DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Hello there, Annapolis & Company readers! My name is Emily Sue {which is also the name of my blog}, and I am an everyday girl who loves to dream big. I am an adorer of organizing, an avid researcher of random things that interest me, a lover of DIY projects, a reader, a wanna-be novelist, and a completely addicted bargain shopper. I enjoy writing about our life, our dreams, and whatever else is on my heart. I feel very honored to be a guest here today! Mary Beth asked me to share some of my natural beauty tips with you, so I thought I would share one of the ways I use coconut oil in my beauty routine.

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^^^I never realized how many ways coconut oil could be used! I read this post on its 101 uses, and it blew. my. mind! Now, I use coconut oil regularly in several ways, but I’m going to share how I use it for a moisturizing hair mask today.

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{^^^This photo was taken by your very own Mary Beth!}

Since I highlight my hair fairly often and I want to keep growing it out, I have to stay on top of putting moisture back into my hair to keep it healthy. I really don’t like spending money on expensive masks, so when I read a post on How Does She? on using coconut oil instead, I knew I needed to give it a try. I have been using this method for about a year now and love it!

You really only need 3 things to get fabulous results {#1 & #5 are optional}.

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Here’s what you need:

1} a tennis shoe. Yes, a tennis shoe…I will explain later

2} a disposable shower cap {I got mine at Sally’s Beauty Supply} or saran wrap works too

3} coconut oil {this one is from Walmart}

4} hair clips

5} hair dryer


I usually do this treatment on dirty hair, but I don’t think it matters. It’s easier and faster to apply the coconut oil on detangled hair, so I brush it very well before beginning.

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^^^Coconut oil melts to the touch, so there is no need to pre-melt it…unless you want to. I stick my head over the tub and begin applying it to my hair – from roots to ends – until it is completely “wet” with the oil. Then, I wrap my hair up on top of my head and secure it in place with the clips and cover it with the shower cap.

Applying heat is optional, but a good step especially if you have very dry or damaged hair. If you don’t have 10-15 minutes to apply heat, then you can just leave the oil in your hair for about 30 minutes and then wash {I usually wash my hair twice to get all the oil out}.

I have read that coconut oil is one of the best oils to put on your hair. Heat opens up the hair shaft and allows even more of the oil to soak in.

I usually apply heat for about 10-15 minutes if I can, but I don’t like standing there holding my hair dryer. I can’t remember where I saw this trick, but it’s great for being hands free. It’s a little rigged, but I know you have this at your house. It’s hard to explain, so let me show you….

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^^^Just set this contraption up on your bathroom counter, grab some magazines or your smartphone, and chill for 10-15 minutes while your hair is getting beautified!

Next, wash your hair thoroughly, and you are all done!

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^^^Another little trick I use when I don’t have time to do a complete hair mask, is to apply a small amount of the coconut oil to the very ends of my hair before I go to bed at night.

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^^^I rub a very tiny amount onto my fingertips and apply it to the end of my braid. If you have very fine hair, this might not work for you. If you’re trying to grow your hair out and want to go longer in between trims, then this trick works great! The oil soaks in overnight and my hair doesn’t look oily at all the next day! {I usually wash my hair every 2-3 days and I even do this on days that I am not washing it}.

21 Responses To DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask

  1. Christa @ BrownSugarToast

    Great tip!!! I’ve heard of this before, but never tried it. Thanks for the tip and the gorgeous photography!

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  3. Kacey

    Thanks for sharing, Emily! I’m definitely going to try it. And I’m laughing about the hairdryer/shoe trick because it’s so funny and genius!

  4. Vivien

    Thanks for the mask recipe! I use a pro naturals argan oil mask that works great too, but I love home remedies.

  5. Kristine

    Thanks for the DIY. I have rubbed it on the ends, but never applied heat! Have to try the shoe dryer! Excellent.

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  7. Lisa

    I treat my hair this way once a month (I have VERY DRY hair) and have always hated the hair dryer part. The shoe idea is BRILLIANT!! Thank you!!

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  10. whitney setzer

    I have been doing the coconut treatments for about 4 months now, and my hair is totally restored, but i have always applied it to clean hair. today I was going to apply it to dirty hair but wasn’t sure if it would work as well because I put mouse in my hair yesterday.