Cocoa butter is an undisputed skin care ingredient, its benefits for skin are widely known and people use it lavishly for its superior moisturizing properties. The cocoa butter has a high Vitamin E content and it is rich in minerals and vitamins. Cocoa butter is known as the skin healing butter because of its anti-wrinkle and premature aging busting properties, pregnant women use cocoa butter for stretch marks or persons who have stretch marks in general know that this butter is the one to use. So what on earth does cocoa butter have to do with hair?
Well, apparently hair manufacturers are one step ahead of us and have been using cocoa butter for years as a common ingredient in conditioners; hair oils and other hair care products. Why? Because cocoa butter increases the resilience of hair and adds volume to it. All of that fatty content in cocoa butter makes the hair look shiny and increases the tensile strength of hair.
Cocoa butter is created from hydraulic pressings of the cocoa nib from cocoa beans, which are further refined through filtering or centrifuge. Cocoa beans are 15 percent fat and has a shelf life of two to five years.
Benefits To Hair
Cocoa butter contains a whole host of nutrients including protein, potassium, calcium, vitamins, magnesium and copper. It is a good hair moisturizer; it is very effective against dry, itchy scalp. The beauty about this butter is that it restores moisture without clogging the pores on your scalp and due to its fatty content and high nutrition; cocoa butter stimulates the growth of hair follicles, which makes it a key ingredient in some hair loss applications. Additionally, it increases hair flexibility and like castor oil it increases hair thickness. Cocoa butter is very good at protecting hair from chemical and chlorine damage. Hard water with high amounts of chlorine can damage hair, cocoa butter when applied to hair before shampoo, or swimming in a pool can act as a very effective barrier.
Cocoa Butter Hair Uses
Cocoa butter can be applied to hair overnight as a pre-poo treatment to make even the driest hair feel softer.
It can be used in shampoos, conditioners and in conjunction with other hair butters as a moisturizing treatment. It can also be used directly on scalp and massaged into the hair.