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What is shea butter?
Everyone has known about shea butter forever but do we really know what it is? All I knew is that it’s a popular material that my hair and skin absolutely adores. After a quick investigation I found out that it is fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Its actual colour in raw form is more of an ivory while the more refined versions are white. Shea butter has a lower melting point than others such as cocoa butter and mango butter, making it easier to work with in raw form.
Another name for the shea tree is “karite tree” (which means “tree of life”) due to the wide variety of its healing properties. There is evidence that food, skin balms, soaps, shampoos, traditional medicines, cooking, and lamp oils have been made with shea butter in Africa for thousands of years. Its use has been documented as far back as the 14th century.
The most known benefit is it’s moisturising effect, especially on textured hair types. Other benefits include preventing breakage and reducing scalp irritation.
Studies have shown shea butter to have anti-inflammatory, moisturising and anti-aging qualities when applied to the skin.
Yes shea butter can be edible but not all shea butters are made to food grade standards. Be sure to double check with the manufacturer whether the butter is also food grade or just cosmetic grade.
If you are keen on an easy DIY natural shampoo to go with this gorgeous butter then check this recipe out for African Black Soap Shampoo.
The Recipe for Ultimate Homemade whipped shea butter for hair growth & length retention
Ingredients (less than 200g batch)
- 150g Shea Butter
- 3 tbsp vegetable glycerine
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Castor Oil
- 1 tbsp Argan Oil
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 1/2 tsp Rosemary Extract
Method for diy whipped shea butter
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Super easy method
- Measure out all the ingredients
Make sure to break up the shea butter into smaller parts to make it easier to whip.
- Mix everything in a bowl
An electric whisk has the power to break down the shea butter. You can warm the shea butter a bit before to soften it if you prefer.
- You can add any essential oils
Rosemary and lavender are great for hair. I personally don’t use essential oils for my hair but I know a lot of people like to.
- Put in a jar
Once your desired texture and scent is reached, you can go ahead and put the mixture in a jar. Remember to label it with the ingredients and date of mixing.