When it comes to Fall and Winter, my hair needs a lot of extra moisture and pampering! As the air gets dryer, so does my hair, and the only thing that really helps, are heavy butters and oils to help my hair retain moisture. If you've had a look at any hair care aisle, you can see that products like those typically cost a pretty penny, and not only that, but some products hardly contain any of the beneficial ingredients they claim to have, or it's full of impossible-to-pronounce ingredients which can be off-putting. I'm not completely opposed to chemicals in my hair products, it just depends on what it is. However, for moisture, I really like the most natural products possible for my hair, which is why I love making things at home, with ingredients that I know work for my hair. This homemade whipped butter is one of my staple products for that reason. If you've been a natural girl for a while, chances are you already have a lot of these items in your pantry—if not, many of the ingredients can easily be purchased from Amazon, or your local health food store. Here is what you will need:
- 1 8oz. jar with lid for storage (I like using glass mason jars)
- 1 1/2 cup of unrefined shea butter (at room temperature)
- 2 TBSP of Aloe Vera Gel (optional, or a great alternative is Vegetable Glycerin)
- 1 TBSP of Organic Coconut Oil (I used MCT Oil for mine)
- 1 TBSP of Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 TBSP of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- 1 TBSP of Avocado Oil
- 5-6 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Make sure your shea butter is at room temperature before starting. You can heat it for a few seconds in the microwave before working with it, but, be careful not to melt it. I used about a cup and a half (eyeballed it) of shea butter to start with, and then I added my carrier oils, aloe vera gel, and Rosemary essential oil, to the solid shea butter. Then I mixed the ingredients together for about 3 minutes or so on a low setting with my hand mixer. Every once in a while, I'll turn the mixer off and scrape the sides of the bowl, and I'll also use the whisks to break apart any large pieces of shea butter. Then, I keep whipping until the consistency is creamy and fluffy—like whipped cream!
Next, you can either spoon it into a jar, or you can use a ziplock bag to pipe it into your jar for a more neat appearance (great idea if you plan on giving this as a gift). This product keeps for quite a while, about 3 months, until it's time to make a fresh batch—mine is usually all gone by that time though.
The oils I've chosen work really great to help promote hair growth, especially the Rosemary essential oil, it can really help stimulate blood flow to the scalp which is essential for thicker, stronger hair. Jamaican black castor oil is another amazing oil that really helps to stimulate hair growth, it's especially useful on places that you might be experiencing hair loss, or all over to help strengthen your hair. Avocado oil is amazing! It contains vitamins A, B, D, E, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid—it's lightweight, and is one of the few oils that can actually absorb into your hair follicles. I keep avocado oil on deck year round, because I also like to mix it with my lotion after my shower, it will leave you looking and feeling extremely soft. I highly recommend it for everything.
I like to use this on damp hair, as this does a great job of sealing in moisture! If you have more fine hair, this might make for a great pre-poo hair masque! I think everyone's hair can benefit from using rich and nourishing oils, and I know for people with finer hair, oils can be a little scary, but you just have to play around with them until you find a way that works for you and your hair. For me, my hair will drink this up in like two days, so I can just leave it in and style my hair as usual.
Anyway, I think this recipe is a good starting place if you've never ventured into DIY hair products before, and from here, you can omit or add any oils that you'd like to! I'm always tweaking my recipe, but this version is my favorite, and it really does do wonders for my hair! What I also love, is that since it's so cost effective to make, I can be as liberal as I want when applying it, and when I run out, it's just a quick run to the pantry to make more!
I'd love to hear your favorite DIY hair products, or oils you really love for your hair! I'm obsessed with finding new ones to add into my collection!