Welcome to another episode of DIY Wednesdays! Uggghhh, I know! It’s been entirely too long since I’ve done a DIY recipe (I’ve been really busy), so I must apologize for that…:(. I do hope that you are doing fantastic, and I have a great recipe to share with you today. But before I get to that I must say that unfortunately there was an issue with the site that I wasn’t aware of (yep….Im not the most tech savvy gal), but I just got it fixed! It was the comment section, so if you’ve tried to comment and it hasn’t worked then that was the issue. It is working now so please let me know your thoughts on any of my articles. Now that we’ve got that covered let’s get to it!
This week I will be sharing with you a simple all-natural recipe that you can use to transform your curls. It’s an all natural moisturizing hair cream that infuses moisture into the curls and transforms dry hair into soft ‘touchable’ curls.
Water-Based Moisturizing Hair Cream Recipe
Ingredients (Yields 6 oz)
- 3.6 oz Distilled Water
- 0.6 oz Aloe Vera Gel
- 0.3 oz Honey
- 0.3 0z Shea Butter
- 0.48 oz Olive Oil
- 0.42 oz Avocado Oil
- 0.3 oz Emulsifying Wax
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or your favorite EO)
- 10 drops Vitamin E Oil
- Digital Scale
- 2 heat-resistant Containers (1 for oils/butters/wax, and 1 for water/honey/aloe vera)
- Hand mixer
- Make-shift Double Boiler
- Container for your product
- Ensure that your working area is clean. Sterilize equipment and container to avoid introducing bacteria into the product.
- Weigh oils/butters and wax in one container, and water/aloe/honey in another.
- Since this recipe yields a small amount use 2 small heat-resistant glass containers that can fit into your make-shift double boiler at the same time. I use this method every time I’m making either lotion, hair creams or butters. You want to make sure that they are at the same temperature at the same time.
- Place both containers into the pan just like the picture above (use a pan large enough to fit two small containers), and allow the oil/butters and water to melt/heat up.
- Once everything is melted remove both containers from the pan, pour the oil into the water (you may use a larger bowl to combine both mixtures) and mix using the hand blender for 3-5 mins until the mixture has fully combined.
- Let the mixture cool. After the mixture is cooled you may then add your essential oil and vitamin E oil and fully combine. Pour into your container and enjoy. The mixture will thicken up over time (about 24 hrs).
- Since this cream contains water and no preservative you will need to refrigerate it. It is safe to use up to 2 weeks (maximum). You may scale the recipe down (maybe to 3 oz) and make less if you will not use it everyday so that you are able to use it safely.
- Ensure that this cream is refrigerated when not in use. Since water is in the product it will grow bacteria and mold if not stored properly (in the fridge), and if it’s not used up in a timely manner (within two weeks). The sooner you use it up the better.
- Discontinue use if you see any weird changes in the cream. I haven’t had any issues with it because I have used it up within the time limit.
Emulsifying wax is necessary in this cream because it serves to fully combine the oils and water. Without this ingredient water and oil will not be fully incorporated thus you will have a product that will separate. Every water based lotion, hair moisturizer, deep conditioner, etc on the market has this ingredient because like I mentioned before your cream will not be the same without it. Here’s a quick article sharing what emulsifying wax is and its origin.
Products made without water will last longer and do not require refrigeration. You may use a preservative in your homemade cream, lotions, etc to extend the life of the product. However, if you want to keep your product 100% natural then either refrigerate the product or make an oil based product.
You may adjust this recipe to your liking and remove the water if you do not have emulsifying wax on hand. I get my emulsifying wax from amazon , and it works great. You cannot substitute emulsifying-wax for beeswax. They are not the same thing and they serve different purposes.