Deep Conditioning – My recipe of choice

As I told you on Tuesday in my last blogpost, my hair lacks moisture. My ends are dry, I get a lot of frizz and the cold wind and heating don’t really help in improving that.

Deep Conditioning has been my method of choice, and while it looks absolutely ridiculous to walk around the flat having your head covered in oil (and other stuff), wearing a shower cap and probably even a woolen hat, it really helped me throughout the last months.


Picture source Instagram
Picture source Instagram

The things we do for beauty, hm?

Now my husband has become accustomed to me looking all kinds of crazy in the name of blogging and beauty, but if your special someone is a sensitive soul, you should probably save that and the sheet masks for evenings home alone.

Now you can do Deep Conditioning by simply using a regular hair mask, putting a shower cap or cling foil on top and use a hat or a blow dryer to get some heat, but I do love to get all DIY here and actually mix my own recipe.

If you want to follow along, here is an overview about the ingredients you could use.


Protein everywhere
Protein everywhere

For protein


Obvious choice. Just make sure the water isn’t too hot, or you will end up with cooked egg all over your hair.

Keratin treatments:

Now a lot of stuff says „Keratin“ on the bottle. Just look for the following ingredients: (Hydrolyzed) Rice Protein, (Hydrolyzed) Wheat Protein, (Hydrolyzed) Soy Protein, (Hydrolyzed) Corn Protein. I personally prefer Wheat protein, but there is no science behind that, just trial and error.


Honey in your hair?
Honey in your hair?

For moisture


Any oil will do, but the most popular one seems to be coconut oil. It is said to penetrate deep into the hair, getting everywhere for lasting effects. If you are concerned about your hair being weighed down, jojoba oil might be a better choice, as it is extremely light weight and resembles our „natural oils“ the most. Almond oil and sesame oil are said to help with hair loss/thinning the best and avocado oil seems to be the top of the crops when it comes to moisturizing. Olive oil is a great allrounder, if you can get over the smell.


Works as a humectant, locking in the moisture you infuse through the oils and multiplying the effect. I cant vouch for that one, I never tried it. It must be quite difficult to rinse, I figure.

Aloe vera:

Known to moisturize sunburnt, dry and itchy skin, of course it works on the hair as well. I bought a bottle of aloe vera gel from Amazon (here) to save my beloved aloe vera plant, but of course you could harvest yourself.


Aloe and coconut, with a little bit of olive oil for good measure
Aloe and coconut, with a little bit of olive oil for good measure

My choices

Now here is what I do:

  • At first, I massage one teaspoon of aloe vera gel into my scalp and one teaspoon into my lengths
  • Then I take one tablespoon of coconut oil, melt it in the microwave, add one tablespoon of olive oil and check the temperature. The mixture should be warm, not hot!
  • I massage the blend of oils into my hair, starting at the lengths and working my way up
  • When I feel extra fancy, I give my scalp a massage to distribute everything even better. Increased blood flow means increased hair growth!
  • Now a shower cap comes in handy, but if you don’t have one, cling foil will do the job and add to the ridiculous appearance.
  • For heat, I love to either take a hot bath (ultimate relaxation) or bundle up on the couch with a woolen hat on my head. You could use a blow dryer, but I don’t own one.
  • After at least one hour, rinse extra thoroughly. It may take shampooing twice (it does for me).


Have you ever tried Deep Conditioning before?

What would be your ingredients of choice?

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  • I’m going to look all kinds of crazy for the next few days because I have dry ends and hadn’t thought about the heat! And wait… You Don’t have a hairdryer?

    Inma x

    • No, I never needed one. I have been air-drying my hair for years, and I am way too clumsy to do a blow out. If I want to styl I just wait until it is dry and use a curling wand/flat iron, but usually I just don’t bother.

      • I’m jealous. I can style my hair quickly but if I don’t do anything it goes crazy!

        • My hair is so fine, it actually just falls slightly wavy (not in a pretty way) and pretty lifeless. Not even much tangles.

  • My mother actually is doing all kinds of deep conditioning. I think she uses eggs, coconut oil and few of other oils sometimes. And it looks like it’s helping her too! 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • So please ask her to share her recipes, I would love to hear them!

  • I remember that pic… 🙂 I haven’t deep conditioned in a while now. But I’m going to try and do it before we leave for Japan.

  • I used slather my hair with a whole egg a lot a few years back! It used to smell so bad lol! I haven’t done this in a while but I am going to use your recipe this time 🙂


    • Yes, the smell would worry me a little as well. Coconut oil on the other hand smells great!

  • Oh the DIY method you’ve listed here sounds great! 🙂 Even if you worry it doesn’t look the most normal, haha. i think the hat hides it all well though to be honest.

    I’ve never done a deep conditioning at home – although I should as my hair really benefits each time I do it at the hairdressers!

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    • Mr. Loca is a very patient soul when it comes to my beauty escapades, he just has a good laugh and moves on, thankfully.

      • Lucky! I always hear „you’ve got a little something on your face“ or „you look like you’ve seen a ghost!‘ whenever I wear my face mask…ha!

  • I think I am going to invest in a jar of coconut oil! I have never done deep conditioning but my hair could definitely use it!


    • It really helps with all the bleaching and heat styling we put our hair through. Just be warned, it will leave your hair super silky, up to the point where you can barely style it anymore, so ease you way into it.

  • I’ve only ever used masks but should maybe try some DIY. I definitely can’t imagine putting honey in my hair! xx


    • I´d be afraid it wouldn’t wash out completely and I´d end up with sticky hair.

  • i like to do hair masks with oils over night!

  • Such a great and informative post full of inspiration, Lol about the eggs I can just imagine the rinse off and ending up with scrambled egg in the hair haha, You know what though I would have never have though of that! Have a great day, Gemma x

    • I learned it from Pinterest as well, not as a first hand experience thankfully.

  • Hi Anne! I used to coconut oil a lot as a child, I remember my mom making these kinds of masks. I try to do masks in general (usually coconut oil + massage) as often as possible but I probably end up doing one just once a month!

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    • Hi Advaita! I aim for as often as possible as well, but once a month is probably what it comes down to. But publishing this today inspired me to do one tonight, so it is a win-win. Somehow I tend to forget that I wanted to do it and remember it 5 minutes before bedtime.

  • Liliana Ayala

    When I was in junior high/high school my mom would deep condition my hair every so often.I haven’t done that in years!! I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it might be to rinse out honey!
    xo, Lily

    • Our mothers had some pretty awesome tricks, hadn’t they? I never appreciated that back then.

  • I tried an egg mask once… for someone who hates eggs I don’t recommend it! Unfortunately I didn’t notice much of a difference, but I might have done something wrong/ not left it on long enough. I love to use coconut oil on the ends of my hair as a treatment during the week though! I think it’s helped a lot. 🙂
    Great tips! (especially about the hot water with egg lol!)

    • I can see my hair benefit from the coconut oil as well, but the aloe vera really added a little something as well.

  • I am glad you found it helpful, Sarah. Have you tried anything similar before?

  • As I said the other day my hair is pretty low-maintenance, so I’ve never tried deep conditioning. I’m not sure what I’d use if I ever tried it, but I’m positive I wouldn’t use eggs… Not a big fan of raw eggs…

  • I love using coconut oil in my hair, or mixing a little bit of melted coconut oil in a regular conditioner (and using that as a deep conditioning masque). I have tried honey before, but it’s so hard to get out of my hair, but I love using it on my skin. I wear a showercap on my head too with deep conditioner while cleaning or baking. My family is just used to it by now haha.

    • The things we do for beauty, hm? Mixing the coconut oil in with a regular conditioner is a great idea, thank you for the tip.

  • I do a pre-shampoo coconut oil mask on my hair every other week during one of my detox baths. It definitely makes my hair way softer and more manageable.

    • The feeling after such a mask is so lovely. I cant do it before I plan on heat styling though, my hair will be so soft it won´t hold a curl for more than five minutes afterwards.

  • thefashionsalt

    I tried just coconut oil once, but I didn’t feel like it did anything. I probably should try it again and use a bit more along with the aloe vera. I’m surprised you don’t own a hair dryer, you always have it styled so nicely.

    • My hair just falls straight (maybe with a tiny wave) when I air dry it, so if I plan on wearing it up or in a braid, I just do nothing except brush it once it is dry. If I want to wear it down I do some styling with the curling wand or flat iron to add some body and movement.

  • Carolina Aguirre

    love this post 🙂

  • I’ve been meaning to try a deep conditioning treatment but I am worried that my roots will get too oily!

    • Try it on your ends first then. But as a fellow oily-haired girl I can tell you it really isn’t that bad. Just make sure to shampoo thoroughly afterwards.

  • I used to have one I loved from but the formula changed. I just starting Neutrogena Triple Moisture. I like the results but I don’t love the smell.

    • To be honest, the olive oil doesn’t smell that great either, but the coconut oil makes up for it.

  • I’m a big fan of coconut oil since it’s just a single ingredient. But I don’t use too much of it at once or else I get super oily. :]

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    • After deep conditioning my hair is so soft I can barely style it, so yes, proceeding with caution is definitely recommended.

  • I love the DIY method! I usually purchase those deep conditioner packets. I’ll try your method one of these days to see how I like it. Can’t hurt, eh? 🙂

    • It is just so affordable. One pot of coconut oil lasts forever, and the aloe vera wasn’t expensive either.

  • This is such a great deep condition! Loved that you used aloe because it is my absolute fave xx -Maireem

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  • I haven’t tried deep conditioning before as my hair is usually the exact opposite of dry. Lol. But great tips though! I can imagine how healthy your hair would be after this!

    • My hair is oily at the roots, but the ends is where I get dry.

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    I love using coconut oil and I also love Elasticiser by Phillip Kingsley!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • I should definitely do the same.

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  • I will definitely try that, even though my hair isn’t as long as yours, I like the fact that you also use these products on the scalp!

    • It is where the hair grows, so I figured to made sense to nourish everything straight from the roots. Just don’t apply too much there if your hair is oily.

  • I’m a huge fan of deep conditioning! I’ve heard that coconut oil is amazing for your hair but I’ve never tried it for myself!

    • Give it a go, it isn’t expensive. And if you don’t like it on your hair, you can always use it for cooking. Oh, and the link you leave to your blog isn’t working, the blog settings are on „private“

  • Sarah Laird

    I straighten and curl every day without fail so my hair is always a dry mess! I absolutely swear by coconut oil but I can’t put it near the roots of my extensions so I’ll have to give aloe vera gel a go! x

    Viva Epernay

    • I didn’t think about extensions, but you are making a good point there. Coconut oils is obviously not working if you have extensions.

  • I remember your last post on hair treatments and oils and everything related and I have to say that I’m beyond grateful to you for actually posting a recipe that allows us to properly treat our hair without having to go back to all the things that ruin it more than help it. I’ve never actually done one of this, but I might. Not this weekend as I won’t be home more than a few hours, but certainly next weekend.

    I’ve also never given my head a massage, but I feel like that’s the best part out of everything ahahah

    Ella Pinto xx

    • I recommend doing it when you don’t have important events. It is easy to over-do, and no one wants to leave the house with a head of still-oily hair.
      And yes, the massage is the best part!

  • I tried last night, my hair snapped so quickly, haha! I didn’t realise it was so dry! I’ll definitely have to figure something out. Definitely saving this for reference, as well, haha!


  • Dressed With Soul

    Danke, liebe Anne! Bisher habe ich es mal mit Olivenöl versucht, aber da ich ja generell ein Honigfan bin, gefällt mir besonders dieser Vorschlag. Hoffentlich geht es Euch gut <3 Schönes Wochenende!

    • Dann sag mir mal, wie gut der Honig aus den Haaren wieder rausgeht. Ich hab mich nämlich noch nicht getraut, es zu versuchen.
      Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende!

  • oh ja, ich selbst schwöre auch auf kokosnussöl ode rargan öl, beides mag ich super gerne und lasse es auch mal über nacht einwirken 🙂 (vorsicht sauerei auf dem kissen vorprogrammiert 😉 )

    • Ja, ich mach das auch immer, bevor ich eh das Bett frisch beziehe.

  • I love a good deep condition, I’m always looking for more tips for frizzy hair as that’s a major problem of mine. I’ve never tried Aloe Vera on my hair but I have a load of it from the summer when I was using it as an after-sun gel, so maybe I’ll give it a go!

    • It is great against the frizz without weighing the hair down, so I hope it works as well for you as it did for me.

  • Except aloe vera and egg, I’ve tried all other and I can easily say that when you’re consistent, you see a good result. As I told you earlier one of my favourite is honey&onion mixture, it is great for hair, I did it for some months and stopped in summer. I like using oils but having oily hair and using oil is not really good, my hair gets oily quickly then. Also for hair growth try pine turpentine oil, either put it in your shampoo or mix it with almond oil and have your deep conditioning.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Thank you for the tip, you really seem to be a pro at these things.
      And I completely agree, consistency is key. You cant do it just once and expect lasting results immediately.

  • Honestly, I’m awful at anything to do with hair! I’ve always wanted to try a deep condition – I just might have to try this over the weekend!

    • Let me know if you do and how it works for you. Just go easy the first time, to see how much your hair needs.

  • Che

    I haven’t tried it like this before! Maybe I will, great tips 🙂

    – Che

  • Great tips love!

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  • I love this post! DIY beauty is something I am so interest about!
    Thank you for sharing and have a lovely Saturday!
    xx Elisa

  • Kate

    These are some great tips and I know a lot of people swear by DIY hair masks. I’m too lazy for that, but I do love my 15 minute mask from Bumble and Bumble! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • It really doesn’t take that much time, but of course store bought is always quicker.

  • Great post! I love DIY hair treatments. Your recipes sounds lovely. 🙂

  • Siffat Haider

    I’ve never actually used aloe vera, but it sounds like a natural choice considering all its goodness. Coconut oil and eggs are definitely my go-to as well, but I can never do it at home! I always go to my salon and ask them to do it for me because something about it grosses me out lol!

  • I’ve done deep conditioning before, but I’ve never tried a homemade recipe like that! I’ve done it with one oil (usually argan), and with ready-to-use masks that I bought. I’ve even kept my treatment overnight a few times! I does good to my hair but the effects don’t last very long, sadly. As for sesame oil, I don’t think I could tolerate the smell in my hair, it’s so strong!

    • You have to like it. Mr. Loca weirdly enjoys the sesame oil smell in my hair, he says it reminds him of cooking asian cuisine…

  • wow! I have never done deep conditioning, only once I tried olive oil, it was pretty good.
    You hair mask looks very rich, I like it.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    • It is pretty rich, you probably shouldn’t do it the night before an important event… My hair is so soft afterwards, it holds no style whatsoever.

  • idu

    Laughing so hard about the things we do for beauty. Funny but true. I never deep condition myself, I should try it. It’s pretty straight forward and easy. To think i’ve been wasting my $, 🙁

    • I admit, I do that and keep wasting my money on expensive treatments as well.

  • Jamie RS

    great post! such a fun and informative post! thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • AngeliePangilinan

    I love coconut oil too! And aloe vera is just perfect for everything 🙂

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  • I need to do a few experiments too! I’m not used to walking around with some kind of nourishing product in my hair but I need to start doing something more, as I told you 😉 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • It sure feels strange. The most relaxing way is just throw it on and relax in the bath tub, that way you don’t feel as awkward.

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    This is such a cool recipe, I’ve never tried a DIY deep conditioning mask! I have a few hair masks that I really like, but never thought about making my own. 🙂 Thanks for this, hun! Missed your blog lots and I can’t wait to catch up on all the posts. x x


    • I do use store bought hair masks as well, for the lazy days, but I found that figuring out what I really need and doing my own little mask helped lots.
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  • I’ve never done any DIY hair treatments, I usually opt more for spray and leave in kind of treatments. But back when my hair was bleached I did use some store bought masks.

    • The leave-in things just don’t cut it for me, I use them on top after regular conditioning, but on their own they aren’t enough for my damaged strands.

  • Nice recipe!! I use the Hinoki brand reconstructor which I love and have been using for years.

  • ooo need to try this on my hair!

    ♥ Ellen #NZblogger


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    • Above all it is great fun. And I can see the results, so it is a win win, even though it is quite messy.

  • Haha I can totally relate but I am glad my husband doesn’t mind my crazies at all. I am a believer of coconuts‘ greatness! I remember when I was still a kid, my mom used to apply „real“ coconut milk on my hair and scalp. My hair was so shiny, soft and so black!

    Thanks for this recipe!

    • I would love to do that as well, but real coconut milk is pretty expensive around here, so I´ll stick to the oil until I come visit you.

    • I would love to do that as well, but real coconut milk is pretty expensive around here, so I´ll stick to the oil until I come visit you.

  • Great post. I think I will try this on my E’s hair. She needs it!

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  • BooBooNinja

    Do you apply the treatments on dry or wet (freshly shampooed) hair?