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 unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
15g | 0.53oz cocoa butter (USA / Canada)
15g | 0.53oz virgin coconut oil
10g | 0.35oz jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
10g | 0.35oz camellia seed oil
2g | 0.07oz castor oil (USA / Canada)
6g | 0.21oz walnut oil
11g | 0.38oz beeswax (USA / Canada)

0.5g | 0.018oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil

Weigh everything except the vitamin E and 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 the vitamin E and essential oils before pouring into some tins. Carefully move them to the fridge to set up. A quick chilling will keep the unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) 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!


As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.

  • Fundamentally, this recipe is 45g soft oils/butters, 15g brittle butters, 28g liquid oils, and 11g beeswax. You can play around with different oils within those categories to maintain a similar consistency—read this to learn more.
  • The easiest oils to swap would be the camellia seed oil and walnut oil; choose other lightweight, fast-absorbing oils in their place. I would leave the castor and jojoba oils as they are extra lovely for hair.
  • You can use a different essential oil blend if you like

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