Shea Butter is an ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is widely used in cosmetics as a lotion or moisturizer. Shea butter is edible and is used to prepare food in Africa. Sometimes, the chocolate industry uses shea butter mixed with other oils as a substitute for cocoa butter.
Here below you can find out how unrefined shea butter is prepared:
- cracking: The nut, which is the source of shea butter, must be separated from the outer shell. This is a social activity, traditionally done by women who sit on the ground and break the shells with stones.
- Crushing: nuts must be crushed with mortars and pestles. It requires lifting the pestles and grinding the nuts into the mortars to crush the nuts so they can be roasted.
- Roasting: The crushed nuts are roasted in huge pots on fire. The pots must be stirred constantly with wooden paddles so the butter does not burn. This is where the slight smoky smell of traditional shea butter originates.
- Grinding: The roasted shea nuts are ground into a smoother paste; water is gradually added.
- Separating the oils: The paste is kneaded by hand in large basins and water is gradually added to help separate out the butter oils. As they float to the top, the butter oils are removed and excess water squeezed out. The butter oil curds are then melted in large open pots over slow fires.
- Collecting and shaping: The shea butter, golden yellow at this point, is then put in cool places to harden. Then it is formed into balls.
It is not just used in cooking and skin-care but it is also a great butter for hair treatment.
Unrefined SHEA BUTTER can make your hair look strong and beautiful. We tend to spend a lot of money on products that don’t enhance the health or beauty of our hair at all, and we often ignore natural remedies such as SHEA BUTTER.
So how do you use SHEA BUTTER on your hair?
Apply a small amount of warm Shea butter to your hair, massage gently using your fingers. Leave it in place for at least half an hour. Wash and condition your hair as normal. This natural oil can also be used as a styling agent especially if you have curly hair.
But remember, if you are allergic to nuts, Shea Butter may not be a good choice for you.
Shea butter is rich in essential vitamins, nutrients and fats, just all your hair and scalp need to stay healthy.