Category Archives: DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

How To: Turning an old Twist-out to Braid & Curl Low Manipulation Style

Hello Maicurlies,

Today I wanted to share one of the methods I use to remoisturize old hair & how I style my hair in a low manipulation style (when I went camping for 2 nights). 

wrap up braid-out

So I was off to a beach camping trip for 2 nights and my hair was a MESS! I had it in a twist out that turned into a messy bun. The curls were tangled, dry and just not in a good way! Since I was camping I knew I didn’t want to do anything “drastic” especially since I would be washing my hair once I got back. I also knew I wanted my hair tucked away since sand and my hair just don’t play nice at all so I figured I would remoisturize, bring back some texture but still keep my hair tucked away.

My remoisturizing method was simple, the L.O.C method (Leave-in/liquid, Oil, Cream/Whipped butter) I also used permrods and that was it. I did not use a comb to get through my hair since I wanted low manipulation and to protect my hair during the trip I used a scarf to keep my hair up and away from my shoulders and presto. 

Products/Tools Used:

Method:

I parted my hair into sections (roughly 15 – 18 in total), spritzed my hair with my DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner followed by my oil. I then gently, carefully and slowly detangled my hair and get rid of shed hair. I braided my hair but left my ends unbraided. I added a little extra spray leave-in on the ends, smoothed on some whipped butter before wrapping them around the perm rods and then rolling up to my roots.

Once I was done I covered my hair at night (I kept it uncovered right until I went to bed). The following morning I took down the perm rods and using a little oil on my fingertips I undid the braids. Now if you want to have definition then take the braids down carefully to keep the integrity of the curl pattern (since I just wanted a little texture, a little volume and was going to cover my hair it didn’t really matter for me). After I took down the braids I separated my hair a tiny bit and covered my hair with the scarf, leaving a swooped bang at the front (the ends tucked away) and pinned the rest of my hair upwards. Presto: happy moisturized and protected hair ready for camping! 

I have a video of the whole process:

P.s. In case you were wondering, here is a peak at the spot where we camped. 

What is your go to method to remoisturize “old hair” mid-week/before washing your hair?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Whipped Coffee Bean Infused Hair & Body Butter

Hello Lovely Maicurlies,

In my last video I demonstrated how I make my Coffee Bean Infused Butter and today I am using that butter to make a whipped butter for the hair and skin.

DIY Whipped Coffee Bean Infused Hair & Body Butter

DIY Whipped Coffee Bean Infused Hair & Body Butter

In case you missed the post on on how I make my DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter please click here since that is the base of this recipe.

I have previously swooned about my love for all things coffee when it comes to my hair and skin (and yes it is a guilty drink pleasure too) and so this whipped butter is no exception. 

Benefits of Coffee for the Hair and Skin. 

Hair:

  • Reduces hair shedding and said to reduce excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine.
  • Increases hair growth since caffeine promotes blood circulation in the scalp which promotes growth.
  • Known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs (with frequent and consistent use)*
  • Adds sine and dimension to the hair due to the darkening effect of the oil

*Should you have bleached/blond or dyed hair you do not want to darken, I suggest trying this with caution. The darkening is nothing drastic or overly evident however there is a potential that you will notice your hair getting a little darker so please keep that in mind. 

Skin:

  • The caffeine helps reduce puffy and dark circles under the eye.
  • Tightens the skin giving you a youthful fresh glow.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties is said to reduces redness in the skin and inflammation.
  • Known to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
  • Fights free radicals thanks to the antioxidants contained in caffeine.

Apart from the benefits of coffee, the recipe is really simple to throw together and quick to make plus it smells great too! I have written (several times) about the benefits of each individual ingredient used in this particular recipe because I tend to integrate ingredients I know my hair likes over and over. So for a breakdown of each individual ingredient please read these  links Hair and Skin benefits. 

Products/Tools used:

  • 6 oz DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter 
  • 0.4 oz DIY Vanilla Infused Almond Oil
  • 0.6 oz DIY Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil
  • 2 capsules Vitamin E oil
  • 0.2 oz Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
  • Essential Oil (optional 3 – 5 drops max)
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Airtight Container
  • Piping bag to transfer the whip to the container (not necessary)

Note: You can use any carrier oil you wish, I just like to reinforce the coffee with a little coffee infused oil. Glycerin is an optional ingredient that can be used (it is a humectant and not everyone’s hair plays well with it). You can also replace the glycerin with raw honey if your hair prefers that. 

I live in really warm weather practically 365 days a year therefore I prefer my butter mix to be more butter focused however, if you want a less firm mix (particularly in winter) then you can add more oil e.g. I suggest using a total of 2 oz  for 6 oz of butter. Keep in mind the more oil you use the more runny it will be particularly in the warm summer months 

Method:

Infused Coffee Bean Butter with carrier oils after being in the freezer for 15 minutes

 Melted Butter with carrier oils after 15 minutes in the freezer

I add the carrier oils to the melted infused butter, stir everything together and then place it in my freezer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes I mix everything together with a spatula, the butter will be harder on the top and softer underneath. I whisk for a good 3 – 5 minutes and then I add the Vitamin E Oil and Glycerin (Essential Oil if you choose to add it) and then place it in my fridge for 5 minutes.

This helps to thicken the whip a little and will help make it fluffier since I re-whip again. After 5 minutes in the fridge I whip for at least 5 minutes and that is it. I like using my spatula to get the whip out of the bowl and then a piping bag to transfer it because I like being “extra” but that is not necessary.

I as always have a video on my channel:

I hope you enjoy the recipe & video, please let me know what you think!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

Hello Maicurlies,

The DIY freak is back with another recipe 😀

This is a two part recipe where I will first make an infused butter (this recipe) and from that I will make a whipped butter (my next recipe).

To make this LOVELY infusion all you need is raw butter and coffee beans because yes, as the title says I will be showing you how I make my DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter.

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                                  DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

The choice of butter you use it completely up to you, you can use just one butter or a combination of butters but the important thing is to use coffee beans. Please DO NOT use instant coffee, that won’t cut it! Filter coffee will just be a nightmare to try and separate afterwards so please stick to coffee beans.

Why make this butter?

The idea behind this came about because I purchased some raw coffee bean butter from Sheabutter Cottage. (Let me tell you that stuff is the ish but more about that when I make my favorite whipped butter in about 2 weeks). So after purchasing the raw Coffee Butter I figured I could try and make the next best option which is to infuse coffee beans since I can’t make the raw version. I also figured that if some of you don’t have raw Coffee Butter at home but want to experiment this would be the next best option since you can use any butter you happen to have at home to make the recipe.

Tools/Equipment used:

  • 6 oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter
  • 3 oz Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 2 oz Roasted Coffee Beans
  • Pot
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Sieve
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Airtight Container

Method:

Coffee Bean Infused in Butter

I first melt the Cocoa Butter by double broiling and then I add the Shea Butter & Coffee Beans. I do not let everything completely melt down while on the stove, I prefer letting everything melt naturally from the warmth of the already melted butter. I stir like mad to make sure everything has melted and also to get infusion started. I transfer the mix into an airtight container but do not cover it until the butters are no longer warm. It is important to make sure that the container is not covered until the butters have cooled down otherwise this will greate condensation and the water will create bacteria!

Infusion:

Infused Coffee Beans in Butter

While the mix infuses I make sure to stir the  butters everyday while it is still liquid (depending on your house temperature it can remain liquid for about 1 day to a few days, mine stays liquid on average for at least 5 days.) You want to leave the coffee beans in the butter for a minimum of 2 weeks, remember the longer they are left the stronger the infusion of coffee. Once the butter sets you will most likely see little white specks of butter,  this does not affect its quality, it happens due to the temperature change while the butter sets and will dissolve really quickly.  

Separating the Coffee Beans and Butter:

DIY Coffee Bean Infused Butter

After a few weeks (in this example 3 weeks) you want to lightly, very lightly warm up the butters. I literally will double broil for no more than 3 minutes in order to get some of the butter to melt but I like to keep the majority firm. With the help of the melted butter the rest will continue to melt and the coffee beans will separate. All you have to do then is to sieve out the coffee beans and voila, you have coffee bean infused butter!

From  here you can either add other butters  or just add some carrier oils in order to take the recipe a step further to make a whipped body and hair butter (I shall demonstrate this next week).

Benefits of Coffee Bean Infused Butter:

In my particular example I used both Unrefined Cocoa and Shea butter along with the Coffee Beans.

Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter is an extremely popular natural ingredient that is used to help increase the hairs manageability and moisture. The butter is known to help reduce hair loss and breakage. Due to its highly moisturizing properties it can alleviate scalp itching and irritation which in turn can eliminate dandruff. Since it is a fat, it can be used to replenish lost oils due to chemical processes such as perms and hair dyes. It is known to effectively strengthen hair, tame frizzy and flyaway hair. Cocoa butter is a popular butter known for its deep hydrating and moisturizing properties for the skin due to its high fatty acid content. It is said that the butter can help reduce stretch marks, the appearance of cellulite and marks. Cocoa butter is packed with antioxidants which means that it can help fight off free radicals and skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis.

Coffee Beans: The caffeine in the beans is said to help blood circulation which in turn helps stimulates hair growth and the generation of skin cells. It is known to help reduce hair shedding and excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine.  Coffee beans are said to improve the appearance of cellulite as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Apart from that its anti-inflammatory properties is said to reduces redness in the skin and inflammation.

Shea Butter: Shea butter acts as an excellent sealant. It therefor can help “trap in” moisture and moisturizing products applied to hair. Shea butter is highly moisturizing for the hair on its own as well and has the same affects for the scalp. Shea Butter provides nourishment to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips; repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. Due to its moisturizing properties it gives hair a natural shine and smoothing effect. Some people use whip Shea butter as a leave-in for hair (you can other moisturizing ingredients to it.)  It is highly moisturizing properties improves the skin’s softness, suppleness as well as soothes burns. Shea butter can also be used as a mild “sun protectant”, soothes, moisturizes and is an effective anti-aging & anti-wrinkling butter.

I of course have a “How To” Video on my channel:

Alternative options:

As I mentioned you can replace the butters I used with any of your choice. My suggestions are to try and use soft butters during the winter/colder months and/or a combination of soft and hard butters in the summer and/or colder months. Here are some alternative butters you can use:  Avocado Butter,Coffee Bean Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Mango Butter, Murumuru Butter.