Several years ago, while we were waiting to adopt our first baby, the popular topic of conversation in our adoption classes/forums was “ethnic hair care.” We quickly became familiar with a popular pink-colored lotion.
However, by the time our little girl was a year old, we realized the wheat germ oil (plus the other chemicals, probably) in the ingredients was causing rashes and other issues. So, as an alternative, we switched to coconut oil.
After awhile, I’ve also made my own version of a hair butter/cream, too, which contains coconut oil, but is easier to apply. I’ve had many adoptive mamas over the years admire our daughter’s hair, and ask what product to use!
Here is our hair butter recipe:
Homemade Hair Butter
1/4 Cup Shea Butter
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
3 Tbl Jojoba Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil
20-30 drops Sweet Orange Oil
(I think some people add in a little beeswax, too, for a bit more “texture” effect, but we haven’t needed it.)
In a double-boiler, soften Shea butter and coconut oil. (Do not melt; just soften enough so you can whip it up with the mixer.) Pour the softened oils into a mixer bowl, and use the whisk attachment to beat until fluffy.
Add in the jojoba oil, and continue mixing for about 5 minutes. Then, put into the refrigerator to cool for about 5 minutes. Continue alternating these five minute increments for about half an hour (cooling, then mixing, then cooling again).
You want a nice creamy, fluffy mixture, and the cooling helps the oils to solidify to firm up the hair butter.
Stir in essential oil.
Scoop the hair butter into a jar. Apply by combing into wet hair. (I’ve also used a tiny amount on the ends of my straight hair on occasion to reduce static frizz.)
Makes about a half pint