How to make oil & shea butter for the hair & scalp at home

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How to make oil & shea butter for the hair & scalp at home
Shea Butter can be made into a soft moisturiser for the hair. (Cream image by Victor M. from

Shea butter is a product of African origin. Extracted from the nut of the shea Karite tree, this product has found its way into a number of beauty products for the hair and skin. Shea butter has great moisturising and healing properties for the hair and scalp and it restores shine to hair and protects it. Shea butter is readily available in its virgin form. You can easily whip it up with a few oils and other ingredients for use on your hair and scalp at home. By using the right proportions, you will have a product that softens quickly when in your hands and is easy to apply to your hair and scalp.

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Things you need

  • Oil & Shea Butter Hair Whip
  • 227gr. unrefined shea butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 29.6ml. fragrance oil
  • Hand blender
  • Microwave
  • Storage container
  • Oil & Shea Butter Conditioner
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brewed coffee
  • Fragrance oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yoghurt
  • One egg
  • Hand blender
  • Microwave
  • Storage container

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  1. 1

    Place 227gr of unrefined shea butter in a dish and microwave it on medium heat for about a minute. Make sure the butter does not boil over.

  2. 2

    Put the melted shea butter in the hand blender with half a cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Whip it for 20 minutes. When it starts to thicken, place the bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Add an ounce of your favourite fragrance and whip the shea butter for a further 20 minutes. The oil and shea butter hair and scalp whip is ready.

  4. 4

    Apply shea butter hair whip to your scalp and hair when your hair is wet or damp for the best results.

  1. 1

    Mix a teaspoon each of olive oil and shea butter in a hand blender.

  2. 2

    Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of brewed and cooled coffee. Blend again until well mixed.

  3. 3

    Heat the whipped mixture in the microwave for a short time and whip it together once again. Mix in a few drops of your favourite perfume, fragrance or oil to provide it with a pleasant aroma, 1 1/2 tablespoons of yoghurt and one egg. Cool the mixture and it is ready for use.

Tips and warnings

  • For the shea butter mix to really penetrate your hair, once applied, wrap your hair in a warm damp towel until the towel cools. This will allow the oil and shea butter hair and scalp whip to work better.
  • Use organic oils whenever possible. This will allow a homemade product to be even more natural and effective.
  • Some aromatic oils you can add are ylang ylang, lavender, coconut oil, orange oil and rosemary oil.
  • Avoid using a conditioner after you have rinsed your hair of the shea butter mix.
  • If there are no water-based products in the shea butter mixture, it can be stored unrefrigerated.
  • The beneficial properties of shea butter begin to diminish after about two years.
  • Pure shea butter should have a nutty scent. If yours doesn't have one, it may be expired or refined.

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