3 Top Butters for Natural Hair

What is Hair Butter?

The blend of of high percentage of natural plant butters and organic oils. This hair product acts a sealant, protecting the hair while providing deep moisture, nourishment, sheen, and shine.

My Top 3 Butters

  1. Cocoa Butter
  2. Cupuacu Butter
  3. Shea Butter

In almost 20 years of formulating, I have used almost every natural butter available. Natural butters are some of the most beautiful skin and hair care ingredients. I am still thrilled to include them in formulations and apply them to my skin and hair.

Over the years, I have found I like butters that are stable and don’t go rancid quickly. These butters are very stable, sustainable, easily sourced and have excellent beneficial properties for the skin and hair. 

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter is hard. It helps to add viscosity and firm formulations. Cocoa butter provides protection, nourishment, shine and sheen to hair. It is a good choice for hair butters and pomades. It adds control, shine and sheen to the hair. Cocoa butter can add a gel-like consistency to formulations when combined with a plant wax.

Cupuacu Butter

Cupuacu Butter is creamy and an ideal ingredient in formulations for the hair because it is not a heavy butter. It is lighter than cocoa butter and the hair absorbs it easily. It softens the hair, adds manageability, shine and sheen. Read more on cupuacu butter here. Cupuacu butter adds a creaminess to products.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is an all around multi-purpose, tried and true, nourishing butter for the hair. Depending on the formulation, I decide between East or West African shea butter. Learn about them here. Both have different textures and affect the viscosity of the formulation. Shea butter protects, softens and smooths hair. It locks in moisture when applied to the damp hair. Shea butter adds a creamy texture to products.

Tips for Using Hair Butter

Hair butters can work for all types of hair depending on how they are used on the hair. Each person needs to determine how much and where to apply the butter on their hair. For some, hair butters are best used on only the ends of hair to smooth frizzy ends. For others, butter work as an edge tamer or to smooth hair and add shine and sheen. Often you only need a dab.

  • Can be applied daily on both dry and damp hair
  • Apply as the last hair product before you style
  • Use on dry, split ends to prevent breakage
  • Use to protect your hair from heat or styling
  • Great for styles such as: twist out, braid out, and a sleek bun

Formulating Hair Butter

Formulating anhydrous hair butter is a task and not easy because of it’s richness it can be greasy. When formulating hair butters, there needs to be a synergy amongst all of the ingredients. They need to complement each other, tame down the greasiness and add softness, shine and sheen to the hair. I formulated two different anhydrous hair butter formulations for the Professional Natural Hair Course.  

Replenishing Macadamia Hair Butter has two formulas. One fine hair and one for coarse, textured and curly hair. A feature ingredient is the extra moisturizing cupuacu butter. The scent is tropical and uplifting with notes of blood orange and ginger.

These are incredible butters, easily absorbed by the hair and leave a vibrant sheen to the hair. These two butter formulations are perfect for African American hair, Caribbean hair, Asian hair and Caucasian hair.

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