Has any one ever used Cocoa butter in place of Shea butter as a sealant? Like most naturals, I have been using Shea butter for a long time now and the major complaints I get from other Naturals about Shea butter is that it sometimes leaves the hair feeling sticky and heavy.
Why continue to use it inspite of this?
For me it was really simple, once I mixed Shea butter with coconut oil and Olive oil and found the right amount that my hair needed, I was able to do away with the heaviness and reap the benefits of Shea butter as a sealant.
So why try Cocoa butter when my Shea butter mix works fine?
Well, a reader on Iheartmyhair.com advised me to try it and since I had a free sample from Natural Nigerian who sells export quality by the way (thank you NN!) why not try something new.Abi?
- It looks like Shea butter
- It smells like CHOCOLATE.
- It's a bit harder than Shea butter
- It is not as heavy as Shea butter:- When compared to Shea butter, Cocoa butter is much more lighter on the hair .
Getting the right mix...
First, I put some Cocoa butter in a bowl and melted it using hot water as shown below.
From my cocoa butter "experiments", I've found that unlike shea butter, Cocoa butter takes a much longer time to thicken after melting.I'm thinking that the weather is to blame for the length of time it currently takes to thicken up but since I have not tried this out in the dry and harmattan season, I can't say for sure.
Cocoa butter and Coconut oilVanityOils! I love my coconut oil). I poured some coconut oil into the hard raw cocoa butter and put the bowl into a bowl of hot water so that the cocoa butter could melt and mix with the coconut oil.
I then put the mix in the fridge-cause I was impatient- and took it out after 45 mins.Oops...too long. The butter mix was hard! So I let it sleep overnight, and by the next morning, it looked like this...(see picture below)
I was so happy with the results that I rushed to apply some on the ends on my just washed hair. Application was super easy and the mix smells like chocolate! Love it!!
Sadly, by the next morning my cocoa butter and coconut oil mix was hard again...
The mix might not be as hard as the raw thing but I wish it stayed as soft as it was the previous day. Fortunately the little balls stayed away and application is still easy.
I think I'll add more coconut oil and some Olive oil next time. Abi what do you think?
Cocoa butter and Jojoba Oil
Finally,in an attempt to make a lip balm I mixed some cocoa butter with lots of jojoba oil and little sugar . Although the sugar did not completely dissolve (it settled at the bottom of the container) the jojoba oil and cocoa butter went well together and the mixture stayed soft.
So I'm asking, has any one ever used cocoa butter before? How and what did you mix it with to get the best results?
Thanks in advance for your contributions, I would really love to hear from you.
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