If you’re that girl with crazy curls, you know that your ringlets need a lot of love to stay healthy and look beautiful. Curls are naturally dry, brittle and prone to damage, so specialised shampoos, conditioning treatments and hair serums are the weapons one would need to use on a regular basis to keep the hair healthy and happy. However, did you know there is one more such weapon that would be highly beneficial for curly hair? Yes, that is hair butter.
What Is Hair Butter?
So what exactly is hair butter, you ask? Well, it is a thick styling product, consisting of rich butter and oils, that hydrates dry hair and gives it a beautiful sheen. Hair butter locks in moisture and protects your delicate tresses from breakage and other damage, so if you have curly hair, or dry hair, then this is one product you must include in your hair care routine.
Acting as a moisturising sealant, hair butters are usually a mixture of natural butters such as shea, kokum, mango, murumuru, or cocoa butter and oils such as castor, avocado or coconut. While there are several brands of hair butters easily available in the market, you can easily make it at home.
How To Make DIY Hair Butter?
Since hair butter are usually a mix of butter and oil, that is literally all you need to prepare them.
- 1 ½ cups of shea butter (you may use cocoa, mango, or kokum butters)
- 2 tbsp. of hemp seed oil
- 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. of castor oil
- 5-6 drops of any essential oil (like lavender, peppermint, or rosemary oil)
- In a double boiler, melt the butter and then add the oils.
- Set aside the mixture and allow it to cool down.
- When the mixture solidifies, whip it up for 5-7 minutes or until it starts looking like whipped cream.
- Once it’s ready, spoon it into a jar. This homemade hair butter will last for about 3 months.
Who Should Use Hair Butter?
While hair butter is amazing, it can also cause certain types of hair to look oily as it may weigh it down. Therefore, you can use hair butter if:
- You have curly and wavy hair.
- You have high porosity hair.
- You have thick and rough hair.
- You have dry hair.
- You have split ends and damaged hair.
How To Use Hair Butter?
Though it may seem like a simple post-wash cream, hair butter can actually be used in different ways. No matter what way you decide to use it, it is going to be very beneficial for your hair. So here are a few ways in which you can hair butter:
- Pre-shampoo mask: As per your hair length, scoop out some butter in a bowl. Make sections in your hair and start applying the butter little by little all over your scalp. Cover your scalp and hair strands with the butter completely and leave it on for an hour. Then, wash as you would usually wash your hair. Using hair butter as a pre-shampoo mask will aid in hair growth and add some much-needed shine to your hair.
- Leave-in conditioner: After your hair washes, when your locks are almost dry, you can use hair butter as a leave-in conditioner. Take a pea-sized amount of the butter and warm it up between your palms. Then, start applying on the hair lengths, starting from the tips of the hair and going up to the mid-length of your hair. Be careful of the amount of butter you apply, because if you use too much, it might make your hair oily. Doing this regularly will tame frizz and add shine to your hair.
- Pre-Conditioner: Wondering what is pre-conditioning? It is simply conditioning your hair before giving them a wash. When you pre-condition your hair using hair butter, it repairs dry hair and adds life to dull hair without weighing it down. To do this with your hair butter, firstly wet your hair and lightly towel dry them. Then, while your hair is still damp, apply the butter, focusing on the ends of your hair. Massage it in really well, so that hair absorbs moisture from it. Be careful to do this only to the ends of your hair strands and not the scalp. Once you are done, leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wash your hair with shampoo. Since you are already pre-conditioning your hair, there is no need to use a conditioner after hair wash.
Now that you know how hair butter are beneficial for your tresses, and when to use them, it is important that you understand the dos and don’ts associated with its usage.
- Use hair butter as often as you need to, but control the quantity as too much of it can weigh your hair down.
- Apply it to split ends to prevent breakage.
- If you suffer from a dry scalp, apply it on your scalp.
- Apply hair butter only on clean hair. Applying it on dirty hair may cause buildup and lead to hair fall.
- Don’t use hair butter if you are planning to try a straightened style. Since they are heavy sealants, hair butters can weigh your hair down.
- Do not use the hair butter for longer than its shelf life.
- Do not mix hair butter with a heavy sealant, as it can cause product buildup.
- When using hair butter, do not use any chemical products as it may reduce the efficacy of the former.
1) Is it okay to apply butter on hair?
Hair butter is one of the best natural remedies for your dry hair. It moisturises your locks and nourishes them, so there is no reason why you should not apply it on your hair.
2) Which butter is best for hair?
There’s a huge variety of hair butter available in the market. Some of the best ones you can try to include shea butter, murumuru butter, cupuacu butter and avocado butter.
3) Does hair butter promote hair growth?
There is no scientific evidence that states this; however, hair butter can moisturise your locks, prevent damage and breakage, which will maintain your hair health.
4) What is the difference between hair cream and hair butter?
The main difference between the two is that hair creams usually have water as an ingredient and hair butter do not. Because of the presence of water, creams have a creamier consistency that makes them easier to apply. Hair butter have the consistency of actual butter.
5) How often should you use hair butter?
Ideally, you should use hair butter once a week since it is like a deep repair mask.
6) Does hair butter thicken hair?
If your hair is fine but voluminous, then the application of hair butter will make it appear thicker and fuller.