Got Dry, Greasy Natural Curls? Skip the Hair Butter.


CurlyNikki Says: 
SheaMoisture products are an 'oh-hell-naw' for my fine, natural curls.  I've revisited the Smoothie many times with absurd results (DRY, heavy, frizzy, piece-y hair).  I opt for lightweight, water based products for fluffy, soft, voluminous results.  My current fave is Giovanni's Direct Leave-in (followed up with a light layer of oil applied to my ends), but I'm still on the hunt! 


I’m a type 4 natural and I hate hair butters and oils. Now that I’ve said it, all the women who would like to tell me how I’m using them incorrectly or that I used too much listen carefully because I hate repeating myself: I just don’t like them. Deal with it.

It’s been said time and time again that what works for one natural does not work for all, and never has this been truer for me than when I started my natural hair journey. Naturally I entered my hair type and went to my appropriate forum and began asking way too many questions and stalking countless women. I wanted hair like the women whom I admired and thought that if I followed their regimens and used what they did, then my hair would be just like theirs.


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Why You Need Shea Butter in Your Life.


If I were forced to make a choice of only one hair and body care product to use for the rest of my life, shea butter would be it. Shea butter is a miracle ingredient, and if its uses were tallied up they’d number in the hundreds.

While there hasn’t been a lot of research to back up many of the claims of shea butter benefits, there is no shortage of folk wisdom and testimonies singing its praises. And really, in a world of cosmetics laden with synthetic ingredients, finding a pure ingredient is a beautiful thing, especially when it happens to be so effective for so many women.

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7 Popular Butters for Soft, Healthy Natural Hair


Some of the most common natural butters that people adore include shea, coconut, and more recently, hemp. They benefit our hair and skin in the most appreciated ways and since they come from fruit, beans, seeds, and leaves. They are universal in their abilities to better the health of our tresses and they also have their own unique properties that give them varied assets. One of those properties is their fatty acids. 

Illipe Butter to Restore Natural Hair Elasticity



What is Illipe Butter?
Illipe butter is the fat from the nuts of the Shorea stenoptera, which is a wild crop in the Borneo jungle of Southeast Asia. It flowers from October through January and the nuts are collected once they fall to the ground.

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5 Ingredients to Increase Moisture Retention this Fall


by Toia B of Luvtobnatural.com

We’ve been talking much about how protective styles in conjunction with moisturizing and sealing can be most beneficial for your hair this fall. To keep the theme going, I thought I’d run down a few of the oils and butters I like to use to keep my hair in the best shape possible as the temps continue to drop.

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Tucuma Butter for Hair Elasticity, Slip and Shine



Tucuma butter is a valuable extraction from the seeds of a tree found in the rain forests of Colombia and Brazil. The Astrocaryum tucuma palm tree produces edible fruit, precious leaves, and is cultivated for its wood. The seeds are cold pressed into a rich butter and the results are very similar in composition to murumuru butter, which is in the same family, also derived from Brazil. Murumuru butter, like tucuma, has earned the reputation of providing healing and repairing of the hair and skin.

Unique features
This exotic emollient is heavily sought out by cosmetic companies for its benefits for not only the hair, but also the scalp and skin. Jacob C. Smith notes that its high content of polyphenols fight free radicals to help retain elasticity. Its fatty acid content increases moisture levels and softness and adds shine to the strands. High amounts of vitamin A also contribute to a healthy, supple, oil-producing scalp for hair growth and length retention. Tucuma butter is an excellent choice for damaged hair in need of restructuring and stabilizing. Let’s see how it performs in some of our favorite hair products.

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7 Exotic Hair Butters & Oils for Natural Hair Greatness




Naturally curly girls get a lot of information about miracle hair oils and butters like Shea, Coconut, Argan, Sweet Almond, and more. They are all great oils and butters with unique properties that make them especially valueable to curly hair. But it's time to expand our horizons. Let's explore 7 exotic butters and oils that hail from the depths of the Amazon, to Southeast Asia and beyond.

Kokum Butter
Used traditionally in India, Kokum butter tends to fly under the radar - but it shouldn't. Rich in essential fatty acids and non-comodegenic (non pore-clogging), Kokum Butter is perfect for stimulating the scalp for healthy hair growth. It helps cell oxygenation, making nutrients more readily available for use by scalp/skin tissues - which helps promote hair growth. It also supports and enhances hair elasticity, helping to ward off breakage.

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