Unrefined pure shea butter...

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Hi,
I just tried this as a deep treatment for the first time.. within minutes of applying it to my (dry) hair it went hard, dry and straw-like... I've washed it out after 35minutes and it seems OK. So is the straw reaction necessarily a bad thing?
Coconut oil does a similar thing when it's in my hair, but it always looks alright after...?
Thanks all
I am able to use products with unrefined shea butter in them in my hair with no problems. I have very dry hair, so i thought, why not try unrefined shea butter just to see the type of results that it could give me. I found a local beauty supply store in my area that sells unrefined shea butter. It is yellow in color, has a sort of hard consistency to it, and it was in clumps inside the plastic container it came in. I tried it and instead of it being moisturizing to my hair, it was the exact opposite. It made my hair quite dry and stiff to the touch. Overall, it did not appear to be doing anything for my hair really. I didn't try using it as a deep treatment. I used it as a supposed moisturizer for my hair. I don't know if the brand of shea butter that i bought happens to be a quality brand or not. However, i ended up throwing the stuff out shortly thereafter. Which is why, i have been leary about buying unrefined shea butter again.

I have never had problems with coconut oil though. Whether it is in a hair product that i use, or use it to pre-poo with, it always leaves my hair soft.
Hairtype-3b curly,semi-thick, very dry hair

Staple Haircare Lines:
Mixed Chicks
It's A 10
Cantu
Suave
Tresemme
Hydroquench Systems
Profectiv
Nubian Heritage
Creme of Nature
Elasta Q
African Pride
Eden Body Works
Aussie
Bobeam
Herbal Essence

Last edited by Reservechic; 07-03-2014 at 12:52 PM.
Maybe it depends on the hair? I bought some unrefined shea butter recently, and the ends of my hair love it. It makes them smooth and soft. Did you guys try applying it to wet hair?
2c/3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, bsl curly, WL wet
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
Maybe it depends on the hair? I bought some unrefined shea butter recently, and the ends of my hair love it. It makes them smooth and soft. Did you guys try applying it to wet hair?
Originally Posted by SereneCurls
I applied it to dry hair. I guess i should have tried applying it to wet hair instead. Maybe i would have gotten better results.
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Hairtype-3b curly,semi-thick, very dry hair

Staple Haircare Lines:
Mixed Chicks
It's A 10
Cantu
Suave
Tresemme
Hydroquench Systems
Profectiv
Nubian Heritage
Creme of Nature
Elasta Q
African Pride
Eden Body Works
Aussie
Bobeam
Herbal Essence
I'd definitely say to give it a go on wet hair – I find the majority of products don't work half as well on dry hair.

Let us known your results!
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Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature Raspberry and Cranberry
D/C: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly / Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I'd definitely say to give it a go on wet hair – I find the majority of products don't work half as well on dry hair.

Let us known your results!
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
I will definitely give it another try, on wet hair for sure this time. And, i will definitely share the results i get. I will also look for another vendor that carries unrefined shea butter at a reasonable price. If anyone happens to know of a vendor that sells quality unrefined shea butter please let me know. As, that would be of a big help to me.
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Hairtype-3b curly,semi-thick, very dry hair

Staple Haircare Lines:
Mixed Chicks
It's A 10
Cantu
Suave
Tresemme
Hydroquench Systems
Profectiv
Nubian Heritage
Creme of Nature
Elasta Q
African Pride
Eden Body Works
Aussie
Bobeam
Herbal Essence
You're not moisturizing nor conditioning your hair with Shea butter, it's an occlusive/sealer which will keep water in or out of your hair. That may explain the hard crunchy feeling you got. I would recommend butters and oils like Shea to be used on porous hair, on top of a leave-in conditioner. Hope this helps!
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

iherb discount code: CFN646
i use it as a sealer on wet hair and it dries amazing, in fact its too greasy if i use too much. I love it.
Oooh, thank you everyone!
I didn't realise I was supposed to use it on wet hair. I was looking for a deep moisturising treatment to alternate with my proteine treatment.. would this still work well for that?
maybe if I wet my hair, put my normal conditioner in and then the shea butter on top and leave it for an hour? It takes a lot to wash it out of my hair so can't imagine just leaving it in without washing..
You're not moisturizing nor conditioning your hair with Shea butter, it's an occlusive/sealer which will keep water in or out of your hair. That may explain the hard crunchy feeling you got. I would recommend butters and oils like Shea to be used on porous hair, on top of a leave-in conditioner. Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by wavydaze
Thanks for sharing such helpful info!
Hairtype-3b curly,semi-thick, very dry hair

Staple Haircare Lines:
Mixed Chicks
It's A 10
Cantu
Suave
Tresemme
Hydroquench Systems
Profectiv
Nubian Heritage
Creme of Nature
Elasta Q
African Pride
Eden Body Works
Aussie
Bobeam
Herbal Essence
If the shea still doesn't work out for you on its own, you could use it to make an oil blend like this one.
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.ca...-hair.html?m=1
2c/3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, bsl curly, WL wet
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
I'm with wavydaze, shea butter alone won't do much for you sitting on your hair for an hour. I would mix a good conditioner in with it if you're set on using it. It's awesome on ends when your hair is damp.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo

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