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5 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Healthy Hair

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Have you noticed that your hair isn’t as shiny, voluminous or soft as it once was? I sure have! I’m sure part of it has to do with getting older but I also think hair dyes have worsened the situation. As I started to dye my hair, I still continued to apply the same products that I used to use when it was natural. Perhaps some of my shampoos and conditioners may be partially at fault for the lack-luster change.

In hopes of improving my dry/ dull hair, I  have started to try some natural alternatives and have really noticed a difference. I started to get concerned with some of the ingredients in my shampoos and conditioners so I decided to make my own. One key ingredient in my home made products is Shea Butter! I had previously used it as a body moisturizer and never thought to incorporate it into my hair care routine.

As I started looking into using Shea Butter on my hair, I learned that it protects the hair and scalp from free radicals in the air and water, as well as harsh weather conditions. Shea Butter is rich in Vitamins A, E & F and it  effectively locks in moisture, without causing hair to become greasy or weighed down. I also discovered that many people use it to treat conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema. The most important benefit that I got out of using Shea Butter is that it restored moisture lost through the styling processes (I straighten, curl and dye mine quite often). My hair doesn’t feel as stiff or coarse and I actually get a lot of compliments (especially when the sun is out and it shines).

If you are interested in creating your own natural hair care products continue reading to see a list of 5 DIY Shea Butter recipes that may help bring back shine and volume to dry/dull hair.

You may also enjoy reading our “Complete Shea Butter Reference Guide with Over 50 Recipes.”

Shea Butter Shampoo

This basic shampoo recipe will restore moisture to dry damaged hair, without clogging pores or causing an oil build-up.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp Castile Soap
  • 3 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Aloe Vera Juice (distilled water can be substituted)
  • 1 tbsp Conditioning Emulsifier (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, coconut oil and conditioning emulsifier
  2. Pour aloe vera juice in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 seconds
  3. Add the warmed aloe vera juice to the oil mixture
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until they are well-combined
  5. Stir in the essential oils
  6. Refrigerate until the shampoo has completely cooled
  7. To use, massage into wet hair and rinse thoroughly

Conditioner

5 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Healthy HairIngredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the conditioning emulsifier, shea butter, coconut oil and mango butter
  2. Pour aloe vera juice in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 seconds
  3. Add the warmed aloe vera juice to the oil mixture
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until they are well-combined
  5. Stir in the essential oils and Optiphen
  6. Transfer conditioner to a lidded container
  7. To use, work the conditioner into wet hair after shampooing, then rinse thoroughly

2-in-1 Bar Shampoo and Soap

This bar soap will leave your hair clean and moisturized, and can also be used as a moisturizing body wash. If you prefer scented bar shampoo and soap, add a few drops of essential or scented oil to the mixture after the ingredients have finished cooking in the slow cooker, and before the mixture is transferred to the molds.

Note: This recipe uses a slow cooker

Ingredients:Shea Butter Hair Care Recipes

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp Castor Oil
  • ¾ cup Jojoba Oil
  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Butter
  • 2 tbsp Beeswax, grated
  • ½ cup Water
  • ¾ Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup Lye*

Instructions:

  1. Place the water and coconut milk into a large glass measuring cup
  2. Carefully stir the lye into the mixture (Caution: the outside of the bowl will become extremely hot)
  3. Set the mixture aside and allow it to cool
  4. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler, stirring constantly
  5. Once the mixture has melted, pour it into a slow cooker and set on the lowest setting
  6. Add the lye mixture to the oils and stir
  7. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture is reaches a thick, pudding-like consistency
  8. Once the mixture is well blended, cover the slow cooker and cook the soap for 1 hour
  9. Prepare your molds by spraying them with vegetable spray or greasing with coconut oil
  10. Spoon the mixture into the molds
  11. Allow soap to cool and harden in the refrigerator overnight
  12. Once the bars have completely solidified, wrap them in wax paper and allow them to cure for 4 weeks before use.
  13. To use, massage into wet hair and rinse thoroughly

*Any equipment that the lye comes into contact with, including the slow cooker, needs to be neutralized with a mixture of vinegar, soap and water.

Hair Pomade

This hair pomade provides a light/medium hold. When choosing the right essential oil, consider your hair’s needs. Peppermint and rosemary essential oils add shine and stimulate hair growth; tea tree, lime, basil and thyme essential oil brings balance to oily hair; chamomile and lavender are effective moisturizers; and clary sage and eucalyptus can minimize dandruff.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the shea butter and beeswax together in a double boiler
  2. Once completely melted, stir in jojoba oil
  3. Cool slightly, then stir in essential oil
  4. Transfer the pomade to a lidded container and allow it to solidify in the refrigerator
  5. Pomade can be stored at room temperature in a dark, dry place

Rosemary Mint Shampoo

Time to get out the kitchen scale; this recipe requires that you weigh the ingredients to ensure proper balance.

Ingredients: 5 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Healthy Hair

Instructions:

  1. Place the shea butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments until melted, stirring after each interval
  2. Stir the soy lecithin into the melted shea butter
  3. Stir the castile soap, argan oil, macadamia nut oil, neem oil and essential oils into the mixture
  4. Allow the mixture to cool completely in the refrigerator
  5. Once the mixture has cooled, use a wire whisk to beat it until it reaches a creamy consistency
  6. Transfer the shampoo to a lidded container and store at room temperature
  7. To use, massage into wet hair and rinse thoroughly

I hope you enjoyed reading these recipes and please let me know if you try any of them. I’d also love to hear any natural hair care recipes you may know about to help treat dry and dull hair.

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