If you love to save money by making hair products at home, try one of these hair moisturizing conditioners made from Shea butter… perfect for dry hair.
Shea Butter, from the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), softens and retains moisture in dry hair. By itself, Shea butter is quite heavy; however, whipping it with other oils increases its moisturizing abilities and helps it to absorb quickly into the hair.
Raw unrefined Shea butter is rich with vitamins A, E & F, and even has healing properties for the scalp and skin. Shea butter can seal moisture into your hair and scalp, ease frizz, sooth and soften, repair damage done by heat styling, blow-drying and pollution and protect your hair from sun and wind damage amongst other things!
This product is best used as a leave-in conditioner, but is also good for pre-shampoo (pre-poo) deep conditioning moisturizer in the shower method as well.
Always use shea butter on DAMP hair, as the water activates the penetrative properties of the oils and Shea butters.
Shea Butter Hair Conditioning Whip Recipe #1
- 1 cup natural coconut oil (may use fractionated coconut oil for lighter product)
- ½ cup Shea Butter
- ½ cup carrier oil such as Sweet Almond, Grape seed, Castor, apricot seed or similar oil of your choice)
- 4-7 drops essential oils such as Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lemongrass, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Jasmine, Vanilla, Peppermint, or any type of scent you wish to add.
- 2 Vitamin E capsules
Place Shea butter and carrier oil in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Use a double boiler to melt them together.
Remove from heat, and place Pyrex into a large bowl in which 15-20 cubes of ice with ice have been placed.
Using electric hand mixer, whip mixture to a frosting-like consistency. This will take a bit for the ice to get the cream cold enough to look right, but keep blending.
After whipping mixture until you get the right consistency, stir in your essential oils, fragrance and Vitamin E.
Keep mix at room temperature and use whip within six months.
Shea Butter Hair Whip Recipe #2
- 8 oz of unrefined Shea butter (softened)
- 1 Tablespoon Rosemary essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon castor oil
- 1 Tablespoon Jojoba oil
- 1t Tablespoon Coconut oil
Whip ingredients together with electric mixer for 5-6 minutes until it reaches “frosting” consistency. Spoon into airtight container. This recipe has no preservative essential oils but should last with no refrigeration for at least three months.
Shea Butter Hair Conditioner Whip Recipe #3
- 6 Table spoons of unrefined Shea butter
- 2 Table spoons of Aloe Vera gel
- 2 Table spoons of castor oil
- 1 Table spoon plus 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Whip together with electric mixer or stick blender until mixture is fluffy. Add any fragrance oil you would like (optional). Spoon into airtight storage container.
These butters are perfect to use for twists, twist-outs or braid-outs. You may need to add some sort of gel such flaxseed or Eco-Styler to your hair for extra hold and definition; however, the butter will help dry hair retain moisture and softness.
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