For most of us naturals – especially those with type 4 hair -shea butter is our hair’s best friend. It’s one of the best moisturizers out there, perfect for twisting and smoothing down the hair , a wonderful sealant, not forgetting that it’s great for dry skin. It is the ‘go to’ moisturizer for most of us when the cold months roll around. Since shea butter is solid, it is better to whip it, giving it a nice soft fluffy consistency, this makes it easier to use. You can search You Tube for many recipes, I’ve tried quite a handful and have decided to stick to what I’m about to share here, because it’s very simple.
What I’ve learnt about whipping shea butter is that, you want to go easy on the oils as they mainly serve as a compliment. You also want to use Shea butter that is at room temperature, instead of melting it, this will prevent that ‘grainy’ feeling after it’s been whipped. In the past, I just sort of ‘eye-balled’ how much of everything I put into my mixer but this past weekend, I decided to measure it all. It turned out perfectly, and this batch will last me about 3 months; that includes using it on my skin and on Maya’s hair. I usually add glycerin in the summer but I omitted it this time around since the cold weather is setting in. I also wanted to add a bit of Vitamin E but forgot to pick some up at the store.
So let’s get started.
You will need:
A hand mixer or food processor
100g Shea butter (room temp)
1 tsp olive oil
1tbs-2tbs coconut oil
1tsp jojoba oil
1 tsp castor oil
1 tsp aloe Vera gel/juice (optional)
1 tsp honey to serve as an anti-bacteria (optional)
Put all ingredients in your bowl or food processor and start mixing until it feels light and soft to the touch and voila, fluffy shea butter goodness for your hair and skin.
If you store your shea butter in your refrigerator, don’t forget to leave it out so that it’s at room temperature before using it. This just cuts down on the mixing time. Feel free to customize this anyway you want, it’s more fun that way. Happy Mixing
p.s- I’ve never spent more than 20 minutes mixing, but I read once that the longer you mix, the fluffier it will get, however, after 45 minutes, it won’t get any fluffier, so you’ll just be wasting your time.
Edited To Add:
Shea butter by itself is not a moisturizer, it’s an oil and therefore works best as a sealant. It makes the hair soft which can make you think that it’s a moisturizer, but you want to first use a water based moisturizer, and then apply the shea. You can use plain water or mix equal parts vegetable glycerin, water and add some rose water or essential oils. Put this in a spray bottle, and spritz your hair with it before sealing with your sheabutter.
If you melt your shea butter, or it happens to melt from a warm room temperature, you can prevent crystallization after you’ve whipped up your shea, by getting it to cool quickly. The sheabutter will crystallize if it cools slowely- it doesn’t affect it’s use in any way but still, most people prefer a smoother feel. As a result, it is important for you to immediately pour your whipped shea in your desired container(s) and place in a freezer or fridge for it to cool down rapidly.
Another fantastic Moisturizing Recipe:
Mix 2-3 tbs of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner with water or aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerin and essentail oils of your choice. Put that in a spray bottle, and spritz your hair to moisturize. Don’t forget to seal of course