Shea butter- a diamond find for beautiful lasting moisturised Nubian Sisters. I only really found out about 100% Shea butter when I became natural just over 1 year ago.
Did you know Shea Butter comes from nuts of the African Shea Tree which is found across Sub-Saharan Africa all the way from the West across to the West i.e. from Nigeria all the way to Ethiopia!
The most amazing thing about Shea Butter is its multiple uses! I use this rich Vitamin-rich butter to seal after I ‘water my hair’ to lock in moisture. But at the same time, I use it as a body cream. My hair feels soft and supple the next day and my body feels warm and silky.
It is meant to have medicinal properties which it is often used for in the motherland- dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well to treat simple ailments such as nasal congestion. Families cook with Shea Butter, use it as soaps it is often incorporated into many cosmetics.
I buy my Shea Butter from Brixton-its in almost every hair shop. You probably would be hard-pushed to find it in larger retailers, so my advice is not to bother looking there!
Overall, my summary of my much loved Shea Butter would be:
SHEA BUTTER TIPS & FLOPS
- A little goes a long way! Don’t get too excited and empty the whole tub on your hair/body, or you could end up looking like a cooked Plantain!
- Sometimes it can be quite crumbly and you’ll have a floor full of more Shea Butter than in your hair! Make sure you rub it in well into your hands until it forms an oil.
- I love the smell of Shea Butter- but some people don’t! You can get around this by purchasing the ‘Refined’ version which is white in colour, has a more malleable consistency – but can be quite hard. This is in contrast to the ‘Unrefined’ yellow gold that I love!
- Downsides to the ‘Unrefined’ version- the techniques used to make this reduces the vitamin content so you may not get the same benefits
- Sometimes it can be too sticky and your wash day may come round sooner than you would want- you may want to use it on your hair alternate days and intermix it with light oils such as Jojoba Oil.
- Its easy on the pocket- for example a 500g Shea Butter can be bought for about £4.99-£6.99.
Try it and see if you like it! Let me know how you get on with it.