Shea butter is a fatty substance derived from the seeds of the shea (or karite) tree. The largest shea butter-producing countries are Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda (Northern part).
It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturiser, salve or lotion. Experiments show it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains Vitamin A and E, these components give shea butter a mild sun protection factor (SPF). Vitamin E also soothes dry skin and improves skin elasticity which makes a great anti-aging agent. These vitamins also soothes dry hair and mends split ends.
Shea butter comes refined or unrefined. Unrefined Shea Butter comes in its purest form (Washla uses unrefined!) which is most natural and least processed since it is extracted manually and retains all its vitamins, minerals and other natural properties.
We chose to use Shea butter in our Hydrating Bars (Shampoo for Dry Hair) and conditioner as it’s a natural conditioning agent. With our normal bars it contains conditioning ingredients already but we wanted to develop a bar specifically for dry hair. We adjusted our formula, producing a new bar giving extra moisture and protection. Click here for our Hydrating Shampoo Bars
Those with dry and itchy scalp may also find shea butter soothes this problem providing you with relief and even reduce symptoms. It possesses anti-inflammatory qualities and rich fat that gets absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind.
If your hair tends to get frizzy once dry, Shea butter can be used alone to just smooth those areas down. I have found that with our Washla bars my hair is less “poofy” after blow drying. I used to use straighteners to make it more sleek and less poofy but honestly these days I go without straightening. Which just saves me time after every hair wash.
Let us know if you have tried both bars and see if you’ve noticed a difference to your hair! Leave us a review or comment on our social @washla.uk