Hair can get dry and brittle, especially in the summer months during time spent outside, at the beach, or swimming in a chlorine laden pool. Use of harsh chemical products can also damage hair, but this conditioning treatment helps nourish hair and strengthen it.
Try this easy and inexpensive home treatment that will naturally improve your hair. I even use this on my four year old to make her hair more manageable and easier to brush (she is very tender-headed). This recipe is so simple, it is hard to call it a recipe, but it works really well so I thought I’d share it anyway. Please note that it will leave hair oily and need to be washed/rinsed well as to not leave residue.
If you’re looking for other natural hair care recipes, check out my homemade coconut shampoo, DIY Beach Waves Hairspray and Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair.
Too busy to DIY? Try my Wellnesse brand shampoo and conditioner for all hair types — or try this formula if you have curly hair.
Nourishing Hair Oil Recipe
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 tsp Epsom salt (or magnesium flakes)
- Combine all the ingredients and whisk or blend well (I used an immersion blender). You may have to heat the coconut oil slightly to soften it. The Epsom salt will still be somewhat gritty but will dissolve and work in to the hair once applied.
- Over a sink or shower, massage the oil through the hair and scalp. Put a shower cap on (or old towel) and leave on for up to 30 minutes.
- In the shower, rinse well, then shampoo.
Have you ever used oil on your hair? How did it work?
Discussion (61 Comments)
Hi Kate, I’m wondering if you can double/triple… this batch to have it on hand for the next few applications. Does it stay nicely blended for a while or does it separate and go bad?
I’ve noticed a lot of comments on here about not being able to wash the oils out of the hair. I recently read that washing your hair with eggs, then a very small amount of castile soap helps a lot. I recently did a coconut oil mask on my hair and washed it out with egg, and a little bit of castile soap. It came out great! Only downside to washing with eggs is….no warm or hot showers. You have to wash your hair in cool water or you will end up with scrambled eggs in your hair. And make sure you rinse your hair really well.
I used this recipe and added little bit of castor oil. What I used was store brought organic blue agave honey. During and post shower I lost lot of hair…LOT of hair. I wonder if it was because of the type of honey I used. I’m really worried about my hair loss and not sure if it’s going to get any thicker. Please help!!!
Both olive oil and coconut oil nourishes hair and contribute in reducing hair fall. Thank you for this useful hair oil recipe. I will try it this weekend.
I used to have really pretty hair that looked like it had just been brushed all day. Then I started getting into dying it and that pretty much ruined it. So now i’m back at my original color and I just had to chop half of my hair off because it was SO damaged. I have pretty thin hair and I live in a place were it’s sunny all year round and i go to the beach a lot, which i hear isn’t good for hair. I’m pretty desperate for something to work, because right now it just coarse rope if I didn’t just brush it. I just read ALL of your hair recipes like the shampoo and the hair growing stuff and it all sounds really great, i’m just wondering which ones I should do. should I try them all at once? Or just try each one and see the best results?
I would try each of them and see how they work. It will depend on your personal hair properties, so you may like some, and not others.
AFTER YOU DRY BRUSH AN APPLY THE OIL , DO YOU WASH IT OFF OR LEAVE IT ON???
Linda, sounds like you could add some red wine vinegar & pepper & have salad dressing. I hope you guys are doing well. George
Coconut oil is not good for everyone’s hair. I have dry, thick, curly hair, and have been battling dry, itchy scalp for forever. coconut oil does not absorb well into my scalp, and makes the itchiness worse. I also had split ends, and coconut oil was useless in getting rid of them.
I think it’s good in a shampoo or conditioner, but for those of us who have to oil our scalps and ends on a daily or every other day basis, I recommend jojoba oil or avocado oil. They absorb much easier, and properly absorb into the scalp and hair shafts. I use jojoba oil on my scalp every other day, and the itchiness, dryness, and split ends are gone.
I haven’t had great luck with coconut oil. It gives me dandruff 🙁 Could I replace it with some other oil like almond oil or sesame oil?
Are honey and the magnesium flakes safe to use on babies? I would like to try this on my 3 month old for a dry scalp. Just want to be sure all the ingredients are ok for babies too.. Thank you!
Babies are just not supposed to eat the honey, so as long as it does not get in his mouth it should be fine. The magnesium should be fine. You may just want to go easy on them in the recipe if you are concerned they might tingle too much for him, and test it first.
Is the honey necessary? I have used unpasturized and now raw honey and I am unable to get it to emulsify with the oils. It stays as a clump. Is this the epsom salts that are doing it? Should I omit the epsom salt altogether??
You honey might be too cool. It can clump up if it is cold. It usually helps give the oil a little body so that it stays in the hair better. It’s also really good for your hair as a natural anti-humectant and moisturizer.