Looking for an easy DIY shea butter moisturizer recipe to help add some life and luster to your hair? You have come to the right place. This recipe is light, fluffy and melts into your natural hair easily. Shea butter hair moisturizer is by far the easiest DIY hair moisturizer you can make and it only takes a few ingredients.
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Deciding to take control of your haircare and make your own shea butter moisturizer can be one of the most exhilarating moments in your life, especially if you have dry hair like me. It can also be one of the scariest moments because you don’t know exactly where to start.
If you’re hesitant about whipping up your first haircare product, don’t worry, I’m going to give you the exact steps needed to make your very own shea butter hair moisturizer. You can think of me as your personal guide. Honestly, I think you will feel like a master once you’re done. It’s really that easy.
I’m going to share all of the benefits with you that shea butter has to offer. I will give you all the ingredients and tools needed to whip it up. I’m even going to tell you how to use it on your hair for the best results. So you see, there is no need for hesitation. What are you waiting for? Let’s make some shea butter moisturizer for your hair.
This post is about whipped shea butter moisturizer for natural hair.
WHAT IS SHEA BUTTER?
Shea Butter is a fatty butter that comes from the Shea Tree. The Shea Trees are indigenous to West Africa and produce a nut which the shea butter is then extracted from. There is a lengthy process of course which takes place to extract the shea butter from the nut.
Once the shea butter is extracted from the nut and actually made, it has many wonderful uses. It can be used for haircare and skincare as well as for cooking and it also has some amazing healing properties.
RAW pure unrefined shea butter tends to be the best. It contains all of its natural original nutrients. It’s yellow in color and tends to have a light nutty scent. There is also refined shea butter. Refined shea butter has been lightly processed to remove the color and scent.
It’s truly a personal preference whether you use the RAW unrefined version or the refined version. I’ve tried both and personally don’t mind the RAW unrefined version.
WHY USE WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER AS A HAIR MOISTURIZER?
Shea butter has many benefits and listed below are some of my favorites.
WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS SHEA BUTTER MOISTURIZER?
Tools you’ll need
Here is what you will need to get started with this delightful whipped shea butter hair moisturizer.
Only 3 Ingredients Needed
HOW TO USE WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER ON NATURAL HAIR
You are probably wondering how to use this shea butter on your hair. To make it as easy to use as possible, I like to whip it when I make it with a hand mixer. This helps it glide onto the hair strands much easier than it would in its raw state. Whipping it with a hand held mixer or a stand mixer also makes it soft and creamy but it is still able to hold its form. It will also melt on contact with your skin. It’s just heavenly if you ask me.
To use the shea butter on your hair, scoop a nickel size amount from the container you used to store it in. Next, rub it in between the palms of your hands and finally rub your hands throughout your hair. Yes, it’s just that easy.
If you suffer from dry hair strands like I do, feel free to use more. Use this shea butter on dry or damp hair for the best results. The shea butter hair moisturizer can be used as a daily hair dress.
If you have finer hair you can opt to use it several times a week instead of daily. It really depends on how dry and how fine your hair strands tend to be. Everyone’s hair type and texture is different so I recommend using it based on your hair type and texture.
Step by Step: How To Make This DIY Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizer For Natural Hair
Remember at the beginning of this post, I said that this was a super easy DIY shea butter recipe? Well here are the steps to prove my point.
1: Measure out 1 cup of unrefined shea butter and add it to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
2: Next, measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the coconut oil to the same bowl as the shea butter.
3: Then, add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the shea butter and coconut oil.
4: Melt the butters and oils together in a double boiler over low heat for 15 minutes or until liquified.
5: Place the melted butters and oils in the freezer for 20 minutes or until the mixture becomes firm then remove from the freezer.
6: Next, use a hand-held mixer (on low to medium speed) to whip the mixture until a soft creamy consistency forms.
7: Once you have a creamy consistency, scoop the shea butter moisturizer into a jar for storage.
TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE
Here are some tips to perfect the shea butter hair moisturizer
- Don’t let the shea butter stay in the freezer for too long.
- If the shea butter does happen to become frozen (rock solid) you will have to let it melt before whipping it.
- Over-whipping the shea butter can cause the shea butter to melt or to lose its fluffy consistency.
- If it has been over-whipped and turns to liquid don’t, place it back in the freezer to harden it up a bit once it’s a little stiff, whip it a bit to get a smooth fluffy consistency.
- Make sure to use the mixer on low to medium speed when whipping the shea butter.
- Want to see exactly how I make this shea butter? Watch the Youtube video above to follow along or watch it right here.
Coconut Oil: If you are allergic to coconut oil or just prefer to use something different try babassu oil instead. Babassu oil works great to condition and moisturize natural hair. It is filled with fatty acids such as lauric acid and oleic acid just to name a few. You can find babassu oil here.
Unrefined Shea Butter: Unrefined shea butter has a bit of a nutty scent and is yellow in color. If you prefer to have less of a nutty scent to the hair moisturizer you can substitute unrefined shea butter for refined shea butter. Unlike unrefined shea butter which has a yellow color and a nutty smell, refined shea butter is normally whiteish or off-white in color and does not have a smell. You can find it here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the shelf life? The shelf life is 6 to 12 months.
How do you use this shea butter hair moisturizer? Scoop a nickel size amount from the container. Rub the product in between the palms of your hands then rub your hands throughout your hair. If you suffer from dry hair strands like I do, feel free to use more. Use this shea butter on dry or damp hair for the best results.
How do you store the shea butter hair moisturizer? I store it under my bathroom cabinet with the rest of my hair products. However, if you live in a very hot climate you can store this particular mixture in the refrigerator so that it won’t melt. Shea butter is a thicker butter and doesn’t easily melt at room temperature but the coconut oil and olive oil could cause it to melt faster if left out in a really warm environment.
What if I don’t like the nutty smell of shea butter? You can always substitute the yellow nutty-smelling unrefined shea butter for refined shea butter. Refined shea butter will be a processed version of shea butter and whiteish in color with no smell.
WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER HAIR MOISTURIZER
- Hand Mixer
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoon
- Jar with Lid
- 1 cup Unrefined Shea Butter
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil Extra Virgin
- Measure out 1 cup of unrefined shea butter and add it to a medium sized mixing bowl
- Next, measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the coconut oil to the same bowl as the shea butter
- Then, add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the shea butter and coconut oil
- Melt butters and oils together in a double boiler over low heat for 15 minutes or until liquified
- Place melted butters and oils in the freezer for 20 minutes or until mixture becomes firm
- Use a hand held mixer (on low to medium speed) to mix all the ingredients together until you get a soft creamy consistency (about 15 mins)
- Once you have a creamy consistency, scoop the shea butter moisturizer into a jar for storing
This post is about whipped shea butter moisturizer for natural hair.