You don't always have to run to your nearest restaurant for happy hour! Creating curly cocktails is a great way to not only relax, but also make your curls look great. What is cocktailing? It is the art of mixing the perfect product combination for your curls. Yes, that means you can put your Shea butter and olive oil to good use along with your favorite products! Trial and error is necessary, but there are ways to successfully create these combinations.

Start with a good base

Textures play a huge role when it comes to cocktailing. The consistency of your products and ingredients will have to “play nice” with each other in order to create a great combination for your curls. When I am creating a cocktail for a leave in conditioner, I make sure to use a base that has a loose consistency because it allows me to easily mix my ingredients.  If butters are included in my mixtures, I make sure that they are softened or melted for an easy blend. When creating styling products, like curl definers, I create mixtures with a thicker consistency since my curls tend to enjoy that more for long lasting definition. 

Keep a DIY journal

Keeping a journal is essential when creating your DIY recipes. I am able to refer back to my book to keep track of which recipes did or did not work for my curls. It allows me to see the key ingredients that work best in my cocktails and which ones cause issues. I make sure to write down the combinations of ingredients that do not work for my curls so I know what to avoid in the future.

Use what you have

As curlies, we can often find ourselves running to the closest beauty supply store to purchase the latest product or oil; but over time, I've come to realize that the best curly cocktails were created with ingredients that I already had at home. Do not underestimate your cooking oils, eggs, and even produce. They can provide your hair with great benefits, such as proper nutrition for a healthy source.

My perfect leave-in cocktail

I created a cocktail that is the perfect leave in conditioner for my curls. It provides long lasting moisture, shine, and definition for days! Check out the recipe below:.

What you will need


  1. Place 3 tablespoons of the leave-in conditioner in the bowl. If you have longer or thicker hair, please feel free to add more!
  2. Add a tablespoon each of shea butter (softened or melted) and olive oil to the mixture.
  3. Mix thoroughly, and apply to hair. When applying to your curls, use which every application method works best for you (rake and shake, smoothing, etc.)

Keep in mind that this recipe works perfectly for my curls and my lifestyle, but you will likely want to make tweaks to it to customize this for you. That is the beauty of cocktailing!

Do you create curly cocktails? What ingredients/products work best together for your curls? Please share with the curly community below.

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