How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair

fine hair

When you have fine hair, many products can weigh your hair down causing it to look stiff and lifeless. Some of those products however are soooo very good for your hair. Specifically, I’m referencing Shea butter (as if you couldn’t tell from the title of this post LOL!).

Found in the continent of Africa, Shea Butter has been used for centuries to care for the skin and hair. Shea Butter provides many benefits for the skin including relief from dry, chapped skin & scalp as well as the treatment of minor skin burns, diaper rash, minor eczema, and other minor skin irritations. Shea Butter contains beneficial Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin F. Rich in Vitamins A, C and F.

There is much to be said about Shea Butter. It is truly one of nature’s most precious resources and provides substantial benefits but how do you use get shea butter and fine hair to work together so the hair doesn’t look weighed down?

Whip it that’s how!

That’s right. When you whip shea butter, it becomes light, fluffy and creamy. Adding essential oils can increase the benefits and also add a pleasant scent.

There’s tons of videos on the web on how to make a whipped version of Shea Butter. Here is one that’s pretty darn easy on the instructional side (and probably different from what you’re used to seeing):

Now, onto my version. I don’t have tons of time (or skill) to be whipping up shea butter with a thousand oils in it sooooo I cut my recipe down to the bare bones (MyCherriCola ‘s recipe was pretty minimal too):

  • Shea Butter (I actually prefer mango butter since it has no scent)
  • Vitamin E (to preserve)
  • Peppermint Oil

That’s it. I don’t melt my butters because my apartment is warm so they tend to be pretty soft and pliable to work with – unless I refrigerate them, of course. Whipped Shea/Mango Butter made with essential oils smells great and does the job of keeping the moisture sealed into fine hair without all the “weight.”

Do you use whipped Shea Butter?

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Beauty Emergency: Reclaiming A Bad Hair Day

bad hair day

Let’s face it. Beauty emergencies happen. This month I’ll share how to address some of them head on so you can come out your most beautiful self….starting with THE BAD HAIR DAY

Tips for Reclaiming a Bad Hair Day

When your hair isn’t cooperating in it’s free flowing curly (or even straight) state there’s a few suggestions I have to share with you so that you can get out the door pretty fast:

  1. Make it an up-do. Buns and french rolls are pretty quick to do. All you need are a few bobby pins, a satin scrunchy, PuffCuff or a banana clip.
  2. Focus on the front. The hair that frames your face is the most important. Leave the back as is. You can twist or braid and pin the front back in a number of ways that make the style look much better.
  3. Add some moisture. Sometimes, all it takes to turn a drab hair day into a fab hair day is reviving those tresses with a little moisture.
  4. Add accessories. A stylish headband, flower or scarf can turn your bad hair day right around.
  5. Slick them edges! Do you sometimes feel like your hair would look SO much better if it weren’t so frizzy around the edges? Me too! Slick them down girl. Get your toothbrush out (not the one you brush with :-) ) and get to work

When you aren’t quite ready to wash your hair and have a bad hair day that’s not critical to you looking your cutest on that particular day, you can reclaim your style over night by converting it into a new style.

Converting a Wash ‘n Go into a Braid Out

I like wash and go’s. I like twist outs. I like braid outs. Sometimes, these styles can get real funky looking after a few days unless you are twisting/braiding/washing daily. But for one, who has time for all of that? And for two, that’s WAY to much manipulation when you are trying to grow your hair long. In my case, having fine hair causes an even more uphill battle because all the extra manipulation required to create a style can cause breakage if I’m not careful.

A while back I did a wash and go on my lovely (In my humble opinion :-) ) fine hair but it only lasted for 3 days. Boooo! The reason was because the products I chose to set my curls were too lightweight. Anywho, check out how I attacked this bad hair day by  converting my wash and go into a braid out:

How do you reclaim a bad hair day?

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Loose Twists: Summer Protective Style

loose twists on natural hair

A couple of weeks ago I kicked off my summer protective style series. Doing wash and go’s, twist outs and braid out, I was beginning to feel like i was manipulating my hair far too much. So, I decided to give it a rest by protective styling.

My first style was small braids. I didn’t style them much and I also didn’t make it to the 3 weeks I had planned. I just couldn’t! I hate frizzy braids and twists. There was just so much I could do to keep them neat. Plus, I have a little HIH (Hand in Hair) problem.

That, coupled with my #HairADD, I just could not keep those braids in another day! So, to keep my sanity and continue to just be me, I will be doing protective styles that I keep in for 1-2 weeks.

loose two strand twists

One of the reasons I’m protective styling is to get past this little stunt of growth I’ve been experiencing. I feel like my hair has been at the same length for a year or so. Well, with a goal of waist length (stretched hair), I have to do something.

So, I’ll be changing my hair regimen which I will share in a future post. For now, I’m on to my next protective style which is loose twists on my fine natural hair…

loose twists in a ponytaillow manipulation hairstyle for length retention

Stay tuned :)

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