Why You Should Be Using Shea Butter for Hair

Alyssa François | 06 November 2017

We’re loving this cozy, super-emollient natural conditioner.

You’ve probably have come across a lot of hair products lately that are infused with shea butter. Shea butter, a natural conditioner for hair also great for use on skin, has quickly become a buzzword over the years. Many women are using shea butter for hair to protect and nourish their strands.

While the butter, which comes from the shea karité tree, has many uses, there are ways in which you should go about using it in order to reap the most benefits. We’re giving you tips on how you use it in the most popular ways, so read on as we explain why you should be using shea butter on your hair and how exactly to do so in the best way possible:

Shea Butter for Hair: How to Use It and Why

As mentioned, shea butter is known for being a natural conditioner for hair. The substance has the ability to deeply moisturize your locks. This is nothing new: For years women have used shea butter to care for their hair, especially women in Africa where the shea butter nut is derived.

Using shea butter as a deep conditioner

Now it may seem that all you have to do is apply a chunk of shea butter onto your hair to create your hair moisturizer, but there’s an easier way to utilize the product. Shea butter is solid at room temperature. Either put a chunk of shea butter in a bowl and into your microwave to melt it, or melt it in a pot over your stove. Allow the shea butter to cool for a bit before applying it to your hair to avoid any scalding.

You can either apply the melted shea butter to your conditioner and apply the mixture to your hair, or you can use the shea butter alone in its full, undiluted form. Whichever you choose, coat your hair with the butter and allow it to sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes with a shower cap over your hair to help trap in moisture. After deep conditioning, rinse it out thoroughly. For fine and oily hair types, we recommend rinsing with a bit of shampoo to help remove any excess weight on your strands.

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Mix shea butter with your conditioner to create a D.I.Y. deep conditioner.

Shea butter for hair products

Alternatively, you can just use a hair product that is infused with shea butter. Our favorite one to use is Suave Professionals Almond+Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This moisturizing wash and care system is infused with almond and shea butter, which are both known for their rich emollient properties. The formula found in this system replenishes moisture in the strand, leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated. If you want a deeper treatment, you can try Suave Professionals Moisture Mask with Almond+Shea Butter. This moisture mask is ideal for people with very dry hair, as it deeply replenishes hair with moisture.


Shea butter as a heat protectant

We spoke about natural heat protectants in oil form that we love to use. You can also use shea butter as a heat protectant on your hair. Since it’s pretty heavy, all you need is a about a dime-sized amount or smaller. Apply it all over your hair before using your heat styling tools to provide your hair with protection from heat.

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