One of the most important things you can do for your natural hair is keep it sealed with moisture. Moisturizing is the first step to keeping your hair, soft, pliable and unbreakable (well, nobody has absolutely no breakage but moisturized hair has much less). After moisturizing, then you have to seal in that moisture for it to have a lasting effect on your strands.
There are numerous ways to moisturize and seal natural hair – the most common method being the LOC method. This method of moisturizing and sealing is done by simply applying a liquid (ex: water or aloe Vera juice), followed by an oil and then a cream..
In the warmer months, I tend to use lightweight oils and styling creams but when the temperatures cool and the air becomes bitter cold, I swap my cream for a butter. Shea butter is a popular choice amongst naturals due to its many benefits (read about How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair).
Yet, while Shea butter is an awesome natural resource, I prefer mango butter. Mango butter is very similar in consistency to Shea butter but it blends so much better with essential oils. That’s because unlike Shea, Mango Butter has no real scent. It’s derived from the seed of the mango tree, not the fruit pulp.
If you’ve never used mango butter, I know what you’re thinking, “But doesn’t it smell like mangoes?” Nope. That’s what’s so wonderful about it! Because there’s a lack of scent, you can mix it with virtually any essential oil and your concoction, will smell exactly like that EO.
Try whipping up some Shea butter with an EO and you’ll find that the nutty fragrance of the Shea butter competes with the essential oil you are blending it with. Then, you have to tinker with how much oil to add so that you can get the exact scent you want. Such is not the case with mango butter. That’s why mango butter is such a staple in my hair care regimen. – especially in the winter..
I also like to use mango butter on my body. My easy DIY Whipped Mango Butter recipe (photographed in the feature image) is good for hair and skin. I’ve changed it some. Here is the updated recipe:
1 cup mango butter
1 tbsn apricot castor oil
1 tsopn coconut oil
1 tspn avocado oil
10 drops of sweet orange or lemongrass essential oil (my two favorite but feel free to use what you like)
3-5 drops of vitamin E (optional. if you plan on using your whipped butter daily, you don’t need to preserve it. It will be gone long before it goes bad 🙂 )
This recipe can also be done using using Shea butter but as I mentioned, you will need to tinker with the essential oils to get the desired scent. Either way, your hair and skin will love what you’ve whipped up!
Before I go, take a look at the properties of each:
- Derived from the fruit kernels of the mango tree
- Native to India
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Rich in Vitamin A, C and E
- Provides some natural protection from UV radiation
- Harder in consistency than shea butter
- Derived from the kernels of the shea nut tree
- Native to Western Africa
- Rich in oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic fatty acids
- Rich in Vitamin A, D, E and F
- Helps reduce inflammation in the skin
I purchase my mango butter from Butters ‘n Bars online.
Have you used Mango Butter before? If so, do you prefer it over Shea Butter?