If you’ve been following my posts long enough, you may remember that one post called “Things I’ve Done” or something like that. I talked about opening my Etsy shop, which is currently decommissioned while I sort through details, among other things. The main reason I opened the shop was to sell one of my staple DIY products and probably the one product I’m best known for amongst my circle of friends: my whipped shea hair and body butter. This is the lengthy description I typed around the time I put my Etsy shop together as to how such a great product came to life and why I continue to use it (original content with very light editing).
My Whipped Shea Hair & Body Butter is packed with amazing benefits that are just too numerous to summarize. With that in mind, I thought I’d shed a little light of expounding on how this mix came to be and why I love it so much.
The original intent for my Whipped Shea mix was solely to nourish my hair, so it began as a rather simple recipe. Coconut oil, castor oil, honey, and olive oil are some of the oldest ingredients in the book for many people, myself included. Coconut oil has always been popular for hair and skin for a number of medicinal qualities it has: it is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and is a great natural sun protectant. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy all of this? Luckily, there was some around the house when I had first began my hair journey, so I picked up on using it. I had also found a bottle of Jamaican Black Castor Oil at home and was intrigued. I read on the bottle’s label that it’s a very multi-purposed oil, being useful for both hair and skin as well. I know Jamaican Black Castor Oil most for its extremely restorative properties, a claim based on both many readings and months of witnessing it at work. If there is any product that became a staple the moment I used it, this would be #1.
Olive oil is often associated with how much shine and smoothness it brings to the hair and skin. Of the three mentioned oils thus far, olive oil is arguably the lightest in texture. I have always had issues with keeping my hair nicely moisturized, detangle-able (if that is a word), and overall smooth. After reading on and learning about olive oil and its benefits, I had to include it in my DIYs. With these oils alone, my tangle issues began to melt away and my hair health increased like I hoped, but moisture retention was still a bit of an issue. After going back to the drawing board, I came across this magic, mysterious term, “humectant”. A humectant draws water from the atmosphere, promoting moisture retention within the hair strand. Learning this, I went to find which products were best to do the job. Many things I found were Glycerin, Vitamin E oil, and honey. Because it is also a household item, naturally I chose honey. Not only is honey a great natural humectant, it is also an antioxidant and antibacterial. Another great fact of pure honey is that it has a really extensive shelf life when properly stored.
When I first adapted these four products into my haircare regimen, it was used mostly for a DIY hair conditioner mix that I threw together. For my first hair DIY, it was… functional. The natural texture of my hair began to peak through and the elasticity of my hair strands increased as well. These four basic ingredients were so good to me and my mane since my hair reversion.
I can’t remember an exact date or time period, but there was a day when I came across Shea Butter and Tea Tree Oil. I know I came across the two around the same time, but I believe it was from watching a video by one of the many hair gurus I follow. African Shea Butter has been used for ages and is best known for its buttery smooth texture. Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the Karite Tree, indigenous to parts of Africa. Shea butter is a considerably medium butter, meaning that it’s not so thick that it takes long to melt down but it isn’t so thin that it smooths like olive oil on the skin. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is also rich in many vitamins our bodies would greatly appreciate. Shea butter is best used as a sealant for hair because of its thickness, especially for those with thinner hair or higher porosity.
Around the same time I learned more on Shea Butter, I came across essential oils. There are so many on circuit, ciphering through all of them would take forever. But there was one that stood out to me: Tea Tree Essential Oil. Much like the rest of these ingredients, it has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties, but what I hadn’t seen yet was a product with anti-microbial properties. Anti-microbial is a fancy way of referring to a product that can fend off the growth or activity of microorganisms growing or deteriorating the health of a given product. I found that tea tree oil is a great preservative for this reason, but also makes for a great bug repellent or small pest control (something that I had quickly made use of, and seen decent results from). I grabbed hold of shea butter and tea tree oil as soon as I could because I had a new DIY in mind.
Taking all of these ingredients and a hand mixer, I made my second haircare DIY and the first edition of my Whipped Shea Hair & Body Butter. I loved every ounce of this stuff. Every mix came out differently but I knew which consistencies worked best for me. I liked my whip to be a frothy batter initially because once it settles, it becomes a thicker butter that melts upon contact with the skin. Applying this to my hair after washing kept the moisture in for anywhere from 5 -7 days and made my hairstyles smooth, fluffy, and bouncy. After my showers, I would always rub some over my face, as I still do to this day. I noticed my skin to be softer and more radiant, as well as seeing a few dark spots start to fade.
The last addition to the mix was Jojoba oil, which is actually more of a liquid wax. Jojoba oil is known to be the closest to mimic the body sebum, a natural oil produced anywhere hair grows. Sebum is purposed to coat the hair strand and protect it from the environment, a reason some may find “water washing” or a rinse-only hair regiment to aid in helping sebum do its job. However, a fair alternative to a rinse-only method is incorporating jojoba oil into your routine, something I decided to do.
I have been using this body butter ever since I found out how my body can benefit from all of these ingredients, and haven’t looked back since. The health and quality of my hair and skin have been increasing thanks to this DIY product. Naturally, I received inquiries about the product; of course, I responded with presents. Thus, I decided to add it into my Etsy shop for any who wish to try it as well. Hopefully, all who do will witness the amazing additive benefits this product has, and will continue to support KraftyCatZiller.