Shea butter makes a great leave-in conditioner on its own. But if you mix it up with other natural ingredients, you can make the ultimate DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner to nourish your hair on a whole new level!
Leave-in conditioners are used to seal moisture into hair until the next wash. They keep hair moisturized and soft. Shea butter is used as a leave-in conditioner for frizzy, dry and wild hair. If you’re planning on using it on fine and thin hair, make sure you use just a tiny amount otherwise it will make your hair greasy and limp.
Why shea butter? Shea butter is a superior moisturizer. It’s thick but at the same time penetrates deep. It’s perfect for sealing moisture into dry hair.
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DIY Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner
What you Need
- ½ cup shea butter (where to get it)
- 1 tsp raw honey (where to get it)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (where to get it)
- 1 tsp olive oil (where to get it)
- 12 drops of any essential oil of your choice (I like rose, geranium, lavender or jasmine!)
- Double boiler (where to get it)
- Hand mixer (where to get it)
- Container for storage (where to get it)
- First begin by melting your shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. You can simply mash it up with a spoon but if you want a smoother leave-in conditioner, first melt the shea butter. Instead of using a double boiler, you could consider using a makeshift one: Place your shea butter and coconut oil in Pyrex measuring cup and placing the cup in a pot filled with ½ cup of water. Make sure the water doesn’t enter the cup! Now heat the pot on a medium-low heat until the shea butter & coconut oil melt completely.
- Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the olive oil and raw honey.
- Now keep the Pyrex cup in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. This is to make it solidify halfway so that when it’s easier to whip into a cream with a hand mixer.
- When the time is up, get it out and mix with a hand mixer until it resembles whipped cream.
- Then add the essential oils and mix again with the hand mixer.
- Transfer your DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner into a sterilized jar.
- Store in a cool place and use within a month for best results. It stores up to 3 months. You can keep it in the refrigerator.
- To use, scoop a little and apply to damp hair that’s just been washed with shampoo. Make sure you apply just enough – don’t over apply because you don’t want to grease up your hair!
Enjoy your DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner! It will leave your hair soft and moisturized!