If you love green tea, today’s recipe is going to seal your ends!
Green tea butter is great for protective styling — twists, braids, up-do’s, edges, and happy crowns. It’s so rich that when you take your hair down, it will still be just as shiny and soft.
And it only has 3 ingredients!
Watch the video above…and let’s do this Goddess.
It’s time for a hair update, but first — a requested video!
This video is a follow-up for Hair Inspiration, our plant-based oil for hair growth, hair and scalp repair, and hair rejuvenation. This recipe, along with washing my hair with mud:), is better than any of the hair growth oils I’ve bought (and they can be expensive). Plus, it’s just as wonderful for your skin as a bath oil, and as a nourishing moisturizer for your head, shoulders, knees and toes (sorry, kids on spring break:)
I’ve also included some current photos of my hair at the end.
Where I Bought The Ingredients:
I bought the castor, safflower, and shea nut oil locally for this recipe, but when I shop online I use:
Eden Organics Unrefined Safflower Oil
Shea nut oil – https://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Shea…
Jamaican Black Castor Oil – https://www.tropicisleliving.com/shop…
Watermelon seed oil | http://www.teliaoils.com/en/water-mel…
Broccoli seed oil | http://www.teliaoils.com/en/broccoli-…
Calendula extract | https://www.brambleberry.com/Calendul…
Green tea extract | https://www.brambleberry.com/Green-Te…
Let me know what you think — have you tried shea nut oil? What’s working for your gorgeous natural hair?
Chia seed oil helps prevent hair loss by nourishing the hair follicle. The fatty acids help balance the natural sebum levels of the scalp, which means more luscious shiny curls for you!
The linoleic and oleic acids in chia seed oil act as natural emollients. This lubricates, heals, and repairs the skin. The high levels of fatty acids in chia seed oil also helps protect against sun damage.
This is great because you know how I feel about sunscreen…
A Note About Softness
I love pulling out this recipe in the cooler months because it’s deeply moisturizing, nourishing, rich, and non-greasy. The butters you use for this recipe are typically very soft. So soft they often don’t need to be warmed. If they do, warm them in a heat safe container placed in hot water so that they are soft enough to stir.
This butter goes on like a lotion and glides into your skin like massage oil. It helps heal eczema, speeds wound healing and the disappearance of scars. For your hair, it’s great for sealing ends and getting rid of dry, brittle hair. It’s super light and doesn’t cause a lot of product buildup. A little goes a long way so no heavy-handedness with this one!
- 2 1/2 tablespoons avocado butter (softened)
- 1 tablespoon chia seed oil
- 1 teaspoon cocoa butter (softened)
- 1/8 teaspoon broccoli seed oil
- 1/8 teaspoon calendula extract
- Add the ingredients to your container in the order listed.
- Once you have mixed your all of your ingredients, add extra cocoa butter (about 1/2 teaspoon) and mix them into your butter.
- This puts the chunky in the chunky butter! These tiny cocoa butter pieces will melt into your fingers, hair and skin once applied. It leaves an added shimmery shine to your curls. It's also deeply moisturizing and lubricating to your hair and skin.
- Store in a 4oz jar or container.
It all started with my crown.
I noticed thinning — again. And usually, by the time I notice MY hair is thinning, I’m a week away from bald.
I knew fenugreek seeds were good for hair growth. I had a jar from my cactus fenugreek addiction. I stopped throwing away the leftover seeds and started using them to thicken plant-based conditioners.
Fenugreek seeds, when applied regularly to the scalp:
- enhances hair growth and hair re-growth
- preserves hair’s natural color
- gives hair a silky feeling
- adds shine and gloss
- softens hair
- treats dandruff
- decreases hair thinning
- stops hair loss
Video | Lavishly Natural’s Fenugreek Smoothie for Natural Hair Growth
The Fenugreek Smoothie is:
- a great detangler (it has the perfect amount of slip) on dry or wet hair
- requires less than 2 minutes to make (but six hours to get ready:)
- and it will grow your hair (with noticeable results) within 30 days
Bold claims right?
This smoothie helped stop the thinning drama at my crown COMPLETELY.
Test this recipe to see if you get similar results. Share them in the comments!
The slippery elm bark is optional in the recipe, but it gives it such a great creamy feel. It’s also the ingredient that turns your left over fenugreek smoothie into a conditioning pudding. It has the texture of a pudding and goes on like a cream. This recipe will last in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Just stir it before using.
Food-based Substitutions for Coconut Cream
If you don’t have coconut cream, try some of these substitutions. These are the ones I’ve tried. If you have more, leave them in the comments!
Use 2 tablespoons of any of the following:
- bananas (mashed and pureed)
- coconut butter
- maple syrup
- raw agave syrup
Hard Water Alternatives
I like to save the water the fenugreek seeds make for hair rinses. You may want to add more liquid to your smoothie or pudding. If you’re looking for hard water alternatives, try these:
- distilled water
- aloe vera juice
- green tea
- hibiscus tea
- fenugreek hair rinse
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water
Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds: Natural Hair Growth Herb of the Year?
Fenugreek seeds are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, iron, selenium (relieves stress), magnesium (natural muscle relaxer), flavonoids, potassium, zinc (creates feelings of peace and relaxation), folic acid (helps prevent autism), and thiamin.
Other Fabulous Fenugreek Benefits:
- heals the mucous membranes of the body
- has an anti fungal, antibacterial, and ant inflammatory effect on the body
- used for upset stomach, digestive problems, constipation, and gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach)
- high in fiber and protein
- contains choline, which studies have shown slows mental aging, and calms the symptoms of pms and menopause*
- naturally boosts libido
- blood sugar regulator – controls blood sugar for Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
- helps stimulate contractions during childbirth
- good for heart health, prevents hardening of the arteries
- increases energy and stamina
- great for use as a topical treatment for burns, boils, eczema, and gout
- anti pollutant for the body
- prevents fibroids
- stimulates hair growth
- increases milk flow in nursing mothers – even in the midst of a mild case of mastitis, I discovered. Fenugreek seeds contain a compound called diosgenin*, which is what many believe increases the milk flow. This same compound, along with other key nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, is what herbalists believe boosts hair growth and thickness.
- gives you bigger boobs? Check out one more thing…
- Can Fenugreek Enlarge Breasts? DrWeil.com
- Diosgenin, from What is Fenugreek Good For?, FoodFacts.Mercola.com
- Effectiveness Test of Fenugreek Seeds, Journalcra.com
- Fenugreek, Encyclopedia.com
- Fenugreek Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, & Warnings, WebMD
DISCLAIMER: The information presented here should not be substituted for medical advice. Please contact your medical practitioner before making any changes to your diet or personal wellness plan. I want you LIVING Goddess! Your health is the priority. Always do your own research before trying any new method or technique.
Here’s part two of my Water Only Hair Wash Update. If you missed Part 1, you can see what happened over The First 40-Days.
This video also includes a new updated Hibiscus Hair Tea Recipe I’ve included below. It’s LUSCIOUS!
Thoughts About The WOHW Method…
I’m 63 days in now, and still enjoying my results so far. I’m seeing more hair growth all over, and especially at the crown, which was a problem area. I feel more sebum in the top, front, and edges. Seems to be thick, but it still hasn’t made it all the way to the ends. A little shea butter helped a lot.
I know what I said in the video…don’t judge me:-)
I also started going longer between washings — 0nly 2 or 3 days, and mostly by accident. My hair doesn’t seem to mind these resting periods.
It’s regained it’s full thickness in the 2 months I’ve been doing this method. My crown and my edges are getting more thick and luscious. I’ve got some serious baby hair going on.
I plan on staying with this method for as long as possible. It’s easy and my hair does much better maintaining moisture. It’s reached a new level of softness I didn’t know was possible, and my hair wasn’t hard to begin with!
The next update is almost ready – YAY! I have a new recipe with slippery elm bark, You. Are. Going. To. Love.
Here’s a quick list of the recipes we’ve made so far:
- Banana Deep Detangling Conditioner
- Cactus Fenugreek Conditioner
- Coconut Cream Hair Mask
- Hair Milk
- DIY Leave-In Conditioner