How to Use Shea Butter for Hair

By Liza Blau

Shea butter is a natural moisturizer made from nuts that grow on the African shea, or karite, tree. Shea butter is known for its moisturizing 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 luster. Rehydrate and condition your hair with shea butter straight from the jar or prepare your own shea butter hair conditioners.

Keep your hair healthy and moisturized with natural shea butter.

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Step 1

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

Step 2

Prepare a shea butter hair conditioning treatment to deeply moisturize 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.

Step 3

Add to a saucepan 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. shea butter, 1 1/2 tbsp. plain yogurt 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.

Step 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 1/2 oz. 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.