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Shea Butter For Natural Hair Growth | 4B & 4C Black African Hair

My Experience Using Shea butter for Natural Hair Growth | 4B & 4C Afro Hair / Black African Hair Growth

HAIR - Jun 22 2018 - JOSTYLIN®
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Greetings! Glad to have you on the Jostylin blog. Today’s topic is all about using Shea butter for natural hair growth. I know this has been a long awaited topic but I had to leave it till the right shea butter for natural black hair growthtime.

I absolutely love using shea butter in my hair creams and trust me, it’s absolutely worth using, especially if you have low porosity hair. The protection it gives for your hair is second to none.

In this article, I will outline all you need to know about using shea butter to grow natural hair, the colour of shea butter, along with my experience using shea butter for natural hair growth. I will also add some delicious shea butter hair growth recipes.

Continue reading below and don’t forget to visit the hair shop by clicking the image below. In the natural hair online shop, there are a variety of luscious black hair products to maintain and grow healthy hair.
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What is shea butter?

What is shea butter
So just before I let you know my experience, I want to make sure you and I are both aligned on which Shea butter I am referring to, as there are various grades of Shea butter.

The so-called ‘shea butter’ found in many hair care products comes from the fruit of the Shea tree (also called karite or Vitellaria paradoxa ). The Shea tree is located mainly in the savannah of several countries such as Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso or Sudan. It is considered by the aboriginal population as the most precious sacred tree .The tree can measure more than 16 meters in height, with a diameter of approximately one meter, and is a centennial tree.

As mentioned above, there are several different grades of Shea butter, and I always use UNREFINED  Grade A Shea butter from Ghana. As I have the privilege to travel to Ghana regularly, I am always able to get the best shea butter on the market.

The Jostylin office is also based in Ghana in Kumasi so its easy for us to get a hold of the best shea butter. However, Shea butter in Ghana is only produced in the NORTHERN regions such as Tamale, and that’s where I buy mine. I will not trust Shea butter coming from anywhere else, only from the source – Burkina Faso, Northern Ghana, Gambia, Northern Nigeria.

My Experience Using Shea butter for Natural Hair Growth

So when reading my experience using shea butter for natural hair growth, please bear in mind that everyone’s hair is different and our hair reacts differently.

When I first started using shea butter I used to blow dry my hair every week, so I never actually used shea butter as a sealant, like many other naturals did. I used it more as a moisturizer on my blow dried hair. (You can see the video tutorial below). It worked so well for blow dried hair and completed protected it from any damage.

I also tried using shea butter on its own as a sealant when my hair was damp, but that was a big mistake. My hair tangled heavily. I experienced so much breakage that week.  I thought maybe I didn’t detangle my hair enough and that’s why it didn’t work, so I tried again, and ONCE AGAIN my hair got extremely tangled by the shea butter.

I just couldn’t understand because everyone else was raving about it as a sealant on damp hair. Oh well…I guess it just wasn’t for me. This is the reason why I always say that trial and error is the best experience.

For me, shea butter only works best on my damp hair when blended into a cream formula with oils, glycerin, distilled water etc. But it works excellently as a sealant on my blow dried hair on its own. It makes it sooooo shiny and soft. I love it!

How is Shea Butter Made – Composition and Preparation

The production of shea butter is made thanks to the nuts of the shea tree. Each town in West Africa makes different elaborations and has different recipes used throughout its history. Many even cook with it.

The production of shea butter is laborious. In Northern Ghana, the harvest of the fruits that fall to the ground is carried out only by women. During the process women and children collect the nutty fruits and dry them. After drying, the seeds are crushed by hand first in a mortar and then grated again between stones. They are then transformed by a boiling process to a fat that will accumulate on the surface. This fat, generated after cooling, is collected and various filtrations are carried out to eliminate the impurities that may have arisen during the process.

This is the simple process with which you get the best quality butter and with the intact properties and what we call unrefined shea butter. You can watch this video for further information.

Shea Butter Look & Texture
Shea butter can be found in many different ways, either as an ingredient blended or whipped with other cosmetic products or in its pure butter form. Its texture at first is as if it were a type of wax, but when coming into contact with simply body heat, it becomes oil being so. It is a very simple and pleasant product to apply anywhere in the body that will hydrate that hair and body in a ecologically and totally natural way.

What Colour is Shea Butter?
This was one of the biggest debated topics for a while in the natural hair world – luckily we set the facts straight. Regarding its appearance, it has a yellowish white color. Raw organic unrefined Shea butter is originally an ivory colour, but becomes yellow when the borututu medicinal herbs are added. In Northern Ghana, it is common for the Borututu herbs to be added for healing purposes. Make sure not to confuse yellow shea butter with Kpangnan butter, which is also another kind of natural butter found in Ghana.

Different Types of Shea Butter That Can Be Used for Natural Hair Growth

Different Types of Shea Butter That Can Be Used for Natural Hair Growth
To get the best shea butter for natural hair growth, we must differentiate between the 2 formats in which we can find shea butter in the market:

Shea butter unrefined
It is completely natural and untreated, it has not been blended with any type of additive that modifies its properties ,for certain purposes such as the elimination of its odor. It also has no herbs added or yellowish colour added to make it more attractive for commercial purposes.

Unrefined shea butter has a high content of vitamin A, so if refined, during the process, in addition to removing its color, these vitamins would also disappear. This manufacturing process is manual.

Shea butter, refined
This type of butter has gone through a process of elaboration , so that some or many of its properties have been altered. It is extracted by means of solvents from petroleum. The oil that is extracted from the seeds is boiled to remove toxic solvent residues, then it is refined, bleached and deodorized (elimination of odors).

Performing the process in this way, there will always be some remains of chemical substances, adding antioxidants or preservatives as in the vast majority of cases. As a result, we will obtain an odorless and white-colored substance that is aesthetically attractive but that will not have the benefits and properties that it naturally offers such as its capacity for nutrition, its great hydration or its effectiveness as a healing agent.
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Why You Should Use Shea Butter for Natural Hair Growth | 4B & 4C Afro Hair / Black African Hair Growth

Using shea butter for natural hair growth, makes perfect sense, as it is used in many hair care products, because of its special ingredients that work  not only protecting the hair but also restore it.

It has a soft consistency that is especially kind to the hair and skin. When added to your hair creams, it can soften and protect your hair by forming a barrier around your hair. It also has a slightly emulsifying effect, so it can help to stabilize your homemade leave in hair creams. It is worth noting that Shea butter should not be heated much, otherwise it will lose its ability to do its healing work.

Where to Buy Shea Butter Online

Where to Buy Shea Butter Online
Both unrefined and refined Shea butter is sold in many online stores. You may need to contact the stores for more details on the grades of the shea butters they sell. You can also buy shea butter from black hair stores in local neighbourhoods.

At the moment I am not selling raw shea butter. They are mixed in my hair care products, but I will introduce the raw shea butter to the store in future as I have been receiving many queries from people about this.

Vitamins In Shea Butter for Natural Black Hair Growth

Shea butter contains a number of valuable substances that ensure its pronounced nourishing and healing effects for natural hair growth. It is an excellent cell regenerator that can be applied anywhere in the hair and body and provide a large number of benefits thanks to its rich composition full of vitamins and minerals very beneficial for us. It is very rich in vitamins A and E, which help balance, moisturize and soothe the skin, and vitamin F that helps revitalize damaged hair and skin. In addition to saturated and unsaturated fatty acids – oleic acid, triterpene alcohol, provitamin A and allantoin and phytosterols. It also provides us with an extra dose of collagen that will help us fight against the typical signs of aging such as wrinkles and imperfections in our skin. Shea butter is basically a triglyceride or fat that also contains an unsaponifiable portion (hydrocarbons and alcohols). It contains:
  • Saturated fatty acids
  • Unsaturated fatty acids
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (formerly called vitamin F),
  • Vitamin E,
  • Allantoin
  • Beta carotene (provitamin A)
  • Phytosterols
  • Terpenic alcohols
The above ingredients combines makes sure that the shea butter is well absorbed by the hair and skin and makes it pleasantly soft and supple. Its chemical composition is as follows:
  • Between 2% and 5% of palmitic acid.
  • Between 61% and 71% oleic acid.
  • Less than 1% linolenic acid.
  • Between 15% and 25% of stearic acid.
  • It also contains flavonoids.
  • Between 5% and 15% of linolenic acid.
  • It contains sterols such as spinasterol and delta7 as stigmasterol.

Shea Butter for Low Porosity Natural Black Hair Growth | 4C African Hair

Caring for hair with low porosity hair requires the use of emollients such as shea butter and oils with a firm consistency. The firmer oils are better absorbed into the hair because they contain small molecules. If you have low porosity hair, this means your hair has a hard time absorbing moisture. You can easily find out if your hair is low porosity by taking the Natural Hair Porosity Test.

If the porosity of your hair is low, moisture not only has difficulty entering your hair strands, but also has difficulty leaving.

This type of hair indicates that your cuticle is tightly bound which makes it difficult to penetrate moisture and hair products. This type of hair indicates that your cuticle is tightly bound which makes it difficult to penetrate moisture and hair products.

If you fill a cup with water and place a hair strand in that cup, having low porosity means it will take 3-4 minutes for a strand of hair to sink completely

In addition to shea butter, your low porosity hair will benefit from other oils such as jojoba oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil,  babassu oil and mango butter. Humectants  such as honey or glycerin are also great because they attract and retain moisture.

For more information on creating the best hair regimen for low porosity hair, read the article: Low Porosity Natural Hair Regimen.

How to Create Natural Hair Products With Shea Butter for Black Hair Growth

How to Create Natural Hair Products With Shea Butter for Black Hair Growth
Using Shea Butter Homemade Leave in Conditioners
Shea butter has a slight emulsifying effect, so it can therefore support the effect of your chosen emulsifier when making your natural hair growth products. (An emulsifier is an ingredient that binds liquid to fat or oils. Without an emulsifier, the liquids and oils will separate).

Using Shea Butter Homemade Oil Mixtures
If you are making a pure fatty ointments that does not have any water based ingredients, such as hair butters or whisked shea butter, the emulsifying action of shea butter still helps the ointment to blend well. This also means it can also aid with moisture penetration into your hair.

Can You Heat Shea Butter?
If you want to add shea butter to your homemade natural hair growth products, it is better to lightly melt it in a pan. It is also very important not to overheat it. If overheated it will not regain strength and lose some of its favorable properties. Since the melting point of the shea butter is between 28 ° C and 32 ° C degrees, you can get them soft by whisking it in a blender. If the shea butter is a major ingredient in a fat ointment or body butter, it is best to heat the whole mass only lightly.

Also, you should always add the shea butter with the cream preparation only when you have already finished melting the other ingredients (eg beeswax) and taken out of the hot water bath. When you use shea butter as a small part in a cream recipe, it melts easily during the cooling stirring process. Of course, this does not apply if, for example, beeswax or other high melting point ingredients are to be included in the fat ointment. Then the beeswax is melted with the oil, the mass is allowed to cool and the shea butter is added later.

Using Shea Butter for Soothing Itchy Scalp

Shea butter has been used for centuries to soothe the itching of dry scalp or African hair dandruff. It is also a great source to provide moisture for dry or damaged hair. It is usually used as a base for creams related to health and natural cosmetics and has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties. It is easily absorbed in the scalp and does not clog the pores . Provides moisture from the roots extending to the ends. Therefore, it is very beneficial for hair that is frizzy, tinted, or heat treated.
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Recipe: Melt the shea butter on a double grill over boiling water. Once it has cooled to a reasonable temperature, it spreads throughout the hair . Apply in small quantities directly on the scalp. Rub in a circular motion . You can add drops of tea tree oil for an additional soothing sensation.

Using Shea Butter for Sealing Hair Moisture

As you probably know by now, many naturals use shea butter for natural hair growth as a sealant. Of course it makes sense as natural African hair tends to be drier than any other type of hair due to its texture. Natural sebum has difficulty slipping from the scalp to the rest of the hair because of the curves or coils of black hair as it slides along the axis of the ends. Shea butter is often found in curly hair treatments, due to its moisturizing qualities . This makes it excellent for blocking moisture without leaving hair greasy and heavy. It helps in fixing the moisture in the hair , this is fantastic to keep the hair protected against the weather when we are out in the open. Recipe: It can be used alone or you can add it to your favorite conditioner to give it additional moisture. It is also a great additive for shampoos and hair creams.

Shea Butter Recipes for Natural Hair Growth & Stying

Shea Butter recipe for dry and brittle natural hair If your hair is frizzy and brittle, this hair cream with shea butter is designed for you. Try this recipe for natural growth and check its amazing results.
  • Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in the water bath.
  • Remove them from the heat, add the jojoba and mix the ingredients well.
  • Allow the mixture to cool in the refrigerator until it hardens.
  • Once hardened, beat with a hand blender until a creamy texture is obtained.
  • Apply the treatment to freshly washed hair and let it work for 20 minutes at night. Then, rinse it with plenty of water.
  • Shea butter recipe for styling hair
Please watch Youtube tutorial below:

Apart From Using Shea Butter for Natural Hair Growth, What Are The Other Uses of Shea Butter?

Shea butter has become increasingly popular and is found in many natural hair products for black hair growth. However, for centuries, the fruit of the shea tree has been used in African villages for its exceptional healing and moisturizing properties. Even the tombs of some kings were carved with the wood of the tree, showing that the shea butter has been a fundamental pillar of African pharmacology.
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In Africa, shea butter is traditionally used for skin care, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain. Shea butter is also suitable for preventing and reversing stretch marks and for baby care. In principle, shea butter can be used wherever skin needs to be cared for, protected or cured. This ranges from simple cosmetics for facial care, especially for sensitive skin, to the cure of chronic, persistent skin diseases.

Shea butter also protects the skin so that it can be used to protect stressed skin, such as athletes, hiking or hard work. Wound healing is also promoted by the unsaponifiable nature and the other ingredients of shea butter. Itching and inflammatory reactions are alleviated.

  • The properties and uses of shea butter are endless. You can use it for all sorts of skin problems, here is a selection of possible applications:Against skin aging – Shea butter tightens the skin.
  • Regenerating and repairing of the dermis thanks to its restructuring and softening properties.
  • For dry skin – especially the delicate skin on the face, neck and décolleté responds to the gentle shea butter.
  • For hands and fingernails after heavy use, eg. B. by chemical substances, soap or the like.
  • Has a calming and smoothing effect on scaly skin, eg. B. on the head, knee and elbow.
  • Softens cracked, calloused skin on the feet.
  • Protects with sunscreen natural sun protection factor 4 and cares for the skin afterwards.
  • Shea butter is also very pleasant as a lubricant for massages, especially for foot massage .
  • Even people with atopic dermatitis / psoriasis can benefit from the nourishing properties of shea butter – but should clarify the use with their dermatologist.
  • It is an excellent curative and effective agent against burns, scars and bruises thanks to its vitamins A, D, E and F.
  • Shea butter is also suitable for animals, for example for the care of dogs: It protects the sensitive paws of the dogs, especially in winter, when the road salt on the street attacks the paws.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties capable of relieving pain due to arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Nasal decongestant if applied to the lower part of the nasal passages.
  • Powerful and lasting power of hydration and nutrition that will improve the elasticity of your skin due to its vitamin F content.
  • Powerful anti-irritation , very useful in the care of the most delicate skin or as may be time after shaving in the case of men.
  • It can be used on hair to give extra hydration and sun protection . It will bring volume, softness and shine can be applied both wet and wet.
  • Balm for the most sensitive areas helping to moisturize and protect against chafing or redness.
  • It is a comedogenic product so it will not clog the pores when applied as an oil on these so it also provides benefits in case of acne .
  • Solar protection . Shea butter also protects and prevents against possible sunburn and is covering the skin with an invisible film that will prevent dehydration.
  • Protection against the cold . Very effective for chilblains on the hands that are produced by exposure to intense cold or humidity and also for more sensitive parts that may require extra protection.
  • Excellent results in treatments for problems of stretch marks, wrinkles, hands or rough and / or dry heels.
  • Lip repair and protector .
  • Properties anti-aging because it is one of the most effective natural cellular regenerators.
  • Advised its use also on the nails to improve its shine and prevent possible breakage .
  • Highly recommended for pregnancy or lactation, preventing the skin from the possible and common appearance of stretch marks or also the possible formation of cracks in the chest.
  • Highly recommended for athletes . It will provide extra elasticity to the skin and is recommended both before and after exercise as in this case it will help the muscle to recover more quickly eliminating toxins and getting better drainage.
  • You can also apply a spoonful of butter during a bath , giving your skin an extremely pleasant softness.
  • Culinary uses . Shea butter is also edible and is used in the preparation of many foods in Africa. On some occasions it has been used as a substitute for cocoa butter in the cocoa industry, although it should be noted that its flavor is totally different.
It should be noted that with the process described above, the pure butter will have a natural smell and also a short shelf life since, since it does not have any type of additives, the butter will lose its properties as time passes.

Precautions When Using Shea Butter for Natural Hair Growth

There are people who may have problems or illnesses with a certain severity or who are persistent, such as eczema, so you should consult your doctor first.
It is also not recommended for people who are allergic to nuts.
It contains small remnants of natural latex so if you have hypersensitivity to it you must be careful when using it.

Other Best Oils for Natural Hair Growth | 4B & 4C Hair / Black African Hair / Afro Hair / Curly Hair

Why not create you own natural hair products for black hair for growth? Combine shea butter with oils depending on the remedy you are after. Check out the following articles about using oils for hair growth:
For help on which essential oils can grow your hair faster and healthier, whilst preventing breakage, I have written some articles on:

Other Best Herbs for Hair Growth and Thickness

For more information on the best herbs for natural hair growth, read the article: Herbs for hair growth and thickness. Chebe powder is a great herb for increasing hair thickness. You can purchase the Jostylin Chebe Powder from our hair shop.

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Other Factors That Influence How to Grow Natural Hair

As well as using the right hair products, there are many other factors that influence hair growth. Proper nutrition, without doubt, can ensure our natural hair gets the minerals and nutrients it needs to grow long, healthy and fast.  Some other factors that influence hair growth include:
  • If you are transitioning
  • If your hair dyed or chemically treated
  • How greasy, dry, or damaged your hair is
  • Your hairs level of hydration and moisture absorption.
  • How curly your hair is
  • Your hairs texture
  • Your hair porosity
To read more tips on growing natural hair fast, visit my article on: How to grow natural hair.

Best Black Hair Growth Products That Contain Shea Butter

Shea butter is one of the best secrets to growing black hair long, that is healthy and beautiful. It not only protects hair but works well to retain moisture.

The Jostylin hair products contain Shea Butter. You can read more on if our hair products will work for your hair growth on the article:  hair products to promote growth in black hair.
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