Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

3 Naturally Beautifying Homemade Leave-In Conditioner Recipes

Everyone wants naturally beautiful and soft hair. However, it can prove to be quite difficult (especially if you have dry, coarse hair) to get that “perfect” smooth and shiny look.

It is never too late to begin pampering your hair to give it the attention it deserves. You can start improving the look and feel of your hair by using the simple leave-in conditioner recipes we’ll list here in a bit. With these three very simple DIY recipes, you will never need to buy store-brand leave-in conditioners ever again!

Why Use Homemade Leave-In Conditioner?

There are plenty of reasons to use homemade conditioners. They aren’t only ridiculously easy to make, but they have lots of very promising benefits over the very synthetic stuff in the store. Not to mention, it’s also a really great feeling when people ask you what kind of hair products you use to get your hair to look so good.

You would simply reply “I make my own natural hair care products”. The average person would be quite impressed! With a gleam of envy in your friend’s eye, she will most likely ask you for your secret recipe (whether or not you decide to give it to her is totally up to you). Or then again, she might think you’re a crazy hippy living without electricity or running water. Just kidding.

Go Natural Or Go Home

It is always a good idea to keep your hair care products as natural as you most possibly can. There are all kinds of hair products that contain all manner of unnatural ingredients that people use in their hair on a daily basis.

Using natural and healthy leave-in conditioners does not need to be complicated, either. In fact, these DIY recipes for leave-in conditioners are so easy and simple that they’ll only take you a few minutes to make at most. A lot of the ingredients can even be found in your very own kitchen!

You can still have absolutely gorgeous hair and never again have to put one single drop of those brand-name unnatural hair care products on your hair. That means you’ll never need to spend money on them, either. As we’ve said many times here at Enticingly Simple, you’ll never regret going natural. And, of course, your hair will thank you, too!

Does Not Cost a Fortune

Getting the perfect leave-in conditioner can be very pricey. In fact, some of the leading brands can be as much as 20$ for a 5 oz. bottle. When I go to my favorite beauty supply stores and see those prices, I usually choke!

Why spend an arm and a leg on a product that is anything but natural when you can make your very own leave-in conditioners using items right from your very own kitchen?

It’s great not having to go out of your way to to purchase an overpriced hair care product that’s really not good for your hair anyway.

It’s Lots of Fun!

We all love a good project that’s fun and easy. These recipes are so simple and easy that you and your kids will enjoy making these fun creations together!

Enjoying creative projects with your kids is always a great way to have educational fun too. These recipes are even gentle enough to use on your children’s hair. Plus, your kids will love using the homemade conditioner they helped create. Better yet, there are plenty of things in these recipes that can be tweaked. So, let’s take a look at a few easy recipes!

Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner

This recipe is perfect for dry, frizzy, and unmanageable hair. The coconut milk conditions and softens your hair without weighing it down.

This recipe is simple, easy, and only takes a few minutes to make! After you try out this recipe, it will be forever priceless.


  • 1/4 Cup of Distilled Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Canned Coconut Milk
  • 2 Drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops of Lavender  Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the water, coconut milk, and essential oils. After the ingredients are well combined, pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Before you apply it to your hair, give the spray bottle a good shake.

You will love this leave-in conditioner once you give it a try. The essential oils give it a lovely fragrance while at the same time conditioning each strand of hair.

This recipe is perfect for you if you have curly or frizzy hair too. The coconut milk conditions your hair while also detangling with its inherent fat content. This recipe will give your hair a healthy, shiny look while leaving it smelling absolutely fantastic.

Aloe Coconut Spray

This recipe is the essence of refreshment. The aloe vera soothes and conditions your scalp while nourishing it. The coconut water will also help condition and eliminate frizz that’s often difficult to manage.

Perhaps most importantly, the fragrance of honeysuckle and lavender essential oil will give this spray an irresistible floral smell! This would be an exceptional option at the beginning of Springtime. You can also switch out these essential oils with other scents you may prefer. You can explore varying essential oil fragrances with any of these recipes.


  • 1/2  Cup of Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/3 Cup of Coconut Water
  • 3 Drops of Honeysuckle Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Mix all the ingredients in a large spouted measuring cup. Once you’ve combined the mixture, pour it into a small spray bottle. This leave-in conditioner (like most) works best on damp hair. I usually like to wet my hair a little bit before using conditioner, so I don’t need to use it quite as much. After each use, be sure to store it in the refrigerator.

For those of you with dandruff or other skin issues, you’ll appreciate the cooling sensation of the aloe, which hydrates and soothes your skin.

 Easy Leave-In Conditioner

This recipe is so easy when you’re in a pinch. It literally takes only 1 minute or less to make. It is only a three-ingredient recipe that includes products that just about anyone has in their house at any given moment.

I use this recipe for my daughter (who has very curly, frizzy hair), and it really helps detangle and keep her hair shiny and healthy throughout the day! If you don’t have essential oils, that’s ok. You can still make this recipe with some normal conditioner and water.


  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Silicone Free Organic Conditioner
  • 3 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

In a spray bottle, add all your ingredients and shake well. After lightly towel drying your hair, spray onto your hair. Spray on the ends of your hair and begin to work up and into the roots.

This leave-in conditioner is one of my favorites because it’s so quick and easy when you are on the go. It will not only help to detangle your hair, but it will also ease frizz and give your hair a beautiful shine.

The essential oils in this recipe also give this leave-in conditioner a fresh cooling sensation that is quite irresistible. Studies suggest these two essential oils are also good for promoting hair growth. In particular, studies show that peppermint oil is proven to help stimulate hair growth.

I love the refreshing smell of these oils combined, and the scent gives your hair a fresh, clean feel. Tea tree oil will help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and reduce itchiness.

Don’t forget to use an organic silicone-free conditioner. This recipe can work with regular silicone-free conditioners like Suave or Tresemme if you don’t have natural or organic. However, I always recommend natural and organic because most regular store brands have unnatural and synthetic ingredients. Like I said before, you will never regret going natural.

Enjoy Your Leave-In Conditioner

Making your own natural beauty products is always the way to go. Not only will you save money, but it is really fun to create your own concoctions.  It’s important to know you’re using hair products that aren’t full of unnatural ingredients, especially when you’re exposing yourself to them every single day.

When you make your own leave-in conditioner from scratch, you know exactly what you’re getting. You can put your mind at ease and never have to worry about those unhealthy and unnatural ingredients that are in the brand-named leave-in conditioners you buy at the store. After all, you wouldn’t go out to eat every day, would you? Why not?

You would never eat junk food every single day (I hope!) because you wouldn’t want to expose yourself to food additives commonly used in restaurants on a daily basis! So, why don’t we think like this when it comes to our daily use of beauty products?

Be natural and enjoy the peace of mind that accompanies the use of your own products that you made with your own expertise.

Homemade Leave-In Conditioner FAQs:

What are some key ingredients in natural leave-in conditioners?

Common ingredients include aloe vera gel, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, honey, and essential oils like lavender or peppermint.

What does aloe vera gel do in leave-in conditioners?

Aloe helps moisturize, reduce frizz, increase shine, and leave hair smooth and soft. It also helps distribute other ingredients.

How does coconut oil benefit homemade leave-ins?

Coconut oil penetrates hair to moisturize, protect, and prevent protein loss and damage. It adds shine and manageability.

Why is olive oil good for DIY leave-in conditioners?

Olive oil is ultra-moisturizing and soothing. It also protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage.

What nutrients does avocado oil provide in leave-ins?

Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, fatty acids, and proteins to strengthen, nourish, and repair hair.

How does honey help when making leave-in conditioners?

Honey is a natural humectant that hydrates hair. It also helps retain moisture and seals the cuticle.

Can you use leave-in conditioners daily, or should you limit their use?

Most homemade leave-ins are all-natural, so they can be used daily without concern.

How long does homemade leave-in conditioner last?

Make small batches and store them in the fridge for 1-2 weeks maximum to prevent spoilage.

What essential oils add scent and benefits to leave-ins?

Lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemongrass, and ylang ylang provide fragrance and extra nourishing properties.

Should leave-ins be applied to wet or dry hair?

Apply to clean, damp hair from mid-shaft to ends to provide maximum hydration and nutrients.

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