Thursday, 19 March 2015

D.I.Y: Home made Shea butter whip (Hair edition)

Hey Lovers,
Shea butter has been a part of my life for so long. Everybody in my family uses it and always has in some capacity. 

Last year I really upped my efforts to make more of my own haircare products and even threw in a few beauty products too. Currently I am doing about 85% all natural stuff and wanted to share some of that with you. The healing benefits of Shea butter for the skin and hair are endless. Plus it isn't filled with a myriad of unpronounceable chemicals.

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Left: Shea butter & Aloe whip      Middle: Shea butter whip        Right: Shea butter & Mango butter

There a plethora of Shea butter mixes online and various ways of combining ingredients, so I am going to show you some of my favourites . Below are 3 variations of unrefined organic Shea butter whip that can be used as a hair moisturiser and a body lotion. I will be showing you how I made the mixes in the yellow containers and make a separate post for the bigger body moisturiser.

The first thing to say is I do NOT  melt my Shea butter as I have been told this reduces the potency and weakens it. Leaving the butter at room temp for about an hour will make it pliable.

Instruments you will need:

Clean large mixing bowl/ container
2 6oz containers (mine are recycled motions hair conditioner containers)
Spoon/ spatula
Electric whisk (I bought a cheapy one from Argos specifically for doing this)

Shea butter and Aloe butter mix (deep moisture):

Crumble 100g of Shea butter and 40g of Aloe butter into your mixing bowl.
2 tbsp Castor oil
1 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Almond oil
1 tsp cherry kernel oil
1 tbsp Grapeseed oil
3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil
(if you have sensitivity be very careful with your essential oil usage)

Mix until there are no lumps left or if you are lazy like me until they are small enough to be manageable and will melt once rubbed with your hands.

Shea butter and Aloe butter

Shea butter and Mango butter (Lighter moisturising sealant):

Again crumble 100g of Shea butter and 45g of Mango butter into your mixing bowl.
1 tbsp Castor oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Flax Seed oil
2 tbsp Andiroba Seed Oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil 
3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil 
1 drop of  Rosemary Essential Oil 
2 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil 
2 drops of  Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. It is very easy to over whip these mixture so try not to over do it as I have found that makes the mixture heavier and greasier.

These were definitely my hair saviours last year and my hair feels better for it. I really saw a difference in the winter and a little goes such a long way. 15 minutes of work lasts me almost 3 months and it is better economically too.
All products were purchased from Naturally Thinking and are of the highest quality without breaking the bank.

Whats your go to Shea butter whip? What do you use it for?

Stephanie aka Wednesdays Girl

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