Magic Hair Elixir


I have received so many requests for this recipe since our old blog went off-line – so here it is. Since I posted the recipe in 2010, it’s become a community staple product!

I created this hair elixir for my girls African hair as a gel replacement, so I could get a grip while doing their braids, and to keep their tresses tidy when styled. It keeps my girls’ hair is gorgeous condition, protecting their hair in braids. I apply a little at the base of each braid as I style their hair.

You can make it more as a conditioning product or as a holding product – the ingredient to add or subtract is beeswax. If you have more wax, it will hold braids longer and protect them better from the elements, but the product becomes stiff and needs to be warmed before use. You also need to periodically strip their hair with apple cider vinegar if you use more beeswax than my recipe. BUT, if you make it with my ratios, you should have a malleable product at room temperature, and your child’s hair shouldn’t need more than a good shampoo between styles. If you simply want a conditioning product without any hold, you could leave out the beeswax all together.


Have fun making your own Magic Hair Elixir!

My Magic Hair Elixir

You can make any amount of this product – if you make it in a jar, for example, then the “1/4” measure is a 1/4 of a jar.

  • 1/4 beeswax
    I get mine at the farmer’s market or local organic honey farm. It smells so heavenly, and is very inexpensive.
  • 1/4 coconut or shea butter
    Both work great. 100% butters are available at your local health food and most grocery stores. I buy the organic coconut butter most often. Who needs pesticides on coconuts? Note that shea butter hardens more than coconut, so you might need to adjust your ratios or warm up before use.
  • 1/2 oil (olive or sweet almond are good)
    The trick is you can’t use any oil that needs to be stored in the fridge after opening. I use organic sweet almond oil that comes in large bottles from the health food store.

Melt all the 3 ingredients together in a jar over water, or in the microwave. The wax will melt last – careful not to burn yourself with the oil! As it cools, stir several times so it doesn’t separate. Store at room temperature so it is ready to use. If it is too hard, then warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave before use… or use more almond oil next time!


9 thoughts on “Magic Hair Elixir

  1. Thank you for this! I was braiding this weekend and decided that I want to try something new for styling…just not thrilled with what we’ve been using.

  2. Thanks so much Nicky! I just made this finally for my daughter, she almost has enough hair, so she doesn’t look bald anymore(she has more hair on top) but not enough to do anything with it. It is so hard to keep her hair looking healthy and not too dry. She is allergic to coconut oil she I used Shea butter. I think I’m going to make another batch without the bees wax.
    I have learned so much from you and your blog and also have two of your sleep caps. So cute!

  3. I just made another batch but left out the beeswax so I can use it as a conditioner. It is just starting to cool. I did 1/4 Shea and 1/2 olive oil. Will it solidify or should I add more Shea?

  4. I’m going to try this on my own hair over the weekend. In the process of adopting a little boy from Ethiopia, think I’ll order a sleeping cap for him and an adult one for me. Nice blog, very informative

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