I have been using shea butter on my hair for a few years and found that it helps to keep my hair moisturised and feeling softer.
Shea butter appears to be a popular choice in the hair care regimen for those with natural afro hair and is often used as a sealant to lock in moisture within the hair.
I usually use my shea butter mix after I have washed and conditioned my hair; or after I spritz my dry hair with water (usually on the go before work).
This magnificent moisturiser in its rawest form can be found in East and West Africa, where the fat is extracted from the nuts on the Shea tree (also known as Vitellaria paradoxa).
With vitamins A and E, shea butter is known to have many uses which range from cooking to softening leather and wood. It is also recognised as effective in assisting the healing of scar tissue.
What I love about shea butter is that a little goes a long way. Whether you apply it to your hair or skin you do not need a lot and the moisture is long lasting.
I am fortunate to have a Ghanaian friend who has supplied me with a large quantity of unrefined shea butter.
On this occasion I decided to make sure that my “mix” consisted of natural ingredients so that I could use it on both my hair and skin.
My last Shea Butter Mix consisted of the following:
4 -5 tablespoons of Unrefined Shea Butter (Straight from the Mother Land :))
2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice
3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1 tablesoon of Jojoba Oil
2 tablespoons of Glycerin
4 drops of an Essential oil – on this occasion I used white lavender oil (not pictured)
I placed all of the ingredients into a saucepan and let it melt on a low heat.
When bubbles start to form, I removed the saucepan from the heat and let it cool before placing into containers (one for hair and one for my skin).
After leaving the melted oil mixture to cool more, I placed the containers in the refrigerator to solidify.
After a few hours the mixture will harden to something like a block of butter, which means it can be scooped out and will melt when you rub it into your hands, skin, or hair.
You can tweak the ingredients to suit as I do all the time, especially with the essential oils.
The effectiveness of shea butter is evident with the growing number of commercial hair and skin products which contains shea, but my preference is to use the unrefined type and mix it with my own ingredients to ensure minimal “man-made” chemicals are not included.