Shea Butter and it's Many Benefits

Shea butter is a great product to use for naturally curly hair. It comes in many different forms and provides many different uses for natural hair. I comes from a beautiful tree in African.

There is the unrefined Shea butter, the refined Shea butter and the ultra-refined Shea butter. Shea butter in its raw unrefined state can have many good properties for the skin as well depending on the quality of it.


Benefits of Using Shea Butter

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

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.

For my hair I love to mix it with oils to soften the texture and make it creamier. My favorite oil to mix with Shea butter is coconut oil.

I also use olive oil and natural vitamin e oil. I haven’t experimented with many other oils but I am sure that most oils will work great. I would love to try grape seed oil which is a light oil and almond oil.

Shea butter is a butter that melts easily in warm temperatures. It has a thick smooth texture and when it is melted it is like a thick oil.

For this reason it is easily mixed with other oils and other butters. When I mix my Shea butter with oils I like to have a creamy liquid mixture and a thick creamy mixture. I got this idea from naptural85 on youtube.

While styling my hair the thicker mixture allows me to stretch out my hair with braids in preparation for other styles and I also use it as an alternative to gel when I need to lay down my edges.

The thicker mixture also helps bind my hair together so that I and fight single strand knots.

The creamy silky mixture, which has a more liquid texture in comparison to the thick creamy mixture, is used for everyday light moisture.

I always mist my hair with water first and then apply my Shea butter mixtures. I do this because Shea butter is great for locking in moisture and I think water is the best form of moisture; so I use water and not just Shea butter.

I also use Shea butter on my skin as well as on my hair. After I started using Shea butter about 2 years ago I have noticed my skin improve in softness.

I have never felt my skin so soft before and I love it!

When I first used Shea butter I thought it would leave my skin grease but it completely absorbs into the skin. It leaves my skin moisturized all day after. I apply it right after I get out of the shower.

I recommend Shea butter for people who have various skin problems because of its healing properties.

Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer because of the natural moisturizers in it.

Some of the natural moisturizers in it are closely related to the oil produced in our sebaceous glands in the skin. Shea butter also helps accelerate the healing process of small wounds.

Good Quality Shea Butter

One important thing that you need to remember about Shea butter is that as it ages, it loses some of its healing properties. Shea butter contains a substance called Cinnamic acid.

Cinnamic acid creates bonds with other substances in Shea butter. When these bonds begin to break and the Cinnamic acid stands alone the Shea butter begins to lose its healing benefits.

It is important to get fresh raw Shea butter it you are going to use it for its healing properties.

No matter how old Shea butter gets, it will always have its moisturizing properties. If you are only using it for its moisture then don’t worry.

For those who want to use Shea butter as a healing agent it is important to know where your Shea butter it coming from and how old it is.

Some places in the United States sale Shea butter that is as old as 2 years. To make sure you are getting the best quality Shea butter it may be wise to buy it online or look for the Seal of The American Shea Butter Institute on the container.

I purchase my Shea butter from my local beauty supply store and I have doubts about its quality.

I know that it is Shea butter but I can never be sure of how old it is. I only use Shea butter for its moisturizing properties so I am not worried about its quality.

For those of you who may be worried about its properties you need to know a few things. There are many forms of Shea butter but premium Shea butter, with the healing benefits, has specific characteristics that you should look for.

  • It is soft and beige in color with no patches of other colors.
  • It easily melts when rubbed together and it is easily absorbed by the skin.
  • When left in warm temperatures, premium Shea butter readily melts down.
  • It spreads easily just like margarine or butter.

Premium good quality Shea butter is not yellow, white, and brown or any other color other than beige and it has a distinct smell that you will never forget.

Shea butter that does not spread like butter and is not beige and does not have a distinct smell is most likely not good quality and will not have the healing properties.

The Shea butter that I use has a yellow color and is very thick. I haven’t gotten the chance to use premium grade Shea butter but I am looking forward to getting the opportunity. I don’t really worry about the quality of my Shea butter because I use it for its moisturizing properties.

If you would like to learn more about premium Shea butter visit American Shea Butter Institute.

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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

I have got to try it out and see how it works.


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KySmith 5 years ago from Milwaukee Author

Yeah you should. I really like shea butter. Thanks for commenting.


sharleen 4 years ago

i really love your blog its so informative i also love shea butter :)


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. =)


Peaches 4 years ago

I am not sure where you have obtained the information that Shea butter is not yellow. On the contrary the genuine Shea Nuts from the trees are yellow inside. The beige color is obtained after it has been

melted down.


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

In beauty stores where I live, all of the shea butter is yellow and hard. I'm saying that the best quality, fresh shea butter is a beige ivory color, and it is smooth like creamy butter. These videos will show you what I'm referring to... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVTKF7wXXIw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ktkxQuCjI&feature...


Jessica Sutherland 4 years ago

Yes your right Ky Smithand because dark yellow shea butter is actually manmade such as they combine shea butter and other things in with it. Although there is light yellow to ivory colored Shea butter that is real and unrefined. Then totally white Shea butter is refined and heated and it loses it color, odor, and nutrients. I buy my organic unrefined Shea butter from Best butters at www.bestbutters.com and I love the quality and smoothness of it.


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

@Jessica Sutherland, Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it. And thanks for sharing the best butters website. I may try buying from them one day.


Alyce Purcell 4 years ago

That distinct smell gets to me. I want to mix it with something and I need suggestions. Also, how do I mix it with something? I bought some that is named 100% natural shea butter, product of Ghana....mainly for my feet, and my hair. Just got it 2 days ago, so haven't seen any difference yet. My grandbaby's mom has dark spots everywhere on her arms and face. They get worse when she's pregnant. Do you think this will help her? Will appreciate your response.


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

@alyce, Thank you for commenting! =) To answer your questions, when I mix my shea butter, I usually mix it with other oils. I like to mix it with olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin e oil. You can add whatever oils you like to shea butter. I also boil my shea butter while it is still in the container to make it easier to blend with the other oils. Then I whip it to make it fluffy and soft.

As far as your grandchild's mother, I am not an expert so I think ultimately she should maybe ask a specialist, like a dermatologist, about what could help her dark spots. I will say that depending on the quality of the shea butter it could help.

Thanks for reading! =)


Cedrica new believer 4 years ago

I have mixed shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, black jamaican castor oil extra virgin olive oil and tea tree oil. I use this mixture on my hair and skin ans so far great results love it, would not be buying thoses chemical infused stuff again. But I would advise not to use much of the oils if you want a more butter mixture. But I love my mix the only thing is that I would add more shea butter to mine seeing as its alittle on the watery side and I have to store it in the fridge and I was hoping not to have to do that but I live in the caribbean so its always hot here but I love my mix and what's it doing for my skin and hair bye bye chemicals.


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

@Cedrica new believer thanks for reading and commenting!


kerrisha 4 years ago

I have so thing on my skin like stretch mark that the chemical give me and I have the african shea butter n the premuim grade a she's butter which one is best for me to use. Am using it for healing


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

The premium grade certified shea butter would be best for you because of its healing properties.


kerrisha 4 years ago

Ok how many times a day should I use it. And how long it take to heal.


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KySmith 4 years ago from Milwaukee Author

I'm not an expert on how shea butter heals and how long it takes to heal. Maybe a dermatologist can help with that. I would say use it maybe twice a day though.


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Ria Rankine 3 years ago from Oregon

I LOVE shea butter. Have you tried the shea butter wash: http://hubpages.com/style/Thicker-Hair-with-Organi...

It's really amazing if you suffer from thin/fine hair. The beauty of shea butter definitely lies in it's versatility.


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KySmith 3 years ago from Milwaukee Author

No I haven't tried the shea butter wash but it sounds interesting. Thanks for reading and commenting! =)

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