DIY Shea Butter Hair Mask

Do you want to restore the health of your dry, damaged, or frizzy hair? Is your hair looking lackluster? Shea butter could just be what you need! 

Shea butter is not only a nutrition powerhouse and moisturizer, it’s also one of the best hair foods. Regularly using a shea butter hair mask can do wonders for your hair and scalp health. 

Let’s learn more about the benefits of Shea butter first and then more about how to prepare a DIY shea butter hair mask for your needs.

Understanding Shea Butter and Its Hair Benefits

Shea butter comes from Shea trees that are native to West Africa. Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree and is rich in vitamins and fatty acids. 

Though solid at room temperature, it is easy to spread and widely used in skin and hair care products for its many benefits. It is light, moisturizing, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and suitable for all skin and hair types. 

It’s a very versatile ingredient with many uses and benefits. It prevents acne, including scalp acne, boosts collagen product and cell regeneration, delays aging signs, etc. 

It offers natural sun protection, prevents dandruff, prevents split ends, and soothes eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. Shea butter has a rich nutrient profile, making it one of the best hair foods.

It is rich in fatty acids like oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acids, rich antioxidant vitamins like F, E & A, rich in cetyl esters (conditions & locks in moisture), and triglycerides (conditions & nourishes).

Owing to its rich nutrient content, Shea butter offers the following hair benefits: 

  • Shea butter moisturizes and repairs dry and damaged hair.
  • Shea butter promotes hair growth.
  • Shea butter improves hair and scalp health.
  • Tames frizz.
  • It enhances hair’s luster and shine.
  • Shea butter is a natural treatment for dandruff.
  • Conditions and soothes hair and scalp.
  • Natural heat protector.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of Shea butter prevent free radical damage.
  • Shea butter softens hair naturally.

Selecting the Right Type of Shea Butter

When choosing Shea butter, there are three main types you have to choose from – raw Shea butter, unrefined Shea butter, and refined Shea butter. The best variant is raw and unrefined Shea butter, which offers the maximum benefits and nutrients.

Complementary Ingredients for Shea Butter Hair Masks

Complementary Ingredients for Shea Butter Hair Masks

You can add other beneficial ingredients to the shea butter hair mask depending on your requirements and preferences. A few hair and scalp beneficial ingredients are aloe vera, coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, herb-infused oils, hair-beneficial essential oils, etc.

DIY Shea Butter Hair Mask Recipes

Preparing a shea butter hair mask is easy, and you can modify it to suit your needs and preferences. We will see a versatile recipe that you can alter or tweak easily and, most importantly, is beginner-friendly. So anyone can whip up this DIY shea butter mask quickly.


Vegan Shea Butter Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged, or Frizzy Hair

This shea butter mask is light and suitable for all hair types but has been tweaked to offer more nourishment and moisturization to nurture and moisturize dry, damaged, and frizzy hair.


Raw Shea Butter – 1 – 2 Tbsps.

Olive Oil – 1 – 2 Tbsps.

Argan Oil – 1 Tsp.

Aloe Vera Gel – 1 Tbsp.


Melt the Shea butter in your double boiler and refrigerate for a few minutes.

Once the Shea butter is slightly solidified – it takes a few minutes – it shouldn’t harden or become fully opaque but be somewhat pliable when you press down.

Remove from the refrigerator at this stage and transfer to a mixing bowl.

Start whipping the Shea butter slowly, adding the ingredients one after the other – argan oil, olive oil, and aloe vera gel.

Continue whipping till the ingredients are well combined and fluffy.



Divide your hair into sections and apply the hair mask on your hair and scalp.

Massage as you go, and cover from roots to tips.

Wrap your head with a shower cap after applying the DIY shea butter hair mask, and let it sit for 30 – 45 minutes before washing off.

You can use lukewarm water to wash off your hair, and don’t forget to let it air dry for best results.

With regular usage, you can use a clarifying rinse to prevent buildup.


This raw Shea butter mask is more suited to soothe damaged and dry hair, calm frizz, and make hair more manageable. It is not just dry hair; it is light and suitable for all hair types.

You can add essential oils for added benefits and aroma.

You can use any carrier oil, including Jojoba, sweet almond, herb-infused, etc. I have chosen olive oil as it is more moisturizing and beneficial for dry hair.

Argan oil makes hair more manageable and calms frizz, exceptionally nurturing and rejuvenating for damaged or dry hair. You can swap it for other carrier oils if you don’t get or don’t prefer argan oil.

Aloe vera gel promotes hair growth, moisturizes dry hair, and leaves your hair soft and shiny.

Avocado oil can be used instead or along with argan oil in the recipe. It leaves your hair shiny.

You can add a spoonful of castor oil to the recipe to promote hair growth regrowth and curb hair fall.


Shea Butter Hair Mask for Different Hair Types

Shea Butter Hair Mask for Different Hair Types

You can use the Shea butter hair mask once or twice weekly for frizzy, dry, and damaged hair until your health improves. For curly locks, you can use the hair mask once a week or twice to nourish and nurture your curls without weighing them down.

You can use regular and healthy hair once every month to nourish and rejuvenate it. For fine or thin hair, use it once a month or as needed so you don’t weigh down your hair.

Safety and Precautions

  • Shea butter is hypoallergenic and suits most people, but always do a patch test before using it for your hair or skin.
  • Always do a patch test to check for allergies or sensitivities.
  • Don’t use any ingredients you’re allergic or sensitive to.
  • Use fresh, organic, unrefined ingredients, and always ensure that ingredients are used within the use-by date.

Bottom Line

Try the nourishing and rejuvenating Shea butter hair mask and see how it works. Feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your requirements and preferences or add benefits and customize it.

Don’t have time for DIY recipes? Check out the premium vegan hair cosmetics from Vitamins Revive from their online store and see if you like a product. They offer a range of products, and one should meet your needs.

As always, feel free to reach out for any questions, feedback, or requests. We love to hear from you. Let us know how the recipe worked out for you and if you made any successful tweaks.


Does Shea butter benefit dry hair?

It is incredibly moisturizing and beneficial to soothe dry hair.

Does Shea butter promote hair growth?

Shea butter has been used to promote hair growth with a nutrient-rich profile with good results. Not just hair growth, users claim it also curbs hair fall.