This natural ingredient is best described as a natural hair conditioner extracted from the shea karite tree nut. This is a native plant that is found in the West Africa and East Africa tropics and some parts of Asia. It is known for providing unique moisturizing benefits, and therefore termed as “mother natures conditioner”. It has been in use in Africa for a very long time, not only in hair care, but also in skin care for healing burns, injuries, eliminating surgical marks, as well as stretch marks.
There are typically two types: processed/refined and raw butter. The raw butter means that it contains all of its natural usefulness. One of the major reasons for refining the butter is remove its natural aroma that might not be desired by some people. Nevertheless, the odor is usually absorbed fairly fast.
If you prefer using raw butter, the most recommended is the one from Uganda or any part of East Africa. Although it costs a little more, it has a reputation for making your hair softer and it is also better at moisturizing your hair, compared to the refined one.
How to Use
To effectively revitalize your hair, apply and massage a generous amount of pure butter on the scalp and on your hair. Wrap your head with a warm towel and leave it for around half an hour before removing the towel and styling your hair as usual. This natural ingredient is also very helpful for dealing with dry hair, dry scalp, and dandruff problems. Be sure to use it at least twice weekly on your hair and once on your scalp.
It enhances the texture of the hair, the amount of moisture, as well as hair growth. Before jumping to a swimming pool, apply pure butter to guard your hair against the adverse effects of chlorine and salt. After your swimming session is over, remember to shampoo and condition your hair immediately. Applying a little portion of it on your hair before and after blow drying is also a great idea.
Where to Buy
Being a very popular supplement for moisturizing hair, most of the beauty stores that sell black hair products usually supply both processed shea butter and raw ones. Also, you can conduct an Internet search and purchase from online stores that most focus on selling hair care products for natural black hair.