DIY Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner

Winters in Wisconsin are long, guys.

Did you know that?

I knew that.

I thought I was prepared.

But alas, I was not.

As a person with dry skin, I knew enough to keep myself stocked with tubs of coconut oil and shea butter so I wouldn’t dry out.  What I hadn’t anticipated was that the long Wisconsin winter would wreak havoc on my dry, curly hair.

I honestly waited too long to do a deep conditioning.  I should probably deep condition twice monthly in the winter months and monthly in the warmer months.  I had been frustrated with how my hair felt for months, yet just kept changing daily conditioners to find one that felt better.  What my hair actually needed was a good deep conditioning.

Here’s how I did it:


In my microwave safe bowl, I measured 2 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp honey.  I heated these for about 30 seconds, or just until the coconut oil melted and the honey become less viscous.  Then I mixed in 2 tbsp coconut milk2 tbsp yogurt (yes, that’s the stuff in the mason jar*), and  2 drops each lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil.

I had my hair in my usual “mom do”:


Super classy.  I had to, of course, let it all down to put in the conditioner:


Then, using my hands, I saturated my hair with the deep conditioner, from about 1″ from my roots all the way to the ends:


I got about as much product as I could onto my hair without having it literally dripping wet.  I used nearly all of the product I made on my medium length, thick hair.  (If you have very long hair, I would suggest doubling the recipe.)

I put my hair back into my “mom bun”:


I left my hair like this for almost an hour before I took a shower.  I washed the deep conditioner out with a homemade coconut milk shampoo (post pending).  I had to wash twice to get all the product out of my hair.

But oh.  My.  Goodness.  This deep conditioner left my hair feeling so lovely and soft.  And the smell!  There is something about lavender and coconut, isn’t there?

Try this recipe, and let me know how you like it!