By Jacqueline Samaroo
Get in on two well-kept secrets in natural haircare – cupuaçu butter and tucuma butter! Healthy hair butters that work wonders for natural hair!
This is the third post in our Healthy Hair Butters series. Be sure to check out the first two installments:
Many naturalistas relish the idea of making their own natural hair care products. You get to customize ingredients for your hair’s specific needs. And, you are able to select the best, most healthful ingredients to use.
It’s why hair butters and hair butter recipes are so popular among haircare DIYers. Hair butters are chock-full of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, needed for healthy hair growth.
Keep reading to find out about two healthy hair butters to add to your natural haircare routine:
- Cupuaçu butter
- Tucuma butter
And, stay tuned! We’ll be covering other healthy hair butters in the coming weeks!
1. Healthy Hair Butters – Cupuaçu
What is cupuaçu butter?
Cupuaçu butter is made from the fruit of the cupuaçu tree, a close relative of the cocoa tree from which cocoa butter is made. Its products have long been used by peoples of the Amazon basin where the tree grows widely. It’s solid at room temperature and has a chocolatey scent.
Cupuaçu butter is rich in beneficial fatty acids, in particular stearic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and arachidic acid. It is edible and can also be used to make soaps, lotions, and haircare products. It melts quickly and is very readily absorbed when applied to the skin.
Cupuaçu butter health benefits
Cupuaçu butter is a powerful emollient with the ability to moisturize and lubricate the skin, leaving it supple and with fewer signs of aging. Thanks to its antioxidants, cupuaçu butter also offers protection from environmental and free radical damage.
Cupuaçu butter for hair growth
Cupuaçu butter also readily penetrates the hair shaft where it hydrates the strand, resulting in hair that is softer and more elastic. It has also been shown to play a role in reducing protein loss and maintaining the protein-moisture balance of hair.
Two Cupuaçu Butter Products for Natural Hair Care
Oslove’s pure, 100%, unrefined cupuaçu butter provides hair with plenty of hydration and leaves no greasy residue on your curls. Oslove’s cupuaçu butter adds a rich and creamy texture to hair butter recipes so your hair feels truly pampered.
The Oslove brand is known for its selection of natural butters, including shea, cocoa, mango, kokum, tamanu, and illipe butters.
This cupuaçu butter 3-in1 mask from Kloraine can be used as:
- A classic hair mask
- An overnight hair mask
- A leave-in conditioner
Klorane’s organic cupuaçu hair mask is vegan, contains coconut oil, and is specifically formulated for curly hair.
2. Healthy Hair Butters – Tucuma
What is tucuma butter?
Tucuma butter is made from the seed and fruit of the tucuma palm tree which is native to the Amazon Rainforest. It is edible and can be used as a skin conditioner, as well as in helping to grow strong, healthy hair. Tucuma is a fast-absorbing butter that will not leave a greasy or oily residue on your hair or skin.
Tucuma butter health benefits
Tucuma butter gets plenty of attention in skincare and haircare because of its restructuring and healing actions. It is rich in antioxidants and so can help to fight the damaging and aging effects of both free radicals and environmental factors.
Tucuma butter for hair growth
Tucuma butter acts as a hydrating sealant for your strands. It coats each strand of hair in a manner very similar to the silicone found in a variety of haircare products. However, it is lightweight and will not clog your pores or have a drying effect on your hair.
Tucuma butter’s other hair benefits include:
- Adding slip for detangling.
- Nourishing your scalp and strands.
- Replacing natural oils, such as those found in sebum.
- Leaving hair with a healthy sheen.
- Moisturizing hair for added bounce.
Two Tucuma Butter Products for Natural Hair Care
Looking for raw, unrefined tucuma butter to add to your hair butter recipes? 3CayG offers this 100% pure tucuma butter as a way to get moisture for both your skin and hair, as well as to add elasticity to both. Apart from its line of natural butters, the brand’s other products include African black soap bars.
This creamy twist butter from OBIA Naturals contains shea, mango, and tucuma butters. It is vegan, pH-balanced, and offers lasting hydration to dry curls. Use it for hold and definition with twist-outs and other natural hairstyles.
Do you DIY any of your natural haircare products? Tell us about any hair butters you use!