Many of you know that my hair product line, Butterfly Beauté, started off with me mixing in my kitchen trying to find a conditioner that would moisturize my hair instead of sitting on top of it and making it feel like straw. Hey, a girl’s gotta use two years of college biochemistry knowledge for something, right?
When I saw that Ms. Brittany Pope made some mean mixes, I just had to invite her to share with us. Keep coming back for more from this beautiful naturalista, and please welcome our newest contributing writer, and her amazing DIY whipped shea butter and curly pudding recipes!
Homemade Hair & Body Butter (Sealant/ Styler/ Body Butter)
Shea Butter- provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny. It is rich in vitamins A and E, soothes dryness, repairs breakage, and mends split ends. Shea butter helps heal a variety of scalp problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. Shea butter protects hair from weather damage caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness, and repairs such damage. It can shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation and protects hair from sun damage.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil- is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair and it softens the hair and conditions the scalp.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil- contains antioxidant vitamin E, vitamin A and helps heal dry flaky scalp, also known as dandruff. EVOO can nourish, condition and improve the strength and elasticity of hair.
Castor Oil- nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture. Castor oil added to hair care products helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair.
Sweet Almond Oil- provides a healthy source of protein to hair. Sweet Almond Oil nourishes hair, smoothes hair cuticles, adds shine to the hair and controls hair fall.
Grapeseed Oil- is light and is easily absorbed into the hair. It helps coat the hair to moisturize and reduce breakage, from dry brittle hair.
Vitamin E Oil- is used as a preservative in this recipe (to prevent mold & extend the shelf life of the butter). Vitamin E is an essential oil and helps to improve circulation in the scalp. It can also make hair lustrous and bouncy, as well as prevent breakage.
Lavendar Essential Oil- is used mainly as a fragrant oil in this recipe. Lavendar essential oil is also used for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches.
Rosemary Essential Oil- is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles & can grow longer and stronger hair.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil- stops early hair loss and also controls the sebum production of the scalp.
Aloe Vera Gel- is an anti- inflammatory, detangles & moisturizes hair. Aloe Vera Gel heals and soothes damaged scalp from scratches, burns, dandruff, etc. It is used to reduce dandruff, itchy scalp and seborrheic dermatitis. It also balances pH Level (Porosity) of hair, tames oily hair and prevents excessive hair loss.
**Note: Most of these items can be found in your kitchen cabinets. If you don’t have them already you can purchase all of the oils & aloe vera gel from your local health food store
16 oz. Shea Butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Castor Oil
1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 tsp Grapeseed Oil
½ tsp Vitamin E Oil
25 drops of Lavendar Essential Oil
10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
10 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Put all ingredients into a large bowl & mix (with a hand mixer) for 15-20 mins until it reaches a smooth fluffly texture. DO NOT MELT THE SHEA BUTTER!!! The lighter the shea butter becomes in color the lighter and fluffier the butter becomes in weight. Transfer the butter into a container (usually makes approx. 2 batches of a 16 oz. container). Leave the butter out to cool down for a few hours, by the next day the texture will be a little thicker than just after mixing. (Original Recipe from Naptural85)
This butter can be used for twistouts/ braidouts/ bantu knot outs etc. It is great for sealing in moisture to hair and taming unruly edges. I even use this on my skin daily (great for dry skin). When using it on hair or skin take a small amount and rub it into your hands first (it will melt almost instantly) & rub it in desired area. Try not to be heavy handed with this because a little goes a long way. You don’t want your hair or skin to look or feel greasy.
Homemade Curly Pudding (Styler/ Curl Definer)
1 Cup of Hair & Body Butter (made in previous recipe)
⅛ Cup of Aloe Vera Gel
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil
Add ingredients to a blender & puree until it reaches the consistency of a smoothie.
I use this homemade curly pudding for my twistouts/ braidouts. I achieved great curl definition, shine & hold. If you live in a humid area this will definitely combat frizz & swelling of your hair. I was able to get a really defined 2nd day braidout (which is unheard of for me!!!!!). Because of the high humidity in Texas, my twistouts/ braidouts would barely last a few hrs up until now.