Shea butter is a heaven-sent natural ingredient that is perfect for moisturising skin and hair.
Shea butter is commonly used in beauty products including lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners and many more. The presence of vitamins A and E makes shea butter an excellent moisturiser for both skin and hair.
An all-natural product, shea butter is a creamy-coloured fatty substance made from the nuts of karite nut trees that grow wild in the Savannah regions of West and East Africa.
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. It also 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.
Weather damage to hair caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness can be prevented by using shea butter. 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.
Shea butter is great for softening and revitalising damaged and brittle hair. Due to its non-greasy nature, it helps to control and spread excess oil in the scalp. Massaging the hair with generous amounts of shea butter can give soft and silky tresses. This benefit of shea butter is applicable for dry as well as fragile curly hair. Shea butter should be applied twice a week for hair growth, improving hair texture and moisturising the hair.
So if you are thinking of trying shea butter for your hair, the best option is unrefined shea butter, in its purest form. Shea butter is thick and has a texture akin to hardened coconut oil. It melts at body temperature, so rubbing the product between your fingers breaks it down into oil form. What’s more it’s an affordable product that will last months.
Melting shea butter in your hands and applying it to hair is not to everybody’s tastes. But a shea butter hair whip makes it easy to distribute into your hair, and the great thing is that it is very easy to make and you can customise it at home with the added benefits of essential oils for scent and shine.
Try this shea butter hair whip to keep your tresses silky smooth all-year-round.
Shea Butter Hair Whip Recipe:
- 4 oz. unrefined shea butter
- 2 tablespoons of carrier oil, such as almond oil
- 10-20 drops essential oil(s); optional, such as lavender oil
What you will need:
- mixing bowl
- electric whisk
- empty 8 oz. jar
- Note: Before you start to prepare whipped shea butter, make sure your unrefined shea butter is at room temperature. This method does not require you to melt or heat it. Place shea butter in a mixing bowl and mash it with a fork
- Add the almond oil and continue to mash the mixture
- Mix it on a high speed with electric mixer for approximately 5 minutes
- Add the essential oils
- Blend for 60 seconds
- Put the whipped mixture in the jar. Keep it in a dry, dark and cool place. Use the mixture as a styling aid or to add moisture and shine to your hair.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com