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What is Shea butter?
Shea butter is fat (ivory in color) that is extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree native to Africa. It has been in use for thousands of years and it packs a lot of benefits for both hair and skin. The Shea (Karite) tree can be found predominantly in parts of Western, Central and Eastern Africa. Together, these regions form what is commonly referred to as the Shea belt.
Root2tip whipped butter
Our very own whipped butter for natural hair is made with unrefined organic Shea butter. It is carefully combined with the right amount of premium quality olive oil. It is then proportionately balanced with therapeutic essential oils. This makes it the perfect blend for strengthening and softening hair without leaving it feeling greasy. Moreover, it has a heavenly scent and is packed with important vitamins and nutrients.
Benefits of Shea butter for hair
When hair lacks moisture it becomes dry, frizzy and dull. Shea butter naturally moisturizes hair. Its moisturizing properties are attributed to its high fatty acid content. These include: oleic and stearic, palmitic, arachidic and linoleic acids. They help drench individual hair strands with sufficient amounts of moisture and hydrate the scalp.
Hair breakage can be a menace when you are trying to grow long and healthy hair. Shea butter helps prevent breakage by nourishing and strengthening hair roots and strands. The abundant availability of fatty acids give it the ability to enter the hair shaft and replenish it rapidly. It also helps prevent damage to hair follicles while taming split ends.
Helps detangle hair
Shea butter helps soften hair. It makes it easier to brush and style by detangling matted hair. This African butter is even more magical and beneficial since it promotes healthy hair growth. Shea butter also improves the appearance of your hair by adding luster and shine, therefore making your hair look healthier and darker.
Offers UV protection
Shea offers unmatched protection from harmful effects of sun exposure. It reduces oxidative and physicochemical stress caused by UV rays. Through such protection, Shea butter helps avoid damage to the stem cell in the hair follicle, thus stopping production of dry and damaged hair strands.
Another thing that Shea butter is known for is its ability to reduce inflammation of the scalp. Shea butter reduces itchiness, irritation, flakiness and acts as a natural barrier to microbes, fungus and bacteria. This helps soothe the scalp and promote circulation. Furthermore, Shea butter suppresses hair loss factors and prevents premature aging of hair follicles and strands.
Root2tip dream cream moisture balance | contains Shea butter
Benefits of Shea butter for skin
- Contains Vitamin A & E which help reduce wrinkles and fine lines thus keeping skin healthy. Promotes dermal reconstruction and reduces aging and oxidative damages.
- Moisturizers the skin and does not clog your pores since it’s easily absorbed. It does not leave a greasy feel.
- Increases microcirculation to the skin thus increasing blood circulation. Reduces hyperpigmentation and promotes even skin tone.
- When applied before shaving, Shea butter is known to reduce shaving irritation caused by razors.
- Considered a healing agent thanks to a wide variety of phytonutrients. It helps treat acne and promotes wound healing.
- Shea butter helps cure skin peeling after tanning, burns and frost bites. It enhances cell repair functionality
- Stimulates the production of collagen which makes your skin look youthful. It also improves skin elasticity
- Shea butter reduces the appearance of blemishes and scarring. It gives your skin a healthy sheen.
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