How to Make a DIY Conditioning Hair Oil Treatment

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DIY Hair Oil Treatment

A DIY hair oil treatment is very simple to make yourself. You can use castor, coconut, or argan oil, and essential oils to condition and treat hair at home.

My sister has yak hair. Her description, not mine, but very apt! It gets wild and frizzy and needs some taming down. She asked me to come up with a conditioning hair oil and this is what I made.

Best Oils for DIY Hair Oil Treatment

A lot of oils that are used in skincare can also be used on hair. Some are better than others. Here’s a list of those that can be used to condition hair:

Fractionated Coconut Oil for Hair

This is coconut oil that has had the compounds that make the solid part of coconut oil removed. It contains fatty acids that are beneficial to hair. Find Fractionated Coconut oil here.

Castor Oil for Hair

Rich in omega 6 and 9 fatty acids that help to maintain hair shine. Castor oil is also antibacterial and antimicrobial, which could aid in scalp circulation, helping hair to grow. Find Castor oil here.

Argan Oil for Hair

One of the best oils for hair, helping it to be shiny and smooth. Find Argan oil here.

Jojoba Oil for Hair

Contains natural waxy compounds that are not heavy and won’t weigh hair down. Jojoba oil is more water-soluble than most other oils. Find Jojoba oil here.

There are other oils that can be used, such as olive oil or sweet almond oil, but these oils will have the most benefits for your hair.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils, mainly derived from plant material, can add to your hair oil by containing compounds that are good for your hair.

Oil Infusions

And some oil infusions can help with hair growth and overall health of the hair. Make these like most other oil infusions.

You can use the oil infusions as the base and add essential oils to complete your hair oil. Let’s take a look at how to make them.

DIY Hair Oil Treatment

  • 1/4 cup base oil (see above)
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (see above)
  • small jar

Mix the oils in the jar and cap tightly. Store in a dark, cool spot. To use your hair oil, wash and towel dry your hair. Place a teaspoon or so of the oil in your palm and rub between both hands. Starting at the ends of your hair, massage in. Work your way almost to your scalp. Avoid the scalp area as the oils could make your hair feel and look greasy.

Other Uses

While this oil blend is meant as a leave-in conditioning hair oil treatment, there are other ways that you can use it.

Hot Oil Treatment

One is to make a hot oil treatment. Heat a few teaspoons of the oil in a small bowl. Apply to your hair and wrap a damp towel around it. Leave the towel on for a half-hour or so and rinse out. Dry and style as you normally would.

Shower Conditioner

Another way to use your hair oil is to use it as a conditioner in the shower. Wash your hair as you normally would, then apply the oil instead of a conditioner. Leave in while you wash your body, then rinse out the excess. Be careful, as your shower can get VERY slippery from the oil. I speak from experience!

Split End Treatment

You can use your hair oil and split end treatment. Apply a small amount of the hair oil to the very ends of your hair, wrap in a towel and leave overnight. Rinse or wash out in the morning. Doing this even twice a week can improve the appearance of your hair.

Have you ever made your own hair oil treatment? Share it with us in the comments.


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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