Shea butter is not naturally found in India. The amazing beauty essential is extracted from the seeds of the karite fruit, native to Africa. Yes, it is tad expensive; but believe me, the money you spend is worth every buttery bit of it.
We all know that Shea butter is used in many skin care products, but today I am going to reveal to you its secrets in hair care.
What are the benefits of Shea butter?
Shea butter has many potential benefits for hair and skin including moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging effects.
Shea butter has a lot of potential in the hair care world. While shea butter hasn’t been extensively studied or reported on in scientific journals, related butters and oils have been researched with animal and human subjects.
Filled with Vitamins A and E along with essential fatty acids, shea butter has both emollient and healing properties for the skin. Some of these ingredients, such as the high content of fatty acids in shea butter, are also thought to help add moisture to your hair.
This might possibly reduce dryness and prevent split ends. Fatty acids also help increase shine and reduce the frizz of your hair. It may also help protect hair from heat damage caused by flat irons and blow drying.
3.Reduces scalp irritation
Shea butter’s anti-inflammatory properties might also help reduce redness and scalp irritation by providing healing effects without clogging the pores. Additionally, as a natural product, it’s safe to use on all types of hair, even hair that’s damaged, dry, or color treated.
Raw shea butter isn’t the only hair care solution available. Certain over-the-counter hair care products (especially conditioners) also contain shea butter. The role of conditioners in overall hair health includes strengthening hair fibers, lubricating cuticles, and reducing frizz.
We love the outdoors, but the sun can damage your hair with its UV rays, as can other environmental pollution. Use Shea butter for hair that is exposed to damage, and give it a protective barrier against all pollution.
If you straighten or iron your hair regularly, use a little Shea butter to protect your hair against heat damage.
How to Use Shea Butter for Hair?
Shea butter can be applied to both the hair and scalp. If your scalp is dry, irritated or flaky, shea butter may provide critical moisture and help to heal a variety of skin conditions. A healthy scalp is essential to maximize hair growth. Shea butter can also be applied to the hair to moisturize the individual strands, reducing dryness and breakage. Reduced breakage will result in longer and healthier hair over time.
You can use shea butter on your scalp, your hair or both to improve the length, health and appearance of your hair. Gently warm shea butter to liquefy and work through your hair. Leave the emollient butter in place for 30 minutes or longer, wrapping your head in a hot towel for additional warmth. Wash out with shampoo and follow with conditioner. You can also use shea butter as a styling cream, particularly if you have damaged or curly hair. Rub a very small amount of shea butter between your hands, then apply to the hair. Keep the shea butter away from the roots of the hair to avoid making your hair look greasy or unwashed.
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.
Shea butter is a great way to provide natural moisture to soften crinkly dry hair. It’s also great for when you have allergies, as you can make your own shea butter conditioner recipes, with ingredients that are safe for your skin. You’ll find that one container of shea butter will last a long time, and can be used for both hair and skin conditions.