i don’t outright have anything against coconut oil, even though we broke up, but i’ve found that other oils are just better suited for hair and skin.
in this instance, while i still absolutely champion unrefined coconut oil as a great overnight hair treatment, i have one that’s even better.
this recipe can be altered to suit your needs and budget, so i’ll provide a few options. you can of course still revise it to be more what you want. if you have your own recipe, please share it below!
the original formulation i made for this potent overnight hair treatment contains 4 oils, one of which i’ve sang praises for for years.
and as with most of my favorite DIYs, this can be used as a post-shower body oil. if you have mature skin that’s not sensitive and acne-prone, leave out the ungurahua oil and it’d miraculous on fine lines and complexion.
today we’ll focus on hair benefits, but please explore skin benefits, too. researching and learning is the best part! well, other than playing with formulas! 🙂
you’ll want all of these oils to be unrefined. if you can also find wildcrafted, that would awesome.
- rich in omega-9
- wide range of hair uses, including healing scalp issues, taming frizz and curls, intensive moisturizing, helping with hair loss and growth, and boosting shine
- medium viscosity
- very earthy and a tad horse-barn-y
- higher in vitamin C than oranges
- high content of carotenoids, B1, B2, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and calcium
- combats dryness, scaling, and psoriasis
- excellent on hair after heat and chemical damage
- light viscosity at room temperature and very dense/paste-like in cooler temperatures
- orangey nuts
- rich in beta-carotene
- stimulates and regenerates follicles
- alleviates scalp issues, like dryness, itchy scalp, dandruff, and hair loss
- medium viscosity at room temperature and paste-like in cooler temperatures
- a little smokey
GUAVA SEED OIL
- rich in phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and sulfur
- rich in vitamins A, B, and C
- helps prevent hair loss and boosts shine and luster
- helps soothe dandruff
- very thick like castor oil at room temperature, and semi-solid at cooler temperatures
- very faint scent of ripe guava fruit
i keep mine in a 100 mL / 3.4 fl oz glass dropper bottle, and put a label on it for 3.3 fl ounces, so i can take it through airport security as a carry-on. i think a dropper bottle for this DIY is better than the pump bottle option, because you can drop it directly onto your scalp. totally personal preference.
below are variations you can try, sorted by purpose and price tag. each oil runs about $25 for 4 ounces.
for each one, use a few drops on damp hair a few times a week, and/or apply to damp hair generously as a mask, wrap in a plastic bag and then a towel, and leave in overnight. wash out gently, conditioner seems to work best, when you wake up.
please note that if you have very damaged, porous hair, and/or fine hair that gets weighed down easily, you may want to just use these sparingly or be ready to need a second wash to get them out.
feel free to mix and match your own!
ideal formula ($$$$)
- pour 0.75 ounces of each oil into the jar and shake
- cost: ~$100 up front and makes 5 bottles of 100 mL/3.4 fl oz hair serum
formula suited more for chemically and heat damaged hair ($$)
- 2 ounces pequi
- 1 ounce ungurahua oil
formula suited more for solving scalp issues ($$)
ex: dandruff, hair loss, itchy scalp, psoriasis
- 1.5 ounces caiaue (ojon) oil
- 1.5 ounces pequi oil
formula suited more for stimulating hair growth ($$)
- 1.5 ounces caiaue (ojon) oil
- 1.5 ounces guava seed oil
formula suited more for shine and luster ($)
- 3 ounces guava seed oil
formula suited more for softness, frizz control, and defining curls ($)
- 3 ounces ungurahua oil (won’t smell pretty)
IF YOU ONLY HAVE MONEY FOR ONE OIL:
- all-around kick-butt hair oil in all categories – ungurahua oil
- very curly and/or very damaged hair – pequi oil
- doubles as body oil
- triples as a face oil for mature skin (high in oleic acid and should be avoided by sensitive and acne-prone skin)
- hair growth – caiaue oil
have you tried any of these? please share your experiences and own formulations with our community below!