Smooth Not Straight - A Shea Butter Deep Dive

Smooth Not Straight - A Shea Butter Deep Dive
David Groupe

Shea butter is a versatile and beneficial ingredient that can be used in many hair care products. It is a natural emollient that can be adapted to all hair types, providing numerous benefits that make it an ideal addition to any hair care routine.


One of the key advantages of shea butter is that it can add moisture to hair without weighing it down. For individuals with curly or wavy hair, this can be especially beneficial as these hair types are more susceptible to frizz. Shea butter can fill in the gaps in hair strands, creating a smoother surface that is less likely to become frizzy.


However, unlike heavier oils or butters, shea butter is lightweight and won't leave hair feeling greasy or weighed down.



Another great feature of shea butter is that it can be used on all hair types, ranging from fine to coarse, straight to curly. It is particularly useful for those with dry or damaged hair as it can help to restore moisture and repair damage. Shea butter is also rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and E, which can help to nourish and strengthen hair.


In addition to its benefits for hair, shea butter has environmental advantages as well. Shea trees, which are native to the dry regions of Africa, help to prevent climate change by absorbing more carbon dioxide than they produce. Shea butter is also one of the few cash crops that directly supports women, who are traditionally responsible for caring for and processing the seeds.


This guide will provide an overview of the benefits of shea butter for hair and explore the various ways in which this ingredient can be used to promote healthy, shiny, and manageable locks. We will also highlight some of our favorite shea butter-containing products, including scalp scrubs and hair masks, that can help you get the most out of this amazing ingredient.


Whether you have straight, curly, fine, or thick hair, shea butter is an excellent ingredient to incorporate into your hair care routine. With its ability to add moisture, control frizz, and nourish hair, shea butter is a natural and effective way to achieve healthy, beautiful locks.





It’s almost impossible these days to have not used a product that includes shea butter. From skincare to haircare it is a versatile ingredient that can be adapted to all types of formulas and is beneficial for virtually all skin and hair types. For that reason, we thought it was an ideal ingredient worthy of a deep dive.


What is Shea Butter?


Shea butter is a fat extracted from the seed on the fruit-bearing shea tree. The shea tree can be found in the Savannah, a dry region of Africa. It produces a plum-like fruit that contains seeds. These seeds have very high-fat content to feed and nourish the new plant in the less hospitable, dry region where it is grown.


The seed contains 5 different fatty acids which makes it very beneficial to our diets and as a moisturizing ingredient for our skin and hair. It is an emollient meaning that it will fill in the empty gaps and soften harsh edges on our skin and hair making it feel softer. It also provides a level of breathable protection from heat and environmental stressors.


Another huge benefit of shea butter is that it contains triterpenes. This special compound has a strong effect as an anti-inflammatory. Shea butter can reduce swelling at the scalp and allow for proper blood flow and oxygen to return to the scalp creating a better natural moisture barrier and a better environment for hair growth and hair longevity.


Planting more shea trees could even help prevent further climate change in our environment. Shea trees absorb more carbon dioxide than they produce and help offset the negative effects of drier regions such as wildfires and drought. It is also one of the few cash crops that directly supports women as they are traditionally responsible for caring for and processing the seeds to make shea butter.




SACHAJUAN Scalp Scrub: This deep cleansing and sugar scrub is formulated with Ocean Silk Technology, climbazole, and contains natural Sucrose to exfoliate and unclog the scalp’s surface from dandruff, oil build-up, and dead skin while also promoting new cell growth.


Previa Reconstruct Regenerating Treatment: Renews the hair fiber making the hair healthier, softer, and shinier. Acts deeply with a filling anti-age effect, for hair that is regenerated from the first application.


Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Conditioner: A rich, intensive conditioner for normal, stressed, and damaged hair. Cationic Hyaluronic Acid is absorbed deeply into the hair fibers to provide long-lasting softness, suppleness, and shine for instantly manageable hair.


Dr. Barbara Sturm Repair Hair Mask: Formulated for intensive, targeted repair and care for dry or damaged hair. Cationic Hyaluronic Acid provides long-lasting softness, suppleness and shine making the hair instantly moisturized and manageable. Hemi-Squalane, a clean, plant-based substitute for silicones, prepares the hair for styling, and a special complex of Algae and Lavender Extract calms and rebalances the scalp.



SAYN’s top picks for smooth results include items from SACHAJUAN, Previa, pH Laboratories, and Dr. Barbara Sturm. Be sure to read more about each product on and, and enjoy savings on select products in this category during March and April.


SACHAJUAN: Moisturizing Shampoo + Conditioner, Styling Cream, Finishing Cream


Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Hair & Scalp: Hydrating Conditioner, Repair Hair Mask


Previa Italia: LAMINAT Natural Lamination Treatment, Taming Shampoo + Conditioner, S+F Taming Gloss


pH Laboratories: Pure Straight System, Smooth Perfect System, Thermal Protection Smoothing Cream

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