This DIY Shea Butter Hair Conditioner Recipe is super easy to make and is perfect for dry or damaged hair.
Let’s talk about hair care.
Years ago, I had a major hair disaster. Like MAJOR. I’ve talked about this a lot in other blog posts, so if this is like the tenth time you’ve read this: I apologize – and I’ll try to keep this brief…
This was about 6 years ago (5 years ago? 7 years ago? I can’t remember – but it was a while ago) I went to get highlights, the hairstylist decided to leave and forgot about me, and voila – my hair was fried.
While I was sitting in the chair at the salon, I kept trying to get the attention of the other hairstylists but they all kept insisting the other stylist would be returning soon. She didn’t and the bleach was left in my hair for far too long.
When she didn’t return within the hour or so, one of the other stylists realized that the bleach had been sitting on my hair for much too long and decided it was time to step in and help me out.
I left the salon with hair that was so brutally damaged that it basically was the texture of gum. I had to cut off about 3 or 4 inches of hair, and it still was a mess. Even after cutting off a bunch of hair, I still found that my hair broke off in chunks and when I would wash my hair it would feel like gum as soon as it got wet. It was awful.
So, of course, I was devastated and desperate to get my hair back to being at least somewhat healthy again. That was when I began making my own hair masks.
Hot Oil Hair Treatments
I first discovered hot oil hair treatments when I actually went into a salon. It was actually a salon school and they had this incredible mint hot oil treatment that was advertised as being incredible for dry and damaged hair. They let me know that the hot oil treatment would definitely help make my hair more manageable and also the hot oil treatment would help promote new hair growth which was something I wanted since I had to chop so much of my length off.
Well, it worked just as they said. I was really blown away by just how incredible it was for my hair. Within a few hot oil treatments, I noticed a massive improvement in my hair texture – and after each hot oil treatment, I walked out with silkier and shinier hair than I ever had.
Sadly, that salon school closed down or maybe relocated? I am not sure, all I know is that my favourite hot oil treatment went with them. So, I ended up trying to make my own hot oil treatments at home, and that when I made my go-to DIY peppermint coconut oil hot oil treatment.
Once I began making my own hot oil treatment, I then started to try to make my own conditioners. I ended up making my own conditioners using super moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba oil (like in today’s Shea Butter Hair Conditioner Recipe) – and I found that they really improved how my hair looked and felt.
I recently lightened my hair (I didn’t damage it like that one horrible time I mentioned above! Thank goodness!) and it got me thinking about doing a deep conditioning treatment.
Whenever I lighten my hair, I always like to use a really intense deep conditioner to help keep my hair as healthy, strong, and soft as possible.
I usually use Olaplex, or another store-bought conditioner (like one of these deep conditioning treatments), but this time I decided to re-visit one of my old favourite DIY deep conditioners and I have to say: I’ve been absolutely loving how it makes my hair look and feel!
I have one tip about this Shea Butter Hair Conditioner Recipe:
The thing about this mask is that it is SUPER moisturizing and SUPER SUPER heavy, so I suggest you wet your hair, apply the mask, leave it on for an hour or two, and then rinse it out.
Don’t shampoo your hair before putting in the mask, instead, shampoo your hair to remove the mask. This will ensure your hair doesn’t feel heavy or oily after using the mask.
After an hour or so (or after however long you’d like to leave this mask in) just style your hair as usual. Enjoy your super shiny, soft, and silky hair! #FlipYourHairBackandForth
Tip: To make this conditioner an even deeper treatment, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. A warm (not hot!) treatment is extra-conditioning. Also, you do not have to use the Magical Butter machine to combine the ingredients. If you don`t have it, you can combine them by heating them over the stove. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Tip: To make this conditioner an even deeper treatment, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. A warm (not hot!) treatment is extra-conditioning.
Also, you do not have to use the Magical Butter machine to combine the ingredients. If you don`t have it, you can combine them by heating them over the stove.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
***ALSO: This mask can also be used as a body butter. If you have super dry skin, this will instantly make it smoother and softer.