Shea butter is all the rage amongst a lot of naturals because of its diversity and effectiveness on natural hair. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, kinky or curly, you may find that shea butter is a staple that you need in your hair routine.
I, personally, do not like to use shea butter on my natural hair alone and try to avoid it at all costs. Because it acts like a fat, it coats my hair leaving it hard and waxy. To combat this, I always mix my shea butter with other ingredients to make the butter softer and easier to use without all of the stickiness and in the end, I’m left with a fabulous sweet vanilla shea hair custard.
To get this custard for yourself, you will need:
4 oz unrefined organic shea butter
5 drops of vanilla essential oil (avoid extract since it’s high in alcohol and can dry out the hair undiluted)
2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
2 tablespoons castor oil (you can sub coconut or extra virgin olive oil if you’d like)
To keep the shea butter from being gritty, melt it down in a double boiler (not sure how to do that? a quick google search will help). After it’s fully melted, add all of your oils to the mixture as well as the vanilla and sir well, but gently, with a wooden spoon. After cooling, add your vanilla shea hair butter to a blender and beat on low until the consistency starts to become softer like a custard. Be sure to store your mixture in a plastic container at room temperature or cooler.
You can use this custard on both your hair and body. Have fun!
How do you make your own shea butter hair concoctions? Have any interesting recipes you want to share?