So ever since I really began taking serious care of my natural hair early last year, I’ve been using a couple of products including Shea Moisture and Terressentials. But before diving into brands, the very first source of condition for my hair came from a mixture my sister used to concoct consisting of shea butter and an abundance of oils.
Well since then, time has passed and my supplier has given up on me, leaving me high and dry (literally) and I decided that I needed to whisk together something that would be quick and easy to apply, as well as last long term.
Soooo, I took a trip to Whole Foods and a couple other beauty places and acquired these little gems here.
Now, before I get to measurements, let me explain a few things first:
- Coconut Oil: I got this coconut oil from the beauty supply down the street from me. At the time, I was short on money and wasn’t too adamant about looking for unrefined this and organic that. I was sure to read the ingredients (which was solely Cocos Nucifera aka Coconut Oil), but I noticed that it had a slight alcohol scent when you first open the jar. For those of you that are suuuuuper adamant about it being true unrefined coconut oil, I don’t think the Cococare brand is for you. As far as the texture/quality, I really see no difference from what I’ve previously used.
- Jojoba Oil: Same as the coconut oil, same brand and although it doesn’t specify whether it’s unrefined or organic, I really see no difference from what I’ve previously used.
- Shea Butter: NOW, the least I could do after getting these relatively cheap products is up my game on the shea butter. So I mosied on out to Whole Foods and bought this tub of Inessescents 100% USDA unrefined, fair-trade, organic African Shea Butter. Just went all out. Unfortunately it’s a bit pricy (19.99 off sale I believe) but the quality is fantastic, nice fluid color and it has the nutty smell shea is known for.
- That terribly smudged oil like-substance in the red tagged bottle is Stimulating Herbal Oil by Lace Natural. Which is just that, a lot of oils (linked with ingredients). I can’t comment too much on it’s performance because I haven’t used it by itself and only used about a 1/2 teaspoon in my mixture but it did blend well with the other ingredients’
- Edit! ***Not pictured*** I did toss in about a tablespoon of olive oil as well. Can’t forget the olive oil!
Okay, so what I basically did, in no elaborate or precise manner, was just dumped a bunch of this stuff together in my stainless steel bowl and blended it for about five minutes
But to estimate for you guys, it was about this much of each ingredient:
- 1 tsp of jojoba oil
- 1/2 tsp of herbal oil (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1/3 tub of shea butter
But it can be a little more or less of each, it’s really up to how much you feel is needed. I suggest you start blending and if you feel it needs more oil/shea, then add little by little until you get your desired consistency.
I initially ended up feeling like there was too much oil because it melted VERY fast on my fingers, but it may be due to the fact this particular shea is pre-whipped and is much smoother than other brands.Meaning it liquefies much quicker.
Either way, I tossed the mix in the refrigerator to stiffen up some and after a couple hours, it was pretty hard.
After letting it settle for a few hours at room temperature, it uniformed into this fantastic consistency, which I would compare to a tiny bit stiffer than room temperature butter.
If it ends up feeling a little gritty, that’s not much to worry about, it should settle after a couple uses.
For my very first time mixing my very own hair fertilizer, I was very pleased with the results.
Whether it be for chunky twists, mini twists, twistouts or daily conditioning, this stuff is perfect at keeping my hair happy
I’m beyond satisified and I just may stick with this concoction for a while.