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In Practice: Shea Butter is Your Hair's New BFF

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If you’ve never heard of using Shea butter for hair – you’re not alone. At Obakki, we were surprised and pleased to first hear of this application from our friend, Luisa, who uses Obakki’s Nilotica Shea butter regularly on her three daughters’ curls. She says it makes their hair softer, easier to style and more vibrant. This treatment is particularly effective on stiff, curly, or hard-to-tame locks. But it does wonders for every kind of hair in need of a little moisturizing.

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HOW TO USE 100% SHEA BUTTER FOR HAIR

Our Shea butter helps soften stiff hair so that it’s easier to style, as well as smoothing it down and making it easier to form into braids or twists, chignons or buns. And it’s the perfect treatment to keep your hair moisturized and growing. 

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STEP ONE: WARM IT UP

Put a small amount of Shea butter on the back of your hand to warm it up and even let it melt a bit. Our Nilotica Shea Butter is smooth and workable, so it doesn’t take long to get it ready. 

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STEP TWO: SPRAY IT DOWN

Spray your hair with water before applying the shea butter to the hair – it will seal in the water and moisturize each strand. Shea butter has emolliating qualities, making it the perfect choice for locking in moisture, without making your hair feel greasy or heavy.

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STEP THREE: SEAL THE STRANDS

Apply the shea butter evenly. Run your fingers through your hair to make sure you are reaching everywhere. And a word of advice – a small amount goes a long way. Luisa, with three heads of young hair to style regularly, is still working on her initial jar of shea butter.

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THE BENEFITS OF
NILOTICA SHEA BUTTER FOR YOUR HAIR

The same things that benefit your skin when using 100% Shea butter as a moisturizer also benefit your hair. Vitamin A and Vitamin E, along with essential fatty acids help increase the shine of your hair. And they also reduce the frizz. Using shea butter can also help protect from the heat damage caused by curling irons, flat irons or blow-drying.

Shea butter can also help protect your hair from the weather since it aids in binding moisture to your hair. Unrefined, natural shea butter is considered the best choice as it retains its bioactive agents. Natural Shea butter from Uganda and East Africa is the most suitable for hair care – with little aroma and a higher moisturizing rate.

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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR
100% NATURAL SHEA BUTTER?

Good, high-quality Shea butter is not the easiest product to source. Our Nilotica African Shea butter is made with 100% natural ingredients sourced from the Nile Region of Northern Uganda. And it’s as deeply nourishing for your hair as it is for your skin. This cold-pressed butter is a powerful treatment for hair in need of a moisturizing reset. Our products never contain palm oil, artificial fragrance or colour, parabens, sulphates or animal products. And there is even more incentive to choose our Nilotica Shea Butter. Not only will you have an incredible head of hair to toss around, but this super-hydrating butter also supports sustainable incomes for women entrepreneurs in Africa. Great hair, great product, great provenance. Great buy.

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Shea Nilotica Shea Butter | 50 mL | Obakki
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Nilotica Shea Butter | 50 mL

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Shea Nilotica Shea Butter | 100 mL | Obakki
Shea Nilotica Shea Butter | 100 mL | Obakki
 Nilotica Shea Butter | 100 mL | Obakki
 Nilotica Shea Butter | 100 mL | Obakki
 Nilotica Shea Butter | 100 mL | Obakki
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Nilotica Shea Butter | 100 mL

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