By Chinwe of Hair and Health
With there being a multitude of recipes for whipped butter on the internet, it can be difficult to decide which one to try. Well here are four different recipes that I recommend viewing first:
1. Whipped Shealoe – Remixed!
This recipe is what I currently use to seal my hair after a fresh wash and condition. (I actually eyeball the portions but will do my best to give you actual ratios based off memory.)
Break the shea butter into small pieces and place in a bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the shea butter until fluffy and the chunks are gone. (If your shea butter is too hard, melt it only slightly to soften it a bit.) Add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly with the hand mixer. Finito!
2. Whipped Mango Butter
Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil. Remove the pot from the stove and place a heat-safe container of mango butter in the pot. Allow the mango butter to melt slowly. Once melted, pour the mango butter into a bowl and place in the freezer for about 8–10 minutes to solidify a little. Remove the butter from the freezer and mix in the remaining ingredients using a hand mixer until fluffy. (The mixture will harden slightly over time.)
3. Simple 2‑Ingredient Whipped Butter
If you are new to mixing and want to whip a simple recipe, try this one:
Melt the shea butter directly in a pot over the stove, but do not bring it to a boil. Once melted, pour the shea butter into a bowl, set aside, and allow it to solidify a little. Then mix in the olive oil with a fork (but a hand mixer works better).
4. Whipped Butter for Conditioner Lovers
For those who cannot get enough of conditioners, this might be a recipe worth trying. (In the past, I used a mix similar to this one and loved it on my hair.)
½ cup shea butter
½ cup conditioner (preferably a leave-in like Kinky-Curly Knot Today, but I have used a V05 rinse-out conditioner in the past)
¼ cup jojoba oil
a few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional)
*Note: avoid conditioners with proteins and silicones for this mixture
Melt the shea butter directly in a pot over the stove, but do not bring it to a boil. Once melted, pour the shea butter into a bowl, set aside, and allow it to solidify a little. Then mix in the conditioner and jojoba oil with a hand mixer.
Ladies, do you use whipped butter in your regimen? What is your favorite recipe?