Is Shea Butter an Effective Moisturizer?
Shea Butter is a HOT commodity in natural hair care. SheaMoisture, Jane Carter, Karen’s Body Beautiful, Carol’s Daughter, Shea Radiance, Cantu and more and more companies are using shea butter in their products.
I know for a fact that my hair loves Shea Butter because when I use Shea Butter my hair feels soft, luscious, and has a great sheen. But I know that many naturals have complained that Shea Butter is too heavy and seems to just sit on top of the hair. If this is the case for you, you may be using too much. Sometimes we are heavy handed and feel the need to use ample amount of product on our hair, but in reality, with many butters and products in general, a little goes a long way.
Does shea butter work magic on your hair and scalp?
Here are some of its chief benefits:
Shea butter provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny. Because it’s rich in vitamins A and E, shea butter soothes dryness, repairs breakage, and mends split ends.
Shea butter absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp without clogging pores, leaving a greasy residue, or causing a buildup of oil or dandruff. Shea butter helps heal a variety of scalp problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. Shea butter protects hair from weather damage caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness, and repairs such damage.
Because it’s rich in moisture and can shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation, shea butter protects hair from sun damage. If your hair has endured chemical treatments, hot irons, and blow-dryers, shea butter can restore its moisture and vitality.
As it is full of minerals, vitamins, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter’s benefits for hair are many. Its anti-inflammatory properties heal damaged scalp and help clear any infection. It works well against dandruff too. It can do wonders for hair that has been damaged by excessive coloring and blow-drying. It also helps to de-stress hair that has been affected for too long by pollution. Damaged and brittle hair can be conditioned and revitalized by its moisturizing properties. It soothes and softens dry hair. As it is light and non-greasy, it can also be applied as a leave-in for hair. This will help to shield hair by locking or concealing hair moisture. Besides being great for dry hair, it helps to nourish normal hair and it’s non-greasy, easy spread property helps to control excess moisture in oily hair. Its use for hair growth is quite popular due to its rejuvenating minerals and vitamins.
Try this Shea Butter Recipe
100 gr Shea butter (I used refined shea butter, if you have unrefined shea butter it’s even better!)
20 gr Apricot kernel oil (or any light and easily absorbing oil)
40 gr Corn starch (this helps in feeling little bit less oily on the skin, but of course, since this butter is made 100% by butters and oils and there is no water inside, the buttery feeling cannot disappear)
20 drops Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
(this was my own choice of essential oils: lemongrass to feel fresh and rosemary for the antibacterial properties that, since this butter was meant for foot, were quite needed for a good results)
– Simply melt the Shea butter in a double boier (not completely, just melt half of it and let the remaining heat melt the rest. This way all the good properties of Shea butter won’t fade away!).
– Add the apricot kernel oil
– Whip the oils, as if you were whipping some cream
If the oils are too hot you can whip them, put them in the fridge for few minutes, whip them again… until you are satisfied with the consistency.
– When the oils are properly whipped and they have cooled down you can add your essential oils and the corn starch!
– Mix all the ingredients with a spoon
– Put them in a jar