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Natural Hair Homemade Mix for Hold and Shine

• Aug 31, 2011

By Leslie of

A few days ago I decided to combine some of my favorite oils together with some shea butter. In the past I’ve combined coconut oil with shea butter and used that to seal my ends. This time, I added a few other oils to the mix.

Here’s what I did and what you’ll need if you want to try:

Shea Butter (5+ tablespoons)
Vatika Coconut Oil (2 tablespoons)
Grapeseed Oil ( 1 tablespoon)
Castor Oil (2 tablespoons)
Vitamin E Oil (1 tablespoon)

1. Heat shea butter so it is slightly, but not totally, melted.
2. Warm the Vatika oil (or any coconut oil) if it is solid. Measure 2 tablespoons and add to the shea butter.
3. Measure 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and add to the shea butter.
4. Measure 2 tablespoons of castor oil and add to the shea.
5. Add 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil to the shea.
6. Blend the oils and shea butter together with a hand-held mixer, whipping until everything is evenly combined.
7. Cover and place into the refrigerator for about a half hour or until the mix has cooled and stiffened.

I like this mix because it melts easily into the skin and the hair. It also made my hair super shiny, defined, not weighed down, and it sealed my ends beautifully. The shots below are from a twistout that I just did two days ago on dry, stretched hair. I left the twists in until I unravelled this morning.

For this style I parted my hair horizontally from ear to ear. I twisted the back using water and the shea-oil mix. I tested my braiding skills and cornrowed the front. It is tough to braid your own hair but I think I did ok. I did not braid tightly and I parted in a way that accommodated for my recovering edges. We’ll see how long they last before they get frizzy!

The humidity is out of control right now so I will probably have to re-twist at night to maintain definition. To do that, I will simply re-mist with water and twist, adding more of the shea-oil mix only if needed.

That shine is gorgeous! Ladies, have you tried your own shea/oil mixes? How did they work out?

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12 Comments on "Natural Hair Homemade Mix for Hold and Shine"

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Lacoya (thesupercoya)



amazingly fab!!!


omg i love this


This hairstyle would probably look good on me! I might have to try this out one day, if I can convince my mom to braid the front section. I’m horrible at braiding! Nice pics!


So far I’ve been too lazy to make my own shea butter. Store bought is so much more convenient. But I’m going to try out this recipe. It looks really easy, and the results look amazing.


Where does everyone purchase their shea butter?


I’m not sure where everyone else purchases their butters from but here are a few website which I know of (granted I have not purchased from them…yet ;))


Lovely hair! I tried this mixture two days ago, (used Olive oil instead of grapeseed oil.) I love it, it keeps my hair moisturized and I loveeeed the results of my flat-twist out with Bantou knots! I have been transitioning for 4 months now.


This is sooooo cute. I can actually do this style myself because I finally learned how to braid and two-strand twist my own hair during my transition. Im just worried my ends will look funky because I havent done the BIG CHOP so most of my hair is curly with straight ends. I will try this style for thanksgiving!.


I’m in the same boat with Candis. I’m transitioning and most of my hair is new growth but I still have some relaxed ends. My braid outs and twist outs don’t come out right. However, I will try this style after I chop later on this year.


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