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Liquid gold hair polisher, a lovely DIY hair product.

As you know by now, I love to use coconut oil in my hair as a treatment, smoother, and moisturizer. Between the no-poo method of cleansing and coconut oil as a conditioner, almost all of my hair needs are met. Sometimes, though, my wild waves are in need of a bit more polish.

A couple months back, HTHG teamed up with Alaffia‘s Shea butter Beautiful Curls line to do a giveaway, and they sent me some samples to try on myself. Now my hair is not as curly as it once was (Pregnancies do weird things to hair!) but the needs of my hair remain the same. My hair needs a lot of moisture in the form of easily absorbable lightweight oil and you can bet I have tried them all.

I started using Beautiful Curls shining oil was really impressed with the way my hair looked and felt with a little Shea butter oil in it. It felt light and healthy and it had a certain sparkly shining-from-within look to it.

So, I got to thinking that maybe
coconut oil

and shea butter
could be the dream team hair polishing combo for dry, coarse, curly, dull, or wavy hair. I experimented and came up with a recipe that made my hair shiny and bouncy and smooth and my hands super soft. Liquid gold, I tell you. For beautiful, natural, sustainable hair……..Ladies and gents, I give to you Liquid gold hair polisher, a lovely DIY hair product.





Liquid Gold Curl Polisher

coconut oil

A teaspoon ofFractionated Coconut Oil is optional, but will add extra shine.

1-3rd shea butter

10 drops of essential oil or blend of oils for scent.

Heat together on low in a pan until it is all melted together. Let it cool, and pour it into a tiny tupperware.

Store it at room temp, and use it any time your hair feels dry or dull or need some smoothing, polishing, and sparkling. Just get a little bit on your finger tips and warm up in the hands, and smooth it on the surface of the hair. Start with just a little bit, and use more as needed. Give it a try, I promise you will love it.

coconut oil

organic shea butter

essential oils here

Now you can purchase Liquid Gold Hair Butter in the ShamPHree shop!


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  1. Seven

    I’ve been whipping this together for a little over a year. My last mix I added olive oil and almond…maybe a little jojoba.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      sounds perfect. Im gonna give that a try:)

  2. Patti H

    I have long, curly, thick, and dry hair. I whipped this awesome stuff up and have not used any store bought product since! It moisturizes, tames and makes my hair shine! Thank you for this awesome homemade product!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I know. It is amazing stuff!

  3. MiCharJen

    Sounds good, i’ll try it soon, but 1 question- are you supposed to wash it out? If so, what water temp?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You can use it lightly as a smoothing leave in product, or as a deep end conditioner. If you are using it as a conditioner, be sure to use hot water when you rinse.

  4. Heather

    I’m curious could you use vanilla for scent in this recipe? I
    Love that scent so wondered if that could be used and if
    so what kind should I look for? I have pure vanilla from Mexico,
    Could I use that? Thanks:-)

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      sounds divine! My only suggestion is to make sure you use vanilla oil and not extract. You don’t want to put alcohol in your hair. But oil is great!

  5. Maid Mirawyn

    Oddly enough, this is very, very close in proportions to an improvised moisturizer I made with shea butter and coconut oil! (Three parts coconut oil to two parts shea.) I had just bought some fresh shea butter, and straight coconut oil wasn’t quite cutting it on my hands. I was fortunate to hit the nail on the head on my first try! I had noticed that, if I ran my fingers through my hair after applying my coconut-shea balm, it did great things to my hair. Good to know it’s not just me.

    A tip on making cleanup easy . . . I use a half-cup mason jar set into a pan of not-quite-boiling water. (Make sure the water level is low, so it can’t get into the jar!) I can mix it directly in the jar, add the essential oil once it has cooled just a bit, and then just put a lid on it for storage! (I usually poor a couple of tablespoons into a flat tin before it sets up, and keep that in my purse.)

    I am totally stealing the name “liquid gold,” but I’ll give you credit, I promise! It sounds way fancier than “coconut-shea balm.”

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thanks for writing in! Glad you like the name:)

  6. Ned Achin

    The healing qualities of Shea butter are due to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols, namely oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids. These oil-soluble components are nonsaponifiable, meaning they do not undergo saponification, or convert to soap, when introduced to an alkali. Shea butter possesses a significantly greater nonsaponifiable fraction than most other nut oils and fats, which lends the substance greater healing potential for the skin.”*,

    Most recent short article on our own web portal

  7. Barbra

    Would coconut milk work

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I am not sure, I haven’t tried…..Worth a shot!

  8. angie

    Hi, I’ve been trying Shamphree for a little over a month now and i love it! Still getting my system down but I like it better each time. And my family thinks i’m nuts 🙂 I have fine curly/wavy hair, and i used to mousse and scrunch after washing to get the curls. So my question is, would you use Liquid Gold like this instead of mousse, when wet? Or just when dry as a smoother? I’ve just been brushing it out thus far with no products and trying lots of your braidy looks (thanks for the inspiration! I was in such a rut!) to control my frizz (which has smoothed out some with Shamphree!), but haven’t really gotten the curls i used to. But i also just had a baby, so maybe my hair changed its mind or something 🙂 I will probably do some experimenting, but was wondering if anyone already uses Liquid Gold when wet. thanks!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I use it on my dry hair as a frizz fighting moisturizing smoother but sometimes I use it as a pre-shamphree moisture masque. You can totally put it in your wet hair to help set it, but use it sparingly because it can be a bit heavy for finer hair. Experiment:)

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  10. Jeanie Farley

    How much would you consider 1 3rd of a chunk to be. Mine came in a one pound container.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Depends on how large of a container you plan to fill. It is harder to measure raw ingredients…… I generally stick a fork in and dig out a large scoop of shea butter and do the same twice with coconut oil;)

  11. Jessica

    So I wasn’t specific when I made this- more like you suggested, a chunk of Shea butter and approximately the same amount twice of coconut oil, and it’s been almost 24 hours and it’s still a liquid, is that normal? Lol 🙂 did I possibly mess something up or is there anything I can do to change it?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      It will still work wonderfully, but if you want to solidify it, add more Shea butter:)

      1. Jessica

        Thank you!!!

  12. Connie Wrighthouse

    I am always looking online for more ways to use all the essential oils I have on hand and am especially happy whenever I come across a recipe that calls for ingredients I already use for many other beauty products. Love the way this hair polisher enhances my waves. To me, this is an excellent recipe–just want to add that I took your “1-3rd” for 1/3 cup and added a teaspoon of coconut oil (even though I do have fractionated coconut oil). Anyway, the mixture remains liquid-y and less golden than the picture on this post (which is fine but next time I will use two parts coconut to one part Shea Butter). Live & learn!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thanks! I made that batch on a cold day so it solidified pretty fast. My Liquid Gold stays liquid all summer long:)

  13. Polly

    hi, i love your website.
    i have a problem, when i melted the ingredients they never solidified again! is this how it should be?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      That is totally fine! More Shea butter next time would help it re-solidify, but you can use the liquid just the same:)

  14. Naomi

    Hi! I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your site. I have a son and daughter who have the most beautiful curls. But my hair is pretty much straight (slightly wavy when it wants to be), so I’m pretty much clueless when it comes to caring for their hair. I recently noticed that their hair was losing some of its natural luster and frizzing up more than usual, so I did some research and realized the store bought hair products were probably to blame. I then scoured the Internet for recipes that I could whip up to make their curls smooth and shiny again. I found a shampoo recipe that I am LOVING, and I just made the liquid gold hair recipe yesterday and am super excited about using it on my babies’ hair! I do have a question, though…I put 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of sweet orange EOs in about a 12 ounce mixture of liquid gold. I know those two oils pair well to achieve a nice scent, but the mixture still doesn’t smell very nice. The smell of the Shea butter is dominating, and the Shea butter pretty much just stinks (that is normal, right?). Anyway, do you think it’s just a matter of adding more EO, or changing the EOs altogether? Do you have any recommendations for oils that make the mixture smell nice/pretty/sweet/yummy/anything but stinky? Thanks so much!

  15. Marianne.Mara

    I have been using ShamPhree mixture that I purchased at VAIN Salon in Ballard, Washington. I have LOVED it for about 5 years now. I have lost my jar and I’m going crazy trying to find out where I can buy it. It is not the “Liquid Gold” unless they have changed the name. This could be described like the Liquid Gold, … coconut aroma, melts in your hand, calms your hair. But that was not the name.

    It was in a jar, had ShamPhree logo on the top, the substance was white and it was a simple sticker on it, as opposed to the glam look of the Liquid Gold.

    Can someone tell me where I can get it?

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