When summer approached and I realized I had been wearing my hair in a ponytail every day for 10 solid months (since our son was born), I decided it was time for a summer haircut.
I needed a cut that would eliminate the ponytail as a styling option altogether. Because if given the option, I’ll always choose a ponytail… especially when I’m short on sleep.
It may have been the first time I chopped all my hair off and didn’t immediately want to cry when I left the salon. I loved my new short ‘do, and couldn’t wait to get home and see what homemade hair styling products would work best on it.
A Nourishing Hair Styling Cream
I actually revisited an old recipe I started making a few years ago when my hair was really long. I would use it to smooth my hair and add a little shine when I wanted to straighten it. And now with a short, curled style, it has been perfect for adding moisture after heat styling.
I have used my homemade hair cream for the following hair issues*:
- to add shine to dull hair
- tame fly-aways, especially in dry winter weather
- smooth out curls, eliminating frizz
- smooth straight styles
- to replace moisture lost from heat styling
The ingredients I chose for this styling product all have nourishing and/or moisturizing properties that your hair will love to drink up. I selected a few of my favorite essential oils that are good for hair and scalp, but you can choose any you like. (p.s. I loooooove the scent of this hair styling cream so much that I sometimes open the jar for a whiff even when I’m not using it on my hair.)
This DIY styling product is so natural and creamy that I’ve even used it as hand cream when I made too much!
*Just keep in mind that everyone’s hair is different, so this hair styling cream may not give exactly the same results for each individual.
Homemade Hair Cream Recipe
(makes about 2 ounces or ¼ cup of cream)
- 2 Tablespoons shea butter (find organic unrefined shea butter here)
- ½ Tablespoon coconut oil (find organic unrefined coconut oil here)
- ½ Tablespoon olive oil (find a good olive oil here)
- ¾ teaspoon jojoba oil (find organic jojoba oil here)
- ¾ teaspoon sweet almond oil (find organic sweet almond oil here)
- ½ Tablespoon pure aloe vera gel (find organic pure aloe gel here)
- ⅛ teaspoon Vitamin E oil (find non-GMO Vitamin E oil here)
- 15-20 drops of essential oils – I used 6 drops rosemary, 5 drops chamomile, 5 drops bergamot (find the organic essential oils we use and recommend here)
- Combine shea butter and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup or half-pint mason jar. Melt in microwave for a few seconds, or use a makeshift double boiler (fill small saucepan with about 1-2 inches of water and set glass container inside, heating on low just until melted).
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well to mix. Transfer to a small, shallow tin with a lid (like this).
- Refrigerate for several hours or overnight until mixture is cooled and set up. Remove from refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before using.
- Store at room temperature (for a nice, creamy consistency) and use within a month. Refrigerate any amount you can’t use within that time.
A little bit of this cream goes a long way, so start with a very small amount when first using it. Dip clean fingers into cream, rub a small amount into your hands, and apply to hair that is only slightly damp or completely dry. (I have not had good results when using it on wet or very damp hair.)
Note: If the cream causes your hair to look greasy, you’re using too much.
Want more DIY hair styling recipes like this?
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