Cocoa butter for hair - how to use cocoa butter for healthy, shiny, beautiful hair

Updated on April 26, 2013
Cocoa butter has many benefits for skin and hair and it smells delicious!
Cocoa butter has many benefits for skin and hair and it smells delicious!

Cocoa butter is another great helper from nature. It does wonders for the skin and also for your hair. If you are trying to let your hair grow, cocoa butter will help you keep your hair healthy and soft in the process. Much like coconut oil, cocoa butter has healing and softening properties that will make your hair healthy and shiny. Also, it smells delicious! The hardest part will be trying not to smell or touch your hair after you apply the wonderful cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter benefits for hair

Because cocoa butter is a natural emollient it has a lot of benefits! Let's start...

  • Moisturizes your hair
  • Makes it more manageable
  • Prevents hair loss due to breakage
  • Strengthens hair shaft
  • Adds volume and strenght to fine hair
  • Replenishes oils lost due to chemical processes
  • Repairs damaged hair strands
  • Can prevent further damage to hair

Convinced? I know I am. Now let's find out how to use it...


Cocoa butter solidifies at room temperature. If you use it as a hot oil treatment, DO NOT leave on for more than 20 minutes, as it will solidify and you will have a horrible time trying to get it off your hair. So be smart, only leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes to save yourself the trouble.

How to use cocoa butter for hair

Cocoa butter solidifies at room temperature. When solid, it becomes a lot harder than coconut oil, so you might need to melt it before applying it to your hair. You can use your fingertips to rub it and let friction melt it. However, it takes longer to melt in this manner than coconut oil. Here's a few ideas on how to use this wonderful gift of nature.


Cocoa butter makes a wonderful pre-shower treatment. You will need to melt the butter, massage it into hair and scalp and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.

Do not leave on for more than 20 minutes. Cocoa butter solidifies at room temperature. This means that if you leave it on for more than 20 minutes, the cocoa butter will harden on your hair, making it very difficult to wash away. Have a timer ready when you apply this treatment.

Use cocoa butter as a conditioner in the shower
Use cocoa butter as a conditioner in the shower | Source

In the shower

Cocoa butter is super versatile, and makes a wonderful conditioner.
You can do one of two things:
Melt it and add it to your conditioner or use it as a conditioner.

As a conditioner
You can use plain, ol', melted cocoa butter as a conditioner. Apply it only to the ends of your hair and stay away from the scalp. If you don't, the cocoa butter will weigh your hair down and it will look as if you hadn't shower for weeks. (yikes!)

Don't apply too much. A little cocoa butter goes a long way. The ideal amount would be a nickle sized drop. Spread through the ends of your hair and leave on for 3 to 4 minutes.

Create a better conditioner: Mix it up

Personally, I like to mix cocoa butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil to make the perfect hair conditioner/leave-in treatment body moisturizer. (I'm super excited because this mixture can be used anywhere on your body. You can even eat it, although I don't recommend it. It doesn't taste that great. Don't ask me how I know...)

Here's the recipe

  • 2 tbs. of cocoa butter
  • 1 tbs. of coconut oil
  • 1 tbs. of jojoba oil
  1. Melt the cocoa butter and the coconut oil together. You can use a double boiler or a candle melter plate to do this.
  2. After the cocoa butter and the coconut oil have been completely melted, add the jojoba oil. Mix.
  3. Let the mixture cool until it start solidifying.
  4. Before it becomes completely solid, whip it until it acquires a whipped cream texture. It shouldn't take that long, about 4 to 5 minutes of continuous whipping.

And there you have it! Your perfect mixture for every part of your body.

My hair is wavy, and this mixture has really defined my waves, made my hair super soft and manageable. Now I can't stop touching my hair.

Remember, you can also use this mixture as a conditioner and apply it after the shower as a body moisturizer for supple skin.

Other mixtures you can try

Cocoa butter and shea butter

  • 1:1 ratio
  • melt together
  • Whip before mixture completely solidifies

Cocoa butter, jojoba oil and honey

  • 6 tsps. of cocoa butter
  • 3 tsps. of jojoba oil
  • 3 tsps. of honey

Mix and follow same whipping procedure as above

Cocoa butter as leave-in conditioner / cream

If you apply cocoa butter as a conditioner, they will be very little need to use a leave-in conditioner afterwards. However, if you don't use it as a conditioner, you can tame your frizzes with cocoa butter.

Once again, my favore mixture to use is the previously mentioned cocoa butter, coconut and jojoba oil. Apply it to the ends of your hair and scrunch it up. Don't use too much, or you'll end up looking greasy.

Melted cocoa butter by itself also makes a great leave-in cream/pomade.

Remember, your hair will thank you if you use less harsh chemicals. So go natural. Shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera and cocoa butter are just some of the awesome beauty products nature has to offer. Keep experimenting, and keep beautiful the natural way!


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    • Natasha34 profile image

      Natasha 2 months ago from Brisbane, Australia

      I have my own 2 In 1 Treatment + Conditioner Bar Using Butters, Oils & Goats Milk Soap Base.

      My recipe ingredients are:

      2tblsp Cocoa Butter

      1tblsp Shea Butter - optioal

      2tblsp Coconut Oil

      1tblsp Sweet Almond Oil

      2 Caps or 1/2tsp Vit E Oil

      140g Stephenson Goats Milk Melt & Pour SLS & SLES Free Soap Base.

      5-10 drops of Choice of Fragrance or Essential Oil - i put Vanilla in Mine

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      Proofreader 15 months ago

      While very informative, your article could use some grammatical attention.

    • Mae Chandler profile image

      Mae Chandler 18 months ago

      Would this be more for a leave in conditioner or a cream? Or could you use it for either or both?

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      Sofia 20 months ago

      TRUE CACAO butter products for the hair do wonders!

      Using the cocoa butter directly is a bit of a hassle.

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      Paige 2 years ago

      My friend is putting on my hair and it feels weird.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I would love to try these methods with cocoa butter sometime in the future. Very useful to know the effects of these products, too. Voted up!

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      Jave 3 years ago

      Coco butter. Is hard to find the one for hair In jersey

    • profile image 4 years ago

      I never thought that cocoa butter can also be used on hair. What I only knew about it is that it is good for stretch marks and to dry, flaky skin. Anyway, thanks for the info.