What is Shea butter?
Shea butter is produced from the Shea-Karite tree nut, which is a native tree found in the tropics of East and West Africa. It provides extraordinary moisturising properties and is therefore known as “mother nature’s conditioner”.
Shea butter is also known to heal burns and injuries, and to get rid of surgical marks, dermatitis, and stretch marks. Apart from its medicinal uses, it is also used as a UV protector, as a lip balm, for baby care, natural moisturizer for your body and face and of course on hair. So here’s how you can use this on your hair:
- As a sealant – Shea butter is packed with moisturising properties and thus it can amazingly seal in the moisture on your hair. It can be used in the LOC method especially by those who have high porosity hair. A great advantage of Shea butter is that it doesn’t leave the hair greasy. Also, it can be easily washed off afterwards. Just melt down a tiny amount of Shea butter in a double broiler over boiling water and use it as required.
- Sooth irritated scalp – Spread some melted shea butter onto your fingertips and apply in small amounts directly onto your scalp. Rub in circular motion. You can add drops of tea tree oil for an extra soothing sensation. It absorbs easily into the scalp and it does not clog the pores and provides moisture from the roots on down to the ends. It is therefore extremely beneficial to hair that is relaxed, colored, or heat-treated.
- Scalp massage – This could be used for hot oil treatments either alone or could be combined with other oils. It can be used whether your scalp is dry or oily. On oily scalp, it helps reduce excessive oil production by the skin glands. It can moisturise dry scalp and reduce flaking due to dryness.
- For deep condition – Add half a tablespoon of Shea butter to your favourite DIY hair mask and you will get all the moisture in the world 😉
- Natural curl enhancer – Amazingly this can be used as a styler too. It helps to enhance and clump your curls together and give you a retain able definition.
While shea butter is quite safe and can be beneficial for the skin and hair, you should avoid shea butter or shea butter products if you have tree nut allergies. There are no clinical trials concerning shea butter and allergies. Consult your allergist or health care provider if you have further questions.
Where to buy Shea butter?
When buying Shea butter, it is important to choose unrefined, raw Shea butter. You can purchase it from here on Amazon.