Ana sent in a request for this luscious hair moisturizer. The original was designed for drier hair—curly, afro-textured, and wavy types. The ingredient list featured all kinds of lovely ingredients, guaranteed to impart deep moisture to dry hair. Best of all, however, was her description of the texture—creamy and thick, like pudding… hair pudding. It sounded like pure luxury, and I had to make it.
The bulk of the pomade is oat milk and vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada). I fell in love with oat milk when I made my Oat Milk Dream Cream for its soothing and moisturizing properties. Glycerin is a fantastic humectant, and helps draw moisture to the hair (though too much can make for a sticky final product).
The oils in this pomade are downright decadent. Avocado oil, capuacu butter, and olive oil pack a seriously moisturizing punch, while lighter coconut oil and jojoba oil keep the overall blend from being too heavy. I’ve also added a touch of beeswax to really thicken things up.
Citrussy litsea cubeba, sweet rose geranium, and herbal basil essential oils scent everything. The scent blend is dry and sweet, with a slight anise base note from the basil that’s really lovely.
The final pudding imparts crazy amounts of moisture, both to the hair and the skin. If you’re in need of a dose of moisture, I highly recommend whipping up a batch of this today.
Crazy Rich & Thick Hair Pudding
1 tbsp oatmeal + 100mL (3.38 fl oz) boiling water
8g | 0.28oz complete emulsifying wax (not beeswax!)
10g | 0.35oz avocado oil
8g | 0.28oz olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
4g | 0.14oz virgin coconut oil
4g | 0.14oz jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
4g | 0.14oz capuacu butter
2g | 0.07oz beeswax (USA / Canada)
To make the oat milk, pour the boiling water over the oats and let them steep for 20 minutes before straining out the oats. If you happen to have a muslin bag, a coffee filter, a sieve, or an empty tea bag on hand, I’d definitely recommend putting the oats in one of them for easy removal afterwards.
Once the oat milk has steeped, strain out the oats and discard. Measure out 50g (1.75oz) of the oat milk and set aside.
Weigh the the emulsifying wax, oils, and butters into a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.
Once the oils have melted, add the oat milk mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat. Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice white cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax from emulsimulse/ritamulse).
Because of the oat milk in this recipe, it’ll spoil within a week or two without a broad spectrum preservative, so I’d recommend adding one. I’m using this one right now. Follow the usage amounts suggested by the manufacturer of the specific preservative you use.
Whisk in the essential oils and decant the mixture to a 120mL/8oz pump-top bottle. Stored in a pump-top bottle in a relatively cool environment, this lotion should last 1 month before spoiling (broad spectrum preservatives aren’t infallible, and with all the delicious oat milk goodness in here, and our less than sterile making conditions, this will not have an indefinite shelf life).
Don’t have the oils called for in the recipe? Check this out.
New to lotion making? Watch my basic lotion how-to video!