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I really want to try products from this company, they have consisitently got good reviews for their products, they are curly girl friendly and bonus they have Samples!!!! and you got to love a company that sells samples. I will post a few of there more popular products ( and the ones that I want to try :D)

 

Alma and Olive Heavy Cream

This is what they say about it.

This ultra thick and luscious creamy butter contains Amla, Brahmi and African Aloe, premium Afro-Indian botanicals used for thousands of years to nourish the scalp and strengthen hair. MSM sulfur nurtures follicles and encourages growth, Olive oil delivers softness and emollience and Castor oil delivers shine, humectancy and helps thicken hair. Our nourishingly rich blend of old world oils, organic herbs and natural humectants leaves coarse, dry and brittle hair extra soft, healthy and supple!

A perfect all-in-one for moisturizing and softening afro’s, coils, curls, pony puffs, two strand twists, braids, cornrows, fades, chemical and color processes, softening new growth and restoring softness and elasticity to dry brittle ends. Also helps weigh down kinks and coils.

Use as a:

Soothing and regenerative scalp butter
Post-shampoo conditioner
Overnight Deep Treatment
Moisturizing daily leave-in
Replenishing body butter

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 I found a few recipes that use Shea butter, I just googled shea butter recipes for hair and searched for the ones I like, they are taken from various users and websites.  

Shea butter crème

1. 4 tablespoons shea butter
2. 2 tablespoon cocoa butter
3. 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4. A few drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance

Melt the shea butter and cocoa butter in a double boiler over a low heat until melted and add the olive oil. Pour the oils into a bowl and at this point, add a few drops of the essential oil for fragrance. Put your bowl over another bowl filled with ice to allow the oils to set faster. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is light and fluffy (you may want to use an electric hand whisk for this. Spoon into a jar and enjoy!

 

Scalp Tingling Pre-wash Treatment

Ingredients
Olive Oil-1/2 oz
Shea Butter-1 0z
Shea Oil-1/4 oz
Avocado Butter-1/2 oz
Virgin Coconut Cream or coconut oil-2 teaspoons

Essential Oils: Peppermint, Tea Tree and Rosemary- 10 drops each. Of course you can lessen the amount of EO you use according to your sensitivity. You may want to start with 5 drops each and see how it feels. Lavender is also a good one to use.

Method

Melt and stir all of these ingredients together and refrgirate until firm. It should stay soft and buttery at room temperature.

Leave-in Conditioner

4oz unrefined shea butter
4oz distilled water
2oz aloe vera gel
1oz cocoa butter
1oz jojoba oil
1oz vitamin E
1tbsp EV olive oil
1tbsp organic coconut oil
1tsp soy lecithin
50 drops rosemary
50 drops lavender

Melt the shea butter, coco butter, olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E together in a glass bowl using a double boiler. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL.  add in the lecithin and stirred until disolved.  then added the aloe vera gel and the water and stirred more until it was a consistant mixture.

take it off the fire and using a hand mixer, mix for 5 minute intervals while also placing in the freezer for 10 mins.

This helps to cool the mixture and make it easier to whip. Also during the last phases of the mixing process, add the rosemary and the lavender.

 

Moisturizing Hair Pomade

4oz melted unrefined shea butter
2oz jojoba oil
2oz coconut milk
couple drops of fragrance oil

Mix and allow to harden

Only found in the tropics of Africa, Shea butter is extracted from nuts of the Shea-Karite tree. It is a slightly yellow or ivory colored natural fat that provides healing qualities that rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin and hair. Most commonly used as a cosmetic, shea butter is also edible and customarily used as a cooking oil.

So with all of the products out there that boast the benefits of Shea Butter ingredients, how do you tell which products are really providing the true benefits? Moreover, how does Shea Butter help the hair?

 

How Does Shea Butter Benefit The Hair?

Shea Butter is an excellent moisturizer that protects and heals damaged hair without clogging pores. It combats dryness, brittleness and works wonders for dry, itchy scalp. While it can be used on any texture, it is especially great for curly hair which is naturally dry. Shea Butter has unlimited usage- it can be used as a conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in, styling aid, moisturizer, on the scalp-the list goes on and on.

How Do You Know Which Products Are Best?

Unfortunately, all Shea Butter products are not created equal. Even more unfortunate, many marketers are merely adding small amounts of Shea Butter into products and slapping the Shea Butter label on it. So the best way to gauge how much Shea Butter is in a product is to read the ingredient label. Ingredients are listed in order from the most to the least so if Shea Butter is listed as one of the first few ingredients then it’s more likely that the product will provide a greater benefit of Shea Butter.

Mix Your Own Shea Butter Recipes

If you’re a mixologist or just give up on trying to find great pre-mixed Shea Butter products? Make your own. Since Shea Butter is an excellent deep conditioner.

-Use equal parts Shea Butter and Aloe

-Break up the Shea Butter into small pieces

-Whip in a large mixing bowl or blend with a mixer until you get a smooth consistency

-If necessary, play around with measurements to get desired texture

-Optional: add olive oil or extract like vanilla or peppermint

info from. urbancurlz.com

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Quick update, i just changed my hair style. meaning I got a new weave. This one is bone straight its the first time that i’ve had a straight weave.

I will be posting my pantry list soon, I know I cant use them yet but I like to be prepared.

On a plus note my hair has grown I would say that Im probabley apl right now, and in the front my hair is about an inch past my chin if so much.

I did three things to my hair after I took out my other hair style. I rinsed it with water and then used acv, then I did a protein treatment and then I did a moisture treatment and finally another acv rinse. Well okay so it was a bit more than three things but hey.

My hair felt really soft after that I am happy to say, then I loaded it with conditioner and olive oil to seal and hoped that it would dry in the morning 😀 it didnt.


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