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Shea Butter Recipes: Haircare

Shea butter protects hair from free radicals in the air and water, as well as harsh weather conditions. It effectively locks in moisture, without causing hair to become greasy or weighed down. It is useful in treating a variety of conditions, including dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema. Shea butter can also restore moisture lost through styling processes, such as perms or dying.

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.wild beauty

Note: This recipe uses a slow cooker

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Conditioner

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Conditioning Emulsifier
  • 3 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 5 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Mango Butter
  • 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Juice (distilled water can be substituted)
  • 3 grams Optiphen (this can be omitted if the conditioner is stored in the refrigerator and used within 1 month.)
  • 30 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 30 drops Rosehip Seed Oil
  • 25 drops Lavender Essential Oil

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

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:

  • 3 tbsp Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp Beeswax, grated
  • ¼ cup Jojoba Oil
  • 10-15 drops Essential Oil

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:

  • 4 oz Unscented Castile Soap
  • 0.3 oz Shea Butter
  • 0.3 oz Soy Lecithin
  • 0.25 oz Argan Oil
  • 0.2 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
  • 0.15 oz Neem Oil
  • 2.5 ml Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 ml Peppermint Essential Oil

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

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

 

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