During the fall and winter, when the temperature is colder and the air is lacking in moisture, our hair regimen needs to adjust. More often than not, we need to take extra care in infusing moisture into our hair and making sure to seal it in so that little escapes in the harsh, cold air. My favorite natural hair products to use for sealing in moisture are butters. Butters are loaded with vitamins and minerals, making them extremely nourishing. Because of this nourishing characteristic, butters are great to use for treating dry and frizzy hair. In this post I will be sharing with you 5 of my favorite butters for hair to use during the fall and winter months.
Shea Butter is probably one of the first butters you think about when it comes to butters for hair. It was the first butter I was introduced to when I first went natural. Shea Butter is a great sealant for natural hair because of it’s emollient qualities. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy or super weighed down. Since it is in a solid form, I like mixing in a bit of oil (like olive oil) and whipping it a looser consistency. It’ll still solidify later but, I find that once it has been whipped once, it easily melts in my hands when I go to use it (faster than if I don’t whip it).
When I first went natural, I was introduced to the Elasta QP Mango Butter found at my local beauty supply store. I don’t use that product anymore but have since stumbled onto pure mango butter for hair and let me tell you, it’s heavenly! Mango Butter has similar properties of both Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter. Loaded with vitamins and fatty acids, mango butter helps to soften the hair and protect it from the elements. Did you know that even in the winter, the sun’s rays can still cause damage? If you need to apply sunscreen all year round, don’t you think the hair needs UV protection as well? Mango Butter helps to provide protection from UV rays, making it an excellent choice in helping to decrease damage from the sun. Mango Butter has a higher fatty acid content, making it extremely moisturizing.
Aloe Butter is extracted from aloe vera, in a coconut fatty fraction. It aids in the rapid hydration of hair, which is so important during the cold winter months. While Aloe Butter is light, it is very moisturizing and won’t leave your hair feeling greasy. And, given that it is made from a plant, you won’t have that nutty smell (not that it bothers me but some people don’t like the smell of the nut-based butters).
Absorbs water. This butter helps to promote smoothness and softness by increasing the hair’s natural moisture and elasticity. Cupuacu Butter is considered to be hydrophilic, which means “water loving”. Cupuacu Butter’s hydration properties makes it an excellent in replenishing moisture to dry, brittle hair.
Rounding out my 5 butters for hair is Murumuru Butter. You’re probably thinking, what in the world is that? This butter comes from the murumuru palm tree, which grows in the Amazon. It is great for coarse hair, making it more manageable and supple. Murumuru butter is rich in oleic acid, which aids in moisture retention. Murumuru’s emollient properties help to restore a natural sheen to dull hair. One thing to note is that the butter has a distinctive smell, one that might be too much for those with sensitive noses.
So, have you tried any of these butters? If so, what’s your favorite? How do you like to use these butters for hair? Let me know in the comment section below!