DIY Hair Conditioner Recipe 

This week I experimented with making homemade hair conditioner.

My husband jokes that I am really “Miss Moosewood” — a reference to the popular cookbooks originally written by Mollie Katzen.

So, in my travels through Pinterest, I found this recipe for homemade hair conditioner.

It is surprisingly easy, fast and it works!

Essentially, this recipe is coconut oil, emulsified in water with xanthum gum.

There is a difference between using this and regular conditioners. 

The first time I used it, my hair, which is thick and curly, came out great. Raizel fell in love with it right away. But, she is a curly girl like me. 

Yaffa, on the other hand, woke up with greasy looking hair.

The next time I used it, I used much less. Yaffa’s hair came out looking shiny and beautiful. My hair also came out soft and manageable. 

So, more is not better and use sparingly!


2/3 cup water. Distilled water is recommended as it has fewer impurities. I am sure it’s true, but since this was a first time experiment, I used boiled bottled water instead.

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted. Since I used boiled water, it melted in the water. The amount can vary depending on how dry your hair is.

1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum. The original recipe called for guar gum. But, xanthum gum was available in a little small packet at my local supermarket, so I used that instead.

Optional: essential oils of your choice. 


Place ingredients in container. Using an immersion blender, mix until well blended.

Store in a container of your choice. I am using an old shampoo bottle.

According to Brittany, this should only be made in small batches. It usually only lasts for up to a month. 

Since I didn’t use distilled water and there are no preservatives, it remains to be seen how long this batch will last. 

In general, I do not like the smell of coconut. Nevertheless, I didn’t add essential oils, which could give it a more pleasant smell. Maybe next time, if this experiment is successful?

Here are the pictures:

blending in immersion blender

final outcome in bottle with some of the ingredients and utensils

Overall, this has been a successful experiment. 

It is fast and easy, all natural, no chemicals, dyes or preservatives and uses easily available ingredients  

Raizel declared it “awesome!” However, she would like essential oils added to make it smell nicer.

Thank you Brittany for this great recipe!



Homemade Conditioner

If anyone is interested in the cookbook by Mollie Katzen, here is a link:


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42 thoughts on “DIY Hair Conditioner Recipe 

  1. […] addition to my facial scrub and hair conditioner, I also make DIY […]

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  2. diaryofacelibate October 26, 2016 at 4:44 AM Reply

    I am going to try this now!!

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  3. Shelba Greenwaldt September 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM Reply

    Great to know about a chemical free hair conditioner that works.


    • Cooking For The Time Challenged September 16, 2016 at 5:44 PM Reply

      It really does! Fast, easy, economical, all natural and chemical free! Sorry for the delayed response. For some reason, your comment went into spam.


  4. edgeofordinary July 24, 2016 at 3:25 PM Reply

    My hair is thanking you after bring soaked in chlorine from the pool and being sun damaged 🙂

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  5. mynovemberblog July 21, 2016 at 4:55 PM Reply

    Can’t wait to give this a go.

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  6. loveofthemusicblog July 16, 2016 at 4:34 PM Reply

    Very excited to try this

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  7. OrganicIsBeautiful July 11, 2016 at 7:55 PM Reply

    Nice post! *Taking notes quietly.

    Sabrina 🐝🌻🍉

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  8. Karina Pinella July 10, 2016 at 10:39 PM Reply

    Here is an even simpler one. You don’t have to use Xanthum gum or do any blending:

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  9. IreneDesign2011 July 10, 2016 at 6:14 AM Reply

    Great idea, thanks for sharing 😀
    I wonder, where to buy th gum here in Spain.

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  10. Sheryl July 9, 2016 at 11:23 PM Reply

    I need to try this. My hair often looks frizzy during the humid summer months.

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  11. Karen July 9, 2016 at 7:14 AM Reply

    I love this, thank you, I am going to try it.

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  12. Smiling Notes July 8, 2016 at 11:27 PM Reply

    Sounds like an awesome conditioner!

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 9, 2016 at 10:31 PM Reply

      It working so far. It’s a great concept. Now I am experimenting with a leave in conditioner to control frizzy hair on humid days. I am on a roll.😉


  13. Osyth July 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM Reply

    What a fabulous idea! I’m going to pass it over to my studen daughter who was just moaning the fact that she can’t afford conditioner

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  14. Doctor Jonathan July 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM Reply

    This is a smart move because you avoid the potential harm from so many chemicals in these products. Just don’t confuse it with the rest of your recipes and accidentally use it as a sauce for your amazing chicken! 🙂

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  15. Aanuolutomiwa July 8, 2016 at 12:08 PM Reply

    Thanks for the recipe

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  16. reocochran July 8, 2016 at 9:53 AM Reply

    This is a great idea to save money and be more natural on our hair when we condition it! Thank you! 🙂

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 8, 2016 at 10:10 AM Reply

      There are so many chemicals in beauty products. It can’t be healthy on so many levels. I always wonder, “what did people do before all this mass production?” I think that this is so much more environmentally friendly. Plus, it is not time consuming and still effective. I also like that it is simple and down to earth. 🌿

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