DIY Hair Curl Cream using Shea Butter & Apricot Kernel Oil



  • ½ cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons apricot kernel oil
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional for fragrance)


  1. In a heat-safe bowl, add the shea butter and apricot kernel oil.
  2. Create a double boiler by placing the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Gently melt the shea butter and oil, stirring occasionally until fully melted and well combined. We suggest you to melt the shea butter first, since it takes longer to melt. 
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
  4. Add the aloe vera gel to the mixture and stir well.
  5. If desired, add a few drops of your preferred essential oil for a pleasant scent. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool and solidify. You can speed up the process by placing it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  7. Once solidified, use a hand mixer or a fork to whip the mixture until it becomes creamy and smooth.
  8. Transfer the curl cream into a clean, airtight container for storage.

To Use:

  1. Start with clean, damp hair.
  2. Take a small amount of the DIY curl cream and rub it between your palms to warm it up.
  3. Apply the cream evenly through your hair, focusing on the mid-lengths to ends.
  4. Style your hair as desired, using your preferred curling method (twists, braids, etc.).
  5. Allow your hair to air dry or use a diffuser to speed up the drying process.
  6. Once your hair is dry, gently scrunch or fluff to reveal defined, moisturized curls.

Since this recipe doesn’t have any preservatives, remember to store the curl cream in a cool, dry place and use within a few weeks. Enjoy your beautifully moisturized and defined curls!

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