How to Use Cocoa Butter for Healthy, Shiny, Beautiful Hair
Cocoa butter is a great helper from nature. It does wonders for your skin and also for your hair. If you are trying to let your hair grow, cocoa butter will help you keep it healthy and soft in the process. Much like coconut oil, cocoa butter has healing and softening properties that will make your hair healthy and shiny. Also, it smells delicious! The hardest part will be trying not to smell or touch your hair after you apply the wonderful cocoa butter.
How Does Cocoa Butter Benefit Hair?
Because cocoa butter is a natural emollient, it has a lot of benefits! Cocoa butter . . .
- Moisturizes your hair
- Makes it more manageable
- Prevents hair loss due to breakage
- Strengthens the hair shaft
- Adds volume and strength to fine hair
- Replenishes oils lost due to chemical processes
- Repairs damaged hair strands
- Can prevent further damage to hair
Convinced? I know I am. Now let's find out how to use it . . .
How to Use Cocoa Butter for Hair
Cocoa butter solidifies at room temperature. When solid, it becomes a lot harder than coconut oil, so you might need to melt it before applying it to your hair. You can use your fingertips to rub it and let friction melt it. However, it takes longer to melt in this manner than coconut oil. Here are a few ideas on how to use this wonderful gift of nature.
Cocoa butter makes a wonderful pre-shower treatment. You will need to melt the butter, massage it into your hair and scalp, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Do not leave on for more than 20 minutes. Cocoa butter solidifies at room temperature. This means that if you leave it on for more than 20 minutes, the cocoa butter will harden on your hair, making it very difficult to wash away. Have a timer ready when you apply this treatment.
In the Shower as a Conditioner
Cocoa butter is super versatile and makes a wonderful conditioner. You can do one of two things: melt it and add it to your conditioner, or use it as a conditioner.
You can use plain ol' melted cocoa butter as a conditioner. Apply it only to the ends of your hair and stay away from the scalp. If you don't, the cocoa butter will weigh your hair down and it will look as if you haven't showered for weeks. Yikes!
Don't apply too much. A little cocoa butter goes a long way. The ideal amount would be a nickel-sized drop. Spread through the ends of your hair and leave on for 3 to 4 minutes.
Create a Better Conditioner: Mix It Up
Personally, I like to mix cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil to make the perfect hair conditioner/leave-in treatment body moisturizer. (I'm super excited because this mixture can be used anywhere on your body. You can even eat it, although I don't recommend it. It doesn't taste that great. Don't ask me how I know . . .)
- 2 tbs. of cocoa butter
- 1 tbs. of coconut oil
- 1 tbs. of jojoba oil
- Melt the cocoa butter and the coconut oil together. You can use a double boiler or a candle melter plate to do this.
- After the cocoa butter and the coconut oil have been completely melted, add the jojoba oil. Mix.
- Let the mixture cool until it starts solidifying.
- Before it becomes completely solid, whip it until it acquires a whipped cream texture. It shouldn't take that long and should be ready after about 4 to 5 minutes of continuous whipping.
And there you have it! Your perfect mixture for every part of your body. Remember, you can also use this mixture as a conditioner and apply it after the shower as a body moisturizer for supple skin.
My hair is wavy, and this mixture has really defined my waves and made my hair super soft and manageable. Now I can't stop touching my hair.
If you apply cocoa butter as a conditioner, they will be very little need to use a leave-in conditioner afterward. However, if you don't use it as a conditioner, you can tame your frizzes with cocoa butter.
Once again, my favorite mixture to use is the previously mentioned cocoa butter, coconut, and jojoba oil mixture. Apply it to the ends of your hair and scrunch it up. Don't use too much or you'll end up looking greasy. Melted cocoa butter by itself also makes a great leave-in cream/pomade.
Remember, your hair will thank you if you use less harsh chemicals. So go natural. Shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, and cocoa butter are just some of the awesome beauty products nature has to offer. Keep experimenting, and keep beautiful the natural way!
Other Mixtures You Can Try
Cocoa butter and shea butter
- 1:1 ratio
- melt together
- Whip before mixture completely solidifies
Cocoa butter, jojoba oil and honey
- 6 tsps. of cocoa butter
- 3 tsps. of jojoba oil
- 3 tsps. of honey
Mix and follow same whipping procedure as above.
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