Almonds are good for your hair. I wrote about some benefits not too long ago. Many haircare products that you buy contain Almond Oil. But what about Almond Butter? I knew it existed so why weren’t the hair community making a fuss about it. Soon after that thought, I
went onto Google set out on a mission to find a way to incorporate this version of Almond into my routine. I found an Almond Butter recipe a few years ago. It seemed legit, so when I saw Almond Butter for sale a few weeks later at Aldi or Lidl AND on offer, I had to have it. But then could I find the recipe? Could I find any recipe?
Those are rhetorical questions but the answer is no.
In the absence of a dedicated Almond Butter recipe, I thought I’d use a Peanut Butter recipe, because one nut butter is as good as another nut butter? I’m not a nutty person so it’s all the same to me. But then, nothing happened for like 2 years. However, in the spirit of trying to end my product junkie ways, I made the intentional decision to actually use stuff that had been lingering in my cupboards to make more space for the products I love. And the Almond Butter was one of the first to have at it.
So I looked again and voila! An Almond Butter recipe appeared for my hair. Like out of thin Google air.
The recipe I found was from Apsara Skincare and was pretty simple. I only needed:
- 0.5 cups of Smooth Almond Butter
- 4 tsp Coconut Oil
- 4 tsp Almond Oil
- Coconut Milk to get to the desired consistency.
I returned to my dusty, neglected, possibly out of date jar of Almond Butter to find there was a layer of liquid on top, Almond Oil? I tried to stir it through to reincorporate it but I realised that the nut butter was hard. Super hard.
I started to fill my measuring cup with Almond Butter but I realised, firstly, it was too hard and secondly, I’d have too much if I carried on, so I stopped at about two thirds full. To soften the Butter, I put it in the microwave, unfortunately, it didn’t seem to make too much of a difference. I “persevered” onwards. I added Sweet Almond Oil and Avocado Oil (instead of Coconut Oil as Avocado comes up as its top alternative). Even though the recipe gives specific amounts, I kind of just guessed. And added oil until I could sort of force the Almond Butter to absorb it and start mixing.
I also added a splash of Vitamin E because, well, Vitamin E! It’s funny while I’m writing this post that I’ve only just realised that I was missing the Coconut Milk. Yikes!
You know when something says it’s smooth, what does that conjure up for you? For me – something that’s silky and nice to touch. This hair mask was not. Smooth Almond Butter ain’t that smooth. I didn’t enjoy putting this mask in my hair at all. I didn’t like the overpowering smell, I didn’t like the gritty texture, I didn’t like how runny it was (perhaps I shouldn’t have guesstimated the oil!), I was most certainly not a fan. Also, I should have probably decanted the runny mixture into a bottle rather than trying to scoop it out of a bowl with my hands whilst in the shower. It still would have been as messy as hell but easier to apply.
I tried to comb it through to make sure it was evenly distributed but it felt like I was combing through three times as much hair as I actually have. The hair version of walking through treacle. I wrangled my hair into 4 twists and placed it under my Hair Therapy Wrap heated cap.
I rinsed again.
I was still sandy…and so was my shower tray. It looked like I’d just had a really good time at the beach.
I did an ACV rinse (3 tbsps ACV to 24 Oz water and 3-5 drops of lemon and tea tree essential oils). The essential oils while good for your hair, really help to mask the vinegary-ness of of it all.
I think I could have rinsed 10 more times and perhaps I should have but I couldn’t really put my hair through that much stress. So I moved on to moisturising.
Conclusion: Pros/ Cons