I just love me some Shea Butter! But there was a time that I did not like using it in its raw form and much preferred it being in the ingredients of products that I bought. That’s before I discovered whipping.
When you first get raw Shea Butter it is very thick. You must melt it in your hands by rubbing in your palms prior to putting it on your hair or it ends up just sitting on top of your strands (or at least with mine it does).
Whipping your Shea lightens it up, so it isn’t so heavy and you can just apply it to your hair without the need to take the extra step of melting it in your palms first. It makes it light, fluffy and much easier to dissolve onto your strands.
You can also create your own mixtures with Shea. Here’s how:
Step #1 – To thoroughly blend added ingredients to Shea Butter heat them all in a pot on the stove to break them down to liquid form. Don’t heat too long and keep an eye on the stove because this process only takes a couple of minutes and you don’t want to lose any of it’s beneficial properties by overheating.
Step #2 – Once it is broken down to a liquid pour into a container, cover and put into the fridge until it solidifies.
Step #3 – Now it’s whipping time! Put into a mixing bowl and whip. When you are done you can put your mixture into a nice mason jar or container.
If you plan on using water in your mixture just know that it should be kept in the fridge and discarded after a week. When you add water or products that contain water without preservatives it will become susceptible to harmful bacterial growth.
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For longer lasting shelf life it’s best to just leave water out of your DIY mixes. I know, water is the ultimate moisturizer, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry! There is a simple solution to this dilemma. First, moisturize your hair by squirting water from a spray bottle onto your hair to dampen it, then you can seal that moisture in from the water with your butter. See that was easy 🙂