Hair butters are a game changer when it comes to embracing natural hair care. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore all the benefits of using butter on your natural hair, take a dive into the art off butter application, highlight key ingredients to look for in butters, and lastly offer some top-notch hair butter recommendations.
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All Things You Need to Know About Using Hair Butters
Natural hair craves moisture that moisturizers or rather leave-in conditioners offer while butters help keep the moisture locked in your strands for longer minimizing tangles and knots on your hair, especially on hair ends. These whipped concoctions, made from plant-derived butters and oils, offer essential benefits to your hair.
Benefits of using butters on hair.
Acting as natural sealants, butters lock in moisture, preventing environmental factors and daily styling from depleting your hair’s hydration. Packed with fatty acids and emollients, hair butters penetrate the hair shaft, locking in moisture for hours. This is especially crucial for textured hair prone to dryness and high porosity hair.
Nourishing The Scalp
Massaging butter onto the scalp stimulates blood flow, promoting a healthier scalp and potentially encouraging/ stimulating hair growth not just for strands, hair butters can soothe dry, itchy scalps. Some even contain anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to combat dandruff and scalp irritation. Don’t apply too much butter especially butters on the thicker side because they may clog the pores causing scalp irritation/ itchiness.
Defined Curls and Coils.
Forget limp and lifeless strands! The rich texture of hair butters helps clump and define your curls, enhancing your natural hair curl pattern and adding volume. Butters help define curls and coils, providing a natural hold and reducing frizz for a well-defined, luscious look. Butters are perfect for giving styles like twists and flat twists hold while taming away fly aways.
Strength and Elasticity
Nutrient-rich butters contribute to hair strength and elasticity, reducing the likelihood of breakage and promoting overall hair health. Dry, brittle hair is prone to snapping. Hair butters coat the hair cuticle, smoothing and strengthening strands, minimizing breakage and promoting length retention.
How to Use Hair Butters
Sectioning is Key: Divide your hair into sections for even application, especially for thicker or longer hair. When applying hair products, always work with smaller hair sections so as to coat each hair strand.
For maximum product absorption, apply hair butter to freshly washed, deep conditioned and moisturized damp hair. The moisture helps the butter spread more evenly and allows the butter to penetrate deeply.
Less is More: A little goes a long way! Apply a dime-sized amount to your palms, rub them together, and then smooth onto your hair, focusing on the ends.
Scalp Care (Optional): If your scalp needs some TLC, massage a tiny amount of butter onto your scalp in circular motions. Work the butter from roots to ends, paying extra attention to the ends and areas prone to dryness. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb for even distribution.
Styling Options: Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to style your hair as desired. Twists, Bantu knots, flat twists, twist-outs, braid-outs, or simply letting your curls air dry are all great options.
Ingredients to Look For in Hair Butters
1. Shea Butter:
Renowned for its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter is a staple in many hair care products. The OG hair butter hero, rich in fatty acids and vitamins A and E for deep hydration and nourishment.
2. Cocoa Butter:
Packed with antioxidants, cocoa butter helps improve hair health, adding shine and adding shine and reducing frizz.
3. Mango Butter:
- Lightweight and rich in vitamins, mango butter nourishes the hair without weighing it down.
- Carrier Oils: Look for oils like jojoba, avocado, or sweet almond oil for added moisture and penetration.
Natural Hair Butter Recommendations
- Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Recipes Seal It Up, Hydrating Sealing Butter.
- Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Pure Butter
- OGX Hydrate & Repair + Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter
- Maui Moisture Smooth & Repair Vanilla Bean Anti-Frizz Hair Butter
- Avlon Keracare Natural Texture Butter Cream
- Just For Me Curl Peace Nourishing Hair & Scalp Butter