straight shea butter???

dftkarindftkarin Registered Users Posts: 56
I'm new to the CG routine and still exploring all the possibilities and I'm wondering if straight shea butter might be worth trying? Maybe to rub into the ends of my hair before I go to sleep at night - and be co-washed out in the AM? Or as a coating on dry hair to weight it down and cut down on frizz? I like the idea of simplicity. I have rubbed some coconut oil into my hair a few times and it seems to leave my hair feeling coated and dirty - and getting it in my hair in any even way makes me disrupt the curls too much - so now if I use coconut oil I just do it at night, use 5 pillowcases on my pillow - and co-wash it out in the AM.

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  • earthnutearthnut Registered Users Posts: 231 Curl Novice
    It's certainly worth a try. Shea better is a moderately penetrating oil and coconut oil is very penetrating. Penetrating oils won't work as well if applied over other products. (ie leave ins applied earlier) They also don't work as well on non porous hair. (these are what cause the coated and dirty feeling ) There are also less penetrating oils, any of the liquid ones, which feel better in those situations.

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  • KeihsKeihs Registered Users Posts: 435 Curl Neophyte
    I only heard of it used as a sealer for hair.

    Btw. Where did you get your shea butter? I've been trying to find hair butters, cocoa (preferably), shea, mango, but their all mixed with something. Is it supposed to be like that? In stores please, not online.
  • earthnutearthnut Registered Users Posts: 231 Curl Novice
    I've only seen it online. I got mine from a cosmetic supply company.

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    Loving preening, oils, plopping. Avoiding sulfates, silicones, polymers.
    Member since 2012.
    2C, low porosity, long, silvery, medium thickness and density. Protein craving!
    Very prone to frizz and difficult to hold curl clumps. Yet if I try to wear it at all straight I'm a big poofball.
    Clarify: 1-2 drops dish soap 😱 (hey it works!)
    Conditioner: any Suave Essential
    Homemade protein, curl cream, gel
    See profile for recipes

  • berri_cherriberri_cherri Registered Users Posts: 91
    dftkarin wrote: »
    I'm new to the CG routine and still exploring all the possibilities and I'm wondering if straight shea butter might be worth trying? Maybe to rub into the ends of my hair before I go to sleep at night - and be co-washed out in the AM? Or as a coating on dry hair to weight it down and cut down on frizz? I like the idea of simplicity. I have rubbed some coconut oil into my hair a few times and it seems to leave my hair feeling coated and dirty - and getting it in my hair in any even way makes me disrupt the curls too much - so now if I use coconut oil I just do it at night, use 5 pillowcases on my pillow - and co-wash it out in the AM.

    Hello,

    I have 4A/4B hair and I use coconut oil after applying my leave-in Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and manageable all day.
    I use 100% Pure unrefined shea butter as a sealer and to style my twist (great hold and helps define my hair). I co-wash first, rinse, then I use a low poo, rinse, then I apply a rinse out conditioner, cold rinse, then I apply my leave in and curl and style hair milk, lastly I rub a nickel sized amount in my hand and begin twisting my hair.

    I also use the Shea butter to unravel my twist. I rub a quarter sized amount on my hands and begin unraveling. I love coconut oil and Shea butter.
    Hair type:
    4A/4B(coarse, very thick, dry, and curly)
    Big chop 3/27/12
    Hair styling products: Shea Moisture(yellow line shampoo n restorative conditioner)
    http://tastyberri.blogspot.com/

    Density: High
    porosity: :D Definitely LOW

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  • MsCurl83MsCurl83 South FloridaRegistered Users Posts: 289
    Be. Careful with only using Shea butter. It can weigh your hair down. I did that once and my hair was like ehhh help. I've since learned to mid it with other lighter and heavier oils such as castor jojoba coconut sweet almond olive and etc.
    "My hair is a reflection of my personality:
    wild, free and beautiful."

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    Shoutout to FLAXSEEDS!!!! YOU ARE the MASTER on FRIZZ!!!

  • afroniqueyouafroniqueyou Registered Users Posts: 31
    dftkarin wrote: »
    I'm new to the CG routine and still exploring all the possibilities and I'm wondering if straight shea butter might be worth trying? Maybe to rub into the ends of my hair before I go to sleep at night - and be co-washed out in the AM? Or as a coating on dry hair to weight it down and cut down on frizz? I like the idea of simplicity. I have rubbed some coconut oil into my hair a few times and it seems to leave my hair feeling coated and dirty - and getting it in my hair in any even way makes me disrupt the curls too much - so now if I use coconut oil I just do it at night, use 5 pillowcases on my pillow - and co-wash it out in the AM.

    Hello,

    I have 4A/4B hair and I use coconut oil after applying my leave-in Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and manageable all day.
    I use 100% Pure unrefined shea butter as a sealer and to style my twist (great hold and helps define my hair). I co-wash first, rinse, then I use a low poo, rinse, then I apply a rinse out conditioner, cold rinse, then I apply my leave in and curl and style hair milk, lastly I rub a nickel sized amount in my hand and begin twisting my hair.

    I also use the Shea butter to unravel my twist. I rub a quarter sized amount on my hands and begin unraveling. I love coconut oil and Shea butter.
    i know this might seem random but since we are talking about coconut, can i use coconut milk in my shea mix and add honey as a preservative
  • afroniqueyouafroniqueyou Registered Users Posts: 31
    Keihs wrote: »
    I only heard of it used as a sealer for hair.

    Btw. Where did you get your shea butter? I've been trying to find hair butters, cocoa (preferably), shea, mango, but their all mixed with something. Is it supposed to be like that? In stores please, not online.
    i dont know where u live, but if its in new york you should check out the african stores or african sellers in 3rd avenue

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