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Shea Butter Hair Cream Recipe

by Christine

I would like to make a hair cream/creme based on this same recipe using shea butter only. I am looking for an extra light fluffy texture as the end product. I would use this cream/creme every other day or so, especially for maintenance of afro-caribbean 'natural' hair styles.

I have tried a similar recipe expecting a light fluffy texture, but the shea tended to solidify after a few minutes. Is there anything else I could add to the mixture to achieve a permanent fluffy texture which is still 100% natural and not synthetic etc. Would I need any preservatives, and if yes, besides Vit-E, are there any more natural ones?

I would also like to know what your opinion is on castor oil and olive oil use in hair.

Also, keep up the good work. Would like to see some leave-in recipes for hair.

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Mixing Shea Butter with Water
by: Kyley

Hi Christine,

I would suggest you try adding lotion to the shea butter before trying water. And you'll need to add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract per cup of product. If you can't find grapefruit seed extract, use rosemary extract (but grapefruit seed is a broader spectrum bacteria killer.)

Let me know how it goes!

And thank so much for your lovely compliments on my site. I'm so glad you and your family are enjoying it. Makes me happy!

by: Christine (UK)

Thank you for your reply. I was wondering what kind of natural preservative(s) could I use if I wanted to add water to my mixture? Would like to increase the volume of the cream without it becoming too costly. I have tried the mixture and it was a little oily for me. I think if I add water, it would be a better mix for me. Thank you for your response in advance. Additionally, loving your site!!! I've passed it on to family and friends.

Shea Butter Hair Cream
by: Kyley

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your excellent post.

Shea butter does tend to solidify at cool temperatures, so you need it to be warm but not melted. According to one youtube video I watched, if you melt the shea it goes solid later, so don't let it melt. Here's a link to her video...

Her ingredients list was:

14oz Shea Butter - room temperature
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Castor Oil
1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
1/2 tsp Vitamin E

You can add up to 30 drops of whatever essential oils you want to suit your hair type. And then just mix your brains out!

You shouldn't need any other preservative because your hair cream recipe doesn't have any water in it, which is the main culprit for causing mold. That said, if you want to add something, use 5 to 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract.

Castor oil is excellent for skin and hair. It's good for dry, brittle, damaged hair, as well as hair loss and dandruff.

You want cold-pressed, hexane-free castor oil. More than 95% of the free fatty acids and carotenoids, and up to 60% of the tocopherols are removed when it goes through conventional refining processes.

Olive oil is also good for hair - it nourishes, conditions, and improves strength and elasticity.

I'll put together some leave-in hair recipes and post them as soon as I can. The list I'm working on is pretty long, but I WILL get there!

Thanks for a great post, Christine, and please let me know how the recipe turns out - if it's good I'll give it it's own page. Best of luck!

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