I’m almost certain that everybody is familiar with Shea Butter. Yes? I have personally heard of Shea butter for most of my life. It’s a common ingredient in body lotions and soap so I believe its benefits are definitely undeniable. Before we delve much deeper into this though, how is it pronounced? Is it “shiya butter” or “shay butter”? I’ve always pronounced it “shiya butter”, right? Then I once heard this fine mami in a YouTube video say “shay butter” and my version sounded so wrong and basic. Anyway…
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. Raw Shea butter is yellow in color. It is full of beneficial vitamins such as A, E & F and fatty acids.
Benefits of Shea butter on Natural hair
- Acts as a sealant, hence helps hair retain moisture
- Protects hair from the sun, with its SPF properties
- Softens dry hair
- Soothes scalp irritation and helps fight dandruff
I’ve been using Shea butter daily on my hair recently and sometimes I combine it with coconut, almond and castor oil. At the moment, it’s my go to hair sealant plus it makes my hair so soft and shiny, I can’t help but love it. I got my Shea butter tub from Sheth Naturals. I feel like I should just mention that Sheth Naturals Shea Butter is amazing. Its texture is soft so application is easy (this is great for me because the one I was using before was a task to apply). The smell is subtle but with the fresh hint of raw, nutty and earthy scent. The tub is quite cute too. Next time you get your Shea butter, give this one a try and let me know how you find it.
For these twists, I used my daily DIY moisturizer (which contains water, almond oil, a pinch of Cantu leave in conditioner and rosewater) and Shea butter only. I will do an update of how long I wear the twists for before I unravel them. Mombasa is too damn hot, so I don’t have the luxury of wearing my hair out like I used to everyday. The shrinkage is real.
For those who use Shea butter on their natural hair, kindly comment and share your pics on social media, I would love to check them out. I’ve shared Day 1, 2 and 3 pics below. Till next time.
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