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Monday, March 25, 2013

~ A LITTLE ABOUT BUTTERS ~



Hello Curlies!

 I hope each and everyone of you had a great , yet productive weekend.

As I have shared in a previous post , I currently have a serious love for butters, and buttercreames.  Early on in my natural hair journey, I had trouble trying to figure out if they fit in my regimen , or whether my hair  liked butters. Well, I have sinced learned the correct way to use them, thus finding that my hair ...LOVES THEM! .

There are soooooo many great natural butters on the market today, and there are a  plethora of natural hair line's using a mixture of butters in their products. So lets talk about a few.

Aloe Vera Butter:

Is an extraction of healing aloe gel into coconut oil so that it can be used like a butter. It's said that this butter melts on contact with the skin. Which may mean it absorbs well into the hair.  Also having  the wonderful healing properties of aloe.

Cocoa Butter:

Theobroma cacao, a prime pressed creamy yellow butter from the seed of the Cacao Tree, has the distinct aroma of chocolate.  Cocoa butter easily absorbs into the hair and imparts sheen. It locks in moisture and helps protect the hair shaft.  Cocoa butter contains a whole host of nutrients including protein, potassium, calcium, vitamins, magnesium and copper. It is a good hair moisturizer; it is very effective against dry, itchy scalp. The beauty about this butter is that it restores moisture without clogging the pores on your scalp and due to its fatty content and high nutrition; cocoa butter stimulates the growth of hair follicles, which makes it a key ingredient in some hair loss applications. Additionally, it increases hair flexibility and like Castor oil it increases hair thickness. Cocoa butter is very good at protecting hair from chemical and chlorine damage. Hard water with high amounts of chlorine can damage hair, cocoa butter when applied to hair before shampoo, or swimming in a pool can act as a very effective barrier.

IIIipe Butter:

Is obtained from the nuts of a magnificent tree that grows in the forests of Borneo. Illipe Butter is very similar to cocoa butter. And is great for dry and or over processed  hair. This butter is very hard in texture and is probably best whipped , perhaps with another butter.

Kokum Butter:

A highly prized butter obtained from a tree in India, is non-comedogenic, high in vitamin E, and rich in essential fatty acids. This butter is said to be great for the skin, as well as the hair. Kokum butter is similar to cocoa butter in its moisturizing benefits.



Mango Butter:

 Is a gentle butter obtained from the fruit kernels of the Mango tree.  Mango butter replaces moisture, adds softness, elasticity and shine to our hair.Mango butter possesses similar qualities to cocoa butter and Shea butter in the way of consistency and benefits, however it contains higher levels of fatty acid making it a more intensive moisturizer. Lack of moisture in the hair can result in weak, brittle hair and in turn leads to breakage

What I have realized lately is that my hair really appreciates, Cocoa Butter, and Mango butter over Shea butter. I can definitely say when these two butters are in my products I get , soft, hydrated  hair with lots of shine.

Thanks for stopping by,  Take care. And remember to stay positive, and naturally healthy and fabulous!

Zainab1

2 comments:

NaturalNubian said...

Avocado, mango and (my personal favourite) soy butters are all great as well :)

zainab1 said...

Hi NaturalNubian,

Yes, I love these butters as well. I'm really finding I have such a love for butters, and there so versatile.

Thanks for stopping by naturalnubian. Take care!