How To Use Hair Butter To Protect Your Hair

Written by Ramona Sinha

Dry hair lacks moisture, and without proper care, it can quickly turn coarse, frizzy, and brittle. Applying hair butter is a quick fix to manage dry, damaged, and lifeless hair.

A hair butter combines natural oils and other hydrating ingredients that moisturize and nourish dry locks and prevent breakage. It is especially beneficial for over processed and natural hair. Scroll through this article to learn how hair butter may revive your dry hair and ways to prepare your DIY hair butter and use it properly.

What Is Hair Butter? How Does It Work?

Hair butter is a moisturizer for your hair and contains a blend of unprocessed natural oils and fats derived from plants (also referred to as butter). The most common plant oils/fats used to prepare hair butter are kokum, cocoa, mango, murumuru, sal or shorea, tucuma, and shea butters. These are mixed with natural oils like coconut, hemp seed, castor, almond, and avocado oil.

This rich and hydrating blend of ingredients deeply nourishes and moisturizes your hair, reduces dryness and frizz, and prevents breakage. Hair butter is especially beneficial for natural hair and is used during protective styling to keep the strands nourished for days. Hair butter is also good for damaged and over processed hair that demands intense moisturizing.

Here is an easy recipe if you are wondering how to make hair butter for natural and damaged hair at home.

Easy DIY Hair Butter Recipe

It is easy to come up with your homemade hair butter:

Ingredients To Use

  • 1 ½ cups of shea butter (you may use cocoa, mango, or kokum butters)
  • 2 tablespoons of hemp seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 5-6 drops of any essential oil (like lavender, peppermint, rosemary oils)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Hand blender
  • A glass storage jar with a lid (clean and dry)


  1. Bring the shea butter to room temperature before you start.
  2. Put the shea butter in the mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with the hand blender until it looks like whipped cream.
  4. Transfer the whipped hair butter to the storage jar.
  5. Store it in a cool and dry place. Do not refrigerate.

You can apply this hair butter to dry and damp hair. Here is how to use it.

How To Use Hair Butter

  • As A Hair Mask
  1. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Rinse well.
  2. Apply a leave-in conditioner or any hair oil.
  3. Apply a dollop of the hair butter to the damp strands and scalp. Massage well.
  4. Leave it on for an hour and wash (for dry hair).
  5. If you have damaged and curly hair, leave on the mask overnight and wash off the next day.
  • As A Leave-In Conditioner
  1. Rub a pea-sized amount of the hair butter between your palms.
  2. Apply to your dry or damp hair from mid-length to the hair ends.
  3. Do not wash and style your hair.
  • As Pre-Conditioner
  1. Apply hair butter to your dry or damp hair. Focus on the hair ends.
  2. Leave the butter on for an hour.
  3. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

Here are a few dos and don’ts you need to keep in mind while using natural hair butter.

Dos And Don’ts Of Using Hair Butter


  • Apply hair butter only to clean hair. Using hair butter on dirty hair may cause buildup and lead to hair fall.
  • Before applying hair butter, wash your hair with lukewarm water to open up the cuticles. This allows for better absorption.
  • Use hair butter on damp or moist hair to maximize its hydrating effects.
  • Pay attention to the problem areas of your hair. While applying hair butter, focus on the hair ends as they are far from the scalp and lack natural oils.


  • Do not reapply hair butter unless you have washed off the residue from your previous application.
  • Do not use hair butter excessively as it can weigh your hair down.
  • Do not combine your hair butter with other hair products like mousses and gels.  This may cause buildup and greasiness.
  • Do not mix natural hair butter with chemical products and ingredients. This may reduce the efficacy of the butter.

Hair butter provides intensive deep conditioning. It is a thick product with a creamy texture and is better suited for people with highly porous hair.

Who Should Use Hair Butter?

You can use hair butter if:

  • You have high porosity hair.
  • You have curly and wavy hair.
  • Your hair is thick and coarse.
  • Your hair breaks easily and is dry.
  • Your hair is damaged and has split ends.

Hair and body butters may appear similar, but there is a subtle difference between the two. If you are confused between both type of butters, scroll down to the next section.

Hair Butter And Body Butter: What Is The Difference?

Both hair and body butters are oil-based formulations. The only difference lies in the choice of oils for both products. Hair butter contains oils that are beneficial for the scalp and hair, while body butter contains oils that work best for the skin.

Also, hair butter tends to be greasier than a body butter. That is why hair butter recipes often include tapioca powder or an emulsifier to reduce the greasiness. In the following sections, we have answered a few questions that you may have regarding hair butter.

Do You Need A Preservative In Hair Butter?

No. Natural hair butter recipes do not need preservatives. You may prepare it in small batches and store the butter in a clean and dry jar. Keep it away from moisture to prevent bacterial and fungal growth.

Do You Have To Wash Out Hair Butter?

Yes. You may wash it off after a few hours or the next day of application to prevent buildup and greasiness. For natural hair, you may leave it on until the next hair wash.

Does Hair Butter Promote Hair Growth?

There is no clinical evidence to prove that hair butter promotes hair growth. However, hair butter can moisturize your locks, prevent damage and breakage, and help maintain your hair health.

Which Butter Is Best For Hair?

You may use shea, mango, murumuru, kokum, aloe, tucuma, and cupuacu butters to keep your hair hydrated and soft.

In Conclusion

Hair butter is a multipurpose formulation that can reduce dryness, lock in moisture, minimize frizz, and prevent hair damage. If you have dry or high porosity hair, you can consider using homemade hair butter to nourish and protect hair. Follow the recipe shared in the article to prepare hair butter at home and reap its benefits.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.