Natural butters are a well known benefit for natural hair. Different butters benefit your curls in different ways but to get softer curls the butters need to be high in fatty acids. Fatty acids can come from animal or vegetable fats and are known to be ‘essential fats’, essential because the human body needs them in order to build healthy cells. Our hair is made from approximately 91% protein and relies on these fatty acids to repair itself.
Natural butters for softer curls
- Mango butter. Contains high levels of vitamins A, C and E. Mango butter has similar qualities to Cocoa butter and Shea butter, however it contains higher levels of fatty acid making it a more intensive moisturiser.
- Kokum butter. Kokum butter naturally nourishes the skin and hair while protecting against dryness and exposure to the sun and natural toxins. The butter is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, citric acid and may essential fatty acids. It helps cells *oxygenation and makes the nutrients more readily available to the hair and thereby promotes hair growth.
- Coco butter. Cocoa butter is a natural **emollient has lots of benefits. High in Vitamins, minerals, linoleic and palmitic acids which work to soften hair and minimise frizz.
- Tucuma butter. Tucuma butter is from the same family Murumuru butter and the butters have similar properties. Tucuma Butter is an excellent emollient and is rich in and ***Oleic fatty acids and carotenoids. Its high concentration of ****lauric acid makes it a perfect butter on the care of dry hair.
*The process by which increases the levels of oxygen increase within a tissue
**The quality of softening or soothing the skin or hair.
***Oleic acid is a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various animal and vegetable fats and oils. It is an odorless, colorless oil, although commercial samples may be yellowish.
****Lauric Acid is a fatty acid found naturally in various plant and animal fats.
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