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DIY Moisturizing Hair Balm inspired by LUSH R&B

DIY Moisturizing Hair Balm inspired by LUSH R&B

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I am always playing with my hair. It has got nothing to do with flirting. Mainly with daydreaming. I just like the feeling of soft hair gliding through my fingers. And my ends can always use a little help with that. This DIY hair balm does wonders for my locks. Use a tiny amount all over if you have very dry hair or an even tinier amount for dry and/or split ends.

I decided to keep this DIY hair balm simple and use only a few all natural moisturizing ingredients that really work to smooth those dry ends. This new and improved recipe is also made without water or water based products. That means you won’t have to add a preservative if you take good care of your product. Hooray!

Let’s take a closer look at our ingredient list:

Avocado butter

Avocado butter is made from avocados (duh!). It’s smoother and softer than Shea butter. It’s also a ‘drier’ butter, so it’s less greasy than Shea butter.

If you don’t have avocado butter, you can use Shea butter instead. The hair balm will have a slightly different consistency if you use Shea butter, but it will still give your locks the moisture it needs.

Extra virgin Coconut oil

A great all round oil that is solid at room temperature. Coconut oil adds shine to your hair and is a great moisturizer.

Extra virgin Olive oil

This kitchen favorite is a also a very moisturizing super oil for your face, body and hair.

I love using this oil for homemade skincare products because it’s so cost effective.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil can be added to carrier oils to help keep the oils from going rancid. Basically they can help prolong the shelf life of the oils in your DIY hair balm.

The original product from Lush uses a lot of other ingredients like oat milk, jojoba oil and candelilla wax. For this preservative free DIY version I decided to stick with just a few easy ingredients that work together perfectly to moisturize your strands!

How To Make your DIY Hair Balm

(Scroll down for an easy, printable version)

What I use:

  • 4 tablespoons (1.4 oz) avocado butter (or Shea butter)
  • 2 tablespoons (0.8 oz) coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons (0.8 oz) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 drop (0.05 oz) vitamin E oil (optional)
  • Optional: 1 to 3 drops of essential oils – I use sweet orange essential oil

Let’s begin!

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1. Melt your butter

Melt the avocado butter. Get your double boiler going and melt the butter until it’s completely liquid.

You can also melt the butter in a heatproof container in the microwave. Use a low setting and check regularly to make sure you don’t overheat the mixture, stir occasionally until all the chunks are gone.

Once the butter has turned into a liquid, take the double boiler off the heat or take your container out of the microwave.

2. Add coconut oil and olive oil

Start by adding the coconut oil. Let the oil slowly melt into the hot avocado butter. Stir to help the oil dissolve.

Next add the olive oil. Stir well with a spoon to combine all of the ingredients.

Now that the butter and oil mixture has cooled down a bit, you can add vitamin E oil if you choose to.

This is also the point where you can add some essential oils. I added 3 drops of orange essential oil.

Pour the melted balm into a mixing bowl. Let the mixture cool down completely until it starts to thicken and look like pudding.

Cover the bowl with a lid and set in the fridge to speed up the process.

Once the mixture is no longer transparant and has thickened you can move on to the next step.

3. Mix and whisk!

Use an electric whisk to whip the ingredients into a hair balm. If you don’t have any avocado butter, you can use Shea butter. The hair balm will have a slightly different consistency if you use Shea butter, but it will still give your locks the moisture it needs.

Bits of lotion can fly all around so start at a low speed and use a large mixing bowl. I have an electric whisk with a lid which is perfect for these kinds of DIY tutorials.

If you want, you can skip this step and just pour the melted ingredients into a container.

Keep this DIY hair balm in a dark, air tight container. Make sure no water gets into the jar or comes in contact with the product! I like to use a clean spoon or spatula to scoop some of the product out before each use.

If you prefer a lighter balm, you can mix a pea size amount of this DIY hair balm with a pea size amount of aloe vera gel in the palm of your hand. I like to do this when I’m applying the hair balm to dry hair.

I have suuuuuuuuuper fine hair so I only use a tiny amount anyways.

How I apply my DIY Hair Balm:

How to apply Lush R&B hair balm + DIY version  The Makeup Dummy

1. I scoop a small amount of hair balm out of the container with a clean spoon.

2. I rub the product in between my hands, as if it were a hand lotion.

3. I start twisting the ends of my wet hair.  As I’m twisting I spread the product on my fingers and hands all over my hair. Dry and treat your hair as you normally do.

It will be hard to resist touching your soft ends throughout the day!

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Enjoy your soft locks!

Ina

DUPE LUSH R&B Moisturizing Hair Balm | A DIY by The Makeup Dummy

DIY Lush R&B inspired Hair Balm

You can make your own hair balm at home using all natural ingredients with this easy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1.4 oz) avocado butter, or Shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons (0.8 oz) coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons (0.8 oz) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 drop (0.05 oz) vitamin E oil, optional
  • 1 to 3 drops essential oil, optional

Instructions

  1. Melt the avocado butter in a double boiler. You can also melt the butter in a heatproof container in the microwave. Use a low setting and check regularly.
  2. Take the double boiler off the heat or take your container out of the microwave. Start by adding the coconut oil. Let the oil slowly melt into the hot avocado butter. Stir to help the oil dissolve.
  3. Next add the olive oil. Stir well with a spoon to combine all of the ingredients.
  4. Add essential oil and vitamin E oil (optional).
  5. Pour the melted balm into a mixing bowl. Let the mixture cool down completely until it starts to thicken and look like pudding. Use an electric whisk to whip the ingredients into a hair balm.
  6. Scoop the mixed mixture into a container. You can choose not to mix the balm and just pour the melted ingredients into a container.

Notes

1. Keep this DIY hair balm in a dark, air tight container. Make sure no water gets into the jar or comes into contact with the product! I like to use a clean spoon or spatula to scoop some of the product out before each use.

2. If you prefer a lighter balm, you can mix a pea size amount of this DIY hair balm with a pea size amount of aloe vera gel in the palm of your hand. I like to do this when I'm applying the hair balm to dry hair.

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Haley C

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I really want to be able to get the consistency of this right, but I've made it three times and I have never gotten a whipped butter out of the recipe. Do you have any tips?

Ina from The Makeup Dummy

Friday 11th of December 2020

Hi Haley, can you tell me a little bit more about what went wrong? Is the consistency too liquid? Is coconut oil liquid at room temperature where you live? If your hair likes a heavy cream I would try to do half avocado butter, half oils instead. Hope this helps!

Inés

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Hello! Love the recipe and want to give it a try but I'm wondering, where can I get the avocado butter? And is avocado butter avocado oil with wax? Also found a lot that turned out to be just Shea butter or a mix of the 2? Thanks for your time ☺️☺️

Ina from The Makeup Dummy

Friday 11th of September 2020

Hi Inés! You can buy it online (on Amazon for example) or you can substitute it with Shea butter! Avocado butter is not the same as avocado oil with wax, so I wouldn't use that. Thank you for trying my recipe!

Holden Lee

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Hello! My attempt came out quite runny and I was wondering if you have any advice? Also, I am feeling like with all these oils that my hair will just be oily and shiny? Do you have any tips, please?

Ina from The Makeup Dummy

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Hi! In warm temperatures coconut oil stays liquid and the butter will soften a bit too. That's why it might seem runny compared to mine. Whether you'll find this hair oil too greasy or not depends on your hair type. If you have fine hair that gets greasy easily (like mine), you can mix a dollop of aloe vera gel and a pea size amount of balm in the palm of your hand. This gives the balm a lighter texture. I hope this helps!

Luisa

Sunday 17th of February 2019

Hi! R&B is my favorite hair product so I really want to try this, thak you for sharing! The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons (0.8 oz) coconut oil and 4 tablespoons (0.8 oz) extra virgin olive oil, so you mention double the amount in tablespoons but not in oz, so which one is it? Also, I've read the other comments and some people mention aloe vera gel, 'm guessng you changed the recipe? Thank you so much in advance!

The Makeup Dummy

Monday 18th of February 2019

Hi Luisa, I changed the recipe a while ago to give the product a longer, more stable shelf life. Olive oil is 'heavier' than coconut oil. That's why you need more tablespoons to get the same weight in ounces. Let me know what you think of the product once you've made it!

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