7 DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipes That Will Nourish & Moisturize Your Hair

7 DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipes That Will Nourish and Moisturize Your HairDo you need your youth back?

How about a spring in your step?

Well don’t undergo any expensive surgeries or therapy, you might only need to go shopping in your very own pantry to find the Fountain of Youth!

Treat yourself to a hair mask with coconut oil for a total makeover for a complete transformation of how you feel, how you look, and to boost your confidence! And, if you already have coconut oil in your cupboards, then it’s not going to cost you a dime!

We’ll treat you with the top 7 coconut oil enriched hair mask recipes that you’ll need to try tonight! Don’t wait any longer because getting older won’t wait!

7 Top Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipes

The One Night Stand

coconut-oilThere’s no need to get hot and bothered when you can have your own long-term one night stand with the new-found love of your life – coconut oil! An overnight coconut oil infused hair mask treatment will have you soft and shiny come sun up!

Time: 5-10 minutes
Servings: 1 application


  • Coconut Oil


  • You can melt down the coconut oil or just use the solid state and rub it in your hands and apply to your hair.
  • You can start with 1 Tbsp if you wish, but if you have longer and dryer hair, you may want to use more.
  • Your hair should be wet for maximum hydration.
  • Section it into parts for easier management.
  • Lock in the moisture by applying the coconut oil from the roots to the ends.
  • Put it up in a loose bun.
  • You can cover it with a shower cap or you can place a towel over your pillow to sleep on.

Special Notes:

For more moisturizing, sealing, and silkening properties, you can add 1 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the mixture.

Eggy Over Coconut Oil Hair Mask

eggIf you have a dry scalp and dry hair, then hopefully it hasn’t worn off on you! To avoid being dried out with dry humor too, this eggy concoction will provide a protein boost, strengthen your strands, and amazingly, it will stimulate sebum production for more natural moisture!

Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 application

Base Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Essential Oils:

  • Your choice of essential oil


  • Put all the base ingredients into a bowl.
  • Whip it up until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Add your choice of essential oil or oils.
  • Section out wet hair and apply from roots to ends.
  • Put it up in a shower cap and leave on for 20-45 minutes.

Special Notes:

Shampoo your hair first with warm water. The heat will open hair follicles for maximum absorption, even for deep penetration into the hair shaft itself.

Rosemary, Sage, and Tea Tree are very popular essential oils for this mask recipe.

Rinse out the mixture from your hair, finishing with a cold rinse. You can also follow up with conditioner.

If you hate being wasteful, set aside the egg whites for a pore-tightening facial while you wait for the hair mask to do its thang!

The Green Smoothie for Hair Mask

avocadoBananas and avocados are notorious for their creamy and thick qualities that make green smoothies a delight to chow down on. The potassium, fats, and proteins in these foods are also great for reviving thin and thinning hair! Go on, sneak a taste, but save some for your mask!

Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 application


  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Avocado


  • Blend the banana and the avocado well to ensure a lump-free and smooth consistency.
  • Melt down the coconut oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Part your wet hair into sections.
  • Start with small amounts from your ends up to your roots.
  • Put it up and cover with a shower cap.
  • Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off in the shower and follow with conditioner.

Special Notes:

If this recipe makes too much for what you need it for, use only half a banana and half an avocado next time, but keep the 1 Tbsp of coconut oil.

Ripe or overripe bananas are best to use.

Ripe avocados are also the best to use.

For another twist on the revival treatment, replace the banana with a protein-rich egg yolk.

The Never-Fail Mask

honeyThis is a very popular facial recipe with a couple different twists to make it extra effective for your hair. This mixture never fails to deliver results!

Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 application


  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey


  • Shampoo hair first.
  • Put the coconut oil and honey into a saucepan on the stove to melt it down.
  • Ensure it’s well blended and not too hot to the touch.
  • Section out your hair and apply from roots to ends.
  • Put your hair up and into a shower cap.
  • Let it sit for 30-40 minutes.
  • Wash it out and follow up with your conditioner.

Special Notes:

If you have longer or damaged hair, use two tablespoons instead of one.

If you have split ends, weak, and damaged strands, apply the mixture liberally on these areas.

The shower cap is optional – go au natural if you want!

If you really want to get creative, you can also add in other ingredients like a ripe banana or pure vitamin E oil.

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

argan-oilFor a stimulating and deep hair treatment, you’re going to seal in all the moisture with all the favorite ingredients that store-bought products love, except you won’t have any of the bad stuff that comes with it! This is also an excellent recipe for natural hair and for hair loss prevention!

Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 application

Base Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Argan Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Shea Butter

Essential Oils:


  • Shampoo your hair first keeping your hair wet.
  • Whip up all the base ingredients together for 6-7 minutes.
  • Add the essential oils of your choice.
  • Section out your wet hair.
  • Apply liberally from roots to tips.
  • When applying to roots, massage into the scalp.
  • Put your hair up and cover if you wish.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Wash it out.

Special Notes:

This is a moisturizing-rich, deep conditioning treatment, and it won’t hurt to replace this treatment with your normal conditioner routine for this one application.

Safe to repeat every week if you’re on the drier and damaged side of things.

Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang are popular oils for both dry and oily types!

Strawberry Honey Coconut Oil Mask

strawberryThis recipe sounds good enough to eat! But, save some mixture for oil control, to regulate your scalp’s natural pH levels, and for a powerful punch of Vitamin C!

Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 application


  • 1 Handful Ripe Strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey


  • Shampoo hair first and leave it wet.
  • Blend up the strawberries for a smooth consistency.
  • Melt down and blend the coconut oil and honey.
  • Mix the strawberries and the coconut oil mixture together.
  • Section out your hair into parts.
  • Apply the mixture from root to tips.
  • When applying to the roots, massage into the scalp.
  • Put your hair up and cover if you want.
  • Let the mixture sit for 20-40 minutes.
  • Rinse out with cool water to seal it in.
  • Follow with a conditioner.

Special Notes:

Nothing special here except the results!

Coconut Aloe Leave-In Mask

aloe-veraA little different from a wash-out mask, this one is a leave-in mask that you can use to prep for all your hair-styling from here on out! Whether it’s braids, up-dos, or two-strand twists, your locks will be moisturized, hydrated, and healthy!

Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 20-30 applications


  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Sunflower Seed Oil
  • 1 Tsp Vegetable Glycerin
  • 8 Drops Pure Vanilla Extract

Essential Oils:

  • 12 Drops Lavender Oil


  • Melt down the coconut oil.
  • Blend all the base ingredients together for a smooth consistency.
  • Add the essential oils.
  • Transfer mixture to a spritz bottle or glass jar with air-tight lid.
  • Section out hair and spritz all over or apply to sections from root to tips.
  • Time to style hair!

Special Notes:

You can substitute the Aloe Vera Extract with Pure Aloe Vera Juice.

If you’re sensitive to Lavender, you can substitute with an essential oil of your choice.

You can substitute the solid coconut oil for Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is a popular option if you want to use a spritz bottle.

Can be used on dry hair.

If using the mixture after a shampoo and conditioner routine, make sure hair is damp.

Effective on dry hair too.

Who Can Benefit From Coconut Oil Hair Masks?

If you’ve been guilty of putting a flat iron to your hair, coloring, and using chemical-containing hair products, then a coconut oil hair mask is for you. If you’re guilty of existing and exposing your hair to the weather, sun, and anytime it’s smoky outside, then they are for you too!

4c hair type

The simple way to have said all that would’ve been along the lines of, everyone can benefit from a hair mask made with coconut oil! If you have…

  • Dry and damaged
  • Split ends, breakage, weak hair
  • Oily hair and oily scalp
  • Dandruff and eczema
  • Type 4B and 4C hair
  • Long, short, mid-length, and pixie hair
  • Thin and thinning hair
  • Hair loss
  • Curly, wavy, and coiled hair

We’re pretty sure this list encompasses everyone!

And, if you enjoy smooth, frizz-free, and tangle-free hair, you’d be jumping on the coconut oil band wagon too! It has anti-aging properties, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and moisturizing qualities in just one application, and when you stick to it, you’ll never go back to other types of masks again!

Potential Problems with Hair Masks Containing Coconut Oil

Although rare, allergies and sensitivities may be a cause of having problems with hair masks made with coconut oil. You’ll always want to spot test first with specific ingredients that you want to include in your DIY mask recipe or with a small sample of the complete mixture.

You may also have an aversion and sensitivity to certain essential oils that are called for in some of the recipes. Spot test with the oils first to make sure they’re compatible for your mask.

Nearly all of the time, you can substitute the essential oil that’s needed for an oil that you like. A lot of the time, the oils are just for scent, although they do contain powerful properties that can truly boost the benefits of your hair mask.

You can also substitute coconut for other oils such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Carrier Oils, Jojoba, Argan and Almond Oils.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

woman with a coconut oil mask in her hair

Being that there are literally oodles of benefits for using coconut oil on your hair, we won’t bore you with them all. Instead, we’ll list out the best benefits so you can get mixin’ and dishin’ it up today!

  • Moisturizes scalp and hair
  • Penetrates hair shaft
  • Deeply penetrates hair follicles
  • Can treat dandruff with anti-fungal properties
  • Protects against hair protein loss
  • Contains Lauric Acid and Vitamin E
  • Contains fatty acids that are essential for preventing split ends
  • Adds shine, softness, detangling, and silky smooth benefits

Experiment all you want! While you may feel strongly about one, you may turn your nose up at another! Here are some favorites that are excellent and safe for including in your hair mask recipes!lavender

  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Clary Sage
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Juniper
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Lemon
  • Cypress
  • Rosewood
  • Tea Tree

Food for Hair Masks?

Using superfood in a hair mask is ingenious! You can draw out all the unique hair benefits the natural way! And, while your hair is soaking it in, you can have peace of mind that there’s no hidden, unpronounceable ingredients trying to steal the shine!

An egg and coconut oil hair mask is a brilliant concoction! Eggs are high in protein, they can promote strong strands, and they also naturally encourage your scalp to produce more moisture!

A fat-rich source of vitamins, amino acids, and protein, it helps to not only moisturize hair, but rejuvenate hair for strong, long, and healthy strands!

Rich in potassium, bananas are an excellent ingredient to revive thin and thinning hair.

Loaded with antioxidants, it provides a protectant quality to hair and scalp cells while also deeply moisturizing.

Raw Honey
A natural emollient, antiseptic, and antibacterial ingredient, it’s a great natural way to moisturize hair, stimulate and activate hair follicles, clean, and protect hair with a coat of shine and softness.

Aloe Vera
The proteolytic enzyme-rich ingredient, it offers many wonderful hair benefits including cleansing, healing, and soothing advantages.

Pro Tips for Using Coconut Oil in Your Hair Masks


  • Although most masks can be used on dry hair, it’s much easier to manage with wet hair. While many masks are great to apply after your shampoo wash, you can apply it before.
  • When using eggs, use a whole egg for normal hair types, the egg yolk for dry and damaged hair, and the egg whites for oily hair.
  • If you’re having trouble washing out the coconut oil, you may have used too much or your shampoo isn’t cut out for the job, or it’s all your hair type’s fault! A simple mixture of one whole egg and two teaspoons of water will work. Mix it together and then apply to your hair for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with luke warm or cool water. You don’t want a scrambled egg coiffure right?
  • To melt down coconut oil, you can heat it up on low heat on the stove. You can also put the jar into a sink of warm water. Fill a bowl or container with warm water and put the coconut oil into a glass jar to then place into the warm bowl. Whatever you do, don’t use the microwave! You’ll kill off all the beneficial properties it has to offer.

Don’t let your hair age a day older anymore! Instead, coconut oil is the miracle ingredient to help you get your dose from the Fountain of Youth. Made from Mother Nature, it’s a natural remedy to get your hair in tip-top shape tonight!

You can also check out our 6 coconut oil face wash recipes as well.