Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Homemade Shealoe

How to Make Your Own Hair Putty

This one was for the Mr. who has been very skeptical (to say the least) when it has come to my homemade bathroom products! He has been so supportive and will try anything I've made in the kitchen but I can read him pretty good and noticed a change in tune since moving to the bathroom. He is still very supportive, but not quite sure about the crazy lady that has decided to try her hand at making almost anything we use. He likes his smell-good products that work and I am up for the challenge ... but it's going to take time. SO for now I can at least say I've tried all of these bathroom products (with a few yet to go) and we will leave it at that. 

Overall, I mentioned back in my homemade shaving cream post about not sure if I liked the feel of almond oil, but I am beginning to wonder if it's the Shea butter I don't like. When I purchased my Shea butter, it was the first time I had ever seen, smelt, or felt raw Shea butter. I have read that it can go bad, but since I have nothing to compare it to I can't make an education opinion. However, for now my opinion is I am not a fan of the smell of Shea butter ... and neither is the Mr. ;) I have used some essential oils, but thinking I may need to use a lot more to mask the smell. With about a pound and a half left of it and I hate letting anything go to waste, I am bound and determined to find a use for it! 

store bought (left) vs. homemade (right)
Shealoe is just a combination of Shea butter and aloe vera gel. I am following a recipe from Natural Hair Rules but would really like to try this with a little beeswax for some added hold power. It can be used as a hair product or a skin moisturizer. I love the double duty idea behind this.

Homemade Shealoe

1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/4 aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons almond oil (or oil of your choice)
10 drops of cypress (optional, to help with greasy hair)
10 drops of rosemary (optional, to help with hair growth)

Whip shea butter until fluffy. Add aloe vera gel and oils. Store in an airtight container. Apply to wet or dry hair. 

I found this to be a little watery from the aloe vera gel and had a hard time getting it to blend well. Next time, if there is a next time ;), I might try straining it overnight with a colander lined with a coffee filter. I will also add more essential oils to out to the Shea butter. 

Today's Question: How attached are you to your bath product brands?

Updated 9/12/15: This is something I am still using, but very sparingly because a little goes a long way! I don't typically use it by itself, but in a combination with some gel and conditioner.  Since the new job started almost a month ago, I have noticed the need for some tweaks in my hair regime yet again. I wish I could get my hair to have the long, layered, wavy look on a regular basis but I'm think I need to take a class on how to do get it to look like that in the first place and THEN I could work it into my daily routine!  And then of course there would be the time issue of would I really want to invest that much time into my hair daily :-p! I will be the first to admit I am an ameteur when it comes to hairstyling my own hair ... I've been our family's barber and hairdresser along with a few other friends for years, but as for my own, I AM CLUELESS and it's so hard for me to invest the time needed! :) 

I find it very funny how every ones' priorities are slightly different! I have no problem spending extra time making something myself rather than running to the store to buy it BUT I cringe at the thought of spending more than 5 minutes on my own hair! It's rather goofy really when I think about my own personal justifications for what I am willing to spend time on. Hehee, oh life you are a funny thing but I couldn't image you without every moment, good or bad!

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