Hair Butters and Their Effects on Hair

When one thinks of butter usually the spread that you put on bread or a creamy peanut butter comes to mind and these butters really do something to a dry piece of bread or a lonely cracker. No wonder then, when hair and butter are mentioned together you might think of a creamy spread for your hair. Hair butters are really very good for the hair, both natural and relaxed. As a matter of fact, the butters I am about to mention are crazy about your skin also.

What are hair butters?

Hair butters are pressed from various nuts, fruits, and plants that have nutrients in them that are good for the hair and skin. Examples of some of these pressed trees and plants are: shea, mango, cocoa, avocado and hemp. For years various cultures in Africa have been using these butters for skin and hair with great results. The raw form of the butters are usually found in solid blocks (like a hardened block of margarine) from there it can be melted or whipped and added to various hair products for their enrichment or used by itself for hair and skin.

Nutrition Benefits

Generally hair butters have moisturizing properties that are especially useful for type 4 hair, they are easy to absorb in the skin and hair and have the capability of renewing the skin by speeding up skin cell regeneration. They are rich in Vitamin E, the healing vitamin, and hair butters are known to assist in the softening of hair and assisting in hair growth. These natural butters are far better for your skin and hair than any commercially prepared concoction, they are easily absorbed by the body, allows moisture to flow back and forth. Your skin and hair stays clear and moisturized when you use these butters and the best thing about the butters is that they are all natural.

Types of Butters

There are several hair butters on the market that are very useful for black hair. These butters are a great alternative to several beauty and hair products on the market. Some of them are:

Shea Butter

Mango Butter

Avocado Butter

Cocoa Butter

Hemp Butter

We will look at these butters individually and some recipes using them as ingredients for hair and skin.


  • Abigail said:

    Brenda Is Natually Shea Butter Hard And Yellow?

  • Abigail said:

    Sorry, I Meant Organic Shea Butter

  • Pat said:

    really good

  • Abigail said:

    Brenda, Is Organic Shea Butter Hard And Yellow?

  • Selena said:

    Can You Wash Temporarily Relaxed Hair, Or At Least Get It A Little Wet?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Selena,
      It depends on the method used to relax the hair. Give me a little more detail, as to the type of method used etc. so that I can answer your question better.

      • Selena said:

        I use the method where u put the cream in your hair, wait for it to tingle,then wash out

  • MELANIE said:

    hi brenda,

    just trying to make sure i didnt miss the break down of the individual oils and their benifits. Also can you recommend a site to purchase the aforemtioned butters as well as the essential oils you mentioned in another article.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Melanie,

      I use Amazon to purchase my butters. Some of the EO’s I find easily in my supermarket, others I use Amazon too.

  • Clara L said:

    Can I put hemp in its crumbled form directly into the butter of choice?

  • Joy said:

    Hello Brenda,

    Thank you for an In-depth article. Kindly advise on how to go about mixing essential oils and the carrier oils for a dry natural hair type that suffers breakage whenever I comb. And what moisturizer would you also recommend. I also suffered burns on the temple of my head resulting to loosing front hair lines and this happened over 3years ago. Though it’s recouping but the growth rate is slow, kindly advise on what product to use to enhance quick growth.

    Thank you.

  • Joy said:

    Can I also mix the carrier oils and one of the essential oils for hot oil hair steam treatment?

  • Glorie said:

    Hi Brenda
    . Please how do I know my hair type? U wrote about hair type 4

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