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Spring and summer are fast approaching, and it’s time to bring some tropical back in to your DIY beauty routine.

Remember the blond surfer guy/girl with a clean, white, contagious smile that made your heart pump faster? Feel his/her hair. I’m sure it is pretty dry, though his/her probable tanned six-pack might make up for the coarse hair.

The sun, sand, and salt that you’ll soon be experiencing can leach moisture out of your hair, making it brittle, dull, and coarse. While I’m sure many of you are starting to work on your bikini body before summer hits, I’m sure you’d also want to tame your mane before (and after) having some fun in the sun.

 As a beach-lover and kiteboarder, I’ve created a secret DIY hot oil recipe that:

  • Prevents split ends
  • Fortifies and restores shine and elasticity to your hair
  • Protects your hair from the sun and osmotic effect of salt water
  • Costs less than $1
  • Takes less than 10 minutes to make
  • Is easy to carry and store

The emollients in the coconut oil and cacao butter serve as a protective barrier on your skin’s surface, help your hair and skin retain moisture, and promote faster recovery from sun damage.

When you apply this oil on your hair, you’d feel like you just dipped yourself into a coconut-y, chocolate, citrus bath – it replenishes your thirsty hair and nourishes your soul with a sensual, buttery, and musky scent that awakens your senses. A little (a dime size) will go a long way!


  • 1 tbsp Cacao Butter
  • ½ tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 – 3 drops of Pure Bergamot Oil


  1. Put cacao butter in bowl.
  2. Pour water, approximately a inch high, in pot and heat stove in low to medium heat.
  3. Place bowl with cacao butter (1) in simmering water.
  4. Wait till cacao butter melts.
  5. Stir coconut oil into bowl.
  6. Add in bergamot oil and mix.
  7. Rub dime-size amount on hand. Use finger tips and massage thin layer to hair, with focus on hair ends.
  8. Leave oil on for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Rinse hair with water.

Other ways to use hair oil

  • For an intensive hair treatment, massage split ends with oil and wrap hair in a warm towel for over 25 minutes. Rinse. Alternatively, you can leave the treatment overnight. Remember to wash your hair thoroughly in the morning.
  • For protection against salt water and UV rays, apply oil to hair before getting in the salt water. This makes it harder for the salt water to damage the hair.
  • To moisturize your body, gently apply this choco-buttery oil that smells good enough to eat to your skin. Try not to eat it!


  • This oil is easy to store and carry. Put the oil in a mini glass jar. If the mixture coagulates in cold temperate, warm treatment by rubbing mixture between hands until it transforms to oil.

Things to avoid

  • Try not to put too much oil close to hair roots or above your ear. Your hair may get a bit greasy if you don’t wash your hair thoroughly.
  • I wouldn’t use this oil as a leave-in conditioner because your hair can appear slightly greasy unless you’re going to be playing in the ocean or pool for a while.

What are your thoughts on DIY hot oil treatments? How do you maintain your hair and prevent split ends, especially if you love the beach? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!



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4 comments on “DIY Tropical Coconut, Chocolate, and Orange Hot Oil Hair Treatment”

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Diane Malpass
4 Years Ago

As bergamot essential oil causes photosensitivity it wouldn't be wise to use this oil in the sun, unless it was bergaptene free.

Nicole Lana Lee
30 Mar 2014

Yes, thank you for your input Diane.

William Glen Bateman
4 Years Ago

limonene is mean stuff ... alkenes good to remove aliphatics like motoroil, crayon (parrafin)

Nicole Lana Lee
30 Mar 2014

William, thanks for your input.

Nicole Lana Lee
4 Years Ago

Maria, thank you for your comment. Enjoy!

4 Years Ago

Adoro a Natureza e tudo o que é natural...sem corantes nem conservantes... ;) (Y)


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