Your thyroid health matters.

It’s no just about estrogen. If you have a health condition that affects your thyroid, you may notice your hair feels dry and brittle and sheds more than it used to.

I certainly noticed this when I was knee deep in Graves Disease! But there’s a reason for that – thyroid hormones directly affect hair follicles. Unfortunately, this means that our illness can leave our hair looking and feeling a little sad. (source)

Related: 7 Uplifting Self-Love Lessons From A Graves Disease Diagnosis

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This is a natural symptom that will ease up once thyroid hormone levels are balanced. But a little extra TLC can help to reduce the damage. I used a homemade deep conditioner quite often to prevent as much damage as possible.

Stress can also leave us shedding hair faster than normal.

Making time to relax and de-stress is not only good for our mental health – it’s good for our mane too. Which is why a little self care can go a long way.

Related: How To Reduce Stress – 6 Fantastic Tips From Psychiatrists

And the weather matters too.

When the air is cold and dry your hair suffers. It’s good to give your locks some extra love when the seasons are bumming them out.

Why Make Your Own Hair Care Products

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With so many factors involved in hair health, you may be wondering why you should even bother to create a homemade deep conditioner…. well don’t you worry, because I’ve got two reasons gorgeous!

Firstly – remember how I said that your hair care products do affect your hair health? Well it turns out that most of us are using some pretty crappy options on a fairly regular basis.

According to the EWG, the personal care products we use on the daily often expose us to carcinogens, reproductive and developmental toxins and endocrine disruptors. This includes the products we use on our hair. Which is kind of a downer… especially considering that our main objective here is to care for ourselves. (source)

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to find or make our own goodies that not only give us that sexy, shiny, full volume look we’re hoping for but also contain no icky ingredients. Booyah!

Related: You’ll Want to Relax for Hours in this DIY Nourishing Coconut Milk Bath

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Secondly – everybody deserves to treat themselves to a little self-care.

Self-care is so important for our well-being. We all need to take time for ourselves to relax, unwind and zone out. And since de-stressing is good for your hair health anyway, you’re kind of doubling up on bonus points here.

Pick out a good book, poor a bath, deep condition your hair and soak in the tub until it’s time to shower. Super bonus if you added essential oils, because you’ll be enjoying a little aroma therapy! Total relaxation zone. I promise you’ll feel wonderful afterwards!

While you only need to leave the conditioner in for about 20 minutes, I’ve relaxed in the tub for an hour before rinsing it out before – so don’t you worry if you choose to take your time.

Related: The 15 Best Ways To Enjoy A Self-Care Sunday

What Do The Ingredients Have To Offer

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The three main ingredients in this homemade deep conditioner have some pretty awesome hair care magic.

Coconut Oil

What can’t coconut oil do?! This delicious oil is rich in vitamins K and E, which help to keep your mane thick and lustrous.

It also reduces protein loss in your gorgeous hair, which is pretty flipping awesome. Protein loss makes your hair thin, fragile and prone to breakage. So we want to keep that protein around, thank you very much. (source)

Even better, coconut oil helps to defend your hair from UV damage. While the idea of hair sunscreen may sound bizarre, UV rays actually dry your locks out. So a little protection in the area is much appreciated! (source)

A motion capture of a woman with pinkish red hair flipping her hair to the said. Homemade deep conditioner can help to keep treated hair moisturized.

Super bonus, coconut oil is more easily absorbed into your hair than other oils. So it can really go HAM on those lovely locks of yours and keep your mane healthy and happy. (source)

Olive Oil

This amazing oil is rich in vitamins A and E and antioxidants and may help to lock in moisture. Olive oil might add some shine and soften your locks. (source)

It may also remove sebum buildup, which helps to encourage new growth. And the oleic acid found in olive oil lends a hand in making hair softer and more pliable. Super win, right? (source)

A woman looks away from the camera. Her long, shiny hair is in a ponytail, held up by a colourful scrunchie. Homemade deep conditioners can help to give your hair shine.

Almond Oil

This sexy oil is rich in vitamins A, B and E, joining our oil team to create thicker, shiny locks and reduce hair loss and breakage.

We’ve also got some omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids in the house which reduce dryness and help to protect your tresses from UV damage right by coconut oils side. (source)

Sounds good, right?! Ready to make some? 

How To Make a Homemade Deep Conditioner

I rock a pretty long do, so this recipe will work well for you if you have super long hair. If you’re sporting an adorable pixie cut or something in between, you can easily half the recipe and still get the coverage you need.

Please exercise caution – these oils will make your tub slippery. So wipe down your tub before you stand up to shower, bust out your bath mat and be super careful. <3

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DIY Healthy Hair Care – Homemade Deep Conditioner (Only 4 Ingredients)

Keep your hair soft, shiny and strong with this DYI Deep Conditioner. Made with Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil and Optional Essential Oils, it’s totally easy to make! Heck yea! 

Course DIY Beauty
Cuisine Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword Homemade Deep Conditioner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Author Sara - Ms. Health-Esteem

Ingredients

  • 3 Heaping Tbsps Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Oil
  • 10 Drops Essential Oils (I prefer doTERRA Lavender or Peppermint) Optional

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl or mini food processor. 

  2. If using a mixing bowl, blend with egg beaters. Mix until you have an even, creamy consistency. 

  3. Work the mixture into dry hair, making sure that it's completely covered. You can use a comb or your fingers.

  4. Optional bonus - massage into your scalp to give your skin a little extra love. 

  5. Let sit for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse and shampoo in the shower.

  6. Caution - the oils will make your tub slippery. Please use a bath mat and be careful. 🙂 

Have you created a homemade deep conditioner before? Are you excited to give this one a try? Or do you have any DIY hair care recipes of your own to share? Let me know in the comments below sweet friends!

Health and love,

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46 Comments

  1. Reply

    Pam Meister

    November 1, 2017

    Looking forward to trying your recipe! I love natural products.

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 2, 2017

      Thank you so much Pam! I hope you enjoy it :). Have fun!

  2. Reply

    Cassie | White Sands and Cool Breezes

    November 1, 2017

    I’m definitely excited to try it!! Can you substitute more of one of the other oils for the almond oil? Thanks!

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 2, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that Cassie! You can absolutely sub in extra olive oil. Or jojoba oil if you’d prefer. I hope you adore it :). Let me know what you thing. <3

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    jimvern

    November 1, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’m excited to try it!

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 2, 2017

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad you like it. I hope that you love it as much as I do! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Lorna Holowaychuk

    November 1, 2017

    Thank you for sharing a great recipe. I will experiment with this soon.

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 2, 2017

      You’re more than welcome Lorna! I hope you have fun. Let me know what you think :).

  5. Reply

    Melani

    November 3, 2017

    Wow, this is a great info. I have joined in Young Living. So I will use your recipes in optimizing my oils benefits. Thank you very much.

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 3, 2017

      That’s wonderful Melani! I hope you have fun with the essential oils. Let me know what essential oil blend you end up loving the most . I’m sure you’ll have some fantastic suggestions! ♡

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    Ashley

    November 3, 2017

    Just be careful with Coconut Oil. If you have thick course hair like I do it will dry it out versus adding moisture. I tried it a few months ago and had a very hard time getting the moisture back. I ended up using honey and olive oil.

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 3, 2017

      Thank you for sharing your experiences Ashley! Our bodies are all so different, so it isn’t surprising that our hair would have different needs too. I’m glad you found something that works for you. ♡

  7. Reply

    Danielle Miller

    November 7, 2017

    What coconut oil can’t do!!! It’s found in everything awesome! So going to try your recipe as my hair needs a lift atm x

    • Reply

      Sara

      November 8, 2017

      Right?! I swear, that stuff is magical ♡. I hope you enjoy the deep conditioner. Let me know what you think 😊

  8. Reply

    Sarah from A Simple and Contented Life

    November 8, 2017

    This sounds great, so simple to make too. It’d make a great Christmas present!

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Thank you so much Sarah! I LOVE making goodness like this for Christmas gifts. It’s so fun and I love encouraging others to take some time for themselves, so it’s win win! I’m glad you think so too, thank you <3.

  9. Reply

    Alison

    November 8, 2017

    Lovely! I also love that I have almost everything on hand to make this! It sounds amazing 🙂

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Thank you Alison! I Hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

  10. Reply

    The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving)

    October 12, 2019

    it is amazing what coconut oil will accomplish. i like using jojoba oil on my oil.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Oh yes! Coconut and jojoba oil have so much to offer. Too good to deny! 🙂

  11. Reply

    Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    October 12, 2019

    Hhhmmm….I better start incorporating that coconut oil in my hair, huh?

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      What can’t it do haha! I hope you enjoy it Ntensibe 🙂

  12. Reply

    Stacie

    October 12, 2019

    I’d love to give that a try. I’ve never made my own conditioner before. This is perfect for the winter months when our hair dries out so much because of the weather.

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I do Stacie! I feel ya – winter weather can be pretty mean to our hair and skin. A little extra love can go a long way :). Let me know what you think!

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    Cha Esper

    October 12, 2019

    coconut oil is proven to have so many benefits. thank you for sharing this one. i was doing homemade conditioner before as well. and i love its effect on my hair. 🙂

    cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Seriously – coconut oil is amazing! I couldn’t agree more Cha. I’m so glad you enjoy it too. Hope you treat yourself to some homemade conditioner again soon <3

  14. Reply

    Jenn

    October 12, 2019

    I cannot wait to make this! My hair suffers big time in the winter. The weather dries it out so bad. It gets awful.

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Winter weather can be so harsh to our hair! I feel that. I find this helps me so much. I hope it helps you tons too <3. Let me know what you think Jenn ^^

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    shophub (@shophub1)

    October 12, 2019

    I have no idea of homemade deep conditioner!Actually you made my day.Me and my daughter are always frightened to use ready-made conditioner but no i will make it at home now.It’s so easy to use.Thanks for sharing!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Aww I love that you and your daughter are going to do this together! I hope you have so much fun :). Let me know what you think! I love making my own things – it’s so nice to know exactly what went into it ^^.

  16. Reply

    Emman Damian

    October 13, 2019

    Great homemade deep conditioner! I hope I can use this too! Nice recipe.

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Thank you so much Emman! I hope you love it :). Let me know what you think if you give it a go!

  17. Reply

    notquitesupermommn

    October 13, 2019

    This sounds like the perfect way to spoil my hair this weekend! I love the addition of the lavender and peppermint, I bet this smells AMAZING <3

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      I’m so happy you’re excited Nicole! Thank you. Did you enjoy it? I’m 100% on the lavender and peppermint train. Those two scents are plain magical. 🙂 Glad you think so too <3

  18. Reply

    Simply healthy vegan

    October 14, 2019

    I really need this!! I Have been changing my hair colour for the last 15 years and its very dry so ill try anything to get it healthy again

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      I hope this helps to bring back some moisture into your gorgeous locks hun! Let me know what you think :). Have fun!

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    sarganser

    October 15, 2019

    Sounds easy and I`m sure cheaper than buying from the supermarket,Ì`m just worried, will I need to do a strand test first? shop bought conditioners have already been tested so I can happily apply without worrs.
    Asking because I have never made any home skin care or hair care products.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      If you’re concerned or have a very sensitive scalp than absolutely do a little strand test honey. Whatever makes you feel most comfortable! It’s all simple ingredients but everyone is different so not everything works the same for all of us. Do whatever makes you most comfortable. And if that even means not trying DIY Deep conditioners that’s ok too!

      I still personally use Carina Organics Shampoo and Conditioner. I like to make this as a deep conditioner and a way to spoil myself sometimes :). Whatever balance makes sense for you is best!

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    ayshiagrimes

    October 15, 2019

    Had to save this post & share it on my Pinterest too! I love all the food you list for healthy hair!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      Thank you so much Ayshia! I’m so grateful <3. And hey - I love food! Always excited to talk about the goodness it has to offer :). I hope you love this when you try it! Have fun!

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    Hannah

    October 17, 2019

    What a great way to add a little self care into your routine.

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      I’m glad you think so too Hannah! Thank you 🙂

  22. Reply

    Leigha Hughes

    October 17, 2019

    Wow! This is awesome! I’m totally going to try this out!

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      November 18, 2019

      I can’t wait for you to try it! Let me know what you think Leigha 🙂

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    Marsha

    January 17, 2021

    This may be a stupid question but when you say Olive Oil, can I use the olive oil I cook with? Or is there a different olive oil I need to look out for?

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      January 17, 2021

      Not at all a stupid question at all, Marsha! It’s so important to feel comfy asking and confirming – I appreciate you reaching out ♡. Yes, your kitchen olive oil should be just fine. I use Extra Virgin olive oil constantly for skin and hair care 🤗

      I know I mentioned this in the post – but olive oil will make your tub slippery, so be careful! I always like to warn people as I was surprised the first time I used it. Sitting down while you rinse off or using a bath matt help me tons.

      I hope you have fun! Please let me know what you think 😊

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