How to Use Shea Butter for Hair

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How to Use Shea Butter for Hair
Keep your hair healthy and moisturised with natural shea butter. (hair image by Pavel Vlasov from

Shea butter is a natural moisturiser made from nuts that grow on the African shea, or karite, tree. Shea butter is known for its moisturising properties and has been used for generations by Africans to protect and rejuvenate their hair and skin. If your hair is damaged or dry, shea butter can help restore its moisture and lustre. Rehydrate and condition your hair with shea butter straight from the jar or prepare your own shea butter hair conditioners.

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Things you need

  • Shea butter
  • Towel
  • Protective rubber gloves
  • Olive oil
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Honey
  • Vitamin E oil
  • 1 egg
  • Fragrance oil

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  1. 1

    Purchase a jar of high-quality shea butter from a reputable health food store.

  2. 2

    Prepare a shea butter hair conditioning treatment to deeply moisturise your hair. Melt 1/4 cup of shea butter in a saucepan on the stove. Put on a pair of protective rubber gloves. Massage the warm shea butter into your hair, making sure that all the hairs are thoroughly covered. Wrap a towel around your head and allow the shea butter to remain in your hair for 30 minutes. Shampoo as usual.

  3. 3

    Add to a saucepan 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp shea butter, 1 1/2 tbsp plain yoghurt and 1 tbsp honey. Beat 1 egg in a bowl and add it to the saucepan mixture. Apply heat from the stove until the shea butter has melted. Continue stirring the ingredients until they are well blended. Apply to damp hair and leave on for up to 30 minutes or overnight. Shampoo the mixture out.

  4. 4

    Heat 1 1/3 cups of shea butter in a saucepan until the shea butter melts. Mix 1/2 cup of olive oil into the shea butter. Turn off the heat and allow the ingredients to cool. Place the ingredients in a blender and add 1 tsp of vitamin E oil and 14.8ml. of fragrance oil. Blend until the ingredients develop a mousse-like consistency. Apply to either wet or dry hair, leave on for 15 minutes and shampoo.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for hair care products such as shampoos and conditioners that contain shea butter in their list of ingredients.

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