Having natural hair (almost 2 years) has made me realize that lightweight hair products will do little to nothing for me and this is no fault of the hair products, but the thickness and my coily strands are the main culprits. My hair always needs a little bit of weight on it either for moisture or styling. Although I don’t style my hair in any elaborate way but just putting it up in a puff or leaving it out free takes a bit of work (I don’t mind this at all). One thing that has helped me with this is the use of raw unrefined Shea butter (And no it is not over rated). Shea butter on its own does very well with sealing in moisture and getting my edges under control but the texture and smell can be a little bit of a put off. However, adding oils and essential oils improves the scent and texture and makes it more easy to use.That been said I don’t make my Shea butter mix because I want to get rid of the earthy scent rather to improve the texture and make it more nourishing.
Because I don’t want to compromise the integrity of my raw unrefined Shea butter, melting it in a double boiler or microwave is not an option at all.I add the oils and use my hand mixer to whip it until it is very fluffy and almost doubles in size.
Shea Butter ( I did not measure but it was between 300 to 400g)
Coconut Oil (25g)
Avocado Oil (7.5ml)
Hemp Oil (7.5ml)
Flaxseed Oil (7.5ml)
Almond Oil (7.5ml)
Lavender Essential Oil (30 drops)
Castor Oil (7.5ml)
Uses And Benefits
- It is very moisturizing for natural hair, not too heavy or too light. It should be noted that the main source of moisture is water but having a good cream to seal in the water is very important and this mix will do that and more for your thirsty strands.
- Use for twist outs and braid outs.
- It is can be used to slick down edges of the hair for styling purposes.
- It is a good sealant.
- Can be used alone or with other products. Mix it with flaxseed gel for a wash and go, that will not be too crunchy.
And I have to say this does magic for my texture, it is AMAZING, not only will you be getting, all the nourishment from the Shea butter but also the oils, that is why choosing your oils should be based on your hair needs. I store the butter in my plastic container ( I know it’s huge) and you can put it in the fridge or just a cool dry place. Thank you and get mixing!.
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