Shea Butter.....Let's talk about it!
If you’ve been in the natural hair community for a long time or you’re just entering, I’m sure you have heard about “Shea Butter”. A lot of the thick and creamy products that we swear by contain this main ingredient. As well as, it is used as the “C” in the LOC or LCO method.
This "holy grail" is used by many naturalistas and also hated by a many. Why? Well, that’s what we’re going to get into in this post.
1] Be Greasy to The Touch – Shea butter is a very heavy and greasy ingredient. Hence, if we apply it to our hair, our tresses can become greasy. In addition, if we are using products that contain “shea butter” and “additional” oils it will cause our hair to be a grease ball. If we decide to touch or play it in, our hands will be very oily.
2] Weigh Down our Hair – If our hair is filled with shea butter, it will be very weighed down. The oil is not able to penetrate the hair shaft fully to impair tall fo the minerals so it will sit there. Or, moisture is being blocked by the shea butter that’s sitting on our hair, which is causing our hair to be weighed down. The hair will feel heavier, stickier, oilier and greasier than normally. Thus, making it too much of a hassle to style.
3] Acne-Prone – Lastly, shea butter can cause your acne to flare up. If you have oily/combination skin, why would you want extra oil on it? And, if you have normal skin why would you want it to be smothered in oils? Oils will clog the pores and prevent them from functioning optimally. It won’t be able to breathe or allow moisture in (form your face moisturizers). In addition, it will sit on the skin and attempt to penetrate it. Therefore, causing pimples, breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads and so much more.
So if you have been experiencing any of these aforementioned cons, read your product labels.
You may be of the few naturalistas whose hair does not like shea butter. Do not be alarmed! They are other alternatives in the market, that will get the job done just like shea butter.
Let us know in the comments what cons you experienced using shea butter!