By now, you know that I DIY almost everything as long as I have access to the tools, resources, skill or ingredients. I personally prefer to know exactly what I am applying to my hair. The ingredients used in this recipe are moisturizing and softening to the hair. I will not go into detail for each ingredient but I will highlight the benefits of each. All these ingredients can be used individually depending on what you are trying to achieve with you hair.
- 1 cup of unrefined white/yellow Shea butter
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin coconut oil
- 10 drops of lavender oil
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp jojoba oil
- 1 tsp grapeseed oil
- 2 tsp castor oil
- 1 large aloe vera leaf / 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
Benefits of the ingredients used
Shea butter: is very moisturizing to the hair and scalp. It is great for people with coarse, curly and thicker hair textures because it acts as a sealant to keep moisture in the hair and increases softness. If your hair texture is prone to grease and buildup, Shea butter could make it worse. If too heavy on your hair, Shea oil is a great alternative.
Coconut oil: The benefits occur in the form of less hair breakage by adding strength to the hair shaft. It penetrates the hair shaft and binds with a natural protein structure of your hair, hence promoting a glossy look while retaining you normal hydration levels.
Jojoba oil (ho-ho-ba): It has anti-bacterial properties which promote new cell growth. Regulates sebum production. When the scalp doesn’t produce enough sebum (oil that the scalp naturally produces), it may lead to dull and dry hair that is prone to split ends. Jojoba is an emollient (hair softeners and lubricants that provide increased slip between hair strands making detangling easier ie; it helps to repair hair damaged by heat and styling.
Avocado oil: Avocado oil is loaded with fatty acids which helps to make hair feel soft. It is an effective moisturizer for brittle hair, dry and damaged hair. It is packed with vitamins; A,B,D & E. These vitamins protect the scalp and feed the hair follicles. It contains amino acids that promote healthy cell growth to restore/ maintain scalp health. It also contains magnesium, iron, copper and folic acid. The latter are ideal to prevent damage to the hair.
Grapeseed oil: It protects against moisture loss because it contains linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid). It enhances a moisturizer, alleviates a dry scalp and may be used as a hot oil treatment prior to wash. It contains vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that helps heal and build tissues.
Castor oil: is amazing for softening and lubricating rough hair. Castor oil is very thick, do not use too much of it because your hair will feel too oily and somewhat sticky. It has anti-fungal properties and an amazing treatment for thinning hair.
Lavender oil: It is great for nourishing and hydrating your hair. Prevents shedding hair, moisturizes scalp and strands. Improves blood circulation on the scalp, aiding in hair growth. Lavender oil is a powerful antiseptic for treating dry scalp, bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
Aloe Vera: As a moisturizer, it is very high in water content and has loads of minerals and vitamins. Aloe vera juice is one of nature’s best antioxidants. It removes toxins off of your hair and relieves scalp build up. It also gives a cool and refreshing sensation to your scalp, guarding against dryness and dandruff.
NB: According to Dr. Michelle Henry, people may react to almost any oil. The way an oil is processed may affect it’s potential to cause allergy. If the scalp becomes red, itchy or tender a few days after using the product, a contact allergy might be present.
Please discontinue use in case you have the above signs.
How to make aloe vera gel
- Start with clean hands to prevent contamination of the gel.
- Slice of an outer leaf of an aloe plant. Use a sharp knife to make a clear cut close to the base.
- Drain the resin. Hang the leaf upright to let the dark yellow resin drain out because it contains latex which might irritate your skin/scalp.
- Peel the leaves. You may use a vegetable peeler /knife to carefully peel of the green portion of the leaf on one side.
- Scoop the gel with a spoon or knife into a clean bowl. Make sure you don’t waste any gel.
- Mix with natural preservative. In order for this gel to last at least a month or two, mix 500mg powdered vitamin C or 400 IU (600mg) of Vitamin E for every 1/4 cup of gel. Place ingredients in blender and blend well.
How to prepare the moisturizer
Shea butter combined with aloe vera gel is easier to work with.
- Put the Shea butter into a bowl with coconut oil. Whip with a hand mixer on low speed. You may use a small blender such as a magic bullet or food processor in the absence of a hand mixer . Blend in short intervals if you are not using a hand mixer to avoid heat from the motor melting the mixture. Blend until you start to see a fluffy and soft consistency.
- Add the aloe vera gel and continue mixing on low speed.
- Once the aloe vera gel is properly mixed, add the rest of the oils and continue whipping until all ingredients are properly combined.
- There you have it. Your very own moisturizer! Scoop everything out of the bowl into a clean and dry container. I prefer using a mason jar.
- Store in the refrigerator to preserve the aloe vera. If aloe vera isn’t used, store in a cool dry place.
If you make a big batch, put the rest in the freezer to preserve it.
NB: Vanilla lavender oil combo smells amazing. I didn’t have vanilla essential oil for this recipe. You may add 10 drops of vanilla. The combo smells divine.
I hope you enjoy the benefits of using this moisturizer as much as I am. I would love to hear your feedback. Please let me know in the comments below.
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