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How to get the most out of your braids

Hey Curly Naturals!,

Whether you need a break from your hair, looking to rock a new style or just want a good old protective style here are a few tips to ensure that you get the most out of your box braids.

Laying the foundation. 

Before having your braids done it is. important to rinse your fibre.

Hair fibre has an alkaline later sprayed onto it to prevent mold growing onto it. This alkaline layer, throws your scalps pH of balance, this is why some Naturals have an irritated and itchy scalp.

How to rinse your fibre. 

Remove your fibre from the packaging leaving the elastic on. You can choose to undo the braid or not. I do because it makes the drying process faster. (but still leaving the elastic band on)

  • Pour water into a small basin
  • Followed by roughly half a bottle of white spirit vinegar
  • Allow this mixture to soak for 20 – 30 minutes. (you should see a white layer float on top of the hair this is the alkaline layer that you removing)
  • Rinse your hair fibre throughly with some clean water. Repeat this process if necessary.
  • Loop the fibre around the neck of a hanger and leave to dry completely before installing.

Before installing your braids

Do a full cleanse and deep conditioning session.

Your hair will not see the day of light for a while and having a dirty scalp and dry hair will defeat the purpose of braid stint

On the day of or the night before having your braids installed go through your normal wash day, ending with a thorough DC session.

Installing your braids

When installing your braids ensure that the thickness of your braid complements your hair density. Braids that are too thick and thin will cause stress on your hair follicles and edges causing breakage and hairline issues.

You also don’t want your braids to be too tight this can be uncomfortable and may cause headaches.

Taking care/After care. 

Having your hair in braids does not mean you get to pass on still taking care of your hair.

Spritz your hair daily with your Favorite hair spray or diy it (add insta post here)

It’s possible to wash your hair. It will be slightly different to your normal wash day but it’s definitely possible.

This is a rough outline of how I did my wash day. It goes without saying that you should do what is best for your hair however below is a guideline of how my wash day went when I had my braids.

I started off by sectioning my hair into 4

Applied shampoo to my roots and gently massage each braid (there weren’t many 😂)

I rinsed my head and followed with a deep conditioner followed by another rinse and working some leave in conditioner into my braids.

I ended with my homemade spritz to add moisture

 

Here’s to a successful Braiding stint and hoping you are able make the most of having braids.

SACG 😉

 

 

 

Curly Education 101

5 Tips to Long term Protective Styling

Hey Curly Naturals!

In 2018 I did a 10 month consecutive protective style stint. Ever since then my hair has hardly been worn out. I would even go as far as calling myself a chronic protective styler.

Here are a few of my tips on how to successfully do protective styling long term. 

Cleanse, detangle, moisturize and seal. 

Basically wash your hair. 

Whether you do this weekly, bi weekly or monthly (according to your hair needs and preferences). This is the first step and the foundation of any natural hair regime(n).  Since you won’t be touching your hair a lot. It is important that you make sure you add all the care into your hair until you take down your protective style. 

A clean scalp is also extremely important for the health of your hair and to promote hair growth. 

You cannot start something without having a good foundation. 

Choose easy hairstyles

I am basing this one on when you style your own hair. I have 3 hairstyles (recently its been 4 but I have yet to perfect it) that I can do without having to stand hours in front of the mirror.  Find a style that you can do relatively well and perfect it. An easy hairstyle will also mean that you follow through with protective styling and makes the prospect of protective styling so much more appealing. 

More on hairstyles

If you are bored of your current style, do a variation or add hair accessories.  I like to do a single flat twist on each side of my head but when I get bored I do a middle path or 2 strand twists. 

Refresh every few days 

This one is a bit new to me, I’ve only been doing it for +/- 18 months. I used to do my hair every day, that was until Sameera, a fellow natural, advised me to wear/use a satin scarf at night. I liked my satin scarf but did not use it much and thought that my satin pillowcase was enough. (it was not) I also didn’t think that I needed a satin scarf at night. Clearly my satin pillow case was not enough because although my hair did not come loose, 

I now diligently wear my satin scarf and on average refresh my hair on day 3 or 4.  

Refreshing your hair can be anything from

  • Doing a quick co-wash if your hair really needs it. 
  • Homemade spritz or a hair refresher from your favorite brand
  • Untying, wetting and applying some leave in conditioner followed by a hair sealant.

Rotate your hairstyles

I always get asked how I still have edges even though I do a lot of protective styling and rotating my hairstyles is the answer. 

This serves 2 purposes. Repetitive hairstyles can cause damage as the same areas are being put under stress resulting in damage or hair breakage. Variety is the spice of life and changing your hairstyle will avoid you from getting bored easily and remain consistent with protective styling.

If you have been wanting to attempt long-term protective styling, I hope these tips come in handy and encourage you to make your move!

SACG 😉

 
Curly Education 101

3 tips to the perfect roller set

Hey Curly Naturals,

So if you have been following me on the Insta/Gram you will know that about 2 weeks ago I attempted my 3 (and most successful) roller set in my 6 year Natural Journey.

Yep, it took me 6 years and 3 attempts to perfect a rollerset. So if it takes a seasoned natural like me to perfect a roller set cut yourself some slack if you are struggling.

Use oil sparingly

My very first roller set I followed my normal LOC method (even
overcompensating by using more product thinking that this is what my hair needed and that this was going to result in a aweosome roller set, I was wrong very, very wrong!!) this was my first and biggest mistake. Oil will result in your hair taking ages to dry or not even drying it all. If you do want to apply oilI suggest being very stingy or better yet applying it after your take down.

Use products sparingly

For the same reason as above. When I applied my normal amount of product I had a lot of product build up that resulted in me having to wet my hair and do a normal wash and go just 2 days later. I would advise that you instead opt for a light weight styler (suited to your hair type or one that you prefer).

Use the correct roller size

This I wouldn’t consider a very big deal unless you are using orange rollers on a twa afro. Try and match the rollers that you use to length of your hair, you might also find that certain parts of your hair will need a different size roller go with that. When I done my first and second roller set I used green and orange rollers it did take my hair a little longer to try, whereas with this third attempt I mainly used purple rolles with a few green ones on the sides. This resulted in my hair dry faster.

Have you done a roller set and, what was your experience?

Untitled designPhoto by Alberto Bobbera on Unsplash

SACG;)

Support Local

Support Local II: 5 Natural hair and Lifestyle Brands

Hey Curly Naturals,
The reception of the first Support Local post was very well received and I hope that it encourages and make aware of all the great local brand .This post is a mix of both lifestyle and hair.

Krul kop society

The t-shirt that caught my eye from Krul Kop Society was their Curly, confident and Courageous T-shirt. This Natural hair apparel brand was founded by Abigail Witbooi. Krul Kop Society’s aim is to create a culture of authenticity , self love and self acceptance.Their merchandise includes t-shirts (with affirmations celebrating and uplifting a Natural

Brown Child

Is a Natural hair range that I’ve been hearing about so much in the SA Natural hair community. Created by Kerabo Mothapo who struggled to find a range that did not make her hair dry and at the same time, wanting to realize her own hair goals she decided to create the range. The range includes:

  • A Sulphate free shampoo
  • Moisturizing conditioner
  • Moisturizing hair butter
  • Leave-in conditioning spray

Overall the range is priced really well and I am definitely looking out to trying it out.

Kikkaboo hats

Kikkaboo hats was born out of a mother’s need to make sure that her daughter’s hair is taken care of and protected. After having some trouble finding a satin pillow case Claire made one herself and later sold some to a few friends and that’s how Kikkaboo grew. Kikkaboo has some of the most colourful satin bonnets,satin pillow cases, the latest  is 2m satin scarf (talk about styling options!) Since some of the fabric is imported and hats are made in small batches colours and patterns may vary resulting in a completely unique hat.

Lavish Atelier

I discovered Lavish at the 2016 My Hair Story hosted by My Natural. Founder of Lavish Atelier believes that hair care goes beyond styling and hair products. The brand offers a range of Satin lined hair accessories including

  • Satin lined do rags
  • Satin lined beanies
  • Silk pillowcases
  • Ankara collection (a turban and a bow made from typical African print)
  • Hair towels (towel made from t-shirt material that doubles as head wrap)

No Negative Decor

I met Founder of No Negative Decor, Charlene Ruben, at a Vintage Market one Saturday. Charlene makes beautiful items using a technique called Macrame. As a mother of 3 living remotely in the desert , she had no choice but to make something out of nothing; making a toy box from old cupboard doors or bread boards from an old bed base, this soon became an obsession an ultimately a business. Charlene only sources local natural raw materials, experiments with botanical dyes (I’ve seen on her insta stories that she tried using Avocado as a dye!) and spends time at thrift stores looking for pre-loved items to integrate into one of her pieces.

If you have any Local brands that you love and think the rest of the world should know about comment below so that we can continue Supporting Local.

SACG ;

Oil series

Oil Series: Macadamia (nut) oil

Hey Curly Naturals

Carrier oils are very much apart of our journey’s as much as a sulfate free shampoo and Wash days. A few months ago I discovered Macadamia Nut oil, I realized that there is more to oils than EVOO and  Coconut oil over the next few months I will delving into lessor known oils and hopefully this will encourage you to broaden your oil horizons.

As per the name, the oil is made from the pressed meat of the Macadamia nuts, which is Native to Australia. The oil is a pale yellow in colour and has both a nutty smell and flavour.

Benefits of Macadamia Nut oil

  • It is often used as an emollient (an emollient is used in cosmetics to protect, moisturize, and lubricate the skin)
  • Macadamia nut oil contains Squalene, occurs naturally in our bodies. It helps reduce oxidative stress on the skin, help prevent wrinkles, age spots and other sign of aging.
  • The Oil high is highin monosaturated fats (i.e healthy fats so I go crazy on the salad dressing.

On Natural Hair

When it comes to Natural hair macadamia oil is great to tame frizz,it penetrates the hair shaft and gives hair shine.Through extensive research I have only found one article that claimed that Macadamia Nut oil is suitable for Medium porous hair other articles have had nothing but praise Macadamia nut oil for being good for natural hair, the OG Natural hair site Naturally curly has given the heads up on the oil with some product recommendations as well.

My personal experience with the product on my hair was two fold. My first try was as a prepoo (which I normally do for oils that aren’t suited for low po hair) the oil was lightweight, left my hair soft and shiny. When I tried it during my LOC the results were slightly different, when applying the oil wasn’t as seamless as when I apply grapeseed oil, my hair also did not feel as moisturized and the “seal” that I am used to when doing my LOC method. Having said that my hair was about 60% wet so I will have to out my final verdict. 

On your skin

I have personally used it on my skin, (face first) the oil was not only light weight but also absorbed very easily into my skin, my skin felt moisturized but not oily unlike other oils that have that omniscient presence when you apply it.

Since the initial use on my face I decided to be a little experimental and created my own body oil (not too much though in case it did not work too well) again I was pleasantly surprised. I added a few drops of my favorite essential oils and just like on my skin it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, which makes me excited to try it in summer to see how well its non-greasiness holds up against the heat.

If you are worried about the Nutty smell that Macadamia Nut oil has, the essential oils masks the Nuttiness really well, so no need to worry about walking around smelling like a nut butter.

So that is Macadamia Nut oil in a Nutshell 😉

Support Local

Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter {Review}

Hey Curly Naturals,

I was all excited until it came to actually get getting this post out, I haven’t done a review in almost 2 years so I feel like a review virgin. Thankfully I went over some old posts from years back which helped, so read on to get the full scoop.

About 3 weeks ago I was chosen by Natural hair.co.za as one of 6 content creators to review the Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter.

Continue reading “Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter {Review}”

Curly Education 101

Plastic Free July: Natural Hair Edition

Hey Curly Naturals,

In the month of July, millions of people take a pledge to reduce their
single use plastic consumption and in doing so becoming part of the one of the most influential environmental movements; Plastic Free July.

Zero waste/ Plastic free Grocery stores are becoming the new normal. Most look like the stores that our grandparents were familiar, you could even say that we are going back to our old ways (all for good reasons though). Check out these Zero waste stores:

Nude Foods: The first Plasic Free Grocery Store has 2 branches in Cape Town one in 5 Constituion Street in the East City Precint and Newlands Montebello Design centre in Newlands Drive

Shop Zero: Located in Woodstock has a lifestyle focus on Zero waste living and offer shipping nationwide.

The Refillery: Joburg is not left far behind with store opening its doors in March of this year. They offer both food and lifestyle alternatives.

Durban is also spoiled with 2 zero waste stores

  • The Good Source:  the store is situated in Hillcrest outside of
  • House of Bravo that is situated in Florida Fields in Florida Road.

Last but not least Lush: Lush was definetly ahead of its time, althought not a grocery store, Lush has been filling our noses with wonderful smells, cruelty  and packaging free cosmetics for the past 23 years.

 

Bringing it closer to I am going to show you Natural Plastic free
alternatives.

Ditch Shampoo bottles for Shampoo Bars

Shampoo Bar
Shampoo Bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its all in the name, the liquid surfectant condensed into a bar. The ones that I have used are usually chock full of good surfactants (I mean there is only so much you fit into a bar of soap) oils, butters and they foam really well. Another upside is that they are easy to travel with since no decanting into smaller containers.

Liquid Soap:

Kafui Black Liquid Soap - SA Curly Girl
Kafui Black Liquid Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Brand Kafui Naturals has their Blackliquid soap on tap at NudeFoods. Take your existing containers and buy as much (or little) as you need)

 

Ditch Conditioner bottles for Conditioner Bars

Conditioner Bars - SA Curly Girl
Conditioner Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very familiar with shampoo bars but I couldn’t conceive that
conditioner bars could actually be made. Until one day I found a humble bar (that I tried at work) It ticked all the natural hair boxes: slip,moisture and de-tangling is a breeeeze!

 

Flaxseed (Gel) is your friend

I’ve written about Flax seed gel before in fact I done a 2 part series. I
was converted after making my first batch. These little seeds are packedwith Omega 3 and B Vitamins (so yep you are applying all that goodnessstraight onto you hair) So I’ve mentioned one reason but here are a few more:

  • Its inexpensive to make (Flaxseeds are cheap gals and guys)
  • Its easy to make
  • You can pimp it up
  • It works on all hair types and porosity

 

The Perfect Hair

The Perfect hair
Image: The Perfect Hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Brand, The perfect hair has some of their products in glass jars
and are returnable for R10. You hit 3 birds with one stone: support
local, using less plastic and R10 deposit.

 

On Tap

Cape Town based Grocery Store Nude Foods offer Oil and Vinegars on tap.

Oil:

Macadamia Nut and Olive Oil is available on tap (take your own jar/ bottle or buy one in store)

Macadamia Nut and Olive Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinegar

White Spirit Vinegar: For claifying your fiber before braiding your hair
ACV:Raw with mother, both conventional and Organic for your ACV rinses, masks and sprays.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conventional & Organic
Apple Cider Vinegar Conventional & Organic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Spirit Vinegar
White Spirit Vinegar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the world of plastic free and a zero9 waste lifestyle was foreign to you and daunting , I hope this post has shed light onto it and that you will dip your toe into it.

SACG 😉

Support Local

Support Local: Natural Hair Brands

Hey Curly Naturals,

Local is lekker they say, yet not many of do not support our local businesses and even if we wanted to we do not know where to go and who to support. Support Local is a series of blog posts where I will be sharing Local brands with you. The posts will not be exclusively for Natural hair brands or products. My aim is to make people aware of Local brands and Businesses that they are able to support.

For my first post in this series I thought it would only be natural to start with Natural hair brands.

Curly Chemistry:

Curl Chemistry
image: Curl Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cape Town based hair range was started by Liezel Katzen in 2016. The First product to launch was the Curl activating cream. By using local reps to sell products, Curl Chemistry creates jobs, you save on delivery costs and buy a product from a familiar like minded Natural. Besides being paraben,silicone and sulphate free; the range is also vegan friendly and safe to use on kids.  IG: @curlchemistry, Website: http://www.curlchemistry.co.za

 

 

 

The Perfect Hair:

The Perfect hair
Image: The Perfect Hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect hair was one of the first local Natural hair brands that I Found on the market. The company was founded by Tarryn Gill. Tarryn initially started off by selling international hair products suited for Naturals, after little support from international brands and high prices, she sought out to create a local affordable brand that is also recycleable (yep most of the products come in glass). The brand has 3 ranges aimed at the 3 major curl patterns namely; The Perfect Wave, The Perfect Curl and The Perfecr Kinky Coily. To date The Perfect hair can now be found at Edgars and Clicks as well as boasting a beard oil for men. IG: @theperfecthairoffical, Website: http://www.theperfecthair.co.za/

 

Kafui Naturals:

Image: IG @Kafuinaturals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met Kafui Awoonor at the 2016 My Hair Story event, her glowing skin and aura attracted me to her (and her brand) and ever since then it has been a firm favourite of mine. The Ghanian Born, Amsterdam raised (now living in South Africa created her brand after finding that most products for naturals contained chemicals and preservatives, Kafui set out to create a range that is all natural, preservative and chemical free.

I have personally used her Hair spray, Shea butter, Liquid Black soap and Face oil. The range is available online at Faithful to Nature, Repeat after me and Nude Foods. IG: @kafuinaturals

 

Marley Grey:

Marley Grey
Image: Facebook Marley Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded by Marion Hermans after a trial with 10 participiants with a product that she made, Marley(as she is affectionately especially within the Cape Town Natural Community although she makes it very clear that Marley Grey is not one person) sewed satin hair caps to accompany the trial. From there Marley started selling hair caps online and today you are able to Natural hair products to protect, fix, funk up your style. IG: @_marley.grey_ Website: https://marleygrey.co.za/

Buuya Beauty:

Buuya Beauty
Image: Buuya Beauty

 

 

 

 

Buuya Beauty is founded by 1 fifth of the Cape Town Naturally team Kasuba Naomi Stuurnman. The brand was formerly known as Rocking Naturals, Buuya Beauty was launched in June 2017, the range includes a cleansing cowash, revitalizing hair masque and a refreshing moisture mist. Since I have not tried the range yet I am definetly excited to get the travel pack for only 100bucks. Products are available on the Buuya Beauty Website. IG: @buuyabeauty, Website: https://buuya.co.za/

Afrobotanics:

Afrobotanics
Image: IG Afrobotanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded by Ntombenhle Khathwane in 2010, Afrobotanics was inspired by her Grandmother’s methods on how she managed her hair. The range is formulated with natural botanical oils (as the name suggests)  and derivatives that aim to moisturise, detangle and soften Natural hair. Afrobotanics has been a firm favourite of mine since my first bottle (now in a 500ml jar)  Deep penetrating moisturizing conditioner. Afrobotanics is a brand that besides being local is also great quality  and affordable. Afrobotnics is available at Clicks and Game stores. IG: @afrobotanics Website: https://afro-botanics.com/

 

 

My Natural:

My Natural
Image: My Natural

 

 

 

 

The brand is a subsidiary of Herbex (check the label) and created for the modern African woman and aimed for all hair types. My Natural, like Afrobotanics,  is a fairly decent range at an affordable price. My favorite two products in the range are the Strengthening oil,it is great for low porous hair and the smell gets me every time and the Hair butter, which is thick yet spreadable and gives my hair a good seal when I am protective styling. You will find My Natural firmly positioned in the Hair care isle at your nearest Clicks. IG: _mynatural_hair Website: https://mynatural.co.za/

Hair talks by Tay:

Hair talks by Tay
Image: Facebook Hair talks by Tay

 

 

 

 

 

Hair talks by Tay is founded by Tayane Lee, she started her business afte hosting an even with a few naturals and saw the importance of sharing knowledge. She started getting serious about creatung a brand that will empower communities to embrace their hair by knowing how to maintain and style it. Her products are very affordable and will definetly not break the bank.  IG: @hairtalksbytay

 

 

Keep a look out for the next Support Local edition and lets Support Local!

SACG 🙂

Hair Journey

Midweek Refresher/How I refresh my hair

Hey Curly Naturals.

Midweek refreshers are great for when your hair needs a pick me up. Although this post is called a Midweek refresher I do it just about anytime when my hair is in need of a moisture boost. This routine was fairly common when I done a lot of wash and go’s.

So this is how I usually do my midweek refresher.

1 :Moisture:

There are one of 2 options depending how thirstay my hair.

  • Just add Water: if my hair is  then I will just give it a good douse of H2o followed by my leave in conditioner.
  • Co-wash: If my hair is thirstay and needs some extra TLC, co-wash my hair (usually with Tresemme Botaniques) , followed by adding a leave in.

2: Seal it up!

Moisturizing means nothing without sealing it up I use my favorite carrier oil, usually grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, Avocado oil or the My Natural Strengthening oil which is really great for low porous hair.

3: Style and set

Again there are 2 options.

  • Wash and go: I’ll use a defining styler to make my curls pop. (Flax seed gel, Aunt Jackie’s Curl la la, Aunt Jackie’s Baby Girl Curls, Twirling and Twisting Custard)
  • Protective styling: I’ll use a thick styling butter for that extra protection and then set up my style( Afrobotanics Kids Hair butter or My Natural moisturizing hair butter)

For the quick pick me up the day before or on wash day when I just need to go out I do the following:

  • Give my hair a good douse of h2o
  • apply leave in.
  • use hair spritzer (I like the Afrobotanics Black Pearl hair Juice or Twisted Sista 30 Second Curl Spray, check out my insta post below 😉 )
  • Fluff it up or style it and I am good to go.

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#Happyhumpday! 🐫 Not only does it mean we are closer to the weekend or also means that miss hair is in need of a serious dose of moisture before wash day and my mandatory DC sesh. This is where hair sprays come in. I make sure my hair is adequately moisturized (see my previous post) Add in a mini detangle session and then proceed to style. Products featured: *Kafui's Hair spray The Aloe Vera Juice gives my hair a much needed moisture boost, the vanilla tapers off into a soft powdery scent during the day great for low porous girls. Also locally made and 100% natural. Need a bigger bottle of this good stuff….. *Afrobotanics Black Pearl Hair Juice At first a skeptic I was very surprised by the results. The light weight formula is great for low porous girls, BTMS leaves my hair soft and has a great scent as well. *Twisted Sista 30 second Curl Spray This one has my hair looking from drab and dull to shiny and moisturized. Its light weight and I love that it makes my hair look good even when it needs a wash. What is your mid week routine to make sure your curls keep popping? #curlyhair #naturalhair #hairspray #curls #southafricannatural #type3c

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Do you also do quick refreshers when your needs some TLC but it’s not wash day yet?

 

SACG 😉

Curly Education 101

Shea Butter in a Nutshell {+Shea Butter whip recipe}

Hey Curly Naturals,

“What is Shea butter?

“How do you use it”

“what does it do?”

These are probably 3 questions that I have gotten since I started selling Shea butter again.  In this post I will answer these questions  and also a recipe for your own Shea butter whip.

The butter/ fat is extracted by removing the kernel from the Shea Tree seed, it then gets ground into a powder and then boiled in water. This is when the butter rises to the top and solidifies.

How is Shea butter made?

It is the fat extracted from the nut of Shea Tree that is indigenous to Africa.The train mainly grows in West Africa and in 21 African Countries in Africa. Unprocessed or raw Shea butter is Ivory in colour and has a distinct waxy smell.

The breakdown is on a video that I watched and shows how it made in traditionally in the North of Ghana. The process is labour intensive and after watching this video I appreciate not only the product but also the price.

  • The harvesting season for Shea nuts are from June to August
  • Shea nuts are roasted and after wards they are sorted.
  • The nuts are then crushed into a powder and then kneaded.
  • At this point in the process there is what looks like a creamy paste that surfaces to the top and separates from the water.
  • This paste is then boiled and then cooled down. The end result is Shea Butter as we know it.

What makes Shea butter so good?

  • First and foremost it is a natural product.
  • It has anti inflammatory properties .
  • It is a powerful moisturiser (my ashy elbows are a testament to that)
  • Shea butter contains Vitamin A, E and F (all which help to maintain your skin, helps premature aging and wrinkles)
  • The high levels of Cinnamic acid make it a natural sunscreen.
  • It can also be used in food production , I have found it listed as an ingredient in chocolate
  • For your hair you can use it as a sealant or to make your own homemade deep conditioners.

How to make your own Shea Butter whip

Tools you will need:

  • Stick blender with a whisk attachment
  • A bowl
  • Spatula
  • measuring spoons
  • Small jar/pot to store your Shea butter in
  • Shea butter
  • Carrier oil of your choice (I used coconut oil)
  • essential oil of your choice
  1. Start by placing your Shea butter in a bowl and then blending without adding any of your carrier oil or essential oil.

(Blending the butter before hand adds some air to it and makes the rest of the blending process easier .If you are using a stick blender, blending in an anti clockwise motion spreads all the Shea butter to the outside, a clockwise motion lets the Shea butter come together nicely, allowing you more control)

 

Organic Shea Butter
Shea Butter Unwhipped

  1. Add your carrier oil, starting off with a little and then blending add more if it is not the consistency that you desire. Stop adding carrier right before you get the desired consistency.

Shea Butter with Coconut Oil
Shea Butter with Coconut Oil

  1. Follow up with a few drops of your essential oil and blend. If your Shea butter whip is still not the desired consistency, add the remainder of your carrier oil and then do a final blend
  2. Transfer your whip to your container and enjoy your own labor of love.

Homemade Shea Butter whip in a jar - SA Curly Girl
Homemade Shea Butter whip in a jar

The ratio that I used was 30ml of Shea butter and 15ml of coconut oil that resulted in my butter whip to be easily spreadable and almost melting as soon as it makes contact with my hand. Adjust the ratio if you want a thicker or thinner whip (step 4 should help with that)

Clean up

Your tools will definitely be very oily, add some dish washing liquid to a basin followed by hot water (even boiling water) once the water is cool enough to handle, add a few drops of dish washing liquid to a sponge and scrub all the greasy tools down. Rinse with hot water.

Your Shea butter whip should last for about 12 months

I hope that this post has given you a little more insight into how Shea butter and all the answers that you might have.

ND 😉