Shea Butter for Hair Growth – Yes or No?

by Viviscal Hair Expert on September 3rd, 2015
shea butter for hair growth

Since appearing in your local drugstore, shea butter is being used in increasing numbers of cosmetic products. In recent years, there has been a surge of popularity in using shea butter for hair growth. But what are the facts?

In this article, we have compiled the list of FAQs on shea butter and hair growth that we are often asked as hair experts. This will introduce shea butter benefits for hair growth.

What is shea butter?

The shea (or karite) tree can be found in Africa, where its products have been used since the era of Cleopatra. In order to produce the butter itself, nuts are collected, roasted and pounded into a pulp. As a result of this process, the rich oils within the nuts can be separated and formed into wonderful balls of fat.

Are karite and shea butter the same for hair growth?

As you might have guessed from the previous point, they are one and the same. The name shea is rooted in the Bambara language, from Mali, and karite originates from Senegal. The shea tree can be found across western Africa and is known by many local names.

Does shea butter help hair growth?

Scientific studies have found that shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties, but how can shea butter help hair grow faster?

By reducing inflammation, shea butter helps to rejuvenate hair follicles, providing a better environment for healthy hair growth. Shea butter ingredients in hair products range from the raw substance to extractions of fatty acids. Both forms are derived from a natural source, which is a sign of good quality for most cosmetics.

Through the promotion of healthy hair growth, shea butter can help to reduce hair breakage, split ends and improve the shine and bounce of your locks.

Are there any side effects of using shea butter for hair growth?

Some people assume that because shea butter contains fat, it is a moisturizer. Actually, in its raw form the application of shea butter can make the hair dry out quickly. It’s real power lies in its nutrients, which can be extracted.

If you don’t want to apply raw shea butter try Viviscal Moisturizing Conditioner. It is 96% derived from natural sources, and it contains Argan Oil and Hazelnut Oil in a scientifically formulated moisturizing conditioner for your hair and scalp. You also won’t have to endure shea butter’s peculiar smell!

  • Well shea butter for hair growth really sounds interesting. but does it also helps to improve volume of thinning hair?