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Raw Shea Butter Benefits for Hair Growth

7. August 2015
Raw Shea butter

Raw Shea Butter

Are you looking for a way to increase your natural hair growth? Do you have dry or itchy skin? If so, then you need to try raw shea butter. Raw shea butter benefits hair growth and healthy skin. Just read my post to learn why you should try this natural hair and skin product.

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter comes from the Shea tree and is a yellowish or ivory colored natural fat. It has been extracted from the seed of the African shea tree. Some people called this tree by its French name “Karite tree” which means the tree of life due to its healing properties. The main two fats of shea butter are oleic acid and stearic acid. In its pure unrefined state, raw shea butter has been used in Africa as cooking oil, for candle-making and arthritis. It also prevent dry skin and of course it has been used for hairdressing as it gets absorbed quickly without leaving any residue. Shea butter melts at body temperature.

 

Shea butter tree

Shea butter tree

 

Why should you use raw Shea Butter?

Shea butter is a great moisturizer for skin and hair. Unrefined or raw shea butter is ready to use directly on skin or hair without any need for further processing. Furthermore, you can mix it with different natural ingredients to make a whipped shea butter or other great recipes.

I have learned that the moisturizers in the shea butter are the same that are produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. If you compare shea butter to other seed oils, the healing range of raw shea butter ranges from 5 % up to 7  while seed oils range of 1 % or less. Unrefined  shea butter is rich of vitamin A and E. This is one reason I wish I would have known before starting my natural hair journey as I have spent a lot of money on trying tons of natural hair products.

Raw (unrefined) Shea Butter or refined?

Unrefined shea butter means it is extracted from the nuts without the usage of any chemicals. Refined shea butter has been extracted by using chemicals like pretroleum and other chemicals. The moisturizing effect of refined shea butter is reduced. Color and scent also differs. Refined butter is usally white to make it more appealing and raw shea butter is mostly yellow.

 

Refined compare to unrefined Shea butter

Refined comparison to unrefined Shea butter – Image: soaplabmalaysia.com

11 Reasons to use raw Shea Butter

  1. Raw shea butter provides moisture to dry and damanged hair and skin
  2. It repairs natural hair breakage and itchy skin
  3. Raw shea butter is able to smooth and soften afro hair strands
  4. It does not cause buildup
  5. It helps you if you have scalp issues: e.g. drandruff, eczema or dermatitis
  6. Raw shea butter is a great protection against weather damage (winter)
  7. It acts like a shield to protect your hair and skin against sunlight
  8. This butter can also protect your hair getting heat damage
  9. You can use raw shea butter as sealent to seal the moisture in for a longer period of time
  10. Unrefined shea butter can be used as a baby care product
  11. Raw shea butter also has anti-aging properties

 Shea butter

 

I have learned that raw shea butter maintains all its properties at room temperature, for about two years or longer. Raw shea butter has become one of my favourite natural hair and skin product due to its healing properties. It is a great natural way to improve hair growth and healthy skin.

Have you ever used Shea Butter? Which one do you prefer raw or refined shea butter? How did it work for you?

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