Shea butter as a deep treatment

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I was wondering, do any of you ladies use unrefined shea butter to deep condition your hair? Do you do it on wet or dry hair?
I don't use it as a deep treatment but I do use it everyday on wet hair.
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Before switching to Vatika oil I used shea butter along with a few other oils as a pre-poo treatment on dry hair. I would not use it as a deep conditioner though that would be a sticky mess! HTH
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I melt about 2 tablespoons of shea butter and add to other oils and honey and add that to my Deep Conditioner right before I add it to my hair. I really like it and I'm not sure why I never thought to do that before now....lol.
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i used it for a little while but it made my hair feel waxy. i only poo 2xs mth and don't use a lot of styling products. i ended up using it on my skin












Unrefined is great. I use it in my creamy scalpdress/leave-in formulations.
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I use shea only as a leave in. Have never tried it as a prepoo. Seems really heavy for that use, but who knows it may work for some.
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Last edited by gurlie; 06-15-2008 at 05:33 PM.
I was wondering, do any of you ladies use unrefined shea butter to deep condition your hair? Do you do it on wet or dry hair?
Originally Posted by happy 4b
i like using it as apart of my deep condition - i mix it with coconut oil between my palms and massage it into my ends and edges - then i put whatever condish i have on hand everywhere else and sit under a dryer to warm it all up - my ends and edges look much better with it -

after i shampoo i shake excess water from my hair and then apply this stuff - so i am applying it to wet hair - if you don't use shampoo then apply it be dry hair 1st and then to wet hair the next time to compare -
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Last edited by QueerBiNatureNYC; 06-15-2008 at 05:00 PM. Reason: to answer the 2nd question
I used to use it on my scalp instead of a pomade, but it's too heavy since I started using the no poo routine. I use it on my ends once a week when I section my hair and braid it. I think I will use it as a pre-poo treatmeant for the 4x per year that I do shampoo.

I also use it on my skin when I can't find my loition. Since the cost of unrefined shea butter is going down, I might as well use it as my daily body loition.
type: 4ab, fine strands, very dense, dry
natural: october 2000 - november 2006, october 2007 - present
last relaxer: march 2007
big chop: october 2007
length: shoulder length w/ long bangs you tuck behind the ears (when pressed)
routine: curly girl no poo routine
products: conditioner wash daily & apply olive oil on scalp, deep condition weekly and apply olive oil on scalp and shea butter on ends .... shampoo & salon treatment every 4 months
trims: every 4 months
I used 1:3 ratio of shea butter with a good conditioner. One part shea butter to 3 parts of conditioner. I would melt the shea butter first, then add in the conditioner. Then it would not be too greasy or leave a residue.
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With the way I understand and have experienced shea butter, I think it would be best used as a leave-in that you plan to "leave-in" for days at a time since it doesn't wash out easily and as a pre-poo (which means using it right before you use a harsh sulfate or non-sulfate shampoo) so I can't imagine it being too heavy for that. As far as a deep treatment, it will coat your hair (like oil does with a pre-poo) so if you plan to apply more moisturizing products to your hair post-wash, then I don't think it would be a great idea since they will be sitting on top of the shea butter. If you weren't applying anymore products to your hair after the deep treatment (just letting the shea butter do it's thing) then I think this would be more like a leave-in. I have applied whipped shea to damp hair that I set (in twists or braids for out styles) and I get very soft hair that is moisturized for days. It tends to get waxy for me when I just let my hair air dry with it in a wash n' go, so I don't do that often unless I'm looking for the defined/hold look and feel.

If you did wash the shea butter out after your deep treatment, then it would be more of a pre-poo. Sorry for going in circles, but I'm basically trying to say that since it doesn't wash out easily, it can't really be a deep treatment, just a pre-poo (that will be washed out with shampoo) or a leave-in. There ARE deep treatments with shea butter ( like Jessicurl WDT) but like GreatCurls said, it depends on the ratio and also the consistency (ex: only whipped shea butter will work with my hair).

Edit: Whoa this is an old post
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Last edited by Paraty; 01-23-2009 at 03:26 PM.
With the way I understand and have experienced shea butter, I think it would be best used as a leave-in that you plan to "leave-in" for days at a time since it doesn't wash out easily and as a pre-poo (which means using it right before you use a harsh sulfate or non-sulfate shampoo) so I can't imagine it being too heavy for that. As far as a deep treatment, it will coat your hair (like oil does with a pre-poo) so if you plan to apply more moisturizing products to your hair post-wash, then I don't think it would be a great idea since they will be sitting on top of the shea butter. If you weren't applying anymore products to your hair after the deep treatment (just letting the shea butter do it's thing) then I think this would be more like a leave-in. I have applied whipped shea to damp hair that I set (in twists or braids for out styles) and I get very soft hair that is moisturized for days. It tends to get waxy for me when I just let my hair air dry with it in a wash n' go, so I don't do that often unless I'm looking for the defined/hold look and feel.

If you did wash the shea butter out after your deep treatment, then it would be more of a pre-poo. Sorry for going in circles, but I'm basically trying to say that since it doesn't wash out easily, it can't really be a deep treatment, just a pre-poo (that will be washed out with shampoo) or a leave-in. There ARE deep treatments with shea butter ( like Jessicurl WDT) but like GreatCurls said, it depends on the ratio and also the consistency (ex: only whipped shea butter will work with my hair).

Edit: Whoa this is an old post
Originally Posted by Paraty
LOL yeah it is old.. but you surely did help me out!!
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ditto

With the way I understand and have experienced shea butter, I think it would be best used as a leave-in that you plan to "leave-in" for days at a time since it doesn't wash out easily and as a pre-poo (which means using it right before you use a harsh sulfate or non-sulfate shampoo) so I can't imagine it being too heavy for that. As far as a deep treatment, it will coat your hair (like oil does with a pre-poo) so if you plan to apply more moisturizing products to your hair post-wash, then I don't think it would be a great idea since they will be sitting on top of the shea butter. If you weren't applying anymore products to your hair after the deep treatment (just letting the shea butter do it's thing) then I think this would be more like a leave-in. I have applied whipped shea to damp hair that I set (in twists or braids for out styles) and I get very soft hair that is moisturized for days. It tends to get waxy for me when I just let my hair air dry with it in a wash n' go, so I don't do that often unless I'm looking for the defined/hold look and feel.

If you did wash the shea butter out after your deep treatment, then it would be more of a pre-poo. Sorry for going in circles, but I'm basically trying to say that since it doesn't wash out easily, it can't really be a deep treatment, just a pre-poo (that will be washed out with shampoo) or a leave-in. There ARE deep treatments with shea butter ( like Jessicurl WDT) but like GreatCurls said, it depends on the ratio and also the consistency (ex: only whipped shea butter will work with my hair).

Edit: Whoa this is an old post
Originally Posted by Paraty
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