Benefits of Shea butter on hair

As you read from the earlier articles, moisturizing your hair is one of the main ways to keep your hair and scalp healthy. I believe you have read or heard about Shea butter before. Most of the time you just hear that it is good for your skin and hair. But what does it really do? What are the benefits of Shea butter on your hair?

Besides that, we are also going to check out the benefits of Mango butter, Cocoa butter, Murumuru butter, Kokum butter and Cupuacu butters on your hair. Without further ado, lets start with the good old Shea butter.

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Shea Butter Seeds

Shea butter seeds

Shea butter is extracted from Shea nuts harvested from the Karite tree (Tree of life) in West Africa.

Shea butter is quite heavy in consistency as compared to the other butters and should be used in small quantities. At best mixed with light oils.

This butter is great for brittle hair and dry scalp when mixed with other light oils like jojoba and argan. I would not advise you to use Shea butter on its own to your hair because it could weigh it down and cause build up.

In this case, a little goes a long way and you can use a small amount on your moisturized hair ends to seal in moisture.

Benefits

  • Contains Amyrin which is has antiinflamatory properties
  • Contains Vitamins A,E and fatty acids which are great healing properties.
  • Due to its thickness, it my prevent heat damage when used before blow-drying or Flat ironing.
  • Great sealant. Because of its consistency, a small amount can be used on moisturized hair to seal in the moisture.
  • Adds shine

NOTE!

Shea butter is great but using too much of it can actually cause more harm than good. Due to its heaviness, consistent use of it on its own my lead to build up which will block moisture from your hair and you may need to use a strong shampoo to wash it off for your hair to actually get moisture. This may cause dryness which may lead to breakage.

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Benefits of mango butter

Mango fruit

You may expect mango butter to have a sweet fruity smell like the fruit but No! Mango butter is extracted from the kernel of the mango fruit hence doesn’t necessarily smell like the fruit.

Mango butter is rich in antioxidants and saturated fatty acids which are great for sealing the hair strands. This butter is lighter than Shea butter but a little goes a long way. It is best used in DIY mixtures with other hair oils.

Benefits.

  • Moisturizes and Softens scalp and hair
  • protects hair from free radicals
  • May help in hair growth by regenerating the scalp.
  • Adds shine to your hair.
  • Rich in Vitamin A and E which contribute to healthy scalp.

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Benefits of Cocoa butter for hair

Cocoa fruits

Cocoa butter is extracted from the cocoa beans through the Broma process. In this process, the butter is let to drip from roasted cocoa beans in a hot room.

Cocoa butter has the aroma of cocoa powder, It solidifies at room temperature and gets very hard to use. It is much harder than shear butter and used in large amounts will cause more damage than good.

Best way to use it is as a pre poo hot oil treatment but don’t leave on for a long time. 10 to 15 minutes should do the job. I would advise you to use a small amount and mix it with other lighter oils for your DIYs.

Benefits.

  • Moisturizes hair making it easy to comb.
  • Strengthens hair strands.
  • Repairs damaged hair due to chemical use
  • Prevents breakage
  • Adds shine to your hair.
  • Softens hair
  • Reduces frizziness.

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Murumuru butter for hair

Murumuru butter

Murumuru butter is extracted from the seeds of Murumuru palm tree which grows along the Amazon river. This butter has not been very common like Shea and cocoa but it also has amazing benefits to your hair.

Murumuru butter is a rich emollient for hair and can be added to a deep conditioner or leave in conditioner to have moisturized healthy hair making it soft and easy to manage.

Benefits.

  • Has antiinflamatory properties which are great for addressing scalp irritation, dandruff and dry scalp.
  • Locks in moisture keeping your hair soft.
  • Adds shine to your hair
  • Has moisturizing properties which protect your hair strands from breakage.
  • Reduces frizzines

Kokum butter ( Get it here)

Benefits of Kokum butter

Kokum fruit

Kokum butter is extracted from the kernel of the Garcinia Indica plant seed, indigenous to the western coast of India.

The seeds are decorticated by a mallet to obtain the kernel which is further crushed and boiled then fat is skimmed from the top.

It is naturally emollient, rich in fatty acids and non pore clogging properties which is good for the scalp because it allows the scalp “breath”.

Benefits.

  • Stimulates the scalp for hair growth
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Increases hair elasticity which helps prevent breakage.
  • Moisturizes dry scalp
  • Has antibacterial and antiinflamatory properties ideal for healing wounds on the scalp
  • Non greasy
  • Rejuvenates and strengthens hair roots promoting growth of healthy strong hair follicles,

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Benefits of Cupuacu butter on hair

Cupuacu butter

Cupuacu butter is extracted from the seeds of the Cupuacu tree native to the Amazon rain forest. The Cupuacu tree is related to the Cacao tree and the seeds are occasionally used in the production of white chocolate.

This butter is also known to be a great plant based alternative to lanolin for skin care. It is naturally emollient and absorbs water making it ideal for sealing moisture in your hair strands.

Blended with other oils, it improves the consistency making it easy to apply on the scalp and increases shelf life of your mixture.

Benefits.

  • Moisturizes hair
  • Prevents frizz thus protecting hair from breakage.
  • Contains fatty acids which increase hair elasticity.
  • Has a long shelf life (2 years)
  • Is lighter than Shea butter. Best to use if your hair feels weighed down.
  • Protects your hair from the harsh UV rays.

Final thoughts

As you have seen above, all these butters are great for your hair but too much of it can also damage your hair. A little goes a long way.

You can use one or two of the butters in your DIYs at a time and mix with light oils to get their benefits. You don’t necessarily need to put all of them in one mix.

For beginners, you could use one butter at a time for your mixture to find what you like or rule out what you could be allergic to, then later on mix two of the ones you prefer.

I hope you enjoyed reading through this article and found some helpful information. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section or contact me and i will be happy to respond.


  1. This is really interesting. I hadn’t even heard of Cupuacu, Kokum, or Murumuru butter. Will have to try the cupuacu, it sounds lush. I have fine hair so don’t think I’d use any of these oils on my scalp as my hair gets greasy easily anyway. But the ends get dry and brittle so I will definitely give it a go there to try and seal in some moisture.
    Thanks for the info, great site by the way.

  2. Hey Janet
    Interesting post about the hair moisturizers. As we are entering winter. We will need those moisturizers the most as hair tend to get drier in winter. I’m familiar with the cocoa butter than the rest that you’ve mentioned. I’ve never thought of mango to be used for moisturizer but I guess it makes sense since you’ve mentioned that the butter is extracted from the kennel. I appreciate the information as it’s useful.

    • Hi Maggie,thanks for stopping by. I am glad you found some useful information here. We need to seal our hair more in winter to keep the moisture in since the air is quite dry at this time of the year.

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