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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Mango And Raw Cocoa Butters To Nourish And Strengthen And Naptural85 Recipe

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk? - Alice Walker, The Color Purple

The Color Purple is one of my all time favorite movies! The quote about makes so much sense about life and even more so, about caring for our hair. We search and search for the right products for out hair, when the Earth offers us so much more. Using natural/organic ingredients for hair products is one of the most important aspects in my hair regimen to keep my hair healthy and retaining healthy length. To add on to my collection, I decided to add Mango and Raw Cocoa Butter to assist in nourishing and hydrating my hair.

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Mango And Raw Cocoa Butter To Nourish And Hydrate

What is Mango Butter?

Originating from southern Asian, the mango can be found in warm-tropical climates. Mango Butter is extracted from fruit kernels of the mango.

What are the benefits?

Not only is the mango yummy for eating and amazing for skin care, but it is wonderful for health as well:
  • restores and maintains the moisture and promotes cell regeneration
  • high levels of fatty acids (more than Shea and raw cocoa butter) - more intensive moisturizer
  • high levels of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins A, C, and E.
  • protects the hair and scalp from sun damage
  • keeps hair looking healthy by reducing breakage and dryness
  • help lock in moisture and control frizz
  • imparts shine and makes the hair soft
  • penetrates the hair cuticle to fortify from the inside and restores damaged cuticle
You can use mango butter alone as a sealant or mix with other natural/organic ingredients to create a pre--poo, hair cream, and even shampoo. 

Healthy Hair Ingredient | Mango And Raw Cocoa Butter To Nourish And Hydrate

What is Raw Cocoa Butter?

Native to Central and South America is where cocoa beans would be grown and harvested. Cocoa butter is a very popular ingredient today that is used in hair, cosmetic, and skin organic and commercial beauty products. Raw cocoa butter (pure, unrefined) is not heated to extremely high temperature, which allows it to retain more healthy fats which are found in cocoa beans.

What are the benefits?

Of course we all love the benefits of chocolate in our bellies, but there are more benefits in raw cocoa butter than for cooking:
  • Moisturizes your hair and prevents hair loss due to breakage
  • Strengthens hair shaft and adds volume hair
  • Repairs damaged hair strands and can prevent further damage to hair
  • Frizz-fighting and gives shine by hydrating the hair
You can use raw cocoa butter as a sealant or a pre-poo. Melt the butter in your hands and apply to your hair (not scalp) and concentrate on your ends. Place a plastic cap on your hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Apply heat for added benefits. Rinse out and begin your washing regimen. Your hair will look very shiny and feel very soft. Try using it as a leave-in mask before shampooing; just melt the butter in your hands and apply mid-shaft to ends and leave for 10-20 minutes. It rinses out easily and will leave your hair feeling and looking super smooth and shiny.

Remember!! Cocoa butter solidifies at room temperature.

Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe:

I have used Shea butter for the past few years during my natural hair journey and have found that it would leave my hair dry to the touch. So I came across Naptural85's DIY Mango Cupuacu Butter Hair Cream | NO Coconut Oil or Shea Butter, which I thought would be perfect to seal in the moisture and to keep my hair from feeling/looking dry. This hair butter DOES NOT contain shea butter not coconut oil.

I didn't not do the exact recipe, but made my own for my fine, natural hair.

Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe
2 tbsp. Raw Cocoa Butter
4 tbsp. Unrefined Mango Butter
1 tbsp. Castor Oil
3/4 tbsp. Sweet Almond Oil
1/4 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tbsp. Vitamin E Oil

Ceramic, Glass, Microwave-Safe Bowl
Glass Baking Dish
Medium Saucepan
Mixing Bowl
Mixing Utensil (not plastic)
Butter Knife
Electric Mixture
Ziploc Bag
6-8oz container/mason jar

Mixing The Ingredients:

Boil 3-4 cups of water in a medium sauce-pan. Place the butters in a ceramic, glass, or microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the glass baking pan and pour the boiled water. Be sure to not get water in the bowl with the butters...do not microwave the butters!

Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe

Double boil for 30 minutes or until the butters completely melt. Remove the bowl from the glass baking dish and stir until any clumps are completely melted.

Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe

Add the oils to your liking. Remember! the more oils you add to your butters, the more creamy the hair crème will be. Give the mixture one more stir to make sure all the ingredients are completely mixed.
Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe

Place in the refrigerator to solidify for at least an hour. Once completely solid, cut the crème with your butter knife into quadrants.

Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe

Take each quadrant out and place in your mixing bowl. Use your electric blender to whip until it looks like yummy, whipped cream.

Raw Cocoa Butter-Mango Crème Recipe
Place the creamy mixture in a Ziploc bag (be sure to close the snaps). Cut  a small corner at the bottom of the Ziploc bag and squeeze the creamy mixture in your 6-8oz container.

This soft-like pudding is so creamy and smells just like chocolate! It's so easy to use and slides right down my hair with out any trouble. My hair feels so soft, moisturized, and definitely healthy after using this crème. 

Also...it's cost effective!! The bulk of the ingredients did not cost too much to create this mixture that lasts at least 3 months (3xs/week use).

For more information, check out:

Natural hair says: if your hair does not like Shea butter (or even coconut oil), try this recipe out!


Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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