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Howto – Shea Hair Balm

March 25, 2021
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Howto – Shea Hair Balm.

I love to make hair balm for hair it last super long and give super texture to the hair. Shea hair balm is my particular favorite as it is light like a lotion and ideal for summers. It is super for the weather I am in. It becomes super hot and that makes my hair dry.

I like to use something very light at the same time keep my hair in check and this one is just ideal for it.

Now lets just jump to the recipe

What is a hair setting balm or a hair pomade?

Hair setting balm or a hair pomade is thick product that help your hair stay in a specific position or allow us to keep it straight. Usually it is used by men to keep their hair in place as they are short and can easily get displaced.

There are basically two types of hair balms as per evolution of hair balms

1.       Orthodox hair balm – which usually have a wax like beeswax in it. It is an anhydrous product so usually without any preservative so we can call it a all natural product too.

2.       Unorthodox hair balm –

Ø  Emulsified unorthodox hair balm which can be either a emulsified product with help of BTMS – 50 or emulsifying wax or any other emulsifying product. It is a water based product like lotions or heavy creams.

Ø  Gels are another kind of hair setting tool which is very popular.

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Recipe of Shea Hair Balm in Percentage

Emulsifying Wax – 3%

Soy Lecithin – 7%

Beeswax – 2%

Water – 47%

Shea Butter – 15%

Sunflower oil – 5%

Argan Oil – 9%

Flaxseed oil – 10%

Coconut oil – 5%

After Shave FO – 1%

Iscaguard Preservative – 1%

Recipe of Shea Hair Balm in grams

Emulsifying Wax – 1.5 gram

Soy Lecithin – 3.5 grams

Beeswax –  1 gram

Water – 23.5 grams

Shea Butter – 7.5 gram

Sunflower oil – 2.5 grams

Argan Oil – 4.5 grams

Flaxseed oil – 5 grams

Coconut oil – 2.5 grams

After Shave FO – 0.5 grams

Iscaguard Preservative – 0.5 grams

Equiptment needed

A scale that measures in 0.1-gram (or smaller) increments

– A large glass, microwave safe or heat-proof measuring cup or bowl.

– Spoons and rubber spatulas in varying sizes

– Spray Bottle with alcohol

– Latex gloves.

– A mask

– A Microwave or double boiler

– A container to store

Instructions for Shea Hair Balm

Put on your gloves, disinfect everything that is to be used. Clean surface with Rubbing Alcohol.

Measure all the ingredients mentioned in the recipe in a heat proof container.

We will be melting all the ingredients together in a double boiler. If you wish you can use a microwave too. Also in another heat proof beaker measure out water and keep it in the double boiler

Check the temperature of melted ingredients and the water there should be not more than 10 degrees difference between them.

Now add the water and blend the mixture with wisk or a blender to make a nice homogeneous mixture

Check the temperature at 30 – 35 degrees Celsius and add FO and preservative and blend well.

Label your bottle with the ingredient and expiry date

The recipe in this blog is given in grams as well as percentage. Feel free to scale it up or scale it down as per your requirement.

I f you would like to watch me making this please head over to my youtube channel you can click the link of howto Shea Hair Balm

If you have any questions feel free to write in the comments section below I would be happy to answer it and help out.

If you are looking for substitution let me know what would you like to substitute and I would be happy to help you out with that too.


You can substitute emulsifying wax with BTMS 50 or other emulsifiers that are good for hair like Varisoft or Aromocare 70.

If you wish you can substitute other soft oils and butter as per things available to you.

I have used After Shave FO from Moksha you can substitute with any of your favorite essential oil or fragrance oils. Its totally upto you.

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