Shea butter is amazing for the hair. The yellow, waxy substance has many antioxidants that promote blood flow and stimulate hair growth. It has anti-inflammatory properties that protect your scalp from bacteria and heals skin conditions like psoriasis. It can also protect your hair from sun damage as well as heat damage caused by styling products.
Shea butter is an ivory-colored fat that is made from the nut of the African Shea tree(Vitellaria paradoxa). The fat is mostly composed of stearic acid and oleic acid, which are known for their health benefits. Shea butter is edible and is consumed in some of African cuisine.
To use it, start by heating one tablespoons of Shea butter along with one tablespoon of coconut. Mix in some honey and apply to your hair after washing with your regular shampoo. Rinse it off after letting it set for a moment. If you want to improve you hair curling routine, you may add the mixture to your hair before curling with an iron.
A good brand of raw Shea butter is from Eugenia Shea. They are a family run company that distributes Ghanaian made butter around the United States. Their ingredients are all natural without preservatives. Their blend incluedes Shea Butter(obviously), Shea Oil, Baobab Oil and Moringa Oil. They also include essential oils.
The supplier is partnered with a cooperative in Northern Ghana that harvests their fruit. They remove the nuts, boil them, crack them and pick out the highest quality fruits. They are then roasted, hand ground, and kneaded to force out the oil. It is then boiled, evaporated and filtered into the refined product. Products are stored in the United States and are shipped to customers within 1 to 2 days.