Shea Butter holds the keys to healthy hair and skin

You hear a lot of the words Shea Butter, like a lot in the holistic natural lifestyle movements. I didn’t have a clue what this butter was or what it did until I started growing my natural hair and doing research on it.

It is the gospel to the healthy skin and hair church. It maketh the miracles.

It’s found in several skincare and haircare products. However, it’s the unrefined version of it that’s getting everyone talking.

When raw and unrefined, it is yellow in colour and almost white when refined (which in layman’s term means, processed.)

It’s an African product, made from the nuts of Shea tree, it is then extracted without the use of chemicals  and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidant properties.

Shea Butter is rich in Vitamin A, E & F:

A- it is fat-soluble good for cell growth and replenishment.

E- this is an antioxidant known to aid healing, prevent scarring and eliminate wrinkles. It helps keep red blood cells healthy, supplies oxygen and nutrients to the skin’s surface.

F- it is an essential fatty acids, containing linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). It is highly important in the repair and development of tissues in our bodies.

Shea Butter has many health benefits for scalp, hair and skin because it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agencies.

It also is a natural sun protection factor, it has compounds known as cinnamic acid esters, which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

Shea Butter benefits:

  • Soothies dry, itchy and irritated scalp.
  • Restores damaged hair.
  • Adds, restores and seals in moisture to dry hair.
  • Coats and protects hair and skin.
  • Defines curls.
  • Treats skin burns.
  • Frost bites.
  • Treats acne and eczema.
  • Prevents skin ageing.
  • Reduces stretch marks.
  • Renews skin cells.
  • Skin damage from heat.
  • It can be used as a shaving cream.

Africans have been using Shea Butter as a cooking fat in place of, or in addition to Palm oil for decades. But for this, you have to ensure it’s hundred percent pure.

The benefits of this butter seem to be endless and we’d go on for ages talking about it, but what’s important is to know what you want to use it for in order to be able to use it effectively.