Did you know that there are several mango butter benefits for hair? Here is a list of them all!
Shea butter and cocoa butter are very commonly used products we often hear of in the beauty industry, but off late mango butter has now become quite popular.
What’s all this hype about mango butter for hair? Does it actually work better than shea butter and cocoa butter?
Well, I decided to do my own research to find out for myself because I’ve had my fair share of hair problems and am always on the lookout for the perfect hair care product to better my hair health.
In this article, I’ve given you a detailed explanation about everything you need to know about mango butter, how it benefits your hair, how you can use it for your hair.
Here I’ve also answered many of your frequently asked questions too, so you do not miss out on any important information before trying it out yourself!
Well, let’s get into the details!
What’s mango butter and how is it made?
Mango butter is a hair and skin care product which has natural emollient properties similar to shea butter and cocoa butter.
It is made by extracting the fat from inside the mango seed (also known as the ‘pit’) and further cold-pressed into refined or unrefined mango butter.
Naturally, it is semi-solid and very lightweight in texture but often melts when heated or when applied to the skin or on the hair.
I simply adore mango butter as a haircare ingredient as it is rich in antioxidants and contains nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin E.
There are also high levels of vitamin C including essential fatty acids like oleic acid (omega-9), linolenic acid (omega-6) etc.
Mango Butter Benefits For Hair
Has natural emollient properties
Mango butter is very moisturizing in nature as it has natural emollient properties. Therefore, whenever mango butter is used on the hair, it helps moisturize the hair strands and prevent it from drying out or becoming frizzy. It can lock in the moisture within the strand.
The reason why mango butter is so hydrating for the hair is that it contains natural fatty acids like oleic acid (omega-9) and linolenic acid (omega-6) that are essential fatty acids that help keep the hair protected and boost hair health with hydration.
Even though mango butter is rich in essential fatty acids, it is not greasy or oily in nature and will not make your hair look greasy even once it is applied to your hair, but it can definitely make the become more manageable.
Provides nourishment and strength to the hair follicles
Like I’ve mentioned earlier in this article, one of the mango butter benefits for hair is that it contains vitamins like A, C and E and also has antioxidants that help fight hair damage and protect the hair from damage.
One of the most abundant antioxidants mango butter contains is the antioxidant called ‘mangiferin’ which can help protect the hair cells from damage and boosts cell regeneration.
Mango butter gets absorbed very easily into the scalp and can boost hair nourishment and strengthen the hair follicles to a considerable extent which means a reduction in hair breakage, hair fall and hair brittleness.
Acts as a natural hair conditioner
Hair conditioners are usually the finishing step in the hair washing process and this is because the shampoo strips the hair off the dirt, grime and moisture and therefore, using a conditioner will help the hair regain its moisture and will make the hair smoother, softer, silkier and more manageable once the hair dries up.
Well, mango butter has all the properties that any other conditioner would and therefore, applying it all over your hair will give you the same effects as any other conditioner.
Prevents all sorts of hair damage
Hair damage can be of many kinds like, hair fall, lack of hair growth, hair follicle damage, dry hair and coarseness, frizziness, split ends etc. Well, using mango butter on the hair will help prevent such issues and let me tell you how in detail.
Split ends: Split ends often occur due to dry hair which lacks elasticity. Since mango butter has natural emollient properties, it can strengthen the hair and also keep it moisturized, making it smoother and softer. It also increases hair elasticity and reduces the formation of split ends.
Damage from ultraviolet rays of the sun: A lot of people use mango butter on their skin as a sunscreen because it contains natural SPF properties that can prevent the effects of the UV rays of the sun. Therefore, coating your hair strands with mango butter will act like a protective coating for the hair to protect the hair against the harsh sun’s rays.
Dry hair and frizziness: When the hair lacks hydration, it becomes dry. Dry hair often tends to get frizzy and coarse. Therefore, using mango butter will act as a natural moisturizer for the hair, in turn improving hair texture elasticity.
Can prevent scalp conditions
Scalp conditions like dandruff and flaking, psoriasis and eczema are common conditions many people face and these conditions can often cause itchiness, sores and redness on the scalp.
Using mango butter on the scalp can help soothe this irritation and itching sensation and improve scalp health considerably.
Dandruff is often caused when the scalp is dry and when mango butter is applied on the scalp; it gets moisturized and soothed, in turn reducing scalp dryness, dandruff and flaking.
Promotes hair growth and restores hair health
The two important aspects of using mango butter for the hair are its moisturizing properties and its ability to affect hair growth.
Mango butter works its magic by providing nourishment to the hair follicles and decreasing hair fall.
Stronger hair strands will not succumb to hair breakage or brittleness easily, while also reducing dry hair and split ends.
Another aspect is its non-comedogenic property, which means it will not clog your hair follicles, while instead it will create a healthy atmosphere for proper hair growth.
Acts as a natural hair styling product
Are you someone who loves styling your hair and often uses hair styling gels to make your hair stand smooth or in well defined curls?
Then now you have an all-new and all-natural product to try out – mango butter.
Using mango butter on your hair will make your hair not only look healthy, but will also make it look glossy, with a renewed shine and voluminous bounce.
How can you use mango butter for your hair?
As a leave-in conditioner: All you need to do is just apply a small dollop on your palms, rub your palms together until it melts and apply it all over your hair. You can either leave it in until your next wash or wash it off after an hour or so.
As protection for the sun and external hair damage: Rub a little mango butter between your palms and then apply it all over your hair, enough to coat the strands before you set out for the day.
As a deep conditioning hair mask: You can simply blend mango butter with any oil of your choice and add in some fresh aloe vera gel and make a homemade mask. Apply this all over your hair, leave it in for an hour and wash it off after.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about mango butter:
1. How long can you store mango butter?
Organic mango butter usually lasts up to 24 months after packing and manufacture. But for it to last for this time period the mango butter has to be stored in a cool and dark place free from excess moisture. This will avoid it from getting spoiled sooner than expected and will also maintain its texture and avoid it from melting. Please note that the shelf life of the mango butter can be reduced if not stored in the right way.
2. Can shea butter be replaced by mango butter?
Yes, you definitely can. In fact, many people are often allergic to shea butter and use mango butter. Mango butter is emollient in nature and has great moisturizing properties. When used on the hair, it helps soften and hydrate the hair and trap in moisture.
3. As compared to shea butter, is mango butter better for the hair?
A lot of people often replace shea butter with mango butter in hair mask recipes as mango butter is much softer and contains higher amounts of fatty acids (but doesn’t have a greasy texture) as compared to shea butter or cocoa butter.
4. Is mango butter comedogenic?
A lot of people worry about product buildup and clogging of pores and hair follicles because of the use of comedogenic products. Well, that can be ruled out when it comes to mango butter as it isn’t greasy nor is it comedogenic in nature and will definitely not clog your hair follicles.
5. Can mango butter be mixed with shea butter or cocoa butter?
Yes, you can mix mango butter with either of the other butters. But if you wish to have non-greasy hair after application, then avoid mixing butters and use only the mango butter.
The final takeaway
Well you guys, if this read has convinced you about how amazing mango butter is for your hair, then do not think twice, just go in for this product and you will definitely not regret it.
Buying mango butter will give you double the benefits. Let me tell you how. Apart from using mango butter for your hair, you can also use it for your skin!
You can use it as a moisturizer, to soothe irritated skin, to treat insect bites, to reduce acne, to prevent signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines, to get rid of stretch marks and tan lines and you could even just use it as a sunscreen!
Voila! One product and one solution to almost every hair and skin problem, don’t you think?
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!