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Making a DIY hair conditioner has been quite a challenging experience.  This is because most of the recipes out there use oils and I’ve always found them to be *way* too heavy to use in place of a regular conditioner.  So after lots of trial and error (oh, so many errors.), I finally found a good combination of ingredients that are water soluble but still impart a healthy dose of conditioning for the hair.  Hello, silky and tangle-free locks!

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  • 5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • coconut milk (see note on the amount of coconut below!!)
  • 1/4 of a mushy avocado

Coconut milk notes:

The amount of coconut milk you add will depend on how you plan on using this conditioner.  For a deep conditioning treatment that I do before I shampoo my hair, I use 2 tablespoons of full-fat coconut milk (I either use this homemade coconut milk or this brand of coconut milk).  If I use it as a conditioner after I’ve shampooed, I dilute 1 tablespoon with 4 tablespoons of water and then only use 1 tablespoon of that mixture (save the rest for future batches…just be sure to refrigerate!).  Depending on how thick your hair is and how well it does with oils, you’ll want to dilute the coconut oil more or less to get the perfect amount of conditioning of your hair type.  If your hair is really fine or doesn’t do well with oils, you can actually leave out the coconut milk entirely and still get really good results for the rest of the recipe.

Amount: This recipe is enough for my not-so-thick, shoulder-length hair.  If you have really thick hair or really long hair, you might want to double or even triple the recipe.


1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender.

2. Blend on high for 1 minute.

3. Transfer to a applicator bottle (I use plastic condiments bottles that I can get super cheap) and use either as a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment or in place of your regular conditioner (make sure to see the “coconut milk notes” above for the correct proportions).