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- Place 3 TBSP raw, unrefined shea butter in a double boiler. I like ivory shea butter best but, if you like, you can also use yellow shea butter. They both come from the nut of the Karite tree. However, yellow shea butter has Borututu tree roots (a medicinal plant) added during the milling process to give it a golden color and to make it slightly more firm.
- NOTE: If your shea butter is pure white in color, it is refined. As someone who is 67% West African, in my family, buying refined shea butter is a cardinal sin! It’s just not done. Besides, the refinement process (i.e., bleaching, deodorizing, etc.) can leave harmful toxins in the final product. It also tends to remove most of the beneficial properties of shea butter, which pretty much defeats the purpose of buying shea butter in the first place.
- Add 3 TBSP of avocado oil. Once butter and oil melts, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Avocado oil is rich in Vitamins B and E. It works at the cellular level to help protect and strengthen hair, repair scalp damage, prevent hair loss, and promote healthy hair growth. Avocado oil nourishes and rejuvenates dehydrated skin and hair to improve texture and appearance by controlling frizz, adding shine, and fighting split ends.
- Add ¾ cup aloe vera gel to butter/oil mixture.
- Add ½ tsp vitamin e oil.
- Whip all ingredients with an electric hand mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes.
- I remove one beater (i.e., only use one beater) for this whole process to avoid overcrowding the bowl or having to use a vessel 10x larger than necessary.
- OPTIONAL: Add essential oils.
- Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes to congeal and gently stir.
- Finished product does not need to be refrigerated.
- You can also leave the product at room temp to congeal on its own, but this will take at least 3-4 hours. Refrigeration speeds up the process.
- Transfer contents into an 8 oz. jar. Product is now ready for use.
- Happy styling!