How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair

Last updated on January 17th, 2024 at 06:12 pm

Using 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.

How to Make Whipped Shea Butter

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):

YouTube video

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):

  1. Shea Butter (I actually prefer mango butter since it has no scent)
  2. Vitamin E (to preserve)
  3. 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.”

When styling fine hair, there are certain products that simply aren’t friendly to fine hair. Shea butter and other hair bothers doesn’t have to be one of them.

For additional styling tips, check out the 7 Hacks for Styling Fine Natural Hair

hacks for styling fine hair


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  1. Hey Ash
    I wanted to ask if you’ve used the texture ID hair mask, which consists of cocoa butter and avocado? If so, could this be an alternative or, included in the daily hair routine for fine & natural hair girls like myself. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Kendi oil pros & cons. I noticed I didn’t see a mention of this particular oil. Look forward to hearing your personal thoughts alongside product feedback tips.

    1. For the purpose of this article which is to make a whipped shea butter, no you need a single natural butter… shea or mango.

      Alterna is no longer making kendi oil. If you find it online, it’s just resellers who have whatever is left in stock. It’s a bummer too because it’s a great finishing oil. However, I would not mix it into DIY creations. It was best used on its own

  2. Kenyatta Robinson says:

    What ratio of the products do you use for your whipped butter?

    1. Just 8 ounces of the Shea Butter and a few drops of the essential oils but honestly you really need the coconut oil to make it smooth and stable. If you watch the video in this post, her tutorial is good

  3. 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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