Recipe: Whipped Shea Butter for Dry Hair & Skin

DIY Hair & Body Butter: Bye-Bye Eczema & Straw Hair

For those of you with chronically dry skin and/or hair, there’s a really easy and natural DIY solution that is highly effective: whipped shea butter. This stuff will make you a believer in homemade beauty products if nothing else will. Dry skin and hair will not prevail against this stuff and it’s so cheap/easy to make.

One Batch Per Month Is All the Family Needs

I used to spend a lot of money on products for dry hair and skin but they’re not a problem any more. I just whip up a batch of shea body/hair butter about once a month and use it all over my skin/hair. I also use it on my kids’ skin/hair AND my husband’s skin (all of them have eczema). It might seem like shea butter is too heavy but it is non-comedogenic (it doesn’t clog pores). Neither does coconut oil or jojoba oil. :-)

Recipe: Whipped Shea Butter for Hair & Body

Here’s the recipe I’ve been using lately but keep in mind that you can modify it according to your needs.

raw shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil & aloe vera gel

You can add any oils you like to tailor the recipe to your needs. Try argan, olive, avocado, or vitamin E oil, too. Add a few drops of essential oils for a customized scent you’ll enjoy.

4 oz Raw Shea Butter, softened

6 tsp Virgin (unrefined) Coconut Oil, softened

4 tsp Castor Oil -You can use JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) if you prefer

1 tsp Jojoba Oil

8 tsp Aloe Vera Gel (NOT the preservative-free kind)

How to Whip Shea Butter at Home

1. Soften the raw shea butter by placing container into a bowl of hot water (you can also use a double boiler).

2. Add coconut, castor and jojoba oils and whip until well blended (with whisk or electric mixer- I use a mixer).

3. Add aloe vera gel and whip for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool until it’s set (slightly hardened). It will still melt in your fingers, though but the consistency is something like a thick mousse.

Where to Buy Ingredients for Whipped Shea Butter

Who Has the Best Prices On Natural Oils, Butters for Hair Products?

The most common question I get about making your own homemade products is where to get the ingredients. I like quality ingredients but I don’t like to pay a lot for them. I found a nice little page over at Hairscapades called “I Found It Cheaper!” where Shelly has compiled a nice resource list of all sorts of hair products and ingredients and their prices.

Where I Bought My Ingredients

Jojoba Oil– @ Trader Joes’s (about $6.99 for 4 oz)

Virgin Coconut Oil– @Trader Joe’s ($5.99 for 16 oz)

Raw Shea Butter– @ Local beauty supply store (can’t remember the price!)

Lily of the Desert Brand Aloe Vera Gel, Inner Fillet w/ preservative – @ Raisin Rack ($5.09 for 16 oz)

Heritage Brand Castor Oil, @ Raisin Rack ($9.69 for 16 oz). FYI, you can find castor oil cheaper. Also, when I run out of this regular castor oil I will buy JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) which is a better quality product for homemade hair mixes. In the mean time I’ll keep using this stuff because I don’t want to waste my money and Raisin Rack didn’t carry JBCO. :-)



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