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Shea butter has been a very popular hair product for some time. It’s natural, odourless and is excellent for hair sealing, twist outs and braid outs. It is extracted from the nut of the shea tree, which is found mostly in West Africa. It can be either creamy white or golden-yellow depending on the process used. It contains vitamins A, E & F.
Mixing natural oils with shea butter and using it in the LOC method can lead to seriously moisturised hair. Additionally, when used for twists outs and braid outs, the definition is outstanding and can last for days.
Shea Butter & Natural Oils Recipe for Sealing Hair
- Leave the shea butter out until very soft then whip it lightly. You can do this by hand or with a mixer.
- Add in the coconut oil, EVOO and castor oil and whip some more until the mixture has a mousse like texture then add in the Vitamin E oil.
- Pour the mixture in a plastic container (s) then place in the fridge to solidify a bit.
- Keep it stored in a cool area or in the fridge.
To use, rub a little between your palms until liquefied then seal your hair with it.
Shea Butter & Natural Oils Recipe for Braid Outs and/or Twist Outs
- Mix the ingredients in the same way as above recipe then pour into a plastic container (s) and place in the fridge to solidify.
To use, wet your hair slightly, section and grab a portion, rub the mixture in thoroughly avoiding your scalp area, then proceed with the style. The results should be excellent definition and last for a few days without the need to retwist at night but wear your hair in a pineapple bun to bed to keep the style longer.
The best shea butter is 100% natural butter. It shouldn’t be altered or modified in any way to make it smell nicer or have a different colour as this will compromise its integrity.
If you’re not a fan of shea butter heaviness, read my earlier article on Shea Nut Oil.
Fast Fact: Shea butter is also an excellent moisturiser for the skin. It helps prevent premature wrinkles, maintains the suppleness of the skin and soothes dry, chapped skin. You can use it as is or mix it in with lotion or body oil such as almond oil or avocado oil.
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