Natural shea butter is suitable for all hair types. This unique product is capable of restoring even the most under-nourished and lifeless hair.
Shea butter is a priceless product for healthier hair
It is also known as “karité” butter which can be translated as “life.” Indeed, this product can revive even the most damaged hair.
Shea butter is rich in vitamins, microelements and other biologically active substances. It is a valuable source of omega 9 fatty acid, which is not produced by the human body but indispensable for its proper functioning. This fatty acid comprises 55% of shea butter.
Shea butter also contains the following natural acids:
- Stearic acid. Protects the skin from UV rays.
- Palmitic acid. Stimulates the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid; accelerates tissue regeneration.
- Omega 9. Polyunsaturated fatty acid responsible for rapid repair of hair and scalp.
- Omega 3. Gives hair a healthy shine and smoothness.
Shea butter contains many other useful substances.
- Polyphenols. Polyphenols are natural antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effect and slow down the aging process.
- Vitamin E (tocopherol). It improves blood flow to the scalp, promotes oxygen supply to hair follicles, and eliminates itching and dryness.
- Triterpenes. Triterpenes protect the skin and hair from aggressive environment and enrich the cells with oxygen.
- Terpineol. Terpineol is what makes shea butter smell nice; it also promotes the penetration of nutrients into the deeper layers of the skin.
Such a rich combination of nutrients makes shea butter one of the most popular hair care products.
How shea butter affects hair health
If you apply shea butter regularly and properly on your hair, you will achieve the following results very quickly.
- Restores healthy hair structure.
- Eliminates the damaging effects of frequent hair coloring and hair dryer or straightener.
- Protects hair and scalp against the negative influence of the environment (especially in winter).
- Prevents hair loss and breakage.
- Leaves hair shiny and elastic.
- Cures eczema, dandruff and other scalp disorders.
- Accelerates hair growth.
Shea butter makes your hair not only beautiful and well-groomed, but also healthy. Very few cosmetic products can do that.
How to use shea butter on your hair
Apply shea butter like you would apply any other hair product.
- Liquid shea butter should be used. It can be melted with hot water. At a temperature of 35°C, it changes from solid to liquid.
- Shea butter can be used on its own or in combination with other ingredients, such as essential oils.
- It is recommended to apply shea butter on the scalp and hair roots first. Then, distribute it evenly over your hair paying special attention to the tips.
- Despite the fact that shea butter is a hypoallergenic product, it is still recommended to test it on your skin for allergies before using. Put a small amount on your wrist or elbow before applying. If no allergic reaction (itching, rash, irritation) is observed, you can safely use shea butter on your hair.
- To make sure your hair receives all the nutrients, cover your head with a towel and leave it on overnight. Rinse it off in the morning.
- It is not easy to remove it completely from your hair and scalp. First, apply shampoo, lather well and rinse it with plenty of warm running water.
- To improve the effect of shea butter, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- To keep your hair healthy and strong, apply twice every 7-10 days. For therapeutic purposes, repeat the treatment 10 times.
With regular use, shea butter not only nourishes your hair and scalp, but also heals scalp disorders such as eczema and seborrhea.
Natural hair care recipes with shea butter
Shea butter can be found in balms, masks and other industrial hair care products. However, you can prepare natural home-made treatments yourself. The results will be just as good as after using expensive products that are sold in the pharmacies.
Hair mask for dandruff
This formulation soothes the scalp and provide an anti-inflammatory effect. Melt a bit of shea butter and add 2 drops of rosemary oil or lavender oil. Apply to the scalp and hair and leave for 1 hour. Use the mask twice a week. The results will become visible after 3-4 treatments. In a month, no traces of dandruff will be left. To make your hair healthier and more radiant, add a small amount of olive oil.
Hair nourishing recipe
Mix 40 g of shea butter with 2 tbsp of flaxseed oil and 1 tbsp each of liquid vitamin E and burdock oil. Evenly apply the mixture to your hair and leave for 3-4 hours. Do a light head massage before and after application to promote a better distribution of nutrients.
If you wish to accelerate hair growth, replace flaxseed oil with liquid vitamin A.
Prevention of premature hair loss
Mix a small amount of shea butter with 1 spoon of castor oil and 3 drops of rosemary oil. Mix well and apply to your hair, going from roots to ends. Wrap your head with a towel and rinse off after 3-4 hours. After a few treatments, hair loss will stop. After a few months, your hair will become noticeably thicker and silkier.
Moisturizing mask for hair and scalp
This mask restores hair after a seaside vacation, frequent coloring or straightening.
Mix 50 g of shea butter with the same quantity of grated avocado and olive oil. Add 40 g of honey. Mix well and warm it up to room temperature. Apply to your hair and leave for 1 hour.
Mask for oily hair
The mask normalizes the sebaceous glands and eliminates oily shine.
You will need 40 g of shea butter, 1 egg white, 1 orange, 8-10 drops of geranium oil. Mix shea butter and geranium oil. Warm the mixture. Add an egg white and orange pulp. Apply to your hair and leave for 40 minutes.
How to combine shea butter with other butters and oils?
It is best to combine shea butter with coconut oil and cocoa butter, as they contain large amounts of micronutrients and fatty acids and are effective against excessive oiliness or dryness of hair.
Coconut oil is a powerful natural antioxidant. It moisturizes hair, making it healthy and shiny. Combined with shea butter, it restores natural hair volume and is as effective as hair lamination done in a professional hair salon. Coconut oil and shea butter can be easily washed off with shampoo and warm running water.
The combination of shea butter and cocoa butter produces a strong therapeutic effect. It is perfect for oily and combination hair because it normalizes the function of sebaceous glands. Make sure to add more shea butter for dry hair, prone to splitting.
Shea butter is one of the most beneficial natural hair care products. You can use it to prepare nourishing, strengthening and moisturizing at-home treatments that are more effective than expensive salon procedures.