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My Homemade Whipped Shea Butter

My daughter is 3 years old now and somehow I am still experimenting with her hair.  I don’t have many products set in her hair regimen.  The only real constant is that I always condition, add a leave-in, oil and gel prior to braiding her hair.  Her hair is growing, but I know there is room for improvement, especially as far as hydration.  Recently, I came across Shea Butter and it’s many benefits.  The main benefits that stuck with me were that it (1) helps shed hairs slide out easily, (2) seals the hair strand helping it to retain moisture, and (3) minimizes frizz.  With that, I whipped up a batch from scratch using unrefined shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil.  And I can attest to the fact that it does in fact do all three of those things.  My daughter’s braids are noticeably neater with limited frizz on day one.   This whipped shea butter has been the first game changer for her hair.  And I have to say that the way that I am able to pull the shed hairs from her hair (tangle-free) is pretty amazing.  After getting through the first batch of whipped shea butter, it was finally time to whip up another batch.  And this time I remembered the ratios so that I could share them with you all. 

How to Make Whipped Shea Butter:

To extend your shea butter, I wouldn’t stretch it more than 1 part unrefined shea butter and 1 part oil.  To maximize the shea butter’s impact, then I’d stick with 3 parts unrefined shea butter and 1-2 parts oil.  One of the oils will need to be coconut oil to get the fluffy texture you see below.  You can also add 10-25 drops of your favorite essential oil or your favorite Ayurvedic powders for added benefits. For this most recent batch, I added 3 oz unrefined shea butter, 2 oz coconut oil and 1 oz avocado oil.

Before whipping make sure that all your ingredients are room temperature.  That will minimize the lumpiness of the final product and if you want zero lumps you can press it through a strainer after whipping.  There were a few little lumps in my mixture that you can probably see below.  But I was fine with the overall texture after I whipped it for about 10 minutes.

This recipe made enough shea butter to fill this 8 oz jar and about 1/3 of another 6 oz jar.  This batch will likely last 1-2 months of doing my daughter’s hair weekly.  Once I take down my box braids, I may try using it on my hair as well.  We’ll see…

Have you tried Shea Butter on your hair? How was it for you? Do you whip it yourself? Share your recipe below! 

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2 thoughts on “My Homemade Whipped Shea Butter

  1. Are you whipping it in a blender or with a whisk? I made some a long time ago, but it was not fluffy, it was hard so thanks for the tip about coconut oil to make it fluffy.

    1. Hey Alana,
      I made mine with a stand mixer (whisk attachment), but a hand mixer or whisk will do as well.

      If you put it in the blender you’ll get a creamier texture. But before you blend it you’ll have to melt the ingredients over a double boiler, then put it in the fridge/freezer for an hour. (Steps: 1. Melt, 2. Solidify, then 3. Blend for creamy shea butter) I hope this helps you to have better results next time!

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