Natural Beauty: Homemade Shea Butter Deep Conditioner

Over the past couple of weeks, I shared two recipes, one was for deodorant and one was for lotion. I made them on the same day with one other thing: hair conditioner.

I chose this recipe because I need to use up my shea butter before it goes bad in November, and because my hair was in dire need of some TLC. I have really long hair. A lot of people don’t realize how long it is, because I often wear it in a top knot, sleek ponytail, or side braid– you know, the lazy-girl’s go-to hairstyles. It’s so long that actually hurts when I brush it, so as a result… I ummm… well… I just don’t brush it that often.

I brushed it this day. And as you can see, it’s super long! As you can also see, I have an extremely handsome boyfriend.

Sometimes I pretend that I am Alanis Morisette in the “Thank You” music video. Just because I can…

I also run into this problem:

An almost full bottle of shampoo and a totally empty bottle of conditioner. This is probably why my hair is always too tangled to brush.

Before I share the recipe, let me give this warning: do not use it as regular conditioner unless you have extremely dry hair.

I’m Italian so I’m naturally very oily. And this conditioner is 75% oil, so… whoops. The first time I used it, I washed my hair, massaged the conditioner into the ends of  my hair and rinsed it out.

When I got out of the shower, I brushed my hair and was amazed. I can never brush my hair when it’s wet, but the brush was just gliding right through. I twisted it up into a bun and slept with it wet. The next day, I was getting ready for work and realized way too late that my hair was still saturated with oil. I concealed it as best as I could with a braid, but all day I was counting down the hours until I could get home and shampoo.


After that incident, I saved this as a once-a-week deep conditioning treatment. I wash my hair, towel it off and apply the conditioner root-to-tip. twist it up and leave it in for at least an hour (or overnight if possible) then wash it out with shampoo before being seen in public! It’s a great pick-me-up for my hair.

You Need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 Vitamin E tablets (optional)
  • Essential oil (optional)

To Make:

In a glass measuring cup, combine first three ingredients. Microwave in 30-second intervals until everything is melted. Then add Vitamin E and Essential Oil (I used a splash of cinnamon oil)

Prepare an ice-bath and place the measuring cup inside. Use an immersion blender to whip the ingredients. Supposedly, as it cools, the texture should change, but that never happened for me. I don’t think it really matters, though.

Pour into a container to keep in the bathroom. I recycled the bottle from my Bath & Body Works conditioner.

8 thoughts on “Natural Beauty: Homemade Shea Butter Deep Conditioner

  1. I tried it with my NutriBullet and it came out PERFECT. I recently ordered 5 pounds of organic raw Shea butter and had no idea what to do with all of it, until I found this recipe.
    The texture of yours didnt change because it wasnt cold enough. I poured it into the small cup of my NutriBullet with 2 cubes of ice and blended it until it formed a soft white mass, very similar to conditioner.
    Thanks for this!

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  3. Did you ever try it with switching the ratios of shea butter and coconut oil? I want to make a shea butter conditioner and was planning on it being mostly shea and wondered how that would work!

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