The Nappy Mixtress' Experiments..
I was browsing the natural hair section on Youtube earlier today, as you do, and I came across Jemy1415’s Natural Hair D.I.Y: Creamy and Whipped Shea butter.
Like honestly, go and watch the video here, it looks like whipped cream! Delicious. I had most of the ingredients so I figured why the hell not! My mum wanted me to make her a batch for her locs so why not make it look good enough to eat!
I followed the instructions exactly, except exchanging the grape-seed oil with glycerin, and not adding the tea tree oil as I didn’t have any. :(
A whole 40 minutes of mixing (thank gosh I have a stand mixer) and it was still looking like oily goop :(
What did I do wrong?!
After consulting my scientist boyfriend, we (he) figured out that the grapeseed oil was vital in creating the fluffy consistency as it contained a high percentage of a special acid (linoleic acid) which causes the desired chemical reaction to take place. (Seriously I love this guy. If he wasn’t around, I’d probably be sobbing miserably on the kitchen floor by now.)
So he pops off to the shops to get a natural emulsifier, corn oil, and we (I) also added about 25g more of shea butter, and tablespoon more of glycerin. I was desperate for this to work…
FINALLY! It started to fluff and look delicious, and I did several little jigs whilst simultaneously cooking dinner.
Lo and behold, the end result!
Doesn’t it look good enough to eat?! Unfortunately I didn’t put enough lavender fragrance to cover the nutty smell, but next time I can experiment more! It’s very oily but I figured it’s because I added more to it in desperation. If I followed the recipe to the T, I figured it’d be much better.
If you have the ingredients, try it out. Being a mixtress is fun, cheaper and a lot more satisfying if you know that everything that goes on your body is natural!