The Benefits of Shea Butter for Hair and skin


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
The Benefits of Shea Butter for Hair and skin

Shea butter can benefit your hair and scalp in numerous ways. Not quite sure what it is? Also known as karite butter, shea butter is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite trees that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Karite trees, or shea trees, grow only in the wild, take up to 50 years to mature, and live up to 300 years.

The trees need tender loving care, and their cultivation, along with the manufacture and distribution of shea butter, is an enormous undertaking in Africa, where shea butter is sometimes referred to as women’s gold because so many women are employed in its production.

Shea Butter’s Healing Properties
Shea butter is in high demand because it has many healing properties — it's used to cool burns, soothe sores, fade scars, lighten stretch marks, and help cure skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and dandruff. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation. An effective moisturizer, shea butter is rich in fatty acids, which help skin retain its moisture and elasticity. Because of this, shea butter is a key ingredient in many cosmetic and hair care products.

The Benefits
Does shea butter work magic on your hair and scalp? Maybe. Here are some of its chief benefits:

  • Shea butter provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny. Because it's rich in vitamins A and E, shea butter soothes dryness, repairs breakage, and mends split ends.
  • Shea butter absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp without clogging pores, leaving a greasy residue, or causing a buildup of oil or dandruff.
  • Shea butter helps heal a variety of scalp problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Shea butter protects hair from weather damage caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness, and repairs such damage.
  • Because it's rich in moisture and can shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation, shea butter protects hair from sun damage.
  • If your hair has endured chemical treatments, hot irons, and blow-dryers, shea butter can restore its moisture and vitality.
Look for 100 percent natural shea butter, and warm it in a pan set over boiling water. Let it cool for a bit, then massage it into your scalp and leave it in your hair for 30 minutes or more. Do this at least once a week and you may quickly see a transformation in your hair — from being damaged, dull, itchy, and lifeless to looking healthy, shiny, and silky!
Shea Butter can do all of this for your skin and it is relatively cheap. Another great thing is the fact that it is all natural.
[h=2]Benefits of Using Shea Butter[/h]Shea butter’s many benefits include:

  • Daily skin moisturizer
  • Dry Skin Relief
  • Dry Scalp
  • Sunburn
  • Skin Rash and Diaper Rash Relief
  • Skin Peeling after Tanning
  • Reduce Blemishes and Wrinkles
  • Relieves Itchy Skin Due to Dryness
  • Shaving Cream to Reduce Razor Irritation
  • Stretch Mark Prevention
  • Reducing Acne
  • Heals Skin Cracks
  • Heals Small Skin Wounds
  • Soften Tough Skin on Feet
  • Minor Burns
  • Eczema
  • Sun and Wind Protection
  • Evens Skin tone
  • Reduces Blemishes and Scarring
  • Eliminates Scalp irritation from Chemical processing or Dryness
  • Prevents Bumps after Shaving
  • Helps Restore Elasticity to Skin
  • Restores Luster to hair
  • Absorbs Quickly without Leaving Greasy Residue
  • Restores Luster to hair
  • Smell: Shea Butter has a natural, earthy smell, which is quite pleasant, not pungent. Over time the smell of the Shea Butter will diminish. If an unrefined Shea Butter has almost no smell, it is probably getting old. Shea Butter should not stink, not matter how old it is.
  • Handling: Shea Butter does not need to be refrigerated.. However, over a period of two or three years, the Shea Butter will begin to lose some of its effectiveness. As the natural ingredients begin to break down, some of the healing benefits will be reduced, but the Shea Butter will continue to be an effective moisturizer.
  • Color: The color of unrefined Shea Butter depends on the Shea nuts used. Shea nuts will vary in color from almost white to yellow. Therefore, refined Shea Butter will vary in color. You will not be able to determine the authenticity or quality of Shea Butter based strictly on its color. However unrefined Shea Butter will certainly look different from processed Shea Butter. Should not be: Greasy, green or hard

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