Vernita’s Hair Serum 4

Vernita called the other day asking for help in formulating a hair product that would help tame, calm and hydrate her hair. She is of African American decent and has really struggled finding a long term product. Her frustration is understandable. She wanted something that would make her hair more manageable but not look or feel greasy. Let’s head to the kitchen to see what we can stir up!I used Cyclomethicone in this recipe to reduce the oily feeling of the hair serum and to also increase the spreadability of the serum. We want to oils to coat the hair without having to be applied heavily or overworking the hair. The last thing Vernita needs is additional stresses for her hair.

I also use Argan Oil in this formulation. Argan Oil is light, penetrating and best of all, it is not greasy. Just what we need for this formulation!

Another product that was added to this formulation was High Melt Point Shea Butter. I wanted Shea Butter to give exotic and luxurious feel. I used the High Melt Point Shea Butter because I knew the Shea Butter would solidify in small particles in the serum but I didn’t want any fractionation to create a grainy feeling in the serum. I wanted it to be as smooth as possible.

I also added Isopropyl Myristate to this formulation. Isopropyl Myristate reduces the oily greasy feeling of the serum. While Vernita wants something to help tame and protect her hair with out feeling greasy. Isopropyl Myristate is here to help!

I put this serum into a 1 oz bottle. You could put it in a bottle with a special treatment pump, or if you want larger amounts, you could use a regular pump.

Argan Oil
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Isopropyl Myristate
Microwave Safe Container
Dropper Bottle


Recipe in Grams 
120 grams Cyclomethicone
60 grams Dimethicone
8 grams Argan Oil
10 grams Shea Butter
12 grams Isopropyl Myristate
Recipe in Ounces
4.23 oz Cyclomethicone
2.12 oz Dimethicone
0.28 oz Argan Oil
0.35 oz Shea Butter
0.42 oz Isopropyl Myristate
Recipe in Percentages
56% Cyclomethicone
29% Dimethicone
4% Argan Oil
5% Shea Butter
6% Isopropyl Myristate

Weigh everything into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until the shea butter has melted. Stir well. Stir well. Pour into bottles. Seal, label and enjoy!



Finished Hair Serum

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Mixed Hair Serum

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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4 thoughts on “Vernita’s Hair Serum

  • Debbie

    Something is wrong in either your percentages or your weights – you have a total of 105 percent and a total of 210 grams.

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  • Phaedra

    Is there something I can use to replace the HMP Shea? (Nothing against shea butter, I just don’t have any on hand.)


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    • Taylor Post author

      You can use any butter you have on hand. I would personally use Mango Butter, Hydrogenated Soy, Aloe Butter, Avocado Butter or Hemp Butter.

      I hope this helps!

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