If you’ve got crazy long hair, or hair that you’re trying to grow out, or both (like me), you’ll probably find that your ends get a bit dry, especially if you are eschewing commercial conditioners like I am. I find that applying straight liquid oil to my ends leaves them distinctly oily for a few hours until the oil sinks in. So, I devised this awesome recipe for a great, quickly absorbed, nourishing hair balm.

Make your own super-nourishing hair balm

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Homemade Super Nourishing Hair Balm

30g | 1.06oz shea butter
15g | 0.53oz cocoa butter
15g | 0.53oz virgin coconut oil
10g | 0.35oz jojoba oil
10g | 0.35oz camellia seed oil
2g | 0.07oz castor oil
6g | 0.21oz walnut oil
11g | 0.38oz beeswax
1g | 0.03oz vitamin E oil

15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil

Weigh everything except the essential oils into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup in a small saucepan that’s got about 3cm/1″ of water in it, and bring that water to a gentle simmer to create a water bath to melt everything together.

Once all the butters and wax have melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and stir in essential oils before pouring into some tins. Carefully move them to the fridge to set up. A quick chilling will keep the shea butter from going grainy as it cools.

To use, get a very small amount on your fingers. Spread it between your fingers and rub it into the ends up of your hair. You can use a boar bristle brush to spread it around a bit and massage it in. The balm should absorb almost instantly. If it doesn’t, you’re using too much.

This recipe makes 100g (3.3oz), which will fill just over three 30g/1-oz tins. You might consider halving the recipe, 100g is a lot!

I’d love to hear how this balm works for you—my hair loves it!

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