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How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair


When you have fine hair, many products can weigh your hair down causing it to look stiff and lifeless. Some of those products however are soooo very good for your hair. Specifically, I’m referencing Shea butter (as if you couldn’t tell from the title of this post LOL!).

Found in the continent of Africa, Shea Butter has been used for centuries to care for the skin and hair. Shea Butter provides many benefits for the skin including relief from dry, chapped skin & scalp as well as the treatment of minor skin burns, diaper rash, minor eczema, and other minor skin irritations. Shea Butter contains beneficial Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin F. Rich in Vitamins A, C and F.

There is much to be said about Shea Butter. It is truly one of nature’s most precious resources and provides substantial benefits but how do you use get shea butter and fine hair to work together so the hair doesn’t look weighed down?

Whip it that’s how!

That’s right. When you whip shea butter, it becomes light, fluffy and creamy. Adding essential oils can increase the benefits and also add a pleasant scent.

There’s tons of videos on the web on how to make a whipped version of Shea Butter. Here is one that’s pretty darn easy on the instructional side (and probably different from what you’re used to seeing):

Now, onto my version. I don’t have tons of time (or skill) to be whipping up shea butter with a thousand oils in it sooooo I cut my recipe down to the bare bones (MyCherriCola ‘s recipe was pretty minimal too):

  • Shea Butter (I actually prefer mango butter since it has no scent)
  • Vitamin E (to preserve)
  • Peppermint Oil

That’s it. I don’t melt my butters because my apartment is warm so they tend to be pretty soft and pliable to work with – unless I refrigerate them, of course. Whipped Shea/Mango Butter made with essential oils smells great and does the job of keeping the moisture sealed into fine hair without all the “weight.”

Do you use whipped Shea Butter?


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

2 Comment

  1. Hey there Michelle, do you continue making the whipped butter? Also, how come you mention shea butter, however say you like using mango butter?What is the mango butter you use made of? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ash-

      Shea and Mango butters are very similar in consistency. The reason I prefer mango butter is there’s no smell to it so you can scent it yourself. I like how both keep the hair moisturized in winter though. I have not whipped up any butters lately because I have SO many products to get thru. I spent so much money in the past so i need to get the money’s worth!

      Mango butter is a single all natural butter like shea butter. You can sub it for shea in any DIY recipe

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