It happened again over spring break – poor Caroline’s blonde hair turned green from hours spent in the swimming pool. We treated the green, and I started conditioning her hair like crazy. But, I’m embarrassed to admit, my kids see me coming with the jar of coconut oil and they start running!
So I made this coconut milk conditioner spray with hair strengthening ingredients like argan oil, coconut milk and, yes, coconut oil—and it doesn’t look like I’m using coconut oil! I call that a win-win.
Why coconut milk?
I was surprised to learn how good coconut milk is for hair. Its high fat content, proteins and vitamin E nourish hair from roots to ends, helping restore thinning hair, split ends and dry, damaged hair. It also works a conditioner and detangler while improving hair growth.
You can use it in homemade shampoo or as a leave-in conditioner to thicken strands and provide volume without making hair greasy. But it does need to be refrigerated so keep your coconut milk in the fridge.
The other ingredients provide a laundry list of benefits for hair:
Argan oil is a mega moisturizer for hair. It’s great for controlling frizz and adding shine to dull hair. It has also been said to help thicken hair and prevent thinning [source].
Jojoba oil is ideal for healthily hydrating skin and hair because it’s anti-inflammatory and it mimics the natural oils our bodies produce, so it’s easily absorbed [source]. Use it to add condition and tame frizz.
Coconut oil is great for just about everything (we even use it in hair spray). It has been shown to help prevent protein loss from hair and to help prevent scalp infection [source]. Use fractionated coconut oil so the conditioner doesn’t solidify.
Leave-In Coconut Milk Conditioner Spray
- 2 tbsps fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp argan oil
- 10 drops essential oil
- 4 ounces full fat coconut milk
- 8-ounce spray bottle
Then add the coconut milk. If you open the can of coconut milk and it’s solid, dump it into a bowl first and whip it to get a smooth texture. After you add the coconut milk to the spray bottle, swirl the bottle to fully combine the oils and milk.
You’ll want to keep the coconut milk conditioner spray in the refrigerator so just set it out on the counter for a few minutes before you plan to use it to let the ingredients soften. Then shake again to combine and spritz directly onto the hair, concentrating on the ends.
If you have extra oil, you can let it cool and use it as lip balm or lotion. Or you can also whip it to make a deep conditioning hair mask.
How to Use a Leave-In Conditioning Spray
How and when to use leave-in conditioner really depends on your hair type. But these tips will get you started:
1. Wash and gently towel dry your hair to remove excess moisture.
2. Spray leave-in conditioner on hair, concentrating on the ends. If you have thin or oily hair, it’s best to avoid the roots, since conditioner can weigh down your hair. If you don’t, apply to roots as long as it works for you and your hair type.
3. Comb through your hair using a wide tooth comb.
4. Let hair air-dry or style as usual.
Feel free to experiment with the amount you use and how you apply it. And as always, do what works best for you.
Coditioner Spray FAQ
How long will this conditioner last?
Canned coconut milk only lasts a few days, even if refrigerated. I recommend keeping it in the fridge for up to a week, and then making a fresh batch. To make it last longer, switch out the coconut milk for hair conditioner, aloe vera or rosewater.
Can this recipe be used on colored hair?
Yes, it should be. If you’re especially concerned, test it on a small patch of hair to verify the colorfastness before applying all over.
Can I use canned coconut milk?
Yes! In fact, that’s what we used.
Can I use coconut milk if I have psoriasis?
I’m not an expert, but a quick Google search tells me that coconut milk is safe to use if you have psoriasis. Make sure to check with your doctor or dermatologist to be safe.
This started to smell after a couple days, has it gone bad? What’s the shelf life?
If it starts to smell, it’s best to toss it and make a fresh batch. Always store this conditioner in the fridge and use within a week.
Can I use vitamin E as a natural preservative?
If you’re going to use a preservative, I recommend using a full-spectrum one made specifically for homemade beauty products, like Leucidal Complete.
Can I leave the coconut milk out to keep it from solidifying?
Yes, you can skip the coconut milk entirely, but that will affect the texture of your conditioning spray. You might need to adjust the other ingredients in order to find a blend you like.
Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner Spray
- 8 ounce spray bottle
- Melt coconut oil and stir in the jojoba, argan and essential oils. Fill empty spray bottle 1/4 way with melted oils and fill the rest of the bottle with coconut milk. Replace cap and shake to combine.
- To use, spritz directly onto damp hair, concentrating on the ends. Comb through and leave on.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu348