In this post, I will explain the benefits of both Mango and Shea butter for natural hair. I will then go further to explain the difference between the two butters in the 'comparison' section, and then onto describe what to expect from using each of the butters on your hair, in the 'results' section below.
Benefits of Mango Butter:
- Mango butter is full of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids which aids in balancing sebum production on your scalp. This can help massively with both either oily and/or dry scalp conditions, and in getting them back to a healthy medium.
- Mango butter instantly nourishes and hydrates the hair, this will promote softer, healthier hair when using it on a regular basis.
- Mango butter is great at reducing symptoms such as dandruff, eczema and psoriasis by regenerating healthy cells through its moisture-rich and healing properties.
- Mango butter can be extremely helpful for healthy hair growth by restoring elasticity to the hair strands, meaning less breakage.
- Mango butter is great to use as sealant, to protect the hair and lock in moisture after using water based products.
Benefits of Shea Butter:
- Shea butter moisturises and doesn’t clog pores, so it is excellent to use as scalp therapy and hot oil treatments. Shea butter is gentle enough on the scalp to be able to leave on overnight.
- Shea butter softens even the toughest and driest hair. Adding a sufficient amount of Shea butter to your curls will add much needed moisture which will in turn soften dry, brittle hair, and also help reduce split ends.
- Shea butter is a natural SPF, which will protect your strands from harmful rays- like any SPF, this must be applied daily to benefit from its sun protecting properties.
- Adding Shea butter after applying a liquid/water based hair product will lock in and seal in the moisture adding extra protection from external factors such as heat and air-conditioning.
- Shea butter can be applied to the hair before swimming to protect it from salt and chlorine from either sea or pool water.
Mango butter Vs. Shea butter:
The two butters contain the exact same fatty acids, just not at the same ration. Mango has much more oleic acid and less stearic acid than Shea butter, giving mango butter a lower melting point. This makes it easier to melt mango butter in your hands than Shea butter.
You may expect mango butter to smell quite sugary-sweet, but it doesn’t, as it is taken from the seed and not the fruit itself. Some could still however describe it as having a light fragrant aroma.
Shea butter has a mild nutty-smoky scent, that some people can find a bit off-putting at first, although this smell doesn't linger after application.
Mango butter is thick creamy and white in appearance.
Shea butter is an off-white, ivory-coloured has a natural beige colour unless it has been refined.
Mango butter- A, C, E and various antioxidants
Shea butter- A, E, F and various antiioxidants
Mango butter Vs. Shea butter:
Most importantly, what RESULTS can we expect to see after having used Mango butter or Shea butter?
Expected MANGO BUTTER results after regular use:
(Tested on Raw Mango Butter by Sky Organics)
- Aids in giving you visibly stronger & healthier hair
- Result in shiny and more manageable hair, with little to no frizz
- Will add thickness and fullness to your hair
Expected SHEA BUTTER results after regular use:
(Tested on Organic Shea Butter By Sky Organics)
- Reduces the symptoms of scalp problems such as dandruff, eczema and cradle cap in infants.
- Will significantly soften frizzy hair and make it more manageable
- Promotes healthy hair growth and fast re-growth
As you can see, the two butters are extremely beneficial for our natural or transitioning hair. It is not the case of which one is better- I find they both have their amazing qualities, and at the end of the day, aren't that different from each other at all! Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you may find it easier to use Shea butter in the warmer months to save melting time!