Natural Homemade Coconut Oil “Hair Repair” Treatment

May 7th, 2013 - filed under: The Fashion » Beauty and Cosmetics

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything about DIY natural body care. Like, um, since 2009? (!!!) But of course I’ve been at it this whole time, and since my natural homemade deodorant is STILL one of my most popular posts (and for good reason – that stuf is the bomb), I thought it was about time I shared a little more home-brewed beauty goodness.

So, my hair has been dry. Like really really dry. I forgot how bad it gets during winter here in SoCal, which is weird because in Portland I always felt like my skin dried out in winter. But here it’s the hair. Don’t know what that’s about . . .

Anyway! Maybe you’re dealing with end-of-winter dry hair too? If so, I’ve got just the super-magic, super-simple, super-potent hair treatment for you!

Coconut oil, melting in a water bath on the lowest heat.

Well of course it’s coconut oil! You guys know how much I heart coconut, so I wasn’t surprised to learn that coconut oil is actually one of the only oils that will penetrate the hair shaft, as opposed to just coating it. This allows coconut oil to moisturize, condition, and repair from the inside out. It’s magical stuff I tell you!

To make your hair repair treatment, simply melt 1 cup organic virgin coconut oil, and then add 1/2 teaspoon of whichever essential oil will be best for your hair. This could be anything from lavender to tea tree to ylang ylang – it all depends on what you need it to do.

Here are some common hair issues, with their corresponding essential oil remedies:

To Stimulate Growth:
Basil, Lavender, Peppermint (I can vouch for this!), Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

For Oily Hair:
Basil, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang

For Dry Hair:
Myrrh, Peppermint

For Dry Itchy Scalp/Dandruff:
Bay, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Rose, Sage, Sandalwood, Tea Tree

For Hair Loss:
Burdock, Cedarwood, Jojoba, Thyme

For Lots Of Shine/Extra Conditioning:
Chamomile, Lavender

Add your essential oil to your melted coconut oil, stir, and then pour into a container (use something with a wide-enough mouth so that you can get your fingers in there). It will harden as it dries but that’s fine – you just need to scoop some out and rub it between your fingers to melt it, see?

Apply a few tablespoons of the hair repair treatment to dry hair and comb it through. You want it well distributed, but not dripping. Wrap your head in a wet towel or a shower cap to keep the oil off your clothes. Leave it on for at least half an hour, but a few hours is best. Then, wash it out and shampoo/condition (or no-poo/ACV, haha) as normal.

Glamorous. (at least Harley doesn’t seem to mind!)

I’ve been doing this once a week or so, and my hair is looking so much shinier and feeling so much softer. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

  • Rsd

    This might be a dumb comment but if you don’t use essential oils can you just use the coconut oil straight from the jar without heating it first? I recently discovered I’m allergic to fragrance and not sure how I’d react to the essential oils. On the other hand, my hair is SO dry now that I’m using fragrance free shampoo. It sucks!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Not dumb at all! Yes, without the essential oil you can use just straight coconut oil.

  • Skinny Fiber

    im also wondering about this!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Just one (or two, or whatever, but definitely not all) ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Just one!

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  • Emma –

    This looks like it would make a great present too… I can see this being what my lovely mother gets for christmas this year, she gets dry hair too. Thanks!

  • mark

    I leave that mixture on overnight, then shampoo, really makes a difference. I find just a bit under the eyes reduces the eye bags also.

  • mark

    Just heat it in a small container over hot water, it turns clear, then you ready. You can use hot water from the tap, its hot enough. Once it is clear, you in business.

  • MC

    I know you are suppose to use unrefined, but would refined oil work and still give about the same affect? I bought the wrong one, so was wondering what you our others thought on this.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I am 99% positive it would work the same!

  • Wendi

    How long do u leave the hair mask on?

  • Sayward Rebhal

    A few hours.

  • Kendra

    I have been wanting to use coconut oil on my hair for a really long time but (Here comes a stupid question) Is organic virgin coconut oil the same thing as coconut cooking oil?

  • Sayward Rebhal

    If the cooking oil is cold-pressed and unrefined, then yes. If it says refined or deodorized, then it’s not the same as virgin. Not a stupid question at all! =D

  • J Paige Polson Edwards

    Do you apply it to wet hair, or dry hair?

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Dry! =D

  • Shenaye

    My dad’s oils!

  • carol65

    how much baking soda do you put in the coconut oil?

  • Ellen M. Gregg

    Hi, Carol. :-) Honestly, I don’t measure it. I scoop out a little coconut oil, sprinkle on some baking soda, rub my hands together a little bit to soften the oil (if necessary), and then apply it.

  • Ellen M. Gregg

    Queentamrai answered correctly, Alanna. I do it before washing my hair. However… :-) I wash my hair with baking soda. So, I do a warm rinse to start releasing the oil, and then apply my baking soda paste, which effectively releases the rest of the oil as it cleans my hair. Peace.

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  • T

    I had a really bad perm:
    The lady at beauty store told me which perm to use for dyed hair, so I went with it. What she forgot to mention (and we didn’t see it), was to process for half the time instead of the full processing time. Needless to say, I ended up with fried hair, frizzy and dry.
    I was informed about using the organic coconut oil for half hour to a couple of hours… And I did the couple of hours first. I let it dry naturally and waited until the next day to use a flat iron…..WOW is the best way to describe it. The oil added the shine back and it felt a lot softer!! I’ve been doing this for two weeks now and instead of the once a week that I am working towards, I am doing 2-3 times a week. I’m liking it!! And I am seriously thinking about adding once of the essential oils above mentioned, and I will let you know how it works out. :-)

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  • Ira

    What if I mix apricot oil with the melt coconut?i know that apricot oil also good for the hair

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I can’t tell you from personal experience, but I imagine that would be lovely!

  • Brush your teeth with this mix

    Just a tip. Mixing coconut oil with baking soda also makes an excellent toothpaste. I started using this to brush my teeth a couple of years ago and haven’t had a cavity since. When I go for my dental checkups my dentist is ALWAYS shocked on how clean and strong my teeth are. She never spends more than 5 minutes cleaning my teeth.

  • Robert John

    Ive just recently bought my first container of coconut oil. Im excited to read about all the different uses and wondering how it gives you an energy boost if you eat it.If I use it in a recipe, does it have the same effect? Does it really give you a boost like caffeine?

  • Grace Isobel Skelton

    If you dont have the particular essential oil, is it possible to just add powdered herb into the mix? And I coconut a replacement carrier oil, or could you put olive or jojoba oil in as well? How about infusion teas, would you have to do this separately as a hair treatment? Sorry for all the questions!

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  • Travina

    What are the measurements for the ingredients To Stimulate Growth?

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  • April

    22 inches

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