Shea butter is like gold. The purer it is, the more value you can get from it. So keep your 24 karat shea like it’s the last thing on earth you’ll ever own.
With the natural hair movement among black women, oil mixology has become the new trend. They’ll mix anything. As a matter of fact, they mix so much that they don’t even know what works and what doesn’t. And when the money runs tight and they can’t afford all that mixology anymore, they start to rely on some cheap chemical-infused beauty store alternative, instead of that good ‘ole shea. Sometimes all you need is one thing, right? And shea butter has all you’ll ever need for your hair. That is already my first argument.
Another thing: shea butter is not a oil, it is a butter. And a great one at that. Those who mix it with other oils to liquefy it don’t realize that its buttery form is actually a great gift of nature, rather than an inconvenient. Liquefying shea butter through mixes to style your hair is exactly like cooking good butter on a pan before spreading your bread. Yes… it is gross! So stop it. You could soften it through traditional recipes, but please keep it solid!
Also, being a butter makes shea easy to measure in your hands when conditioning your hair. That way, you can be sure that you don’t overuse it (and trust me, you don’t want to overuse it!). And, with these very hands, you can (and should) simply rub your shea right before application to soften it up. Like it has been done for thousands of years before you. Oh and having it in buttery form makes it much easier to store a big quantity then if it was a oil.
Last thing, if you are mixing your shea butter with a vegetable oil because you can’t stand the smell (you complaining brat!), there are much better solutions. For instance, why not mix it with a few drops of a well-scented essential oil of your choice instead, and let your hair have a blast?
You are welcome 🙂