Shea Butter

Has anyone ever tried Shea butter in their hair before? I'm a little hesitant to try it out, but wanted to know what others think of it. I think I have what would be high porosity, because of the constant frizz. Probably medium to high density hair. And either medium to fine. My hair type is predominantly 3B, but with a little 3A mixed in and maybe some 3C, depending on length, weather, and location.
Hi there!

I'm a high density, high poracity, coarse 3b/c mix and I've been using Cantu's Shea Butter leave in conditioning repair cream. When I am careful to not use too little or too much, it leaves my hair feeling nice and soft. It isn't the all mighty answer to frizz control but I do have a fly-away problem and whereas my hair is coarse, you said yours is medium/fine so it might not be an issue for you. Be warned though, be sure not to use too much otherwise it will weigh your hair down and leave it feeling filthy.

It's relatively inexpensive (like $6 at Walmart) so it's definitely worth a try. Let me know how it works out for you if you decide to try it!
I use 100% Shea butter. My hair is 3b and high porosity. I like it. My daughter hates the smell. It smells like cocoa butter to me and doesn't suffocate me like some of the perfume-laden products. It is hard so you could probably melt it. I just take a small piece and rub it briskly between my hands which melts it. I think the smell disappears. Bought 8 oz. for about $5.00 but a tiny bit goes a long way.

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3C, CG Method, Low porosity, Low density, Medium Width






I'm using shea butter I picked up a thing of it for 7 bucks at an "ethnic" hair care store and it's pretty decent so far. The smell was...pungent. The stuff isn't spoiled or anything, I've been to this store before and I trust them when it comes to this kind of thing. The smell is just very strong and wasn't what I was expecting since most shea butter products I've used before had a very different smell from actual shea butter.

Anyway, I like it so far and I like using it, though I've only been using it for about a week. What I do is, after I've gotten out of the shower and applied my EVOO and almond oil, I apply the shea butter to my ends. Then I take some more and smooth it over the rest of my hair. Finally, I finger-comb it through my hair. (I'm careful at this step because I've already detangled with a wide toothed comb and sometimes my curls go right back! Hahaha.) The shea butter I have looks like playdough because it's in clumps of stuff and mine is bright yellow, so before I use it I take a small chunk of it--usually like quarter-sized--and rub it between my palms. This makes it melt a little so I can spread it in my hair.

Like I'd mentioned, it has a rather pungent smell. Luckily the smell doesn't stick around, so I don't need to worry about having stinky hair. This is a huge plus because I work in retail and I just like my hair to smell pretty in general. My favorite conditioner smell is strawberries!

My hair type is low porosity 3c hair. Over-proteined, so I try to avoid proteins in my conditioners if I can otherwise it will dry out.
3C, almost shoulder length (when stretched). Low Porosity, Protein Sensitive.
Low Poo: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
Shampoo: Proclaim Olive Glossing Shampoo
RO: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash
LI: Proclaim Olive Glossing Condish
Oils: JBCO, EVOO, Grapeseed Oil
Styling: Fantasia IC Hair Polisher
DC: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm



I looooove Shea butter. I use it from head to toe. I order mine from www.agbangakarite.com I also order their African black soap. In using Shea butter for the hair a little goes a long way. I use it as a sealant. I also whip it and add oils to it.

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*Natural 3C/TWA*
Wash: BS/ACV, KC Come Clean
Conditioner: SM SB Restorative, Yucca & Baobab

Pre-Poo: Oils & Honey Mix
DC: SM Manuka Honey Masque, SM Yucca Masque
PT:
Super Mayo Deep Conditioning Treatment
Styler:
AVG, Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade
Leave-In: KCKT, SM Yucca Milk
Oil/Sealant: Jojoba,
Avocado, EVCO, EVOO, JBCO
i had the raw shea butter and it was awful. made my hair all waxy.
I use the raw shea butter but I make a natural shea butter creme of it by adding oils like evoo, coconut, castor, vitamin e, and jojoba, with a recipe I got from naptural85 on YouTube. It works wonders know my 4c hair. I have only been using it a week but so far so good. I think you should watch her video and give her recipe a y try I love it.

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I've tried using pure unrefined Shea butter on my 3c hair. It was a bit too heavy and even took 3-4 washes to get it all out. It might be a good sealant for a protective style you plan on wearing for a while IMO.
I have 3c hair that is highly porous. I have flyaways so i use raw shea butter to smooth down the edges. Raw shea butter stinks so i use one with a vanilla scent. I use "out of africa"s raw shea butter with a vanilla scent. The best shea butter that i have used and i have tried many. And It smells so gooood. I order mine at iherb: http://m.iherb.com/Out-of-Africa-100...oz-227-g/45324

Use the couponcode BIF028 and get 5/10$ on your first order.
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.

Last edited by Curly Sara; 07-01-2013 at 04:13 PM.

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