We recently had someone email us about making a DIY version of her favorite curl conditioner. Well, since I’ve only had stick STRAIGHT and/or FRIZZY hair my entire life….I felt this subject was a little outside my comfort zone. There was nothing else to do but turn to my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn who is not only an expert at keeping her hair absolutely BEAUTIFUL…but who also has CURLY hair! (My daughter Britta inherited my stick straight hair and wasn’t a good candidate either.) My heartfelt thanks to Kaitlyn for tackling this tangled topic! :-)
This post came about a bit by accident. Jill got an email from a lovely reader named Catalina asking if we might be able to come up with a DIY version of a product called Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. The product is a whopping $22 a bottle! Catalina said she noticed that most of the products she’s seen for curly hair advertise coconut milk and coconut conditioners as ingredients. So I set out to find a DIY product using coconut milk.
I found an intriguing recipe for a Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner on Kinky. Curly. Couture. With a blog name like that I figured Tifani had to know what she was talking about! So I set to work modifying Tifani’s recipe a bit with things I had on hand. It wasn’t until about 10pm Wednesday night that I decided to reread Catalina’s email and realized I had come up with a DIY for the completely wrong product! Eeek! Miss Jessie’s is actually a leave-in conditioner that is supposed to create really soft curls instead of crunchy ones.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to create an actual DIY version of Miss Jessie’s before I needed to get this post done. So today you get a deep conditioner for curly hair and I’ll attempt a a leave-in conditioner sometime soon ;)
DIY Deep Conditioner for Curly Hair
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (Make sure to mix up the coconut milk when you open the can so you don’t get a 1/4 cup of just the cream)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp greek yogurt
- 2-3 drops rosemary or lavender essential oil
Mix all of your ingredients together in a small bowl or blender. I threw mine in my Blendtec to insure they were mixed up really well but you can just as easily mix them by hand.
Now comes the application – I sort of just stuck my hand in the bowl and got some mixture on my hands. Then I rubbed it into my hair in sections. After my whole head was covered I ran a comb through to make sure the conditioner was spread out evenly.
Normally I would post step-by-step photos of this process but I looked like kind of a hot mess doing this and just couldn’t bring myself to post that on the internet, haha. So you’ll just have to imagine me in my bathroom at 10 o’clock at night with no make-up on and my hair covered in goopy conditioner. That’s a nice visual, right? ;)
I put my hair up in a shower cap and let the conditioner sit for about 45 minutes. I then showered as normal. I ended up washing my hair twice because it still felt a little greasy after one wash. I then let my hair air dry.
So the big question is…did it work? I could definitely feel a difference! My hair was softer and silkier than normal. I don’t have super curly hair, but the back is pretty wavy and tends to be kind of frizzy. One conditioning treatment definitely didn’t fix all the damage done by years of blow drying, flat irons, and curling irons but if I used this on a regular basis, I know I would see a very noticeable difference.
A few notes on why the particular ingredients in this conditioner are great for hair:
Coconut Milk: Stimulates growth, restores damaged hair, can sometimes loosen curls. I read on a couple of websites that homemade coconut milk works better than store bought. Jillee has directions for making your own here.
Honey: Softens and smooths hair, boosts hair growth, antibacterial, increases shine
Coconut Oil: Moisturizes and strengthens hair, helps fight dandruff
Greek Yogurt: Moisturizes and strengthens hairs, increases shine, helps fight dandruff
Rosemary Essential Oil: Cleanses, strengthens and nourishes hair follicles and encourages growth
Lavender Essential Oil: Antibacterial and great for dandruff
Do you have a favorite DIY hair treatment?