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Homemade Shea Butter Recipes for Hair

Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Shea butter is excellent for nourishing dry scalp, dry hair, and split ends. So, try out these homemade shea butter recipes for hair, instead of using chemical-loaded hair care products.
Shea butter is highly appreciated for its revitalizing properties. It is a popular ingredient in commercially sold cosmetic products, including skin and hair care formulations. For those who follow natural hair treatment, shea butter is a wonderful ingredient with several benefits. It contains healthy fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and minerals for hair growth, without the negative effects of chemicals. Not only does it give long-lasting moisturizing to hair, it is also good for dandruff and similar dry scalp problems.
As you are using shea butter for maintaining healthy hair, using a superior grade product is of utmost importance. The quality and grading are decided according to the raw material (shea nuts) used and the production methodology. You will get it in grades ranging from A to F, depending upon the percentage content of a healing ingredient in it called cinnamic acid. To reap the benefits of shea butter, make sure that you use it before the expiry date. If you are tired of dealing with split ends, damaged hair, and dry scalp, try the following homemade recipes for hair treatment.

Shea Butter Moisturizer for Hair

  • 2 tablespoons unrefined shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons good quality conditioner

You can make this conditioner with readily available ingredients. In a medium bowl, add unrefined or raw shea butter and melt it on a low heat setting. Remove from heat, and stir in olive oil in it. Whisk the mixture until it is well blended. Add conditioner and stir again for even mixing.
Massage scalp and hair with it, and leave overnight. You can wash it the next day, or use this mixture in the same way as a leave-in conditioner.

Unrefined Shea Butter for Hair

  • 2 ounces unrefined shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon amla oil
  • ½ tablespoon almond oil
  • ½ tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil

In this recipe, the goodness of shea butter is blended perfectly with essential oils for hair growth. First of all, melt the shea butter in a microwave safe bowl in the oven. To this, add the remaining ingredients, i.e., coconut oil, olive oil, amla oil, almond oil, castor oil, aloe vera oil, and rosemary oil. Using a wooden spatula, stir the mixture well and make a cream-like concoction. The final result will be a thick conditioner for natural hair care. You can try this recipe for natural hair care, and use it right after shampooing.

Whipped Shea Butter for Hair

  • 8 ounces unrefined shea butter
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chamomile essential oil
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil

Whipped shea butter is softer and smoother than the regular one. You can either purchase it and use it directly in the recipe, or try the whipped shea butter recipe at home. For the latter option, add shea butter in a pan and warm it until softened on the stove. Remove and blend it in a mixer so that it becomes light and fluffy. Stir in chamomile essential oil and coconut oil, until it is well mixed. Store in an old conditioner bottle, and use it as a hair mask or a leave-in treatment.
If you don't have time to prepare the above recipes, just apply a generous amount of unprocessed shea butter on the scalp and hair. Wrap your head with a moist towel for 20 minutes to get extra soft and silky hair.