It’s been a few days since I’ve posted- so much going on for NapturalNicole.com! I’m setting up the next mini meetup tour stop (MIAMI!)- and working on some really fun features for a few big natural hair websites (more to come on that- excited!)- but I’m back and wanted to talk to you about your grocery lists- and a MUST HAVE item, you need to add immediately; Crisco All Natural Vegetable Shortening (solid).
Crisco isn’t a new product to most of us. It has a million known uses both in and out of the kitchen:
Commonly used for cooking and baking:
Or for emergency candles:
Or as a sealant for Natural Hair:
WAIT? HUH? Wiggity WHAAAAA?!!!!!
That’s right, curlistas. Crisco can (and has been) enthusiastically applied as an alternative sealant (the last step in a moisture retaining regimen-L.O.C. Method- after a leave in conditioner) for curly natural hair! I recently dipped into the oily can, and I’ll let the results speak for themselves:
oh and in other news, I also changed my middle name to ‘Curl Definition’- cause that’s the life I’m living right now (lmao!)
Most of you know that I swear by my Homemade whipped Shea Fluff as the sealant in my moisture regimen. Ever since the Shea DIY recipe became a part of my regimen, I’ve had hair that retains moisture for 2-4 days, stays flexible for maximum length retention, and has more definition compared to my old Shea creamy sealant. I used my fluff as the last step in my moisture regimen (LOC Method) after Water, and my leave in conditioner (Kinky Curly Knot Today mixed with Giovanni Direct Leave In)- IN THAT ORDER! (too much ‘love and hip hop: ATL’- ha!). Well, I have a confession to make (some of you already heard this on my Instagram)-
“My name is Nicole, and I use Crisco Vegetable Shortening in my Curly Natural Hair, and I’m never using anything else but Crisco.”
Seriously, I thought that my homemade whipped shea fluff was the business- I had NO idea what it meant to have shiny, soft, properly sealed, moisturization for MULTIPLE days- I’ve gone 5 days without a cowash or spritz of water- not on purpose, just busy- and my hair was still flexible, soft, and detangled. It’s just amazing. Zola the Fro’la has never ever ever looked better.
I know this may not be news to some of you, but when I heard about Crisco for Natural Hair, I was like ‘Yeah, that’s ghetto- not happening.’ I was wrong. I will say it here, loud, and proud- I WAS WRONG. Using Crisco isn’t any different than applying Coconut Oil, or Olive Oil to your hair. Crisco is made of all natural vegetable oils- Soybean and Palm. Some previous versions of Crisco use Safflower and Cottonseed Oils- all vegetable derived, and all water soluble (can be washed out with just a cowash!).
The oils have been Hydrogenated- this is the ‘unfamiliar’ part- this process doesn’t happen with the Olive/Coconut Oils we are so used to buying. What’s hydrogenated mean? It’s the process of making the ‘liquid’ oil into a ‘solid’ cream texture. Using technical terms, Hydrogenation is the process of pumping hydrogen into liquid oil at high temperature and pressure to turn the oil from a liquid to a solid. Hydrogen isn’t anything weird for our bodies either- actually it’s what the ‘H’ in H2O (WATER!) stands for!
Now that we have the science out of the way- and you’re able to explain to your friends and family why you aren’t just putting ‘fried chicken grease’ into your hair- let me get to the good stuff.
The crisco isn’t applied straight into the hair- a hair butter is often made, with other ‘good for fro’ oils and products. The mixture I pulled together is SUPER simple, extra effective, and ultra cheap:
Zero Frizzie, Easy Peasy, DIY Crisco Creme
- 1- 20 oz pkg sticks of Crisco (you use 1 stick per mixture- there are 3 sticks per package)
- 3 tbsp- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup- 100%, no color added, Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 tsp- Your favorite essential oil fragrance (unlike Shea Butter, Crisco has NO scent- so you can make it as fragrant as you like!)
- 1 tbsp – Softened Shea Butter (optional- use it if your hair seemed to like the Shea Fluff, or Shea based products)
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Airtight Storage Container (I use a tupperware container- do not put back into the crisco can!)
1. Mix Shea Butter (slightly softened in the microwave) in with the entire stick of crisco (do NOT melt your crisco in advance).
2. When thoroughly mixed (and slightly smoother consistency)- add your oils and gel and stir again.
3. The finished consistency of the product, should be a thick cream- I put it on the back of my hand to demonstrate- it should not run off the hand. (*Tip: I recently made a small batch version of this cream with double the olive oil- the result was AWESOME- it was much more liquid- the consistency of old school pink oil lotion by Luster- I poured the cream into a bottle with a squeeze top, and use it to quick seal my hair after a water spritz, if I have to put off a cowash- fast, mess free, and easy!)
4. Apply to clean, freshly washed/cowashed hair and twist (or wash and go- whatever works for you). This product is a sealant- it should be the LAST product on your hair, prior to styling. Please note: Unlike what your grandma may have told you- this is not a ‘pressing oil’- do NOT use crisco creme with flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, or any other form of heat appliance!
THIRD DAY RESULTS: 3 day old, slept on while loosely retwisted (6 large twists) hair- looks even better!:
And because I never make product recommendations without using the product for a while to confirm my results- here’s a pic of my Crisco Creme results a MONTH after using for the first time (is it possible that my curls are even BETTER than before?):
I know it may all sound like another crazy natural hair product fad (bull semen, monistat, cayenne pepper for scalps!)- but I love Crisco in my hair- and as long as I keep getting these results…it’s got a permanent place in my regimen!
(And for those of you aren’t into the ‘Kitchen Mixtress’ lifestyle- Head over to ‘The Coiffed Cafe’ Pantry Store- and pick up a jar of Miss Calvis’s Famous ‘Sugafoot Hair Shortnin!’ It’s got all the bang of Crisco, and none of the dirty dishes to clean up! Check it out: http://www.thecoiffedcafe.com/The_Coiffed_CAfe/Online_Pantry.html )
What’s the weirdest grocery product you’ve tried in your natural hair? Any product surprise you with great results?