Shea butter comes from processing nuts from the shea tree. They are known to be native to West Africa and a big percentage of shea comes from that region. Not only is used in cooking but also used for the glow up of the skin and hair.
1) Natural UV protectants
Shea butter can protect your hair and scalp from UVs.
Shea butter naturally contains SPF that provides enough sun protection for your hair. It serves as a protective barrier against UV rays that can be a healthy alternative to chemical UV hair protectants.
Before being exposed to the sun, apply a small amount of shea butter on the palm of your hand, melt it in the warmth of your hands, apply it to your hair slightly (be careful to not make your hair feel greasy) starting form the ends.
-Soothes scalp inflammation and irritations
Shea butter can be safely applied for a dry or flaky scalp. It can reduce and treat scalp damage when applied topically thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits.
3) can treat dandruff
A solution to treat dandruff, is to treat your dry/damaged scalp. If you restore moisture to your scalp, you can also get rid off dandruff in high percentage. One way to restore moisture on your scalp is to use shea butter.
Take small amount of shea butter, melt it, after it is cool, apply shea on your scalp by massaging it with your fingertips.
According to this study, sha butter when mixed with other moisturizers, can help reduce dandruff flakes.
4) Natural heat protectant
Heat tools can dry and damage your hair. Thus, using a heat protectant is very important. Shea butter can act as a natural heat protectant. It forms a barrier around your hair strands and protects it from heat damage. While protecting your hair, it doesn’t sit heavy on the hair (if applied a little), it is easily absorbed by the hair and gives it a healthy shine.
Apply a small amount of shea butter before using heat tools on the hair.
5) Natural moisturiser
Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and vitamins (vitamin A and E) that are known to add moisture and shine the hair.
Plus, shea butter has emollient properties, which help to lock in moisture without leaving the hair greasy (when applied a little). So, it is also beneficial to apply it on wet hair.
On top of that, while deeply moisturizing hair, shea butter provides softening properties leaving them feeling silky smooth.
6) Prevents hair loss
The vitamins and fatty acids present in shea butter, provides anti-inflammatory benefits to the scalp, and supply a better scalp health. When the scalp is healthier, it also affects hair loss; the hair follicles are stronger, thus reducing hair loss, and resulting in thicker growing hair.
7) Can Promote Hair growth
A moisturised, healthy, and clean scalp can lead to faster hair growth. Shea butter, on top of having deep moisturising properties thanks to its rich content in antioxidants and vitamins, it is also known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, leading to faster hair growth.
8) Natural Anti-Frizz
Shea butter can also be used as an anti-hair frizz thanks to its deep moisturizing and smoothing properties
Hair types and shea butter
Shea butter can be used for every hair type. However, if have thin hair, applying too much shea butter can weigh down your hair.
Adjust the amount of shea butter used according to your hair type/dryness and density.
– Shea butter can be applied with its raw form to your hair.
If you have straight hair, thin hair, fine hair:
– Take a small amount of shea butter, melt it, and apply it (a small amount) to the mid-end part of your hair.
(if you apply shea butter on the roots od your hair it can look greasy)
– you can use it as a hair mask: You can apply it all over your hair and scalp, with a small amount, then wash your hair with your regular shampoo.
If you have curly/porous hair:
– You can use shea butter on the length of your hair, using a small amount of the butter.
-you can use it as a hair mask: You can apply it all over your hair and scalp, then wash your hair with your regular shampoo.
How to choose your shea butter?
Refined shea butter is when the butter has been refined in order to remove the natural aroma for people who do not like it. However, an unrefined and raw shea butter has the highest quality.
How to store shea butter?
Shea butter should be preserved in a dry and cool environment. Shea butter start melting in wars temperatures.
Shea butter can last for around 2 years. However, if you notice a change in the colour or have an acidic smell do not use it.
This content does NOT provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your own doctor for more information.