Sometimes a girl just needs a little heat.
On her hair.
Even if she stopped using commercial shampoo. Even if she wrote a post entitled, “10 Methods for No Heat Curls“.
It’s just always nice to have the option, you know?
So, I haven’t really been using heat on my hair for the last eight months or so, except for the occasional light touch with the blow dryer. I used to use high heat from the blow dryer and the highest setting on my straightening iron, every time I styled my hair, which was almost every day. Yikes! All without a heat protectant.
I was really impressed and fascinated by this in-depth post on using only water to wash your hair. Yes, you read that right, way out there in outer Hairvana is a camp of brave souls fearless enough to attemptÂ “water only”. I wish I could pull it off, but I’ve tried and my water is just too hard. :(Â Right now I’m using what’s called AO – Acid Only rinses, and once every week or two I wash my hair using homemade herbal shampoo. (Recipe coming shortly!)
Anywho, in this awesomeÂ write-up she mentions she usesÂ a product that is a safe heat protectant without silicones, which makes it safe for no-poo hair. (Still don’t like that phrase.)
Silicones: any ingredients that end in -zane, -xane, -cone, or -conol. They coat the hair, and prevent heat transfer all the way to the hair, but they also prevent moisture from getting to the hair.
So, with that in mind, and wanting to keep things simple, I decided to just make my ownÂ simple mixture of shea and cocoa butter, and add some of my favorite essential oils. Here’s the recipe.
Homemade Heat Protectant for Hair
- 4 ounces shea butter
- 4 ounces cocoa butter
- up to 20 drops essential oils of your choice, optional. Rosemary and lavender are good for hair, and peppermint makes it smell like Chocolate Mint. Mmm! Click here to learn more about essential oils and the brand I recommend!
- 8 ounce glass container – canning jar would work well. (I used a leftover ghee container like this one.)
- Medium pot filled with 1 inch of water
- Medium glass bowl – the pot and bowl make a double boiler
This is very simple and only takes about fifteen minutes.
Start the pot of water boiling, and place the glass bowl on top. (This is yourÂ makeshift double boiler.) Place the shea and cocoa butter in the bowl. (I just eyeballed the amounts, you don’t have to be exact.) Don’t add the essential oils yet.
Let the water simmer in the pot, heating the mixture until it’s melted. Yes,Â I totally zoomed in because I didn’t want to have to clean the stove. Just sayin’.
Add essential oils to empty jar. Remove butters from heat and carefully add to glass. Remember, it’s going to be hot! Only use high quality glass that won’t crack when something hot is added. This is about what it will look like when melted.
It smells like chocolate even if you don’t add any oils…win! Allow to cool at room temperature.
When this cools, it’s very solid. I actually prefer this, since it’s not goopy and doesn’t get too much on my hands at one time. All you do is rub some onto your fingers and apply to your hair while damp after washing. You decide with trial and error how much works for you, since each head of hair is different.
This is intended to be a natural heat protectant, for gentle heat use. If you’re gonna be using mega heat to style your hair, use something with silicones in it so your hair will not get totally trashed. But for someone like me, who barely, lightly heat styles, this is perfect.
In addition to a heat protectant, IÂ use this sometimes in between washes just to keep my ends hydrated. I also use this even if I’m not going to heat style! When you’re no-poo, you need to be making an active effort to find the right amount of moisture for your hair to keep it shiny and healthy.
So there you have it! So simple. I made some free printables to go along with this super simple heat protectant; here they are if you want them.
Click HERE to download your FREE Homemade Heat Protectant Printables!
17 thoughts on “Homemade Heat Protectant with free printables!”
Love this recipe. It is so simple and has only a few ingredients. Definitely looking forward to the homemade herbal shampoo recipe.
Thank you, Sarah. I kept it simple on purpose, I love simple recipes! Hopefully the shampoo recipe will be up next week. Thanks for stopping back by! <3
What a great idea! I love using heat on my hair but try not to because of the damage it can do. Must try this!
Thanks Heather! Hope you like it!
Perhaps a silly question, but what do you consider low/gentle heat?
That’s not silly at all, Rachel. I consider low heat to be the hair dryer on the lowest setting, as well as the curling iron/straightener on the lowest setting. I haven’t tried hot rollers since going no poo, and I’m hesitant since there’s not a way to control the heat on mine. I hope that helps you!
Would this be okay for curling your hair with a curling wand at a medium-high temperature?
Yes, I would just suggest not too terribly hot and only once in a while, if you are “no-poo”. If you’re using regular shampoo and conditioner, then it will be fine as those products contain silicones which coat the hair.
Hi there. I just stumbled across your blog as I have recently started doing low heat blow drying in my hair routine. Did you notice any heat damage from using low heat in the low run? I’ve been using Shea butter, cocoa butter, Mango butter and coconut oil blend as a heat protection oil. I’m worried it won’t give me enough protection as silicone. But I’m using medium heat on high temperature. That’s the lowest heat setting. But have been wanting to get those blow out brush dryer things.. Hmm.
I didn’t, but I use very little heat at all. 🙂
Great tip – thank you! Trying to avoid silicones – and heat – too!
Can’t wait to try this – addicted to blow drying my heat damaged hair!
Hope it works for you! <3
Hello Danielle! Truly Love your homemade heat protectant. But for me the GKhair ThermalStyleHer heat protectant works best. Best against heat prior to styling. It seals moisture into the hair making each hair strand strong and healthy before blow drying. I’d highly recommend this heat protectant to all those who frequently style their hair using heat styling products to protect their hair totally from frying. 🙂 <3
Looks great, but will it make my hair greasy?