DIY: Fluffy Styling & Sealing Cream

1:13 PM

Lately, I've been a little disenchanted with my hair. Okay, let me keep it real -- these two textures are driving me NUTS!!! I thought the more healthy hair I grew, the easier things would get. On the contrary, they've become a lot more difficult. Braid-outs are looking wack. Banana clips have become a distant memory. Bunning is like an Olympic sport. When this happens along my transition journey (it definitely happens every few months), this is a clear sign that I have some changing up to do. Not only do I need to re-evaluate my practices, but my products as well.

Lately I have been taking a lot of my cues from Hey Fran Hey and Napptural85. They both are big on natural products, simplicity, and DIY. Last time around, I made flaxseed gel following Napptural85's recipe. This week, I even started following the oil cleansing method for my face thanks to Fran.

With my hair's discontent and my interest in simplicity piquing, the natural move was to get back in the kitchen for another DIY mix. This time around, I took my cues again from Napptural85's video where she mixes up a sticky pomade and an everyday cream. I had no need for both, so I figured I'd land somewhere in the middle and craft a fluffy, everyday styling cream.

Here's Napptural85's video for reference:


I grabbed my bowl, handmixer, and storage container, and prepared for my next natural hair adventure. Napptural85 uses a lot of different oils in her mixes, but I decided that  these would suffice for me:

100% Pure Jojoba Oil -- Purchased at Trader Joe's for $7.99
Sweet Almond + Vitamin E Oil Mix -- Purchased at Whole Foods for $4.49
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil -- Purchased at Trader Joe's for $5.99
African Shea Butter -- Purchased at Dawah for $6

I started out with a Shea Butter base (I'd say about 65 - 70% of the mix is Shea Butter), then added Coconut Oil. I didn't measure anything -- but the amount of Coconut Oil mixed in was about 1/3 of the quantity of Shea Butter. Then, I added (by my rough estimate) about half an ounce of Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond/Vitamin E Oil each.

I turned on the hand mixer, whipped it all up for about maybe 3 minutes total until all of the lumps were out. Here was my final product: a creamy, fluffy mix with the consistency whipped marshmallow or something.

It was very soft, because of the fresh-whipped nature. This morning (after an overnight temperature drop, of course) the mixture stiffened a little, to more of a pomade texture. I actually prefer this -- when I rubbed a little in my hands last night,it instantly melted. This morning when I rubbed it in my hands, it had a stronger feel to it, and it didn't completely melt. In fact, when I applied it to my hair this morning (in preparation for satin strip braid-out), it did an excellent job at defining my curls.

Once I see the results of this satin strip braid-out, this little mix may be here to stay.

Oh, and by the way, I was able to make an 8oz jar full of product -- and it barely made a dent in any of my ingredients. I could easily repeat this recipe at least 6 or 7 more times before running out. If that ain't #recessionproof, I don't know what is!

What's your favorite DIY recipe?

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4 comments

  1. thanks for the info.pls do i need any preservative when making mine?

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  2. Bridget, the Vitamin E will act as a preservative. I'm not sure for how long (I usually use up my product before it even has a chance to go rancid) but as there's no water in it, it should last you a while.

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