5 WAYS TO USE HAIR BUTTERS IN YOUR REGIMEN
Butters are a great addition to any hair regimen. They are high in fatty acids, have vitamins that are conducive to hair growth and are great at sealing in moisture. They also hold various anti-inflammatory benefits that can help with skin and scalp conditions; therefore, it is worth trying out some of the most popular butters below to see how they work on your hair.
Cocoa butter is a pale yellow, edible fat, which mostly grows in West Africa. It is extracted from the cocoa bean as a by-product of chocolate. This butter is rich in Vitamin E and high in fatty acids. It is an emollient and great moisturiser; therefore it can soften the hair to make it more manageable. It can also tame frizz and strengthen the hair to help prevent further damage. Cocoa butter can be used as a substitute for shea butter.
Cupuacu butter has a pale yellow appearance, similar to cocoa butter. It comes from the seed of the Cupuauc tree, which is native to the Amazon. This tree is also related to the cocoa tree, hence the likeness between the two butters. Cupuacu is occasionally used to make white chocolate. This butter is rich in fatty acids and a great emollient. It moisturises and softens the hair as well as improves elasticity. It is a good butter for dry hair as it can penetrate the cuticle and absorb and retain moisture.
Kokum Butter is a creamy white butter, which is produced from the fruit of the Garcinia tree. In India, it is commonly used on the skin but has benefits for the hair. It is high in Vitamin E and does not clog up the pores so it can be used directly on the scalp. Like other butters it is a good emollient and can increase elasticity and hair growth. Kokum butter is also an astringent butter, which has regenerative qualities. It can be used as a substitute for cocoa butter due to its similar composition of fatty acids.
Mango butter is a creamy white butter, extracted from the seed kernel of the mango. It is a nourishing butter, high in fatty acids and Vitamin A, B, C and E. As an emollient it can soften and moisturise the hair and boost shine. Mango butter is also an astringent butter. It has tannin, which gives it anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, although it can feel drier compared to other butters.
Shea Butter is extracted from the nut that grows on the African Shea tree. It has a creamy white colour and is high in fatty acids. It can provide great moisture and shine to the hair as well as prevent breakage. It is more moisturising and softer than other butters, and can relieve scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis. Shea butter can promote hair growth and in some cases help with hair loss. It can also penetrate the hair’s cuticle and has anti-inflammatory qualities.