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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Shea Butter

Shea Butter can be used to add and maintain moisture in dry brittle hair. In addition to retaining softness and preventing breakage, it can be massaged into the scalp to stimulate hair growth and help prevent dry scalp symptoms. It also restores luster to damaged hair and helps to maintain hair’s natural shine.

Shea Butter has been used by Africans for many generations to protect and rejuvenate their hair and skin.It provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the tips. It is especially ideal for Winter hair care as it repairs and protects against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. Shea Butter absorbs quickly and can be used to moisturize the scalp to without clogging your hair follicles.

Shea Butter is highly recommended for natural hair care but is particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair because it is great for split ends and hair damaged from the excessive use of chemicals. In addition, it help to protect hair and skin from the harsh elements, such as wind, damaging sun rays, extreme heat, and cold weather. It is also used to protect your hair from damaging chlorine before and after swimming.

To use Shea Butter for a hot oil treatment, boil two quarts of water, place Shea Butter in a jar. Once the water boils, turn off the heat and place the jar of Shea Butter in the water until it melts. If the water cools before the Shea Butter completely melts, add more boiling water. Once the Shea Butter is melted remove the jar and apply the Shea Butter directly to your freshly washed hair. Be sure to cover the scalp as well. Place a plastic cap over your hair and let the Shea Butter penetrate into your hair for at least 30 minutes. For extra penetration, cover your hair with a warm towel or sit under the dryer.


  1. I have to get some of this. I think it will do wonders for my hair.