A very dear friend of mine recently gave me unprocessed Shea Butter from Ghana, she got from a friend of hers. Thank God for friends of friends :)! I use it as it is but I also usually whip it with a variety of oils and its perfect for winter.
This whipped Shea Butter is a life saver. It moisturizes my hair, much cheaper to make than store bought and its faster to apply after washing. I don’t always have time to do the L-O-C method and this has the Oil and Butter in one.
This is how I prepare my very easy DIY Whipped Shea Butter for natural hair:
What You Need:
- 3-4 TBSP Unprocessed Shea Butter
- 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
- 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 TBSP Avocado Oil
- 1 TBSP Castor Oil
- 1 TBSP Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 TBSP Argan Oil
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
- Glass container
The amounts depend on how much you want to make.
These quantities fill about 250 ml – 300 ml glass container. For the type of oils to use, you can use the ones that I used or use your own favorite oils. You can use one or a mixture of various oils.
The Tea Tree Essential Oil is great for dry itchy scalp and adds a great perfume. Lavender Essential Oil also adds great perfume. But please be adviced that not everyone agrees with Essential Oils so make sure you are not allergic before you use them and they should be avoided during pregnancy and young children.
What To Do:
Put all the ingredients in a bowl.
In the meantime, boil some water and place the bowl with the ingredients on top of the boiling water. This melts the butter and makes it easier for the ingredients to mix.
Once the Shea Butter and the Coconut Oil has melted, mix everything together.
If you are using a ceramic bowl, I would suggest you move the mixture into a different bowl and place in the fridge. If you place the same bowl, that you just used to melt the butter, in the fridge, the change in temperature might cause it to break and create a big mess in your fridge.
Once it has cooled down, your mixture is ready to be whipped.
Using a spatula empty the mixture into the mixing bowl of your electric mixer.
Cover it and whip. I did 4 minutes on high speed and 4 minutes on low speed.
Depending on the amount of oils you used, temperature around and how much time you whipped, this sets again or stays creamy. Mine sets but as soon as I take some and rub it on my hands it melts so I don’t have a problem with it not remaining creamy.
Transfer in a glass container with a cap.
I don’t throw out my glass food containers as they are very useful in keeping some of my hair concoctions :).
This mixture can last me a few months.
How do you prepare your Shea Butter? Do you have favorite oils?
(top image credit: nataJane)