Hair Moisturizer – Shea Butter and Coconut Creme Pomade

11/13/2012 | By | More

 

My hair loves Shea butter. Shea butter is one of the top softening and sealing butters used in natural hair care. Shea butter comes from Karite trees has been used by Africans to treat dry and damaged hair and skin for thousands of years. Shea butter is commonly used to seal moisture in curly hair, which helps prevent dryness and breakage.

Shea butter is commercially available in three forms:  raw, unrefined and refined.  Shea butter ranges in color from a creamy off-white to golden in color, and has a nutty smell that some people find distasteful. In its unadulterated form, Shea butter is a semisolid fatty substance rich in vitams A, F, E, phytonutrients, and essential fatty acids. Shea butter melts easily when it comes into contact with body heat, use it straight out of the package by scooping it out of the jar or package and rubbing a small amount into your scalp and hair.

Shea butter is most easily used when combined with other oils and agents. This mixture was instrumental in stopping hair breakage, moisturizing my hair and scalp, and keeping my hair moisturized throughout the day. By combining Shea butter with the hair strengthening protein of coconut creme and the supportive essential fatty acids found in the oils, my hair has what it needs and we’re both happy. Try this fabulous DIY hair moisturizer recipe.

 

Making Shea Butter Hair Moisturizer Pomade

ingredients to make shea butter moisturizing hair pomade for dry natural hair

Ingredients used to make Shea butter moisturizing hair pomade – Shea butter, Grape seed oil, coconut creme, vegetable glycerin and my 1 oz measuring cup

You’ll need

Measure out about 1 cup (solid form) of Shea butter. Place butter in top of double boiler. Turn heat on to medium, as you want the Shea butter to melt very slowly over the hot water.

 

Measure out about 1 cup of solid unrefined raw Shea butter and place in top of double boiler or in heat resistant bowl placed over pot of water.

 

Heat resistant bowl placed over pot of simmering water which allows the Shea butter to slowly melt to liquid form

 

Measure out 1/2 cup (4 liquid oz) of completely melted Shea butter

 

Measure out two ounces of coconut creme, and two ounces of Grape seed or Jojoba oil

 

Stir coconut creme and Grape seed oil in with melted Shea butter. Add 1/4 to 1/2 oz of vegetable glycerin if your climate offers humidity to help moisturize your hair. Stir gently – this stuff is hot!

 

Mix until all ingredients have been blended smoothly

 

After all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, transfer to small storage container

 

Cover storage container and place liquid moisturizing pomade in the refrigerator to cool and harden

After about 10 minutes or so, take it out and add your essential oils. Stir and return container to refrigerator.

Fresh out of the refrigerator, the texture is thicker than it would normally be. Best to divide your recipe into smaller containers and take out of fridge about 20 minutes before use so it can get room temperature.

 

The crisp definition, shine and body of mini-twists using Shea butter moisturizing hair pomade

 

Add essential oil or fragrance oil if you like. Some of my favorites are Lavender, Lemongrass (kills mold and bacteria), Ylang Ylang and Sweet Orange

 

Use the hair moisturizing pomade to braid or twist freshly washed or spritzed to damp hair. Do not use this product on dry hair that has not been washed or sprayed with water or other liquid. It is lighter and less greasy than most hair pomades due to the fact that grapeseed oil is very light, has no smell, and absorbs readily.

The moisturizing Shea butter hair pomade is excellent for smoothing down edges, holding flat twists in place, and keeping hair frizz-free. You don’t need to use much of this pomade, as its very thick and rich. Too much and your hair will feel greasy, so go easy. You can always add more later if you need it.

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