Homemade Coconut Lavender Conditioner

After doing this post on homemade coconut milk shampoo, we had some requests for a conditioner to go along with it, so here you go! Coconut oil is actually an excellent conditioner on its own, but I decided to add a couple extra ingredients into the mix for some added hair benefits, as well as lavender oil for scent! This conditioner is very, very moisturizing, so you only need a tiny bit — and it will last you a long time. It also smells like pure bliss. So without further ado, here is your recipe for homemade coconut lavender conditioner!

What you need:
1 cup coconut oil (get organic if you can!)
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Homemade coconut lavender conditioner

You’ll also need a food mixer, as well as a container to store your conditioner — I used a small mason jar. All of the ingredients can be purchased at most health food stores, like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

What you do:
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on high for about 8 minutes. Transfer into a container and you’re all set! Because coconut oil melts in high temperatures, those who live in warmth may want to store this in the refrigerator, but there is nothing wrong with using this conditioner in liquid form! This mixture should stay fresh until the coconut oil reaches its expiration date.

Homemade coconut conditioner

To use:
Apply a TINY amount of the conditioner to wet hair (after shampooing and rinsing, of course!). You really only need a tiny bit to get the job done! Start at your ends, then jump to the section right below your ears, working into hair in a downward motion. You can apply any remaining oil to the hair that surrounds your face if necessary, but avoid using this near the top of your head. This mixture is made purely out of oils, so it can make your hair appear greasy if you use too much. I used a nickel-sized amount, and my hair is very long. Leave in for about 2-5 minutes, and then rinse.

Once your hair is dry, if you find that you’ve used too much, just use a bit of dry shampoo to soak up some of the oil! :)

*Bonus: Before you get out of the shower, apply the conditioner to your arms and legs – this mixture doubles as an incredibly moisturizing lotion!*

Homemade coconut lavender conditioner ingredients

Photos by Jana and Brigette

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  1. I love this! I have all these products in my medicine cabinet already. Thank you Jana & Brigette!

  2. I absolutely love the shampoo to this. I tried it for the first time today and I will admit that as my hair was drying it felt a little oily and after my hair dried, it’s like my hair adsorbed the oil. It now looks super healthy and there’s no fly aways- and my hair is super thick- and to top it off, nothing makes me feel better about myself than using natural products. On a side note, I ended up using a lavender scented castile soap instead of the regular and it smells amazing! On the conditioner, though I think I’m going to swap out the jojoba oil for shea butter! Can’t wait (:

  3. I just made this, and I have to say, I love it! I am a year round swimmer, and it is hard to keep my long hair soft and pretty. After using this conditioner my hair is like silk. Now I don’t have to worry about killing my long blonde hair! And definitely don’t use more than a small dollop, it is definitely enough.

  4. I love this recipe! I made a half batch last night and tried it out. I unfortunately used way too much on my hair so I had to hop back in the shower and fix it with a little of the coconut milk shampoo. I adore all of the homemade and beauty diy’s! Stay lovely, ladies!

  5. Can I make it and freeze for later? Or can I freeze coconut milk that will be leftover for next batch? Got a feeling I will love it. I could share some if you think freezing would damage it. I hate waste!

  6. Does anybody know how this works on African-American hair? I love putting coconut oil in my hair, and I’m curious as to whether this would still get the job done.

  7. Britt- My boss is African- American and she spoke wonders of Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil in hair products. She’s not too sure about the lavender essential oil, but jojoba and vitamin e oil are great.

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  9. Hi! hope everyone’s having a great day. I tried this conditioner out last night and my hair is still looks and feels too greasy. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks!!

    Peace and love, P

  10. Just as a suggestion to those of you having trouble with it being too greasy, use this first and then shampoo.
    I have been using coconut oil for a while now to condition (along with using it as my face moisturizer). I just smooth it into my hair from root to end and comb through. Use enough so that it looks wet. Leave it in 10min to half hour and then shampoo out. As i rinse the shampoo out i comb my hair as its long and fine so can tangle easy. This method makes my hair so sleek and shiny and i don’t need to wash it as often as using bought conditioner. And it leaves no grease or residues in your hair. I would like to try the above oils mixture as it sounds nice

  11. Question for Sonya if you are still around: do you put the coconut oil on your hair when it’s dry? I, too, have fine hair. I tried this recipe after using store bought shampoo but found my hair impossible to comb. Ouch! I even combed it in the shower with the conditioner still on my hair. Any suggestions? I don’t want to give up just yet. Thx!

  12. I just made this today and used it, omg.s i love it!!!!
    My hair is so curly and no frizz !!!!)))
    Thank you so much !!!!!
    I used the conditioner as my shaving cream, my legs so smooth :~)

  13. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas for me… I used this last night for the first time, after the coconut milk shampoo (which feels wonderful to wash with!). However – I have super fine hair and lots of it, a little below shoulder length. It has always been extremely knotty and unfortunately, it was worse than ever after using this. I found I had to use more than recommended just in order to get it into my tangeld mess of hair. Consequently, I have that greasy/looks-unwashed thing going on today. And it’s still knotty! I like Sonya’s idea of conditioning first and washing second, so will try that. But also interested to hear how others with similar hair types approach the conditioning issue. Thanks a lot :)

  14. Love these ingredients! I just made this and am looking to use it more as a lotion. The end result of the batch you made seems to be a lot thicker then mine. I used coconut oil that is specifically made for hair and skin… could that be why mine is more a liquid substance?

  15. Courtney – It could be! Also, coconut oil will liquify when it is in a warm environment. If you store yours in a cooler place it may turn into more of a solid. Hope that helps :)

  16. I just made this, and really like it. It seems to leave my hair softer and shinier than using only coconut oil. I live in a warm climate, so it is in liquid form, which I think allows a little bit to go further. I use it before I shampoo. If I use it after, my hair is too oily. I massage some into my scalp, run my oily fingers through my hair, and clip my hair up for a few hours before I shampoo. I had an itchy scalp before, but no more.

  17. I made this, really like it ;) I did what another commenter suggested and use it on dry hair before shampoo, about half a tsp, and leave it on for about an hour. I love using coconut oil, and the extra goodies in this make it seem even more angelic :)

  18. How do you get yours to solidify, mine stays like water and I also found because I have longer hair I used too much and it was very greasy and the knots were hard to get out

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  20. hello all!!

    after using this conditioner can/should you use some apple cider vinegar afterwards to replenish the pH as well as alleviating the oiliness?

  21. It was really really oil so oilly that when i woke up i had to take a shower and use the store bought kind do you haVE nay suggjestiones

  22. It was really really oil so oilly that when i woke up i had to take a shower and use the store bought kind do you haVE nay suggjestiones

  23. I used a tiny amount and it still came out oily even after reshampooing. I am going to try it again though because I’m determined to make it work. Smells amazing!

  24. I love this stuff! I work at a pool and teach a lot of lessons, so I am in the water all the time. I put this on under a cap before I get in the pool. It protects and moisturizes my hair perfectly!

  25. Just wanted to add my two cents… First off- thank you very much for this & the shampoo recipe. I made them both about 3-4 weeks ago & have been using them… I use the conditioner first, then I rinse it out, and then use the shampoo, followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse. My hair is very thick & curly (ringlet curly if it isn’t too long). I found if I did this the traditional way (shampoo then conditioner), then I did find it left my hair a little oily… but when I do it backwards, it comes out great. I love the lavender smell! Also, before getting out of the shower I use the conditioner all over my skin, and my skin has never felt better. One day, I was in a rush & used a 2 in 1 store brand & was really surprised to see my hair looked very dull and felt very dry. Thank you so much for these recipes!!

  26. I was wondering what would happen if I added some coconut milk and honey to the conditioner mixture when I blend it. Would it separate or stay together nicely?

  27. Have not tried this but I am going to make some this weekend. I make my own products for myself and cooking. GREAT STUFF!! I always use the organic unrefined coconut oil. For those with sensitive or troubled shin try some organic Neem oil and organic Tea Tree oil instead of citrus oils and yes use it on your skin. I was interested in any other conditioner for the thin and easy to oil hair too. Have not seen much feed back except the condition before you shampoo. But what about the TANGLES my daughter and my hair gets so full of tangles!! Thanks for all the great feed back. Make it a lovely day!

  28. Hi, I am looking at this recipe with interest but I am going to ask is it safe on colored or highlighted hair?

  29. Brandee,
    I have long fine hair, and I’ve found that natural herbs that contain mucilage are great for detangling. (Mucilage is a complex mixture of polysaccharides that form a gelatinous substance when water is added. It provides a soothing slip to hair.)
    Try these herbs:
    Burdock, Flax, Hibiscus, or Marshmallow Root.
    They all contain high levels of mucilage.

    Hope this helps.

  30. Hi there, does this conditioner give your hair that wonderful silky feel while you are in the shower? I know some comments said that their hair feels great after but I have some organic conditioner that I
    bought from Whole Foods and it does not have ANY silk factor. Silk feel is crucial to me!
    Thanks in advance :)

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  35. I like to add olive oil to to my organic conditioner. I use the Made from Earth Peppermint Conditioner – its my favorite of the organic conditioners (and I have tried them all). I add the olive oil – use the conditioner – and I usually detangle my hair before and after I condition, and this helps make detangling a breeze!

  36. Very good creation. Definitely have to condition then shampoo unless you use a little less coconut oil and add aloe Vera. It stays thicker and you can actually brush your hair. Highly recommended for people with severe dry scalp. Goodbye nasty t-gel and seldom blue thanks.

  37. My mom and I just used this for the first time today and ended up with a greasy mess of hair this morning. We both had to wash our hair a 2nd time afterwards. I am wondering if there is just something to dilute it with to make it less greasy? Mine is so solid it is almost the consistency of a candle. Could I warm it up and dilute it with water or something else?? Any advice would be MUCH appreciated it! We really want to use it and figure out how to make it work better.

  38. Hello! I made the coconut shampoo this weekend and used peppermint oil to frangrance. I’m wondering if peppermint or citrus oil could be used for making the conditioner as well. I’m a huge fan of peppermint and citrus oils so it’s just my preference. If anyone has used a different oil please let me know which oil you used and how you liked the end result. I plan on making the conditioner this week. Thanks

  39. Hello! Just made the conditioner today! I do have a quick inquiry. I know it says not to use a lot but I have wavy very tangle prone hair so I always use a lot of conditioner in order to get tangles out. I tried to use the suggested amount and it just did nothing for detangling and then I came out of the shower looking like an oil head. Help! Thanks. :)

  40. I made this last night and it melted. I live in a trailer in fl. So its hot. Can I put it in the fridge to save it or did I just waste time and money?

  41. Brittany – Definitely not wasted money! It should harden up in the fridge, though coconut oil tends to get pretty rock hard in the cold so you may need to let it thaw out for a few minutes before using it.

  42. Why can’t you use near the top of head. I would like my whole scalp conditioned. Just curious. It sound great.

  43. Hi Linda! Conditioner in every form is great for your hair, but even the store bought kind will weigh down the roots if applied all over. The driest past of your hair (and most in need of some extra love) tends to be from about mid-shaft to the ends since this is the oldest and most sun-exposed and – especially if your hair is very long – doesn’t reap the benefits of the natural oils created by your body. You can definitely use this as a scalp treatment, but I’d advise against coating your entire head with it as a conditioner for these reasons :)

  44. Hi everyone!

    Thought I’d pop in with some words as a long time DIYer with beauty products. I was looking for a deep conditioner, and this is perfect! This is good advice for anyone with straight or very softly waved hair, and only for people whose hair is NOT dyed.

    It should NOT be used as conditioner – that is what a vinegar rinse is for.

    The works BEST after a vinegar rins and applied ONLY TO ENDS and any frizz near the face. Just take a tiny amount, about 1/8th of a teaspoon, rub it between your hands, and grab just the ends of your hair and scrunch/massage it in. Use fingertips to gently spread on only any frizzy parts

    Doing hair the natural way you should use your no-poo shampoo every other day, vinegar rinse once a week, and this deep conditioner once a month. If this leaves your hair too dry, you are either shampooing too much or using the wrong shampoo. Good luck to all!

  45. Hi, I wanted to know, can I use any other oil other than Jojoba-Oil? Also is using Chamomile Oil or Tea Tree ok instead of Lavender Oil? Thanks.

  46. Hi, I’m new at all of this so I’ m trying the hair conditioner. Bought everything, blending for 8 mins and it’s still in liquid form. Your in the jar looks more solid. After blem
    Blending do I put in refg. To harden? Please let me know.

    Thank you, Theresa

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