Hair butter is a great alternative to oils. They are thicker and more controllable. Hair butter is a natural blend of organic oils and unrefined butter that acts as a moisturizing sealant to keep the hair hydrated and free from breakage.
Hair butter is great for protective styles such as twist out, braid out, bantu knots, and sleek buns. They are also perfect for laying your edges and smoothing your ends. It can be applied daily.
A hair butter can be a simple mixture of natural butters (Shea, mango or cocoa butters) and oils like coconut, olive oil, and almond oil.
In this post, you will learn two hair butter recipes that you can make at home using shea butter or mango butter.
Whipped Shea Hair Butter
This is one of the easiest DIY hair butter recipes that requires a few ingredients.
Shea butter is an all-round multi-purpose, tried, and tested moisturizing butter for the hair. It easily penetrates the hair shaft and scalp for effective conditioning. Moreover, it is safe to use on all types of hair, even hair that’s damaged, dry, or color-treated.
1 cup of Shea butter
⅛ cup of coconut oil
⅛ cup of hempseed oil
⅛ cup of castor oil
2-3 drops of tea tree oil
Put the shea butter to a bowl, add the coconut oil, hemp seed oil, castor oil, and tea tree oil to the bowl. Mix all ingredients together using a whisking machine until it looks like a soft batter. Transfer the mixture to a container for storage. Your whipped shea butter is ready to use.
Mango Butter Recipe
Mango butter is another great alternative for people who are allergic to shea butter. It is made from the mango seed. Mango butter offers great benefits for both hair and skin. This butter is often incorporated into leave-in conditioners. It is relatively light when compared to shea butter and it is great for keeping the hair moisturized yet fluffy and bouncy.
One cup of mango butter
Aloe vera gel
Put the mango butter in a bowl. Then place the bowl in boiling water to melt the butter. Add the avocado oil, castor oil, argan oil, and few drops of vitamin E to the melted butter and mix thoroughly. Put the mixture in the fridge to solidify. Once the mixture has solidified, cut the solid butter into smaller pieces. Then, add the aloe vera gel and whisk thoroughly until a soft batter is formed. Place mixture in a container and store in a cool, dry place.
Tips for using hair butter
Hair butter can work for all hair types. For some, it can be used on the ends of the hair to smoothen frizzy ends. For others, butter works as an edge tamer or to smoothen the hair and add shine. Oftentimes, you do not need too much, only a dab would go a long way. Here’s how hair butter can be used;
- For stylings such as twist outs, braid outs, bantu knots, and sleek buns.
- Used as a heat protectant.
- Applied daily on both dry and damp hair.
- Used on dry, split ends to prevent breakage.
- Used to seal in moisture
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