Gather Your Ingredients
Here's a quick and easy recipe for you DIY types out there! Good news: you don't need to melt anything on the stove or pull out your mixer.
While this mix would work year-round, what makes this a wintertime blend for me is the lower coconut oil content. For a warm weather blend, feel free to double the amount of coconut oil. However, when it's chilly outside, coconut oil hardens, and I prefer not applying products that must be melted during this time of year. Too much coconut oil in a mix will solidify in cooler temperatures. As a personal choice, I don't want to have to run hot water over my container to melt it sufficiently every time I use it.
What You'll Need:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 3 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 3-5 drops rosemary essential oil (EO)
- 5 drops sage oil
- 3-5 drops EO of your choice for fragrance -- for my mixture, I chose ylang ylang*
If your coconut oil is solidified, place the jar in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water until the oil softens. Combine all ingredients in a glass or plastic bowl. I actually save old glass jars and give them a good cleaning. I mixed my blend in an empty jar; after putting everything in it, I put the top on, gave it a few good shakes, and then transferred it to a smaller container. You'll get around 4 oz. of oil with this recipe.
*A fragrance oil isn't necessary, but without one, this mixture won't smell like much of anything. Your favorite scented essential oil adds your personal touch to this blend, and gives you the chance to choose exactly how you want your hair to smell, from yummy to exotic!02 of 02
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Your mix should look something like this. I poured my oil blend into this pump bottle that used to hold jojoba oil. If you don't have any handy containers on hand, you can usually find inexpensive applicator bottles (like the kind used to apply hair color), squeeze or pump bottles at mass market retailers, dollar stores and beauty supply stores.
Updated Note: In the past, I've reused plastic bottles, but I now buy new glass bottles from a local health food store. Amber or cobalt blue bottles are better for storage than plastic -- the deep color helps prevent oxidation if you don't refrigerate the product and also doesn't hold onto any odors. However, clear glass works well, too.
Before each use, I give my bottle a little shake, just to make sure everything's evenly distributed. Due to the low coconut oil content, your oil should remain liquidy and not solidify.
Tips for using:
- This blend is best when applied to damp hair. It's a suitable choice for the LOC method. Again, water is a moisturizer; oils and butters only hold the moisture in, which is why using it on damp hair is better than applying it to dry tresses.
- If you straighten your hair, a pea- to dime-size amount applied to dry hair will add sheen and softness, but don't go overboard as it can easily weigh down relaxed/pressed and/or fine hair. You might want to only apply to the ends of your tresses so that your hair remains lightweight.
- It holds moisture in very well, so apply as needed. As always, do what feels best for your hair. You may need to apply daily or just twice a week, depending on your needs and the season.
- Experiment to see how much of this blend you need to use. It's a good idea to start light and add from there, since once your hair is over-oiled, you'll probably have to shampoo or co-wash to remedy that.
With regular use (daily to several times per week), a 4-oz. bottle should last a couple of months, if not longer.