The Goodness of Shea butter

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.

WARNING

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.

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Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil doesn’t get as much love as it should because it is not as trendy as jojoba, coconut, olive, Argan, or even castor oil. However, it is one of the most lightweight oils available. Its ability to condition and seal moisture into the hair is top-notch. Also, grapeseed oil is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the hair, skin and scalp. In cold seasons, grapeseed oil is a great alternative to coconut oil, which can solidify and leave little lumps on the hair due to cooler temperatures.

Now let us look at the properties of this liquid gold (amazing oil ;-))

  • It has no odor so you won’t have to worry about layering on perfume to cover it.
  • It is light, so it won’t leave your hair feeling weighed down. This property makes this oil great for people with thin hair that is easily weighed down or people who like to layer on many different products.
  • It has antiseptic properties and is a mild astringent which are both help keep the scalp healthy and fight dandruff. Hot oil treatments with grapeseed oil leave hair shiny and fight scalp dryness.
  • It contains Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that helps to heal and build tissues. Vitamin E reduces inflammation, heals the scalp, and promotes healthy hair follicles which, in turn results in healthy hair growth.
  • It is hypoallergenic, which makes it a perfect choice for everyone, including curlies with sensitive scalps.

So, have you guys used grapeseed oil? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

*Info Source – Naturallycurly.com

Deep conditioning and My holy grail mask!

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Deep conditioning is such an important aspect of a healthy hair care especially when it comes to curly/wavy hair. Since curly hair is naturally dry it needs a lot of moisture in order to have soft and bouncy curls. And thus we must ensure to deep condition our hair at least once a week.

There are lot of ways to deep condition your hair. You can purchase any deep treatment mask from the market suitable for your hair type or you could make a DIY (do it yourself) mask at home such as avocado and banana mask, mayonnaise and oil mask, egg mask etc. Or you could even use your regular conditioner to do a deep treatment.

As I have already mentioned in my previous posts, my hair is sensitive to protein. And at the beginning of my hair journey to deep condition I had purchased the ogx hydrating macadamia oil mask but my curls did not respond well to it as compared to other ogx products which I got along. I even tried the avocado, banana and coconut oil mask but the results were not very impressive either. Eggs and mayonnaise were all delivering similar results. Once again Ingredient was the key and king here and panthenol was the villain.

Gradually through time and research I decided to deep condition using my regular conditioner. May be by adding a few ingredient into it to make it more effective. So I used my ogx quenching coconut conditioner, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of olive oil. And there you go!!! It was a miracle mixture indeed. My hair felt so soft and moisturised after wash. It was like never before and a result beyond my imagination.

My deep treatment routine:

  • Wash and cleanse my hair with ogx quenching coconut shampoo.
  • Divide my hair into equal sections and apply the deep treatment mask.
  • Secure hair in a hair clip and run my hair dryer in medium heat over the head from all direction for one minute and then immediately cover the head with a shower cap/grocery bag.
  • Leave the mask on hair for about 45 minutes to 1 hour and rinse it off.
  • I skip my for regular conditioning after this and proceed on to apply leave in / hair gel.
  • Scrunch hair well with hands.
  • Plop in a cotton t-shirt for half an hour and diffuse or air dry.

Check out the video below to know how I Deep condition with my DIY mask