Homemade Hair Cream for Nourishing, Natural Style

Homemade Hair Cream

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

Homemade Hair Cream 1

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

Yield 2 ounces

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 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).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to mix. Transfer to a small, shallow tin with a lid (like this).
  3. 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.
  4. Store at room temperature (for a nice, creamy consistency) and use within a month. Refrigerate any amount you can't use within that time.

Notes

To Use

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.)

If the cream causes your hair to look greasy, you're using too much.

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Comments

  1. Just want to say how much I love your emails. I look forward to trying this, as I’m trying to make our lives as harsh chemical free as possible. Sure wish I had done this years ago!

    • Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you like our info! And I agree with you that I wish I had started living a more natural lifestyle sooner. But at least we’re doing it now, right?! ;) Best of luck going forward with your natural living journey!

    • I would recommend replacing the shea butter with mango butter, which has a very similar consistency. You need the butter to get the creaminess, so it’s a pretty important part of the recipe. You can find mango butter on Amazon or through Mountain Rose Herbs. And it’s nice as a moisturizer if you have lots left over after making the hair cream.

  2. Thanks for this recipe Betsy! I was going to try the pomade but I like this one too because of all the essential oils. PS You really look cute in a pony tail! :-)

    • The essential oils are definitely what makes this product fun to use. And this styling cream will suit your hairstyle much better than the pomade. :)

  3. I have everything but the jojoba oil – any possible substitutions?

    And by the way, I owe you a long overdue thank you…you have made transitioning to a natural lifestyle not just painless, but fun and exciting! My husband and I are grateful!

    • You can increase the sweet almond oil if you don’t have jojoba.

      We’re so glad we could help in the lifestyle transition! It can sometimes be a long, difficult one, so we’re happy we could add some fun to it. :)

  4. If I made a lot of this…how long can I store it in the refrigerator? Is this freezable in case I make a large quantity?
    Btw…I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE! It’s my “go to” when I need some good beauty recipes. Keep them coming! Many thanks in advance.

    • The first time I made this I had lots left over and I stored some in the refrigerator for almost 2 years. When I finally went to use it up it didn’t even have mold on it or a funky odor. While I wouldn’t recommend storing it for *that* long, it will last a while in the fridge. :) I’ve never frozen it, so I don’t know about that. But if all your supplies are very clean and the cream doesn’t get contaminated by dirty hands or anything else, it stores well in the fridge if you make a large quantity.

      So glad you find our site helpful! Thanks for letting us know!