Shea butter is mother nature’s conditioner that keeps all of our moisture locked in. Over the weekend I made some shea butter creams for a friend of mine and I decided to take pictures of the process because I just had to let you all in on my secret to constantly moisturized hair!
I made two creams: the whipped/fluffy cream which I often use as a hair mask or a styling cream when doing lock in styles like a twist out and the light cream which I use to moisturize my hair daily.
Although Shea butter is amazing and works really well on my hair ( my hair is curly kinky), there are some hair textures that I wouldn’t advise to use it because of how thick shea butter is. If you have straight hair ( basically not curly/coily/kinky hair) then I suggest you use a lighter oil like castor, coconut oil or olive oil to lock in your moisture.
Ingredients that I used
- unrefined Shea Butter
- Olive oil- 2 tsp
- Coconut Oil- 3 Tbsps.
- Argan Oil- 1 tsp
- Canola Oil- 2 tsp
- Vitamin E- 1/2 tsp
- Essential Oils (optional)
I started out with the unrefined shea butter which I had left at room temperature, then I added all the oils (using the measurements listed above). I then started to mix this until all the chunks of shea butter had broken down and become fluffy. I used a standing mixer to do this, but if you do not have this a hand mixer or even just using your hands will work.
To get the more creamy shea butter, I melted coconut and olive oil in the microwave for 10 seconds, added the whipped shea butter into the liquid oils, and then mixed until I could no longer see traces of the shea butter. I then added in my vitamin E. If you have essential oils you can add them in mainly just to mask out the smell of the shea, this is however very optional.
I hope this helped
Photographer: Laju Eresanara (my twin)