Beauty plays a big role in my life. As you can see from my beauty posts, I’m constantly trying new products, new routines and regimens and changing them quite often. I told myself that self care is vital to my health and for good reason. That being said, I wanted to share with you one of my staple products for my hair and skin: Shea Butter! This is a great natural hair boosting ingredient especially when used correctly, but too much of anything can't be good for you.
Shea butter is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients used daily. I first discovered Shea Butter through the natural hair community, and I’ve used it for years in everything from my homemade whipped butter, lip balm, skin moisturizer and hair oil. There are many uses for this holy grail product, but when combined with other natural ingredients. Girl. Here are three of the top benefits I've had from Shea Butter:
1. Locks in Moisture
The L-O-C method was what led me to use Shea butter, not as a moisturizer but more of a sealant to help seal the hair strands. I use it to coat my hair when it is feeling dry or in need of fresh curls. The best way to apply the butter is to add on damp hair or even after using your spray bottle to lock in moisture and hydrate dry curls and reduce frizz. When applied on the hair, it prevents the hair from drying out and becoming brittle, a common problem with this cooler weather coming in.
2. Promotes Hair Growth
Remember using too much of shea butter, or any oil/butter, will weigh the hair down and make it heavy. Who wants greasy curls? It's rich in nutrients like vitamin A, D, E, and F. For me, I'll use it melted or solid (it melts like butter in your hands eventually) to stimulate my scalp.
3. Protects Your Skin
Shea butter not only acts as a sealant for your curls, but your skin as well. It prevents drying, protects and nourishes the skin to keep it hydrated. I recommend to use it as you would an oil once you're out of the shower for best results. With long term use, your skin will become softer and stronger against harsh weather. It also prevents/reduces stretch marks with daily use.
Personally, I prefer to create my own whipped shea butter mix for optimal skin and hair care. Here's my recipe:
Whipped Shea Butter
16 oz. Unrefined Shea Butter (I purchase from my local beauty supply, but you could also purchase here.)
1 /2 cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Black Castor Oil
1 tsp Olive Oil
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (I recommend lavender)