Mango Butter For Hair: Benefits And How To Use

Learn how this butter can bless you with a luscious, strong, and healthy mane.

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Using mango butter for the hair is known to offer an array of benefits. Regular use of mango butter can impart a lustrous shine to your hair. It is prepared by processing mango fruit extracts to make a smooth, nourishing, and hydrating butter. It has a lightweight and smooth texture and can easily control frizz and keep your hair healthy and strong. Read this article to know more about mango butter and how to use it for hair. Keep reading.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Mango Butter

What Is It?
A fat produced from mango seeds.

What Are Its Benefits?
It moisturizes and softens your skin and reduces stretch marks. It also has anti-aging properties.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone can use it as it is non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types.

How Often?
It can be used twice a day to help moisturize your skin.

Caution
Some individuals might be allergic or sensitive to it and can experience redness, burning, itchiness, or irritation.

What Is Mango Butter?

Mango butter is derived from mango oil, a fatty substance found in the fruit’s seeds. The extracted oil is processed using special cold-pressing and steam-refinement methods to get mango butter. The butter has a mild fragrance with a creamy, non-greasy texture.

Mango Butter Nutritional Facts

Mango butter is a moisturizer loaded with vitamins A, C, and E that have powerful antioxidant properties (1). It also contains other natural antioxidants like mangiferin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene that possess antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties (2). Its low melting point makes mango butter glide easily on the hair strands. In the following section, we deep-dive into the benefits mango butter has for your hair.

Benefits Of Mango Butter For Hair

1. May Help Seal Moisture

Woman with dry hair may benefit from mango butter
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Mango butter may seal hair moisture and offer everlasting hydration. It smoothens the hair cuticle and also reduces frizz. A dab of whipped mango butter will keep your hair hydrated and frizz-free.

2. May Promote Hair Growth

Mango butter may aid hair growth
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Mango butter is rich in oleic acid (3). It may strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. The creamy consistency of mango butter helps it form a protective coat over your hair strands and fortifies it against breakage and split ends too.

3. May Boost Hair Volume

Woman with thin hair may benefit from mango butter
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The emollient properties of mango butter may help boost hair volume. Its rich consistency provides deep conditioning that leads to the softening of your hair.

The beauty benefits of mango butter warrant further research. However, you can prepare it at home and start your hair treatment using it. We have included a DIY recipe for mango butter in the next section.

DIY Mango Butter Cream For Healthy Hair

Mango butter and hair oils for homemade hair cream
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Learn to make your own mango butter hair cream at home with this easy DIY recipe.

You Will Need

  • 2 ounces of mango butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter chips
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of argan oil
  • 1 tablespoon of rosehip oil
  • 1 ounce of aloe vera gel

How To Make

  1. Melt the mango and cocoa butters into a bowl.
  2. Let the mixture cool down.
  3. Add all the essential oils and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate until the mixture solidifies.
  5. Scoop out the butter-oil mixture into a large bowl.
  6. Add the aloe vera gel and mix using an electric blender until you get a soft, fluffy consistency.
  7. Your mango butter is now ready to use.

A beauty and lifestyle blogger prepared mango butter at home to apply to her skin and hair. She finds it to be one of the most absorbing ingredients that help make her skin and hair feel smooth and soft, noting, “Your skin is left feeling very moisturized and soft with no greasy feel. It absorbs so well! As for the hair, it definitely makes my 4C hair feel softer (i).”

You can use this homemade mango butter once a week, depending on your hair requirements. In the next section, we outline how you can add it to your hair care routine.

protip_icon Quick Tip
If you have thin hair and it gets weighed down easily, adding a mango butter-based conditioner to your hair care regimen is better for your hair health than using a regular leave-in conditioner.

How To Use Mango Butter For Hair

Woman using mango butter on hair
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You can use mango butter once a week or regularly. You can apply it directly to your hair or mix it with other ingredients and use the preparation as a hair mask. It can even be added to your shampoo, conditioner, hot oil, or any other hair-styling product.

Unlike shea butter, mango butter is used in lesser quantities for long-lasting good hair days. You can dab your fingers into the butter and apply it to your hair strands (similar to how you apply your hair conditioner).

Let us now see how mango butter fares against other hair butters.

Mango Butter Vs. Other Popular Butters

1.  Mango Butter Vs. Shea Butter

Though of the same price range, shea butter is heavier and greasier than mango butter. Shea butter comes with a peculiar fragrance, while mango butter carries a mild smell. The ongoing use of mango butter is known to have better effects than shea butter.


protip_icon Did You Know?
Mango butter is a great alternative for people with nut and latex allergies. People with latex allergies may react to shea butter.

2. Mango Butter Vs. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is known to have the same moisturizing effect as mango butter. Both butters differ only in terms of their aroma. While mango butter has a mild fragrance, cocoa butter comes with a deep chocolate scent.

3. Mango Butter Vs. Avocado Butter

Avocado butter, like mango butter, is rich in antioxidants and monosaturated fats. However, avocado butter is heavier and penetrates deeper into the hair as it has smaller molecules.

4. Mango Butter Vs. Kokum Butter

Kokum butter, like mango butter, is known as a moisturizing agent and is used in many cosmetics (4). These two kinds of butter not only nourish your skin but also help keep your hair healthy. Both mango and kokum butters are used as hair creams and hair masks and pre-shampoo treatments. The only way the two may differ is through their texture. Kokum butter can be slightly harder and more brittle than mango butter at room temperature.

Infographic: Benefits Of Mango Butter & How To Use It

Incorporate mango butter into your hair care routine to enjoy healthier, hydrated, and more manageable hair. Here are the benefits and ways to use mango butter in your hair routine. Check them out in the infographic below.

benefits of mango butter and how to use it (infographic)

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Mango butter has rich antioxidant properties. It has a smooth texture and glides easily on the strands. It helps lock moisture in the hair, adds shine, and reduces frizz. In addition, the oleic acid present in mango butter strengthens the hair follicles and may boost hair growth and volume. You can apply this non-greasy butter directly to your hair or mix it with a few other ingredients and products like your hair oil, shampoo, and conditioner. Moreover, it is a better alternative to shea butter due to its light texture and mild fragrance. So, use mango butter on your hair once a week and see the results for yourself. Consult a doctor in case of any adverse effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does mango butter clog hair follicles?

If you apply too much mango butter to your hair and leave it on for too long or do not wash it off, it can collect dirt, cause buildup, and clog hair follicles.

Can you mix shea butter and mango butter?

Yes, you can mix shea butter and mango butter and use it on your hair.

Is mango butter good for low porosity hair?

Yes. Mango butter is good for low porosity hair as it coats the hair and locks in moisture.

Key Takeaways

  • Mango butter has several benefits like promoting hair growth, moisturizing your hair, and improving hair volume.
  • This excellent hair care solution has good antioxidant properties and a low melting point.
  • You can apply it to your hair directly or mix it with other ingredients.
Mango Butter For Hair

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Learn how to make your own homemade mango butter for your hair! Get the perfect moisturizing and nourishing treatment with this easy DIY video tutorial.

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References

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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10074368/#:~:text=The%20antibacterial%20activity%20of%20the,against%20both%20categories%20of%20bacteria.
  2. Antioxidant functions of vitamins. Vitamins E and C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids,
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1444060/
  3. Mangifera sylvatica (Wild Mango): A new cocoa butter alternative,
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4995435/
  4. Emerging role of Garcinol, the antioxidant chalcone from Garcinia indica Choisy and its synthetic analogs
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743703/
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Dr. CP Thajudheen has over 20 years of experience in various lasers, light-based devices, and other advanced equipment. He was one of the beginners who introduced cutaneous lasers in India. He carries out dermato surgeries regularly, including hair grafting and vitiligo surgeries. He runs multiple laser centers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and has trained many doctors in lasers and...read full bio

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