Coconut is the Swiss Army Knife of beauty products
Oh, and body butter. (And, hey, you can just rub it on as a lovely body oil.)
But as a leave-in conditioner? Yeah, not so much . . . it’s just too heavy for most people. Fortunately, coconut milk softens and conditions without weighing hair down, and only takes minutes to make. Just spritz it on clean, damp hair and you’re good to go. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!
DIY Leave-In Conditioner Spray
- 1/4 cup distilled water (or tap water that has been boiled for 5 minutes and allowed to cool)
- 1 tablespoon canned coconut milk or 2 tablespoons homemade coconut milk (For this purpose, canned tends to work a little better)
- Up to 10 drops essential oil*
*Choosing An Essential Oil For Your Leave-In Conditioner
- Though most often recommended for oily hair due to their astringent qualities, a small amount of tea tree or rosemary essential oil can be helpful for maintaining freshness. Rosemary also boosts shine. (Where to buy tea tree, where to buy rosemary)
- Lavender is one of my favorite nourishing oils for normal/dry hair (Where to buy lavender essential oil)
- Vanilla resin just smells amazing, especially with the light coconut scent of this conditioner. It doesn’t have any properties that would assist in keeping the conditioner fresh, though, so I would pair it with another oil. (Here’s what I use)
- I also love this anti-age blend because it smells like honeysuckle. (It’s pricey, though!)
2 oz. spray bottle
If using canned coconut milk: Whisk together coconut milk, water, and essential oils (if using) and pour mixture into a spray bottle. To save the rest of the coconut milk for future batches, use an ice cube tray to freeze it in 1 tablespoon increments.
If using homemade coconut milk: After straining the coconut milk as described here, whisk it together with water and essential oils (if using). Place mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours. As it cools a thin layer of cream will harden on the top. Remove mixture from the fridge, give it a whir in the blender, and then pour it into a spray bottle.
Shake well before using. Spritz through damp hair and comb through.
Store in the refrigerator. Because it doesn’t not contain any preservatives, I make small batches and use within about a week.