DIY Daily Leave-in Conditioner

Pour 1/8 cup of conditioner into a small spray bottle

Pour in a little oil (oilve, sweet almond, avocado, coconut, jojoba or any other natural oil that you choose)

Pour in a few drops of glycerine

Add a few drops of essential oil (optional, but I like tea tree, peppermint or jasmine)

Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake vigorously.

Shake and spray on your hair daily, to keep it hydrated and moisturized!

This is a great way to use up those little bits of conditioner left at the bottom of those conditioners you’ve been trying out. Some of my favorites to use are:

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner  *
– Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner
– Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner

-Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

* I no longer support this product because they reformulated the ingredients.


Do you make your own leave-in conditioner? What are some of your leave-in conditioner mixes?

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24 thoughts on “DIY Daily Leave-in Conditioner

  1. SisterBoyd

    I’m going to have to try vinegar for the drains. I shed a lot of hair and my drains are always plugging up.

    As far as the leave-in’s I faithfully use a mixture of 75% glycerin and 25% Aloe vera juice or gel. I use the organic brands from Whole Foods. I find it gives me a great base for whatever products I us and I have yet to have it interact badly with any of my products.

  2. Savvy

    I don’t have a problem with it because there’s more oil and water than glycerine. But I understand what you mean, because glycerine is a humectant, and in cooler climates it can take water from your hair drying it out more. I have also made this mixture without glycerine, leaving all the other ingredients the same, and it works just fine.

  3. Andrea

    Thanks for the reply. For now, I think I’ll try this minus the glycerine since my hair already seems to be a bit dry and then add it in once summer starts.

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  7. Angel

    Hello: I have nappy tight 4B hair and a little glycerin has helped me in the winter months, along with sheabutter, castor oil, olive oil. WATER for me does not help my hair hold but produces frizzies. The oils do not and help keep me moisturized. I may add a little glycerin to my lottobody setting lotion if I am setting my twists on rollers. Or again to Aloe Vera without water. I can use water before washing my hair. Hot oil treatments help with shedding. You can apply a little hot oil anytime with cotton and you do not have to wash out.

  8. Savvy

    Hi Angel! Ur right, water does not provide hold, BUT your hair does need some water if you’re going to use a humectant like glycerine. Humectants help retain moisture in your hair by taking it from the air and binding to your hair. If you live in a colder climate and there is not enough water in the air, it will start taking it from your HAIR, making it dry and frizzy. Maybe try using a little water with the glycerine and then add the oil separately?

    How do you apply the hot oil with the cotton? Do you pull it through your hair? Or do you just use it on your scalp? How doyou keep bits from cotton from getting in your hair?

  9. Lucky

    I’ve been looking for an all-natural leave in condish. This recipe is sooo good! Instead of using water, I used aloe vera juice. OMG, this one is a keeper.

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  11. Jennae @ Green Your Decor

    I do this too, but silly me…I had been using just conditioner and water. It works, but it doesn’t give me the shine I’d like. I’ll add some coconut oil to my mixture today, along with some essential oils. I tend to use EO Rose & Chamomile or Rosemary & Mint conditioner as my leave-in. I used to use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, but I like the EO better, and they contain MUCH fewer chemicals than HE.

  12. Erica

    I always like to use straight aloe gel. I have a ton of organic aloe gel from Lilly of the Desert that I received after volunteer at a sanctuary event. This stuff is great for everything, your skin, your gums, sores, rashes, inflammation…it’s like a miracle plant.

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  16. monique

    Can I add olive oil , coconut oil then put mousse on it to hold my curl ? Or would the olive oil make my hair greasy ?

  17. Savvy

    @Monique Hi! Hmmm…I would add the oil a little at a time, If you don’t use a whole lot, and mix it well with the conditioner it should be fine. MAke sure to add some water in there too. But leave out the mousse, because it’ll probably make everything separate. Depending on what style your wearing, gel would probably work best. If you’re trying to make your twist out last, spritz your hair with the condish first, then put a little gel in your hands and draw your palms down each one. Let it set for a few minutes, then untwist and style as usual.

  18. shizysunshine

    hey savvy so i used to make a spritz but stopped for some reason…so i want to start again..ill try your method..what about adding honey? aloe juice/gel? ill get the suave naturals too…i really hope this works..i was using cantu leave in as the conditioner then realized its not good with other additives…

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  20. Tabya

    I’m new to all this I haven’t had a perm since May, but I’ve cut all except the perm at the top of my head. Do think I could use this daily conditioner.

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