Shea Butter as a Conditioner or Leave-In

Just wondering how one would use Shea Butter as a conditioner or a leave-in since, if I remember correctly, it's pretty firm like semi-hard butter.

Do you just use the shea butter alone and the rinse and apply more for a leave-in?

My 3b hair is VERY dry and I would love to try this, but don't want to get my hair too gunky.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
Shea butter is pretty thick, so you have to use alittle at a time if you haven't used it before. When I would used it, I'd rub about a dime size(or less) to four sections, mixed with some virgin coconut oil. Sometimes, I'd mix it ahead of time to make it easier. I think I used maybe a tbsp of shea and a tsp of coconut oil(I didn't use the whole thing). I can't really remember.

It makes the hair really soft, but doesn't do much to define, and can weigh down your curls. So, if your hair is easily weighed down, I wouldn't use too much.

If you want, you could do a dt with this by heating maybe some coconut, avocado(or whatever oils you like), and then mixing in the shea butter. Once mixed, apply to dry hair and leave on for as long as you can. I think I left it on for about an hour while cleaning up(I used a heated cap). I rinsed it out, then proceeded to shampoo and/or condition, style, and air-dry. I was left with really soft curls.
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Good to know about the shea butter possibly weighing my curls down! Thanks! I will probably just attempt to use it as a DT at first and then see if I can work it into my conditioning routine.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
Hello

I've posted about this before and think a few curlies were cursing me afterwards as i convinced them to spend more money (sorry)!

I use Shea Moisture Shea butter leave in and i seriously have the easiest hair to weigh down ever and it does wonders for me... here are some pics with just the leave-in... i use on wet hair and again when my hair is dry to perk my curls up a little!

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ren...034scd&.src=ph

I'm from the UK but i'm pretty sure yo can also get it in the US http://www.treasuredlocks.com/shemoisshebu1.html
GrecianCurls -- Your hair is BEAUTIFUL! OMG, I want your curls! Ok, I am going to try this stuff. Thank you!
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
Hi GrecianCurls, your hair looks to be in fantastic condition, is that from using the shea butter? I wouldn't mind trying it as well, where do you get yours from? thanks.
Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
Last Haircut:17/1/07
Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
Hair Length:BSL
NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
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Greciancurls--very pretty and healthy-looking curls!! Makes me want to go out and buy me some Shea butter if my hair is guaranteed to come out like THAT!!

Gogeous ringlets! I'm jealous!!
3B, with oodles and oodles of curly hair!
Summer Faves: Devacare NoPoo & OneC, CF High Humidity Gel.
2nd day hair: Deva Set Me Up pomade & Mr. Right
DT: Devacurl Heaven in Hair
Been CG since 2005 and never looked back!
Beautiful curls Greciancurls! Now I want some Shea Butter . . .
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
Your too kind

aerohead... i get mine from mariposa import, they're based in eastern europe so you pay a little for postage but i've always had excellent customer service and a bottle lasts me a long time so i recon my locks are worth it!! (I also get all my beloved Jessicurl stuff from her too!)

http://www.mariposa-import.com/webshop/
Excellent!! Thannk you for that,I'm gonna check that site out.
Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
Last Haircut:17/1/07
Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
Hair Length:BSL
NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
http://public.fotki.com/aerohead/
My hair doesn't like butters/oil, but if I were to use per say Curl Junkie Curl rehab, it has shea butter, do you think that stuff will come out of my hair when I just rinse that DT out or does it stay in your hair??? That's what I don't want!
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
I often wondered about this .. is coconut oil a sealant or a moisturiser? Is Shea a sealant or moisturiser? I always thought Shea butter was a sealant as it can't penetrate the hair yet when I use it, it leaves my hair soft and nice.. ?? I know some people use coconut oil as a leave in but others argue that leave ins have be water based and sealants oil based.. ??

Could you also use glycerine under a sealant like Shea butter?
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
I'm not an expert on sealants, but I'll put my .02 in. Shea butter is a moisturizer, but it is thick enough to use as a sealant. All oils are sealants.

Do a search for sealants and threads will come up. I know that the 4a board had many threads like this, and NC long-times like Redcelticcurls and others really understand the difference in how humectants and oils work.
3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
That makes sense I guess .. :s lol
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
oils and butters tends to be sealants. Sealants seals in moisture. The best moisture is water. Humacents, like honey, sttracts moisture, like water.
So I shouldn't add humectants under a sealant.. just wanted to make sure .. I need anti humectants now that the dew points are at 19C today, expecting to get higher.. I guess the Shea butter and coconut oil will be good.
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter

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