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!