The shea tree has gotten some very good press in recent times. The fat from the fruit of the kernel from the nut is used to make a cream-colored fatty substance with a butter-like texture that is extremely good for hair and skin.
Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E and F. It also contains minerals, sterols and other nutrients. The vitamin F in shea butter consists of two essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. These fatty acids which make up 85 to 90 percent of the total fatty acid in Shea butter gives the butter the power to soothe, hydrate, balance and revitalize the hair and scalp. That’s why when shea butter is used the hair and skin have a radiant healthy appearance.
Shea butter has numerous benefits for hair and skin:
- It can make hair softer, smoother and more manageable.
- It absorbs quickly into the scalp without clogging the pores.
- It protects the hair from weather damages.
- It promotes hair growth.
Shea butter helps heal a variety of scalp problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. Please see Shea Butter Hair and Skin Homemade Recipe.