Most people believe that shea butter is best used only on the skin. It has a magical effect on the skin. It is a natural healer because it contains vegetable fats. It also has natural anti-oxidant compounds that provide the body with moisturising and restoring qualities. Interestingly, Shea butter can also do awesome things to the hair.
Shea butter is a creamy beige solid and fatty oil extracted from nuts of shea-karite tree that grows in the wild. It revitalises dry, dull hair, transforming it into lively tresses and is a rich source of moisture and vitamins for the hair. Typically, it is not a hair conditioner but contains nutrients that keep hair from becoming dry and brittle.
The butter can be applied to both the hair and scalp. It moisturises dry, flaky scalp and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, leading to fast hair growth. It can also be applied to the hair to moisturise individual strands, thus, reducing dryness and breakage.
The butter contains ingredients that improve the cellular structure of the scalp. It absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp without clogging the pores, thus, it immediately improves the health of hair follicles, and nourishes existing hair.
Typically, people suffering from split ends, hair breakage and thinning hair can arrest these problems if they begin regular application of Shea butter to the hair and the scalp.
Here is how to apply it:
• Wet your hair and then apply a leave-in conditioner (a favourable one).
• Section your hair so that it is easy to work with.
• Warm this butter to make it liquid. This can be done in a microwave or by using the hands to rub it together.
• Wrap your hair in a hot towel or cover with a shower cap for half an hour or longer even overnight.
• Shampoo as usual, and then condition your hair.
The hair will rapidly become thick and the split ends will be history. This is because Shea butter has the following properties:
• Vitamins: It is rich in vitamins that boost the hair. They include vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin K, which are known to nourish hair, promote its growth and hydrate the hair.
• Fatty acid: It is high in fatty acids. It contains fatty acids, which help soothe the scalp and treat dry frizzy hair by lubricating.
• Anti-oxidant. The vitamin E in Shea butter is a powerful anti-oxidant that wards off free radicals that steal oxygen from healthy cells, leading to premature greying of hair.
• Anti-inflammatory. Shea butter contains an acid that soothes and cools skin irritation and inflammation, making it great to sooth an itchy scalp.
• Anti-bacterial. Shea butter has strong anti-bacterial properties that can help protect the scalp from bacteria, fungi and germs that cause itchiness and dandruff.