This is a very easy Do It Yourself (DIY) hair cream which you can use on your scalp and hair strands as well. The Best thing about it, it is 100% natural and you know for sure what is in because you put them together 🙂

The consistency is great, feels like butter and melts the moment you put it on your skin. It gets absorbed so fast leaving your scalp moisturized and hair soft, silky and shiny.

It has no preservatives and for this reason i recommend not to make too much unless you intend to gift it to friends and or family.

Without further ado let us get to our DIY Hair cream. This will make about 270 grams of cream.


DIY hair cream

Essential oils.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

A few drops of each. Maximum 5 drops.

  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Lavender
  • Litsea cubeba

Items you will need.

  • Hand mixer
  • Glass bowl
  • Another bowl for double melting
  • Spatula (The cake one will do)
  • Glass jar with a lid


  1. Put the Shea butter,Cocoabutter and Coconut oil in the glass bowl.
  2. In the second bowl, put very hot water that can melt the mixture in the glass bowl quickly. Place the glass bowl in the hot water and ensure that no water gets in. This is what i call Double melting 😉 (Its gonna take about 20 minutes)
  3. Stir now and then so that they mix well as they melt. You will notice that they all have different melting points. Coconut oil melts the fastest, then Shea butter and finally cocoa butter.
  4. After they have completely melted, remove from the water and add olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and argan oil and stir well.
  5. Using a coaster, put the glass bowl it in the fridge and let it sit for 2-3 hrs. This should make the whole mixture firm but not hard. The consistency should feel like you are pressing on a mattress. Does that make any sense? Lol!
  6. Take it out and with a hand mixer, beat the heck out until it is buttery like butter cream. Scrape the sides of the bowl in so you can mix them all well.
  7. Add your essential oils and beat around for like 10 seconds or so.
  8. Voila! Your cream is ready! Put it in your glass jar and store in room temperature.

    DIY Hair cream

Why i chose these ingredients

To begin with, Shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oils are very common ingredients in the skin and hair care products in Africa and i basically grew up knowing that they are good stuff for the skin, scalp and hair in general.

Earlier on i used the butters and oils independently for different things like hot oil treatments, conditioning and pre poo and then i thought… Hmm why not mix them and have a great cream. And that’s where the DIY Hair cream idea came about. More about the oils here.  And  butters here.

Olive, Almond, Jojoba and Argan oils are also great oils for the hair, (Details here.)and their liquid nature helps soften the butters making the final result creamy/buttery for easy application.

At first i wanted to try this mixture on my skin so i omitted peppermint oil and tea tree oil because of their intense and irritating effect on the skin, let alone the smell. And after a few times of using the cream on my body and i saw how radiant it felt and looked, i thought i could give it a try with the essential oils for hair growth.

That is when i added Peppermint and Tea tree oils among other essential oils. I have been using this cream for a few years now and i will not be stopping any time. I keep switching up the oils now and then to get a taste of others combinations but this is my very basic mix.

Other optional ingredients

There is a long list of oils and butters that are good for hair growth and to make a good hair and scalp cream, you just need a few butters and oils of your choice.

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Murumuru butter

Apart from the mentioned in this DIY hair cream, here is a short description of some great butters and oils you can use.

Mango butter Great moisturizer and softens hair. Has great smell as well.

Murumuru butter Rich in Omegas, locks in moisture and promotes elasticity

Cupuacu butter Great moisturizer and strengthens hair. Perfect for cold weathers.

Carrot oil – Has beta carotene which protects hair against dullness and promotes general hair health and shine.

Avocado oil – Its ability to penetrate your hair shaft leaves your hair strong and lustrous.

Jamaican black castor oil It stimulates hair follicles promoting hair growth and thickness.

Babassu oil Is light and non greasy, soothes irritated scalp and strengthens your hair.

Cupuacu butter

Grape seed oil Light oil great for conditioning dry hair preventing frizz and split ends.

Sapote oil – Great remedy for dry and itchy scalp. Is light and non greasy and balances sebum production.

Moringa oil – Is a great source of complex vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial to the hair.

More about these in the upcoming article.

Final words

As you can see, there are many possible combinations of DIY hair cream and you are free to try your own combination. You should however have it in mind that some butters like Shea and Cocoa are quite heavy and you might wanna mix them with a good amount of liquid oils to have a good consistency for usage.

In most of my mixtures i have coconut oil because it helps soften the other butters and is well absorbed in the scalp.

The essential oils not only add nutritional value to your cream but also have great scents. I personally love the smell of Litsea Cubeba and lavender. These two are almost always in my DIY hair creams. You can check in your local health food store to see if you can smell them.

To have great healthy hair, you not only need a good hair cream but also eat healthy, drink lots of water and take good care of your hair in general.

I hope you enjoyed the DIY hair cream recipe and i would love to read and try out your combinations on the comments section or you can also contact me with your suggestions.

  1. I have gone to an essential oils “party” and I am still curious to know if they are actually worth getting. I see that there are so many ways to use them and your hair is just one of them. Where and how do you get your hands on essential oils if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Hi John,
      thanks for your time and comment.Essential oils are by all means worth getting. Apart from your hair,they are good for your general health. Most of my oils i get from my Organic store or i order them from here.
      I hope you get a few that suit your needs.

  2. Hello Janet,

    I love your article about the cream mixture you made. Is it for the scalp only or can we use it for our body as well? I am interested to know if it can be applied to our body skin and one thing also I wanted to know how effective is it to promote hair growth because I have a partial hair loss.

    You really got a very clear step by step procedure on how to make that do it yourself cream.

    • Hi Angel,
      thanks for your time and comment. You can use this for your body as well. I just said hair because this site is mostly about hair. THis cream can help in hair growth because the ingredients have a lot of properties that support that. Check more information here.
      And for hair loss problems, you might wanna check out this.

  3. Hi Janet
    What a beautiful post. I trained as, and am qualified in aromatherapy, many years ago. It was so nice reading such a well written article. I am very particular in my essential oils and carrier oil/creams used to blend product, but I fully support what you have written. Your knowledge in consistency of product, uses, and absorption in to the skin can only come from time and experience. I also love May Chang and its spicy smell. One quick question – what would be the longevity of the final product left at room temperature, and would you refrigerate them to last longer?

    • Hi Nadine,
      thanks for your comment. We learn every day and this article is out of personal experience and research. About longevity, i always produce a little bit to last at most 6 months. I tried refridgeration at one point and it got too hard. Since this recipe has no water,it can last atleast 6 months in room temperature without moulding or changing in characteristic.

  4. Hi Janet,
    I do follow your article and appreciate the efforts you’re making to keep your readers well informed. I’ve personally learnt a lot about hair care from here.

    • Hi Mical,
      thank you for finding time to go through my article and for the encouraging words. I am glad that you get useful information here. Keep coming back and you will learn more 😉

  5. Hi dear
    Thankyou for sharing this article
    I have been wanting to make a DIY for my hair and hair and skin dry up especially in winter and I didn’t know which products to use and how to go about it….but now after reading your article and having the products and ,,recipe” it’s going to be easy for me to make it

    • Hi Phidel,
      i am happy you found some time to go through this article. I am glad that you found it helpful and you can contact me anytime you need clarification or help with anything. Thanks for your feedback.

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