If you’re into styling your natural hair like I am, you might find yourself limited by the lack of styling products in stores. Most commercial hair styling products are horrible for your hair. Sometimes, I need extra help keeping my hair slick in a hairdo and this homemade wax does the job perfectly while still keeping my hair nourished.
Before we start, I’ll be talking about the benefits of some of the ingredients in this recipe, if you’re not quite interested and want to jump right into it, scroll down.
Benefits of Used Ingredients
Shea butter is considered a natural hair conditioner. It is said to repair damaged hair, particularly split ends and breakage, and protect it from harsh conditions. One particular benefit I value it for is keeping curls in place.
Cocoa butter is one of those magical ingredients I can’t get enough of, and neither can my hair. If you add it directly to your hair, you’ll see immediate replenishment of moisture and healthy shine to every strand (which is why it is part of my daily routine). Its light consistency makes it so easy for skin & hair to absorb, so your hair won’t be left cakey or oily. The fact that it smells heavenly light is definitely a bonus.
Coconut oil, like shea butter, it is claimed to be very nourishing for the hair; but, watch out if you’re using this oil as a small amount goes a long way and an abundance can cause hair to dry rather than soften.
Jojoba oil is another beautiful light oil. You can apply this directly to your hair as much as you want and it leaves no trace of residue. I have yet to see a hair type that isn’t fond of this light nourishing oil.
Walnut oil offers an amazing boost of shine, but its smell makes it hard to use on its own, so I love incorporating it into recipes.
Castor oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial for skin and hair. The antioxidants in castor oil also support the keratin in hair and help make hair stronger, smoother, and less frizzy.
Beeswax is the star of today’s recipe. It moisturizes the hair as well as gives it the desired hold we’re looking for. However, it’s not easy to find grated beeswax that can be measured using a spoon. Though it is available at the Bio Shop, on those days when I can’t find it, I just buy beeswax candles from Neferatari and chop them up. Hence, I included both the number of spoons and the measurement of the chunk you’ll need from the candles in the recipe below.
Wheat germ oil, your number one source for vitamin E, or tocopherol, is well-known for its skin benefits and is easily absorbed into the skin and hair. It is highly moisturizing, which makes it an ideal addition to hair products. The vitamin E content also keeps the oil from becoming rancid, thereby increasing a cosmetic or hair care product's shelf life.
Lavender essential oil, besides its divine scent and calming effects, is said to promote hair growth, act as an antimicrobial, and possibly help prevent lice! I personally use this oil in my daily water spray bottle for the freshness it provides.
**All other essential oils are present purely for the purpose of offering an interesting scent and can be replaced according to preference.
So Let's Start Cooking!
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 1tbsp cocoa butter
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp walnut oil
- ½ tsp castor oil
- 2 tsp or 4 cms beeswax
After cooling add,
- ¼ vitamin E oil [wheat germ]
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
Create a small water bath by adding water in a main pot and add your heat ingredients (all except the wheat germ oil and essential oils) to a smaller pot that should be placed in the middle of your little water bath. Bring the water to a simmer and wait for everything to melt. It might take a bit of time for the beeswax to melt, so don’t panic, just give it time.
Now, we have to move fast as you don’t want the beeswax to dry up. Quickly, remove the small pot from the heat (using silicone gloves or tongs) and quickly add the vitamin E & essential oils while stirring.
Pour the mix into a ready tin can (mine are from lush, but you could use one of those pyrex mini glass lunch boxes instead).
Cautiously and quickly, set it in the fridge; you want it to cool quickly so the shea butter doesn’t grain.
How to Use
Rub a little bit on your fingers and massage on the damaged tips of hair or add to your hair when styling. Use a boar brush to brush the product into the hair.
Let us know what you think!
How did the wax for you? Did you like it? Any tips, recommendations, questions?