Shea Butter Water Soluble

Most of the time when I want to add an oil (liquid or solid) to my formulations I am forced to use an emulsifier to bind the oil and water. The result is a cream, which I really love as a moisturizer and even styler. For other products like the water-based leave-in conditioner (see video here) my preference is lower viscosity (think of it as thickness) but at the same time I would like the conditioner to have as much beneficial ingredients as possible.

Attempting to add an oil to my water based leave-in conditioner has always required an emulsifier, which in return increases the viscosity too much. To keep the conditioner as viscous as water, I discovered Shea Water Soluble also referred to as Shea Water Miscible or Shea Water Dispersible. This is Shea Butter that dissolves in water. The patented formulation is 50-50 water to Shea Butter.

Shea Butter Water Soluble

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State of the Afro 2013

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We are four months away for 2015. Let that sink in for a moment. I wanted to take a moment and review progress from the year that was. Since my growth rate is slightly above a quarter inch a month, sometimes it’s hard to detect progress just by looking at my hair. I also spend a lot of time with my hair, which means sensory perception interferes so changes in length go unnoticed for the most part.

Aside from a personal journal, I track my length via photos because I feel visual progress is far more motivational than just measuring my length and recording in a notebook. Different photos also provide the choice of a side by side comparison, which I feel is the best way to track progress. Progress doesn’t necessarily have to be length; I track thickness, color changes, tensile strength and any current experiments (like the cayenne pepper one).

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