Curlies are known for using weird things in our tresses. We are not shy about adding what most would cook or blend as a meal and put onto our hair, because we know the benefits they offer us that our straighter-haired friends would not be caught dead using. It is perfectly okay to skip the tasty guacamole for a deep conditioning masque or bypass sautéing a dish with that olive oil to seal our ends. To know us is to understand this side of us, so as I peak your interest with Crisco, do not frown up it! You know I am going somewhere good with this.
What is Crisco
If you do not know, Crisco is a shortening produced by the J. M. Smucker Company and introduced by Proctor & Gamble in 1911. It is made from vegetable oil and the ingredients include soybean oil, fully hydrogenated palm oil, partially hydrogenated palm oil and soybean oils, monoglyceride, diglycerides, TBHQ, and citric acid (antioxidants).
But We're Not Eating It...
The good thing is we are not talking about eating or cooking with it but rather using it in our hair. According to Livestrong, Crisco has been recommended by some dermatologists for dry skin and other skin conditions like eczema. It is quite effective at sealing moisture in your skin and hair. Vegetable shortening has been used on the body for centuries, so it should not come as a surprise it has resurfaced again for hair.
Now that you know that Crisco is just an oil in solid form, are you ready to use it in your mane? If not, are you just intimidated by that big blue can that many remember seeing their mothers and grandmothers having on the kitchen counter? No one is saying scoop out a handful and slather it in your head. There are mixes for this effective and reasonably priced sealant, so do not shy away just yet.
I think the most popular one has to be from Calvis Williamson, the creator of the Sugar Foot Hair Short’nin that has the wonder ingredient Crisco. She is lovingly called “the Crisco kid” and Facebook natural hair groups have been talking about her DIY styling mix for a while. She made a video creating it prior to selling her Sugar Foot Hair Short’nin and her ingredients include Crisco, gel, conditioner, glycerin, and extra virgin olive oil. She is far from alone, as more naturals are loving and mixing Crisco into some amazing concoctions. Naptural Nicole created one to that is worth mentioning as well as trying.
DIY Crisco Mix
By Naptural Nicole
- 1-20 oz pkg sticks of Crisco (1 stick per mixture)
- 3 tbsp- extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup 100% colorless aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp- essential oil fragrance
- 1 tbsp- shea butter (optional)
- Mixing bowl
- Storage container (do not store in Crisco can)
- Slightly softened in the microwave.
- Mix shea butter thoroughly and add your oils and gel and stir. The consistency of the product should be a thick cream. The product should run when placed on the back of your hand.
- Apply to clean, freshly washed/cowashed hair and style.