DIY: Nourishing Hair Treatment

Like many people, I have very dry hair and the problem always seems worse at this time of year as the winter cold approaches and after the sun has spent the summer months weathering my ends. Fall is the perfect season to get into the habit of applying a weekly treatment and my favorite one is handmade from just two ingredients in my kitchen cupboard. Follow these steps weekly to get softer hair right through to the winter season.


Olive oil: Nourishing olive oil is a great conditioner for dry, damaged hair. You’ll need a decent olive oil – cold-pressed, extra virgin is ideal because it’s less processed than other varieties. I use the same olive oil that tops my salad.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil has been used for years in beauty treatments, valued for its moisturizing and antioxidant properties. You many not have this in your kitchen now but you can find it at your local natural food store. I use raw, cold-pressed, extra virgin. It’s not inexpensive but the raw version will be more effective than one that’s been exposed to high heat processing. Coconut oil is also great for baking and cooking.

Step 1: Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so you will need to scoop out a tablespoon and rub it between your hands to warm it up.

Step 2: Coat your hands with both oils and distribute through the length of your hair, avoiding the scalp and focusing on the ends.

Step 3: Comb the treatment through your hair. This is important or it will not distribute evenly. I usually add a bit extra onto my ends at this point.

Step 4: For best results, leave this treatment on your hair for several hours. Toss your hair up in a topknot or pull it into a loose side braid to keep the oil-saturated strands off your face and away from clothing. Alternatively, apply the treatment in the evening and cover your hair with plastic wrap before going to bed.

Step 5: After three to four hours, shampoo and condition as normal. Your hair will feel softer, especially over time if you use the treatment on a weekly basis.

Do you use a hair treatment regularly? What are your favourites?

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12 Responses to DIY: Nourishing Hair Treatment

  1. kingsley October 11, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    I have used this trick inthe past and it worked perfectly well for me. Using coconut oil is one of the most natural thing to do to get a good hair growth and keep it health all day long

  2. Jillian October 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Thanks! I love using home remedies for my hair, it’s super curly and frizzy. I also tend to splurge on good quality products like pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask, at least I know they work 🙂

  3. Henna October 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Jillian, I’m like you – I’ll splurge on quality products but every once in a while I like to go for the natural treatments too.

  4. Monique October 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    thank you so much for the recipe, imma try it, I also use argan oil to keep my hair healthy, I use pro naturals moroccan argan oil which is amazing. 😀

  5. Cheryl Kozoriz November 4, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Thanks, Monique. Let us know how you like the DIY version!

  6. sarah wall May 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    loving the sound of this for my hair and i am going to give it ago so thx for posting, just one question, you state tht you have to rub the coconut oil inbetween your hands to warm it up so do you put tht through you hair first and then the olive oil or do you mix the two together, also could you heat the coconut oil and then mix them together before aplying to my hair, thx.

  7. Henna May 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    HI Sarah, you could mix the two together and then apply. You can heat the oil if you wish but it’s not necessary.

  8. Cheryl Kozoriz May 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi Sarah. I rub the coconut oil between my hands to liquefy it, then pour the olive oil into my hands and apply both to my hair. You could definitely apply them separately though and then comb through. Last week I actually microwaved both oils together in a bowl for a few seconds. I hope it works well for you!

  9. Linda July 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Do apply this to wet or dry hair?

  10. Henna July 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Dry hair!


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