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Shea Butter as a Conditioner or Leave-In

Just wondering how one would use Shea Butter as a conditioner or a leave-in since, if I remember correctly, it's pretty firm like semi-hard butter.

Do you just use the shea butter alone and the rinse and apply more for a leave-in?

My 3b hair is VERY dry and I would love to try this, but don't want to get my hair too gunky.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.

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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,144Registered Users
    Shea butter is pretty thick, so you have to use alittle at a time if you haven't used it before. When I would used it, I'd rub about a dime size(or less) to four sections, mixed with some virgin coconut oil. Sometimes, I'd mix it ahead of time to make it easier. I think I used maybe a tbsp of shea and a tsp of coconut oil(I didn't use the whole thing). I can't really remember.

    It makes the hair really soft, but doesn't do much to define, and can weigh down your curls. So, if your hair is easily weighed down, I wouldn't use too much.

    If you want, you could do a dt with this by heating maybe some coconut, avocado(or whatever oils you like), and then mixing in the shea butter. Once mixed, apply to dry hair and leave on for as long as you can. I think I left it on for about an hour while cleaning up(I used a heated cap). I rinsed it out, then proceeded to shampoo and/or condition, style, and air-dry. I was left with really soft curls.
    A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

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  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Posts: 447Registered Users
    Good to know about the shea butter possibly weighing my curls down! :wink: Thanks! I will probably just attempt to use it as a DT at first and then see if I can work it into my conditioning routine.
    3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
  • GrecianCurlsGrecianCurls Posts: 256Registered Users
    Hello

    I've posted about this before and think a few curlies were cursing me afterwards as i convinced them to spend more money (sorry)!

    I use Shea Moisture Shea butter leave in and i seriously have the easiest hair to weigh down ever and it does wonders for me... here are some pics with just the leave-in... i use on wet hair and again when my hair is dry to perk my curls up a little!

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    I'm from the UK but i'm pretty sure yo can also get it in the US /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.treasuredlocks.com%2Fshemoisshebu1.html" class="Popup
    fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

    HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!
  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Posts: 447Registered Users
    GrecianCurls -- Your hair is BEAUTIFUL! OMG, I want your curls! Ok, I am going to try this stuff. Thank you! :D
    3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
  • aeroheadaerohead Posts: 179Registered Users
    Hi GrecianCurls, your hair looks to be in fantastic condition, is that from using the shea butter? I wouldn't mind trying it as well, where do you get yours from? thanks.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
    Last Haircut:17/1/07
    Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
    Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
    Hair Length:BSL
    NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
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  • tooj68tooj68 Posts: 471Registered Users
    Greciancurls--very pretty and healthy-looking curls!! Makes me want to go out and buy me some Shea butter if my hair is guaranteed to come out like THAT!!

    Gogeous ringlets! I'm jealous!! :D :evil:
    3B, with oodles and oodles of curly hair! :toothy7:
    Summer Faves: Devacare NoPoo & OneC, CF High Humidity Gel.
    2nd day hair: Deva Set Me Up pomade & Mr. Right
    DT: Devacurl Heaven in Hair
    Been CG since 2005 and never looked back!
  • sfisher323sfisher323 Posts: 537Registered Users
    Beautiful curls Greciancurls! Now I want some Shea Butter . . .
    embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
    2b/3a (I think?)
    color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
    PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
  • GrecianCurlsGrecianCurls Posts: 256Registered Users
    Your too kind :D

    aerohead... i get mine from mariposa import, they're based in eastern europe so you pay a little for postage but i've always had excellent customer service and a bottle lasts me a long time so i recon my locks are worth it!! (I also get all my beloved Jessicurl stuff from her too!)

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    fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

    HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!
  • aeroheadaerohead Posts: 179Registered Users
    Excellent!! Thannk you for that,I'm gonna check that site out.
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    Last Haircut:17/1/07
    Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
    Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
    Hair Length:BSL
    NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
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  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 884Registered Users
    My hair doesn't like butters/oil, but if I were to use per say Curl Junkie Curl rehab, it has shea butter, do you think that stuff will come out of my hair when I just rinse that DT out or does it stay in your hair??? That's what I don't want!
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • tiama-xtiama-x Posts: 199Registered Users
    I often wondered about this .. is coconut oil a sealant or a moisturiser? Is Shea a sealant or moisturiser? I always thought Shea butter was a sealant as it can't penetrate the hair yet when I use it, it leaves my hair soft and nice.. ?? I know some people use coconut oil as a leave in but others argue that leave ins have be water based and sealants oil based.. ??

    Could you also use glycerine under a sealant like Shea butter?
    "2 Something ATM"
    Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity
    My Routine
    Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
    RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
    LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
    Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil
    Goals
    waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,132Registered Users
    I'm not an expert on sealants, but I'll put my .02 in. :) Shea butter is a moisturizer, but it is thick enough to use as a sealant. All oils are sealants.

    Do a search for sealants and threads will come up. I know that the 4a board had many threads like this, and NC long-times like Redcelticcurls and others really understand the difference in how humectants and oils work.
    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • tiama-xtiama-x Posts: 199Registered Users
    That makes sense I guess .. :s lol
    "2 Something ATM"
    Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity
    My Routine
    Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
    RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
    LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
    Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil
    Goals
    waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    oils and butters tends to be sealants. Sealants seals in moisture. The best moisture is water. Humacents, like honey, sttracts moisture, like water.
  • tiama-xtiama-x Posts: 199Registered Users
    So I shouldn't add humectants under a sealant.. just wanted to make sure .. I need anti humectants now that the dew points are at 19°C today, expecting to get higher.. I guess the Shea butter and coconut oil will be good.
    "2 Something ATM"
    Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity
    My Routine
    Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
    RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
    LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
    Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil
    Goals
    waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter