Courtney\’s Hair Journey

May 28, 2008

Coconut Milk!

Filed under: Generally Hair,Hair Care Recipes,Hair How To's — by Courtney Smith @ 6:37 am

So i first came to know about using coconut milk in your hair about 8 months ago on It has been really nice to my hair, particularly, it has made my hair shiny, strong, and moisturized! The only gripe about using coconut milk in your hair is that you cannot use it too much or your hair becomes too rich with protein and is dry.

So what is coconut milk??

Coconut milk is a sweet, milky white cooking base derived from the meat of a mature coconut. The color and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content and sugars. In Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia coconut milk is called santan and in the Philippines it is called gata. It should not be confused with coconut water (coconut juice), which is the naturally-occurring liquid found inside a coconut.

You can pick up coconut milk at your local grocery store in the ethnic food isle or at a latin american, thai or indian grocer in your area.

How do you use coconut milk in your hair??
1. Coconut milk soaks. This involves no other ingredient other than coconut milk coming into contact with your hair. You douse your hair in coconut using the whole can and leave on your hair for about an hour. I have not done this because most people comment that it is so drippy while your are waiting that hour..but they do say it makes their hair feel nice!
2. Coconut milk+Conditioner mixtures. I do this very frequently, about every other week to ensure that I do not have hair protein overload. I mix coconut milk with my moisturizing deep conditioners (not protein conditioners because coconut milk is a protein remember!!). The conditioners that I have had great success with coconut milk are Lustrasilk Sheabutter Cholesterol (in the bottle) and Proclaim Aloe&Shea all of which you can find at your Sally’s beauty supply. I mix coconut milk with these conditioners and add other natural ingredients including coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and castor oil. You can change your recipes based on what your hair wants. The general recipe for the coconut milk+conditioner mixture is as so:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup conditioner

Mix all of these ingredients and let sit on your hair for about an hour and rinse out! Strong fluffy hair for the rest of the week!



  1. I am now a fan of anything coconut. I have been soaking my hair in coconut milk (+ my Elasta Q DPR) before co-washing for the past few weeks.

    It is drippy but I wear an old terry-cloth like head band around the plastic cap to soak up the runny coconut milk, LOL.

    Comment by Ms. S — May 28, 2008 @ 3:25 pm |Reply

  2. This definately sounds like something I need to try. My hair absoulutely loves coconut oil so I know coconut milk will work nice.

    Comment by n_vizion — May 31, 2008 @ 1:03 pm |Reply

  3. I was first using the line called Curls.
    And the Milkshake product consisted out of Coconut milk and sweet almond milk. The first time I used it , it left my hair amazingly beautiful my curls were defined and not shrinking!
    But after I washed it out and put it back in my hair shrinked and I neevr got the same results. ( since it’s kind of a moisturizer I used it daily)
    And after a couple of months I noticed my hair was getting really dry! I didn’t know why! i added more product the drier it became!
    Eventually I started using a different product lien till now,but I would still ike to go back at the Curls product since the smell of coconut is delicious!

    So I guess it was because of the protein?
    But how do you keep a balance of not getting too much protein in yourh air?

    Comment by JJ — June 30, 2008 @ 7:19 pm |Reply

  4. Thanks for using sally’s…down to earth simple basic easy to find hair care. I hate trying to go to aveda,sephora,trade’s secrets etc paying more than

    I make in an hour
    for a small size
    anyhow I think I will try the coconut soak by leaning my head over the bathtub with a big bowl underneath to catch the dripping milk and then replace that bowl with an empty bowl so that I can repeat this cycle until……I tried this method with a gallon jug of distilled water mixed with ACV

    well i just thought about maybe putting it into a spray bottle or nozzle tip bottle…

    remembering my jheri curl past with curl booster edges of hair wrapped in cotton then plastic cap over it…but i would probably put holes in cap so my hair can air dry up the milk

    Comment by dee J — July 6, 2008 @ 2:26 am |Reply

  5. I just read your new product list review from 5/9/08 and just thought
    do you think
    We can use coconut milk powder or even plain dry milk powder
    for coconut soak?


    Courtneyshair Reply: You have to make the coconut milk from the coconut milk powder to use it as a soak. First, measure out 1/2 cup of coconut milk powder then 1/2 cup of water.Mix the two together and refrigerate for a day. The next day it should be liquid coconut milk and you can use it as a soak!

    Comment by dee J — July 6, 2008 @ 2:39 am |Reply

  6. I’ve tried it in the past and i hate how it drips
    Plus i’d rather make a chicken curry with it 🙂
    however coconut oil rocks 🙂

    Comment by Amina — July 14, 2008 @ 4:16 am |Reply

  7. The Coconut milk soak sounds very interesting. I sent this site to my wife as I’m sure she’ll be interested! Thank you!

    Comment by Shea Guy — September 14, 2008 @ 3:18 am |Reply

  8. Hi Courtney,

    Great post.

    Have you tried doing the conditioner mix with coconut oil instead of milk? I’ve heard that if you get a really high quality oil with low-no acidity from one of the more reputable retailers like our or topical traditions or similar, the results can be amazing. Also heard bad things too. Thoughts?


    Comment by cocoNUT oil lover — October 29, 2008 @ 10:51 am |Reply

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