By Leslie of

A few days ago I decid­ed to com­bine some of my favorite oils togeth­er with some shea but­ter. In the past I’ve com­bined coconut oil with shea but­ter and used that to seal my ends. This time, I added a few oth­er oils to the mix.

Here’s what I did and what you’ll need if you want to try:

Shea But­ter (5+ table­spoons)
Vatika Coconut Oil (2 table­spoons)
Grape­seed Oil ( 1 table­spoon)
Cas­tor Oil (2 table­spoons)
Vit­a­m­in E Oil (1 table­spoon)

1. Heat shea but­ter so it is slight­ly, but not total­ly, melt­ed.
2. Warm the Vatika oil (or any coconut oil) if it is solid. Mea­sure 2 table­spoons and add to the shea but­ter.
3. Mea­sure 1 table­spoon of grape­seed oil and add to the shea but­ter.
4. Mea­sure 2 table­spoons of cas­tor oil and add to the shea.
5. Add 1 table­spoon of vit­a­m­in E oil to the shea.
6. Blend the oils and shea but­ter togeth­er with a hand-held mix­er, whip­ping until every­thing is even­ly com­bined.
7. Cov­er and place into the refrig­er­a­tor for about a half hour or until the mix has cooled and stiff­ened.

I like this mix because it melts eas­i­ly into the skin and the hair. It also made my hair super shiny, defined, not weighed down, and it sealed my ends beau­ti­ful­ly. The shots below are from a twistout that I just did two days ago on dry, stretched hair. I left the twists in until I unrav­elled this morn­ing.

For this style I part­ed my hair hor­i­zon­tal­ly from ear to ear. I twist­ed the back using water and the shea-oil mix. I test­ed my braid­ing skills and corn­rowed the front. It is tough to braid your own hair but I think I did ok. I did not braid tight­ly and I part­ed in a way that accom­mo­dat­ed for my recov­er­ing edges. We’ll see how long they last before they get frizzy!

The humid­i­ty is out of con­trol right now so I will prob­a­bly have to re-twist at night to main­tain def­i­n­i­tion. To do that, I will sim­ply re-mist with water and twist, adding more of the shea-oil mix only if need­ed.

That shine is gor­geous! Ladies, have you tried your own shea/oil mix­es? How did they work out?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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I’m in the same boat with Can­dis. I’m tran­si­tion­ing and most of my hair is new growth but I still have some relaxed ends. My braid outs and twist outs don’t come out right. How­ev­er, I will try this style after I chop lat­er on this year.


This is sooooo cute. I can actu­al­ly do this style myself because I final­ly learned how to braid and two-strand twist my own hair dur­ing my tran­si­tion. Im just wor­ried my ends will look funky because I havent done the BIG CHOP so most of my hair is curly with straight ends. I will try this style for thanks­giv­ing!.


Love­ly hair! I tried this mix­ture two days ago, (used Olive oil instead of grape­seed oil.) I love it, it keeps my hair mois­tur­ized and I loveeeed the results of my flat-twist out with Ban­tou knots! I have been tran­si­tion­ing for 4 months now.


This hair­style would prob­a­bly look good on me! I might have to try this out one day, if I can con­vince my mom to braid the front sec­tion. I’m hor­ri­ble at braid­ing! Nice pics!


So far I’ve been too lazy to make my own shea but­ter. Store bought is so much more con­ve­nient. But I’m going to try out this recipe. It looks real­ly easy, and the results look amaz­ing.


Where does every­one pur­chase their shea but­ter?


I’m not sure where every­one else pur­chas­es their but­ters from but here are a few web­site which I know of (grant­ed I have not pur­chased from them…yet ;))


omg i love this


amaz­ing­ly fab!!!

Lacoya (thesupercoya)