DIY: Coco-Aloe Leave In for very long hair

Hello Loevelies!
I am finally sharing my holy-grail in hair care recipe with you :) I know I promised to do so earlier, one of my lovely reader's reminded me again, thank you so much here we go now :) When I say holy grail I really mean it. I am using Coco-Aloe every morning on my hair and curls before I leave the house and whenever I am running out of Aloe Vera Gel I immediately see the lack of it in my very dry hair! This recipe will work well for any lengths and hair types because Aloe Vera will moisturise your hair while coconut oil will soften your locks. It is especially great for very dry and brittle hair and if you have curls or waves you will never use any other conventional product like a mousse or gel that is loaded with silicones and alcohol. 

The original recipe is by darl_in1 from the lhc and called cocaloe - creme and contains Aloe Vera Gel, Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil. I am using a modified version. The original recipe is whipped up as follows:

How to: 

  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil

Warm the Coconut Oil and stir with Aloe Vera Gel and Avocado Oil, whip it up during the cooling process until you have a buttery texture.

I have done this recipe quite a few times, but overtime it always went bad and mouldy. The lack of preservative and the Aloe Vera with a very high amount of water is good for bacterial growth! Even if stored in the fridge, the only way I would whip it up is if I know I am using high amounts and just storing the mix for no more than three days.

The solution:
I stopped whipping it up and I am now just mixing every morning equal drops of Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel in my palms wait until they emulsify and work them through my ends and lengths. 

My hair gets an instant shine and the moisture is locked in by the Coconut Oil. It is a staple in my haircare routine and really an essential part of my hair care! I hope you find the simple recipe equally as great as I do and I would love to hear your results! 

Oh and of course I have a picture for you how the effect is on my curls, you know that my hair is normally brushed out and wavy and here is the version of Coco-Aloe Curls,

P.S. In case your hair does not like coconut oil feel free to use another oil xo, Zoey


  1. I am not trying to be mean. Just pointing out an important thing. I wouldn't claim this.will work on all hair types. Coconut oil usually frizzes high porosity hair, causing a complete disaster. Medium and low porosity hair tends to love it though.
    Maybe you could add that the oil can ba changed and adjusted to hair type? Otherwise some people may be heavily surprised and disappointed ;-)
    Aloe vera as a moisturising ingredient is more universal, though my hair genuinely hates it. I prefer pure glycerine, urea, royal jelly or honey ;-) So maybe this recipe can be generalised into humectant+emollient?

    1. Hello Henriette! Thanks for your response! Of course feel free to modify this recipe to your own personal liking! My experience with coconut oil have been always very very good and equally for a lot of girls with long hair if you just google coconut oil and long hair lots of reviews and pages will just pop up. In the case that your hair does not like coconut oil it is of course a good idea to use another oil that your hair likes. Nevertheless this recipe is indeed my holy grail recipe for long hair :) wishing you love and happy holidays, Zoey

    2. I know people do love coconut oil and large part of LHC swears for it. But how oils work for hair doesn’t depend on length at all. It depends on hair porosity. Many are angry because coconut oil works bad.for them. Polish hair bloggers have a list of oils suitable for each porosity but unfortunately I see that abroad it isn't popular and people still choose oils randomly.
      What I wanted to say is that since you have lots of readers maybe it would be a good idea to mention porosity differences. Because oils don't work according to hair lengths ;-)

    3. I do not intend to interfere with anyone's hair care, but on the other hand when someone has.long hair that needs special care it's good to know there is something as a list of oils dedicated to various porosities :-) It's better to be frustrated and surprised because coconut oil, which is a saturated butter, works bad for high porosity hair even though everyone seems to recommend it.

    4. Hello Henrietta! Thanks for your response! I see you feel very strongly about hair porosity and the right oil! I do have to say that I personally don't believe that you can cut down how your hair responds to a certain oil just on the factor of porosity. This will depend on many different factors, e.g. is your hair colour treated, which structure has your hair, is your hair fine medium or coarse how many chemical processes did it endure do you use henna or any kind of astringent. The only way is here try and error in my opinion. I do have a blogpost on 5 hair oils that are generally well liked in hair care and I believe a majority of people with long hair will find the right oil among the list although it will still be a personal quest : http://www.growbeyondyourlimits.blogspot.de/2014/01/care-top-5-oils-for-long-hair.html
      As you see everything I write is my personal opinion and experience and of course it may vary with somebody else experience. There was also a wave of the cationic and anionic tenside theory about build up that I did not agree too some time ago as well. I have a lot of experience and have been using over 25 different oils on my hair during the last 5 years and but I am not claiming that only my recommendations will work. They do work especially well on my hair type though :) lots of hugs, zoey xoxo

  2. I don't care about it as much as it may seem. And you are right, there are.other factors apart from porosity. But some actually connect to it. Like chemical treatments. Highlights are likely to permanently open up the shafts of hairs etc.
    I also write about my personal experience but since I write for others I try to give universal information additionally, so as not.to confuse people. ;-)

    1. I'm not referring to you here :-) Just as a general remark: whoever joins LHC, everyone recommends coconut oil. And it fails in many cases.
      I tested some 30 oils and 95% work according to my porosity type. Same for dozens and.dozens of other Polish hair bloggers.

    2. Hello Henrietta!

      Choosing an oil based on your hair's porosity sounds very interesting. I have never heard of such a list of oils before.
      Could you please point me in the right direction?
      I tried searching both the web and your blog but unfortunately I don't speak polish and google translate was less than helpful. ;-)


    3. Hello! :)

      The list was first created by Wiedźma, I believe (I will post a link below) and since she had to put a lot of time and effort into it, we don't publish it widely. It's nothing formal. It's just the fact that the list is so unique that anyone knows she did it, so there is no point in posting it anywhere else because everyone will know it's her list anyway :D So you would have to be extremely lucky to find it, since it's only in one place and Polish doesn't work well with google translate. Not whole phrases at least ;)

      So, the original list is here:


      Google translate should manage well the names of oils. I checked it the other way, from Polish into English and Latin too, and it works.

      When it comes to deciphering it all, it's fairly simple. Oils from group 3 (saturated butters, manily) work well for low porosity hair. So, coconut oil or shea butter will probably frizz high porosity hair. (It does frizz my hair :D) Oils from group 1 work well for high porosity hair. Oils from group 2 can frizz high porosity hair, but can also work well. That depends on hair and on oil. But group 2 should work nicely with medium porosity hair :)

      This list doesn't work 100%, but for me, the predictability is more or less 95%. Same for others. Dozens of Polish bloggers use this list, it's not just me.

      Now, there is an extension to it, which may explain why, for instance, some oils from the middle group work for high porosity hair and some don't. Kasia P. prepared a detailed list of percentage of particular acids in each oil. So, some oil may mostly be poly-unsaturated but may have lots of saturated acids, thus it will work more like saturated oils, causing frizz on high porosty hair. The list is here:

      Part 1, omega 9: http://www.kasianafali.pl/2013/08/oleje-dokadna-zawartosc-procentowa.html

      Part 2, omega 6: http://www.kasianafali.pl/2013/08/oleje-dokadna-zawartosc-procentowa_24.html

      Part 3, saturated: http://www.kasianafali.pl/2014/01/masa-i-oleje-nasycone-zawartosc.html

      I know it sounds complicated, but it's absolutely not :) And it's so, so useful! I used to think oils work randomly for hair, but they don't. The key is to know their ingredients and hair porosity :)

    4. Hello Henrietta!

      Thank you so much for responding so quickly and in such detail! This sounds fascinating and I'll check it out tonight when I have more time. In the meantime Thanks again and have a nice week!



I am happy about every single comment, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Love, Zoey.


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