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Is frizz and dryness becoming your constant hair problem? Let the magic of cocoa butter transform your dull hair to smooth, shiny, gorgeous tresses.

Weather changes, sun, pollution and unhealthy lifestyle can take a toll on your hair health. This is why the ancient science of Ayurveda advises the use of nature-derived hair nourishers that moisturize, protect and improve your overall hair quality. This chemical-free, safe-to-use hair butter can be used alone or in combination with other keshya herbs to give you a holistic hair care treatment. Read on to know the various benefits and uses of cocoa butter for your hair.

Our Ayurvedic Doctor Says

“Cocoa butter has a good moisturizing effect. It helps in removing the unfavourable influence caused by vitiated Vata and Kapha on the scalp.”

Dr. Mamtha Tandle (BAMS, PGDC in Cosmetology), Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix

What Is Cocoa Butter?

Natural cocoa butter

This natural, aromatic fat is extracted from roasted Theobroma cacao seeds, during the production of cocoa powder. Cocoa butter has gained popularity in the hair and skin care field due to the luxurious feel it renders to your skin and hair.

The presence of essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, Vitamin E, antioxidants and other bio-active compounds in cocoa butter enhances hair texture, strengthens hair roots, enables better moisture retention and prevents various hair problems such as dryness, dandruff, split ends and hair loss.

Owing to cocoa butter’s rich texture and other skin friendly physical properties, it is used as a base for a wide range of medicinal ointments.

Benefits Of Cocoa Butter For Hair

woman applying cocoa butter on long hair

1. Moisturizes Your Hair

Packed with fatty acids (stearic, oleic and palmitic acids) [1], the rich, creamy texture of cocoa butter infuses your hair strands with essential moisture. It penetrates deep into the hair shaft and reduces hair porosity. Moisture in your hair adds bounce, shine and elasticity, which makes your hair look healthy.

2. Prevents Hair Loss

Cocoa butter is packed with polyphenols [2], which as per research can prevent male and female patterned hair loss. It has the ability to inhibit DHT hormones that are responsible for androgenic alopecia. Furthermore, cocoa butter's intense moisturizing abilities prevent your hair follicles from drying up. Massaging your scalp with cocoa butter keeps your scalp healthy and your hair roots nourished.

3. Strengthens Hair Shaft

The cuticle layer of a damaged hair strand appears raised when observed under a microscope. Applying cocoa butter on your hair seals the cuticle layer, strengthens the hair shaft and prevents easy breakage.

4. Repairs Damaged Hair

Rich in Vitamin E and other antioxidants, cocoa butter is an excellent hair rejuvenator. It battles free radical hair damage that leads to premature hair greying and hair loss. Cocoa butter’s healing nature repairs hair damage and adds volume to thin, dull hair.

5. Controls Dandruff

Cocoa butter is an excellent anti-dandruff treatment. It detoxifies your scalp, unclogs your follicles and helps soften and remove existing dead skin flakes. Cocoa butter’s sweet scent also prevents foul odour caused by dandruff. Its therapeutic properties are useful in keeping various scalp infections away.

6. Good For High Porosity Hair

People with curly hair often swear by cocoa butter for its ability to prevent shrinkage and tame porous hair. High porosity hair requires hair products that are heavy for sealing in enough moisture. Cocoa butter’s emollient properties makes it an essential ingredient in curly hair care routine.

7. Protects Hair From Environmental Damage

Cocoa butter not only seals moisture into your hair strands, but also forms a protective barrier over your hair. This keeps your hair safe from UV exposure, chlorine water, dust, pollution, heat damage and chemical hair products.

8. Improves Hair Texture

Cocoa butter’s rich, velvety nature softens dry, brittle hair and gives it a smooth finish. It coats individual hair strands and seals the cuticle layer. Using cocoa butter as a leave-in conditioner adds shine and keeps your hair silky all day.

9. Prevents Frizz

Cocoa butter is a natural remedy for hair frizz. Its creamy texture has a long lasting effect on your hair strands and leaves you with easily manageable, tangle free hair. Regular application is known to completely reduce dryness and split ends, giving you celebrity hair everyday.

10. Promotes Hair Growth

Cocoa butter battles various hair issues which ensures optimum nutrition absorption and damage control for your tresses. The presence of sulphur in this natural butter prevents hair breakage. The mineral magnesium found in cocoa butter is known to enhance blood circulation in the scalp which ensures better oxygen supply to your hair roots. All such benefits allow healthy hair growth and keep hair problems at bay.

“Dryness of hair is due to Vata vitiation and oiliness is due to Kapha vitiation. If these doshas are imbalanced and Pitta aggravated, then we can see the change in texture of skin and hair. Cocoa butter is helpful in removing frizziness and has a good moisturizing effect. It helps in removing the unfavourable influence caused by vitiated Vata and Kapha on the scalp,” says Dr. Mamtha Tandle, Ayurvedic doctor at Vedix.

How To Use Cocoa Butter On Hair ?

woman holding jar with cocoa butter lotion

1. Cocoa Butter As Pre Shampoo Treatment

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter, coconut cream and avocado

How To Use

  • Melt cocoa butter.
  • Add it to 1-2 spoons of coconut cream, depending on your hair length and type.
  • Blend the above ingredients with a ripe avocado to prepare a pre-poo conditioner.
  • Apply on your hair and scalp for an hour and wash off.
  • You can wear a shower cap and wrap a moist warm towel around your head for better product absorption.
  • Use 2 to 3 times a week for best results.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Prevents dry hair
  • Deep-conditioning treatment for dull hair
  • Prevents split ends and breakage
  • Adds nutrition to hair roots
  • Keeps hair healthy, soft and shiny

2. In The Shower Conditioner

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter, aloe vera, amla and honey

How To Use

  • Blend amla and add aloe vera gel and honey.
  • Melt cocoa butter and add it to the above ingredients.
  • Apply this in-shower conditioner on your scalp and through the length of your hair and wash off after 10 minutes.
  • Use every time you shampoo or whenever your hair feels dry.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Improves hair texture
  • Strengthens hair
  • Prevents scalp dryness
  • Restores hair health
  • Reverses sun damage
  • Prevents premature greying

3. Cocoa Butter As Leave-In Conditioner/Cream

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter

How To Use

  • Apply a small amount of melted cocoa butter through the length of your hair and leave it on.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Prevents hair damage
  • Prevents frizz
  • Keeps hair smooth, silky and manageable
  • Cocoa butter is safe for daily use. However, thoroughly wash your hair 2-3 times a week with a herbal shampoo to prevent product build-up.

4. Cocoa Butter As A Scalp Clarifying Hair Mask

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter and colloidal oatmeal

How To Use

  • Prepare a clarifying hair mask by adding melted cocoa butter to coarsely blended colloidal oatmeal.
  • Massage onto your scalp and hair and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Use this DIY mask once a week. However, if you use a lot of chemical hair products, then it is better to use this 2 times a week for a good detoxifying experience.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Unclogs pores
  • Removes product buildup
  • Prevents dandruff

5. Cocoa Butter As A Hair Mask

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter, banana, egg

How To Use

  • Mash a ripened banana and add an egg white or the whole egg to it as per your preference.
  • Melt some cocoa butter and mix it with the above ingredients to form a hair mask for damaged hair.
  • Apply all over your hair and scalp and wash off after 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Apply twice a week if you have been experiencing hair fall or split ends.

B. Benefits For Hair

6. Cocoa Butter As Anti-Dandruff Treatment

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter, hibiscus and neem

How To Use

  • Mash 5 to 6 hibiscus flowers and 10 to 12 neem leaves together.
  • Melt cocoa butter and add to it.
  • Thoroughly massage this onto your scalp and hair.
  • Wash off after 20 minutes.
  • Use 3 times a week till the dandruff condition improves.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Removes dandruff
  • Prevents scalp dryness
  • Unclogs hair follicles

7. Cocoa Butter As A Massage Oil

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter and olive / jojoba oil

How To Use

  • Add equal portions of cocoa butter and olive or jojoba oil.
  • Warm the ingredients till the cocoa butter melts.
  • Massage onto the scalp and hair for 15 minutes and wash off.
  • Use as frequently as required for a rejuvenating experience.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Fortifies hair against damage from sun, dust and pollution.
  • Provides deep nourishment
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Promotes hair growth

8. Cocoa Butter As A Hair Growth Pack

A. Ingredients

Cocoa butter, quinoa protein and bhringraj

How To Use

  • Soak quinoa seeds in water overnight.
  • Blend into a smooth paste and add melted cocoa butter and bhringraj powder to it to prepare a hair pack.
  • Apply on your hair and scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes and wash off.
  • For severely damaged, dry, frizzy hair, use it 3 times a week.

B. Benefits For Hair

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Controls dandruff
  • Prevents frizz and dryness
  • Repairs damaged hair
  • Increases hair elasticity

Vedix Tip: Applying cocoa butter can reduce scalp irritations, itchiness and may also help to heal mild scalp infections.

How Long Should You Leave Cocoa Butter On Your Hair?

Cocoa butter needs to be melted and applied on the hair. Hence, it can be applied for 15 to 20 minutes and washed off before it solidifies again, unless you are using it as a leave-in conditioner. As concerns for safety go, cocoa butter is safe for the scalp and not known to cause any irritations if left for longer hours.

How Long Does It Take For Cocoa Butter To Work?

Cocoa butter can give your dull tresses an instant shine. Regular application for a week or two is required to notice visible hair benefits such as damage repair, improved elasticity and better moisture retention.

The Last Word

Cocoa butter has been in use since ancient times for its multiple hair and skin nurturing properties. Its sweet fragrance makes it a widely sought after aromatherapy oil. According to Ayurveda, cocoa butter’s skin-soothing, oily nature can balance aggravated vata and pitta doshas that are responsible for dryness and dandruff induced hair fall.

Being suitable for all hair types, including this natural butter in your hair care routine can make your hair soft, shiny and healthy in a very short time.

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