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
- Shea butter
- Grape seed or Jojoba oil
- Organic Coconut creme
- Essential oil or Fragrance oil (optional)
- Vegetable glycerin (optional)
- double boiler or pan with heat resistant container
- Storage container with lid
- Small measuring cup
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.
After about 10 minutes or so, take it out and add your essential oils. Stir and return container to refrigerator.
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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