Easy and Affordable All Natural Hair Care Routine

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
10 Materials
10 Minutes

It's been exactly two years since I've had a haircut and during this time I've adopted an all-natural hair care routine that works to help nourish my hair, promoting soft, shiny, healthy hair while helping to prevent split ends from forming. Here I’m going to share with you the all-natural hair care routine that I follow.

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Tools and materials:

  • Shampoo bar
  • Emulsifying wax
  • Jojoba oil
  • Argan oil or castor oil
  • Vegetable glycerin 
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Essential oils
  • Coconut oil
  • Comb
  • Pump bottle
All natural hair care: Nourishing hair

1. Coconut hair mask

Between washing my hair, I like to use a coconut oil hair mask. I start at the scalp and massage it in and then bring it all the way down through my hair. 

Coconut oil in palm of hand

It is also important to melt the coconut oil with your hands before rubbing it through my hair otherwise you get clumps of oil in your hair. 

Combing hair

Once you’ve finished rubbing the oil through your hair, grab your comb and brush it through to make sure that all the strands are coated.

Then, leave it in for 30 minutes to an hour or longer if you want. When the time has passed, wash the oil out.

It takes a couple of washes to get rid of all the oil because it is quite strong. I find that after about two washes with my shampoo bar it's gone and my hair is all hydrated.

The coconut oil is super moisturizing, has deep hydrating effects and I feel like it’s helped with my hair growth. I usually do this mask one or two times a week. I love it because it makes my hair smell of coconut which reminds me of the tropics, it's awesome.

Shampoo bar

2. Shampoo bar

After leaving the hair mask in, I'll wash it out with my shampoo bar. I love shampoo bars because they’re easy to have on hand and they’re also plastic-free.

I scrub my hair once through and really try and remove as much of the oil as I can in the first wash. Then I'll rinse my hair. I'll follow up with a second wash-through to remove any remaining oil residue and rinse again. If I haven't done a coconut oil hair mask that day I'll only need to wash my hair once. 

Shampoo bar in tin

You can put yours in a little metal box like this to take it places. I’ve tried other shampoo bars in the past and I’ve found that they leave a clay-like residue on my hair but this one doesn’t. I try not to wash my hair with shampoo too often though because the cleaning process strips away the hair's natural oil. 

3. Conditioner

The last step in the process is a conditioner which I make myself. This conditioner is actually a leave-in conditioner that uses all-natural ingredients to promote soft, shiny, healthy hair and repair split ends.

Here are the 4 easy steps to make my conditioner:

Adding oils to bowl

1. Combine ingredients

To make this conditioner, in a heatproof glass bowl, add in 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, 1 teaspoon of argan oil or castor oil, 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, and 3 teaspoons of emulsifying wax. The wax helps by emulsifying the oils and combining them, so the mixture doesn't separate. 

Boiling mixture

2. Boil

Then place the bowl on top of a saucepan filled with water (to make a double boiler) and bring the water to a boil. Stir the mixture occasionally until completely melted.

Adding ingredients

3. Add ingredients

Then remove the bowl from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of distilled or boiled filtered water or you can use peppermint or tea tree hydrosol.

Once the mixture is warm (and no longer hot), stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 20-40 drops of essential oils (if you're using them). Stir together until the mixture has cooled to room temperature.

Transferring to bottle

4. Transfer to bottle

Transfer the conditioner to a pump bottle and store it in a cool, dry place out of sunlight. To increase the shelf life of the conditioner you can keep it in the fridge.

All natural hair care: Nourished hair

I use about a small handful of the conditioner for my long hair and rub that through the ends of my hair. I'll then comb it through to make sure each hair strand has been coated in the conditioner and then I'll leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing it out under the water.

The reason why conditioner is really important when it comes to hair care is it helps to replenish hair of its natural oils after the shampoo has stripped these oils away during the cleaning process.

All natural hair care: Nourished hair

All natural hair care

There we have my all-natural haircare routine for long, oily hair. These various steps all leave my hair feeling silky, shiny, and nourished. Putting the effort into your haircare routine really pays off!

Suggested materials:
  • Shampoo bar
  • Emulsifying wax
  • Jojoba oil
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  • Shar Shar on Sep 26, 2022

    I have been doing the coconut oil treatment on my long hair for 5-6 yrs now. I leave mine on while I sleep, just putting a hand towel over my pillowcase. ( or you could use a plastic cap). I do this every other week. I wash out the next morning & my hair comes out shiny & healthy looking! Also use coconut oil for an all over body moisturizer!

  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 27, 2022

    Hi Vanessa, when my sister and I were little my grandmother used to rub Olive Oil into our scalps and then wrap our heads in Saran Wrap and let our heads "bake" for a few hours and then wash our hair. I don't remember how our hair turned out but it did feel good after.