Monday, 6 May 2013

MHC Minty Shea Butter Mix

About a week ago I made a batch of whipped Shea butter and would like to share the recipe with you.

Shea Butter
Coconut Oil
Grapeseed oil
Castor oil
Peppermint oil

Whipped Shea butter is so easy to make; I started by melting the Shea butter. To melt I put the Shea butter in bowl and placed that bowl in a bigger one with some hot water and left for a few minutes to melt.
Melting the Shea butter

Melted Shea butter

After the Shea butter was all melted I added in Castor, Grapeseed and Coconut oils. I did not measure the quantity of oils, I just eyeballed it. I also added a few drops of Peppermint oil. I left the mixture for a while and then started to whip using an electric whip until I achieve a fairly creamy texture. Afterwards, I scoped the mixture into the container and put in the refrigerator to solidify. Less than an hour later, I took it out and had a ready to use mix.
Whipped Minty Shea Butter

This is a good way to use up Shea butter and it also makes it easier to scoop. This mix can be used to seal in moisture and is also a good body butter :)

Happy hair growing!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Hair Update and plans

I realized I have not posted an update on my hair recently and decided to post one. I had box braids done around the second week in March and took them out on the 21st of April after a little over 6 weeks.

I was a bit worried about my edges because the braider made them too tight and I had to take down the edges after a couple of days. Overall, my hair thrived even with my being lazy with hair care.

I have a three new products added to my arsenal; ORS replenishing conditioner, cantu Shea butter leave-in and (finally!) a sulfate free shampoo, CON Argan oil moisture and shine shampoo.

Last weekend I decided to protective style for a few months, I'm thinking three months, because it is something that has always worked for me. In line with this I am starting a personal protective styling challenge and will provide more details on that in a separate post.

For the next month my protective style will be wigs. The wig I am currently wearing is a short one with bangs shown in the picture below.

Shopping for hair products in Nigeria (2): Casa Bella

Hair products are big part of a healthy hair journey and I am always on the look out for quality and affordable products. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on a blog by a Nigerian lady based in Lagos, Ifeyinwa. In one of her posts she mentioned Casa Bella and I made a note to visit.
The right opportunity came on Workers' Day and I went the store in the Ikeja City Mall. I was so impressed with the selection of products available.

The brands they had in stock include;

  • Beautiful Textures
  • Elasta QP mango & olive butter
  • Aphogee (protein treatments, leave in conditioner, shampoo)
  • Keracare
  • Roots of Nature
  • Jamaican lime & mango
  • Organics by Africa's Best
  • Strength of Nature (profective mega growth)
  • Creme of Nature Argan oil range
  • Taliah waajid
  • Cantu Shea butter for natural hair
  • Groganics
  • Mizani
  • Giovanni
  • Ojon
  • African Pride
  • Hawaiian Silky Moroccan Argan oil range
  • Tresemme
  • Herbal Essences conditioners (including HE Long Term Relationship)

There are a few others that I cannot recall unfortunately. They also have satin scarfs, bonnets rollers and combs (including wide tooth). I feel their products are competitively priced, especially as i have already seen some of the products priced (slightly in some cases) higher elsewhere.
They have a nice selection of wigs, short, long, straight and curly. I had my eye on a curly one which retails for N7,000 but I did not buy it. I purchased two items I actually need, the much raved about Cantu Shea butter leave in (N1,600 for 16oz) and CON sulfate free shampoo (N1,490 for 12oz).

It is great to have a store that stocks a wide range of hair care products. If you are looking for quality hair products, I recommend you visit one of the various Casa Bella stores.

Their Lagos locations are:
Adeniran Adesanya shopping centre, Surulere
The Palms Shopping Centre, Lekki
Ikeja City Mall, Alausa


Happy hair growing!