Winter can wreak havoc on our hair and scalps. Spending time outdoors in cold weather can cause the hair cuticle to lift, not to mention the tangles and snarls caused by bitter winter winds. Hair is left more vulnerable to moisture loss and damage. Dry indoor air exacerbates moisture loss. The result is frizz, split ends, an itchy scalp, and static induced flyaways.
What can you do to treat and protect your tresses? According to POPSUGAR the answer is simple: shea butter. Originating in West Africa and derived from the nuts of the karite tree, Shea butter is full of vitamins A and E. It also demonstrates anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it perfect for fighting dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis.
Melt equal parts of shea butter and coconut oil together. Add a teaspoon of honey to the mixture and massage it into your damp hair and scalp. Rinse your hair thoroughly. A healthy scalp is the foundation of luminous hair, and this mixture will leave your locks soft and manageable for days.
Do you want to add texture or define your curls? Coat your hair with a mixture of shea butter and coconut oil before you style your mane. Try it with wet hair and dry hair for different results.
Rubbing a dab of shea butter through your hair before brushing acts as a detangler, preventing hair breakage. Mixing melted shea butter with grapeseed oil makes an effective heat protectant serum.
Not all shea butter is created equal. Most companies use 25% shea content in their moisturizers. Eu’Genia Shea capitalized on the lack of quality products on the market, creating a body butter that is 95% all-natural raw shea. The company’s founder, Naa-Sakle Akuete, resides in the United States and handles day to day business. Her mother lives in Ghana where she oversees shea production.
Eu’Genia Shea sells three different varieties of shea butter. Everyday Shea Butter is formulated for regular use, Pregnancy Shea Butter has more shea and works to reduce stretch marks, and Dermatological Strength Shea Butter boasts the most shea content.