Make Shea Butter Easier to Apply
Shea butter is a wonderful natural ingredient that works well on skin and hair. In its natural form, it's a bit firm but easily spreadable. Whipping it makes it easier to get out of the container and apply to the hair. You can mix shea butter with a number of carrier ingredients; this tutorial uses coconut oil. The carrier keeps the whipped shea butter from re-hardening. Once whipped, you'll have a fluffy, ultra-moisturizing natural product that will give your hair a healthy sheen.
Place Bowl Over Pot
This is a variation of the double-boiler method (perfect for those of us who don't own double-boilers!). Place a small amount of water in a pot and boil it. Once it's boiling, remove from heat and place the bowl of shea butter over the pot. It will melt very quickly, which is why you need to remove the pot from the heat. Instead of placing over hot water, you can also microwave shea butter in a microwave-safe bowl, but you may lose some of the nutrients this way.
After about 20 minutes of whipping (if you have a large amount of shea butter, it will take longer), your mixture should be light, fluffy and thick, almost meringue-like. Whipping shea butter will increase the volume by two to three times, so having a container on hand to hold all of it is essential. Store your shea butter in a cool, dark place in a glass or plastic container; the refrigerator is not recommended because it may become grainy. Natural shea butter mixed with coconut oil or jojoba oil can last approximately six months to one year.