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 hair. 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. Let’s take a closer look at our ingredient list:
Avocado butter is smoother and softer than Shea butter.
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.
Extra virgin Coconut oil
A great all round oil that is solid at room temperature.
Extra virgin Olive oil
This kitchen favorite is a also a very moisturizing super oil for your face, body and hair.
I love to use 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 cndelilla wax. For this preservative free DIY version I decided to stick to a few easy ingredients that work together to moisturize your strands!
How To Make DIY Hair Balm
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
- 1/2 tablespoon (0.1 oz) vitamin E oil(optional)
- Optional: 1 to 3 drops of essential oils – I use sweet orange essential oil
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.
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.
Enjoy your soft locks!