With the recent resurgence of hair grease in the natural hair community, I want to offer a natural alternative. For those that know me I am a DIYer at heart and I am always looking into kitchen chemistry projects I can make myself. I ran across a recipe for natural petroleum jelly when looking for recipes on making your own lip gloss. I thought the recipe was interesting but didn’t really see a use for it until now.
All-natural [not] hair grease is a great alternative for those tempted by the upswing in hair grease, but looking for something more natural. Use it as a sealant after moisturizing your hair for wash-n-go’s and twists or add it to some of your other DIY projects.
All-Natural [Not] Hair Grease
- 2 Tbsp grated beeswax
- 1/2 cup oil (you can also use a mixture of oils or butters)
Design a double-boiler using a pot and a glass or ceramic dish that is heat safe. Partially fill pot with water and place over medium heat to boil. Place beeswax and oil in glass or ceramic dish. Once water begins to boil place dish into pot. Allow the water to continue to boil and melt the mixture stirring occasionally until completely melted. Once melted carefully remove dish from the pot and turn off the stove. Pour mixture into container and allow to cool, about 30 minutes.
This mix will result in a light hair grease. If you want something stiffer more life a pomade use more beeswax. You can also very the mix by adding different oils. There are 8 tablespoons in 1/2 cup so you can add them 1 tablespoon at a time for an easy way to keep track of your oils. I experimented with castor, safflower, rice bran, almond, coconut and jojoba oil. I also made a mixture using shea butter, but you can also use cocoa butter or any other butter. Like most DIY projects you are only limited by your imagination.
You can also check out my video for step-by-step instructions.