Today I finally got around to making some home-made hair moisturiser using raw shea butter, but I want to firstly say hello and thank you to lulastic, mancunianvintage, livingsimplyfree and at350degrees for your likes and follows :-) I really like your blogs too.
I was inspired by this video by Thequitabee on youtube about how to make mango butter (wouldn’t that be amazing with some mango essential oil to scent it?). Mine is just very simple to start with using what I have to hand and I substituted the mango butter with shea butter. No particular reason, I just wanted to try shea butter ;-)
The result is an extremely rich whipped moisturising butter that I think will work very well for my thick, dry, curly hair but maybe might be too extreme for people with straight, normal hair. I think it will make a very good heavy moisturizer for feet too.
- A lump of shea butter that I bought from my local african supermarket (I didn’t weigh it, but it came in something like a 10p mix-up bag). Then I melted it using the water-bath/double broiler method. It apparently damages the shea butter to just heat it directly in a pan.
- Olive and Coconut Oils to the same quantity as the melted shea butter
- Optional: A few drops of any essential oil of your choice (I don’t have any right now, so mine is unscented).
- Start with melting the shea butter over a water bath. This means take a pot and a pyrex dish, put hot water in the pot and the shea in the pyrex dish and set the dish on top of the pot until the butter melts. You might want to give it a helping hand by dividing it up with a wooden spoon.
- When it’s melted, set aside.
- I used two chunks of Palmin (pure solid coconut fat) and did the same, melting them over the hot water.
- I then added as much olive oil to make it up to the same amount of shea butter.
- I let it cool for about 10mins, poured it into a repurposed yoghurt bucket and popped it in the freezer for 5mins
- Then i took my stick-blender to it until it was whipped up nicely
It doesn’t smell great but I care more that my hair is moisturised well and the next time I will have a nice essential oil to add. I think if you used a gentle almond oil or jojoba oil you could use it on the face if you have very dry skin. Shea butter has a natural SPF of 3!
This hair moisturising spray also looks amazing.