8 easy recipes for DIY leave-in conditioner


Leave-in conditioner can help dry and frizzy hair, naturally curly hair, and any hair type that needs hydration, softness, and a little more maintenance.

There are many benefits to using a natural leave-in conditioner. You can use it as a conditioner before washing your hair, while combing it to remove dirt and dead hair. If you use a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair, it will moisturize, protect and soften the hair.

You can also use a leave-in conditioner when you don’t have time to wash your hair but want to refresh it. Simply dampen your hair with a water spray and apply some of your homemade leave-in conditioner, or you can spray your liquid conditioner directly on it.

Explore the following DIY leave-in conditioner recipes and choose your favorite!

Basic leave-in conditioner

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This basic recipe will work for a variety of hair types in need of hydration and is quite lightweight, meaning it doesn’t weigh hair down as much as some of the other heavily hydrating recipes. It is applied via a spray bottle, making it a handy hair freshener as well as a moisturizer.

Refrigerated, this leave-in conditioner will keep for two to three weeks.


  • 1.5 cups of aloe vera gel
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • 3 teaspoons of jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of lavender, orange or lemon essential oil


  1. Measure each ingredient and add it to a spray bottle large enough to hold four cups (or half the recipe if your bottle is smaller).
  2. Use whatever essential oils you prefer to scent it (or not at all).
  3. Shake well before each use and spray generously. Then comb or brush, or spray and scrunch if you have curly hair.

Honey coconut conditioner

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Made with honey, this recipe will help fortify and strengthen hair, while coconut oil will also help prevent breakage and smooth hair.


  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 drops of vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Make sure your coconut oil is runny (it will be if it’s over 75 degrees, but if not, heat it up a bit to melt it). Add the honey to the hot coconut oil and mix until the honey is dissolved in the oil.
  2. Pour the aloe vera gel, water and vanilla extract into a spray bottle and mix.
  3. Add the sweet almond oil and the mixture of coconut oil and honey to the spray bottle. Mix again.
  4. Your leave-in conditioner is now ready to use. Spray it on – take it easy at first and work through the hair. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may not need too much.

Remember to always shake before use. If the coconut oil solidifies, you will need to reheat it (and mix it) to use it. An easy way to do this is to place it on the edge of the tub or shower while you shower. the heat from the shower should be enough to melt the oil.

Coconut milk conditioner

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Coconut milk is richer and fatter than coconut water and is often found in a can. This leave-in conditioner is a great way to use up any leftover coconut milk you may have from a recipe.


  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of water (you can use less for a thicker spray)
  • 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of grapefruit essential oil


  1. Heat the coconut oil if it is not in a liquid state.
  2. Add coconut milk, water, and jojoba oil to a spray bottle. Then add coconut oil and grapefruit essential oil. Shake well.
  3. Apply to the hair by spraying it; start with the ends (you may or may not want something this heavy on your roots, so see how it works at the bottom of your hair, which is drier, first).

This spray should last about 10 days without refrigeration, but store in a cool, dry place.

Lightweight rose water conditioner

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This is the lightest leave-in conditioner recipe on the list – it’s great for thinner, oilier, or less frizzy hair.


  • 1 cup of rose water
  • 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
  • 3-4 drops of rose essential oil


  1. You can buy rose water, but it’s very simple: just collect organic rose petals from 5-7 flowers and add them to a jar with 4-5 cups of distilled water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the rose petals lose their color. Cool and filter the petals and you’re done.
  2. Add rose water to aloe vera gel in a spray bottle. Shake to combine
  3. Add sweet almond oil and rose essential oil and shake again.
  4. Spray liberally to refresh hair and lightly condition.

Store the spray bottle in the refrigerator and it will last for several weeks. Make sure to shake well before each application.

Enriching Balm For Dry Hair

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It is a thick balm that does not contain water and is applied with the fingers rather than with a spray. It is best for drier or frizzier hair because it is very rich and will weigh lighter hair types.

You can choose to use any type of essential oil to scent this leave-in conditioner (or not at all); warm, woody scents will work best – think sandalwood, rose, ylang-ylang, or geranium.


  • 1/2 cup raw shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 4 to 6 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil


  1. In a bain-marie on the stove or in the microwave, melt the shea butter and coconut oil.
  2. Mix the two oils well.
  3. Add the ylang-ylang (or another essential oil of your choice) and mix again.
  4. Pour into your storage container and refrigerate for it to harden into a solid.
  5. Use by rubbing a small amount on warm hands and smoothing into hair.

Leave-in repairing and anti-frizz conditioner

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The vitamin E and argan oil in this whipped leave-in conditioner will help repair hair, and the geranium is a fresh, crisp scent, perfect to accompany this conditioner if you choose to add the essential oils (always optional). ).


  • 1/4 cup raw shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of argan oil
  • 3-4 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil


  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together in a double boiler on the stovetop or in the microwave and make sure they are well mixed. Remove from fire.
  2. Add argan oil and vitamin E oil and let cool a little.
  3. Carefully pour the oil mixture into a blender and put the lid on.
  4. Mix over low heat for a few seconds. Then adjust to a high speed and mix for a minute.
  5. Open the lid insert and slowly pour the aloe vera gel into the mixture. Mix another 3-4 minutes. You may need to stop and scrape the sides of the blender a few times. You should end up with a creamy mixture.
  6. Add the essential oil and pulse a few times (or mix at low temperature for 15 seconds)
  7. When finished, transfer it to a storage container.
  8. Use a quarter-sized amount for drier hair, or a dime-sized amount just on the bottom of your hair to fix split ends.

Conditioner bar for most hair types

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Use a little for a light condition or more for hair that needs more moisture. Here you will be using the freezer to keep the ingredients combined (without it they will separate when mixed).


  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of argan oil
  • 1 tablespoon of beeswax
  • 10 drops of orange or bergamot essential oil


  1. Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil in the microwave or in a double boiler.
  2. While mixing the combination of hot oils, add the argan oil and the essential oil of your choice.
  3. Pour into a silicone mold or paper molds and place in the freezer.
  4. To use, rub in the palms of your hands to melt and rub into the hair.
  5. Store in a cool place (not in the bathroom) otherwise this bar will melt. Consider keeping it in a box or other small container in the refrigerator.

Grapefruit Seed Leave-In Conditioner

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Grapefruit seed extract can help soothe your scalp, while the remaining ingredients create a rich, creamy combination that will hydrate and relax hair.


  • 4 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 4 ounces of water
  • 1/2 tablespoon grapefruit seed extract
  • 6 to 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil (optional)


  1. Melt the shea butter and essential oil together in a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the grapefruit seed extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the water and aloe vera gel.
  4. Mix the water and oil mixtures on high power for five minutes.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl or silicone mold and refrigerate to harden.
  6. Store it in the refrigerator or in a cool place.


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