Homemade Coconut Pomade

Whip up your own organic hair products and save money.

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Stop scouring beauty stores in search of your ideal pomade and whip it up yourself instead. Using only two or three key ingredients, you can mix a lovely, coconut-scented batch of pomade to hold your hair in place and keep you smelling fragrantly fresh all day. Feeling adventurous? Add your own favorite essential oils for a one-of-a-kind tropical scent.

Gearing Up

Unless you're a devoted chef or a soap maker, you may be missing some key equipment for cooking up your own batch of pomade. Regardless of whether you're making coconut pomade or venturing into new territory with your own recipe, you'll need to buy a double boiler, a wooden spoon and an empty jar for storing your sweet-scented creations. If you're in a hurry, melt your items in a large glass bowl in the microwave instead of using a double boiler on the stovetop. Make sure to label your wooden spoon so you don't stick that pomade-covered cooking utensil in tonight's dinner.

Choosing a Base

Good foundation is the key to perfect makeup, and a good base product is the key to perfect hair. Shea butter and beeswax both work wonders to lock in moisture and protect your hair from damage. Women in West Africa have used shea butter since at least the mid-14th century, according to the University of California, Los Angeles. It's a popular ingredient used on African American hair to prevent dryness. Beeswax is your second organic option -- a non-allergenic option at that. Both protect your hair from external damage during your busy day and trap moisture for a luscious shine. Experiment to find your favorite -- or to find what's cheapest in your area -- and chop up 2 to 3 tablespoons of beeswax or shea butter into your double boiler or glass bowl.

Adding the Essentials

Variety is the spice of life, so feel free to experiment with your ingredients. In addition to your base of beeswax or shea butter, you may want to add some jojoba oil or arrowroot powder. Organic Authority suggests about 15 milliliters of jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder. Castor oil makes a great substitute for jojoba oil. Melt everything together in your double boiler, or consider whipping it up in the blender -- just remember you'll have to clean it thoroughly before using it for food.

Finding Your Fragrance

The best part of any homemade recipe is adding the flavor, or in this case, the scent. What turns regular, dull pomade into a heavenly coconut concoction is the coconut oil. Mix in 2 to 3 drops and add in any other scents that tickle your fancy. Try a nice pineapple-scented oil and you've got yourself Piña Colada pomade. Try adding aloe vera oil for sleek, strong and healthy hair. As many hair products contain three or four different oils, don't worry about going overboard.

Safe Storage

Once you've mixed your creation, pour it into your containers and stir well. Let it cool overnight -- and in the morning you have a homemade hair product ready to help you rock that new 'do. Store your containers out of direct sunlight and be sure to keep those lids on tight.

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Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Organic and Natural Skincare, Hair Care and Body Care Products; Julie Gabriel Organic Authority: Natural Beauty - Homemade Pomade that Rocks
NC Cooperative Extension: Not Just Honey!
UCLA: African Women, Shea Butter, and Globalization
Hair and Skin Care for African American and Biracial Children: A Training Workbook; The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

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