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How To Use Mango Butter for Hair Health and Shine

• May 19, 2018

Raw Mango Butter -- 8 oz
BGLH Marketplace raw mango butter

By Alondra

Along with my handy-dandy shea butter, I’ve come across yet another natural product to add to the team: 100% All Natural Mango Butter. Now, I’ve always seen this butter listed as an ingredient in hair care products, but never had I seen it in its natural form until recently.

I’ll be completely honest. When I purchased it, I had no idea of exactly how to use it. I was completely lost and decided to do some research before I turned myself into a chemistry lab. Here’s what I found:

1. Mango butter is extracted from the kernels of the mango

2. Mango butter is an emollient and moisturizer and has a high content of fatty acids (this helps keep your skin moisturized and promotes cell regeneration)

3. It contains vitamins A, C, D, E, and group B vitamins: folic acid, calcium, iron, and magnesium (vitamins A, C, and E are known to be beneficial to hair)

4. It protects the skin from UV rays (this is also a great component for your hair to help decrease chances any possible sun damage)

5. It can hydrate the skin and hair for a long period of time (it can help balance the moisture in your hair for an even longer period of time)

I was completely impressed! I knew that mango butter had to be good for you, but honey, I didn’t know it was working with all that! I swear my mind was on overload thinking of all the ways I could use this for my hair AND skin. I didn’t know if I wanted to mix it, melt it, rub it or pour it…I was all over the place!

Raw Mango Butter -- 8 oz
BGLH Marketplace raw mango butter

Eventually, I decided that I would try it as a pre-poo/hot oil treatment…and in turn, I got my life! The process was really quick and easy. Below are the steps I took to create an amazing treatment:

  • I put some of the butter in another container to prepare it for melting. I then boiled some water, removed the pot from the stove and placed the container in the pot. (I removed the pot from the stove to ensure that the oil wouldn’t over heat). The butter melted pretty easily, I just stirred it a little bit and in a matter of minutes it had the consistency of melted coconut oil.
  • I then poured the butter into an applicator bottle to make the application process easier and less messy.
  • I first applied the butter directly to my scalp and massaged it in. I was really trying to reap the benefits of its moisturizing and cell regeneration attributes! I did this for about 3–5 minutes.
  • I then applied the butter down the length of my hair. I made sure to saturate the hair. Oh and I never used a hair tool. I just used my hands to get it all through the strands (and THAT just rhymed, baby I’ve got BARS…any who…)
  • I placed a plastic cap over my head and let the butter marinate. I planned on letting it sit for 30 minutes but I got sidetracked watching “Orange Is the New Black”…that show is everything, but I digress…
  • After I let it sit, I proceeded to shampoo my hair as I normally do. My hair was VERY manageable in the shower and it didn’t feel as stripped as it usually does. (I prefer sulfate shampoos over non-sulfate by the way)
  • Once my hair was clean, it was time for me to deep condition. One thing I will say, my hair did have a shine to it with no product and my curls weren’t frizzy or anything! It looked really moisturized so I was quite pleased. I knew then that the mango butter had done its magic.

To make a long story short, I ended up styling my hair as usual. My hair’s manageability, softness and sheen were ON POINT! I didn’t have to add any more moisture for about 3 days (compared to my normal 2). That’s not a significant amount of time; however it did last longer as the property list suggested.

Here’s my hair after it was all said and done! Oh and this was a twist out…

All in all, I give mango butter the “Yaassss” stamp of approval! If you’ve already tried mango butter for your hair, tell me how you used it and what you thought of it!

Click here to try our raw mango butter (pictured in the article above)
Click here to try our whipped mango butter (pictured below)

About Alondra: Joke telling, hair pick toting, life-living Southern Bell by way of Memphis, Tennessee. I’m a young,educated black woman pursuing dreams by day and a super hero by night; my powers reside in my mind. To state it simply, I plan to save the world one conversation at a time. @Color_Me_Diva @MyManeThang

Sources: https://www.nenonatural.com/hair-blog/what-is-mango-butter-what-are-its-benefits-to-natural-hair
http://mango-butter.com/

*This post was originally published on June 15, 2014

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BGLH now sells raw and whipped shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter. Purchase here: bglh-marketplace.com

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Longpig

This article is hilarious! Thanks for the information — I recently used a product with mango butter for the first time and it’s giving me life! My hair is so soft! I’ve never used the raw thing — if I can get my hands on some I’ll try it

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T-rey

Whenever I go to Africa In April in Memphis I always try to stock up on butters. I hate that I didnt find the 100% mango butter this year. I got the whipped shea butter that has a mango scent. I will definitely look for it when I go back next year.

Kristin
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Kristin

I am familiar with mango butter and love it! Although I haven’t used it in my hair I do use it for my facial moisturizer. I wash my face with African black soap, then moisturize with a combo of raw cocoa butter and mango butter that I melt down then whip!

Jc
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I bought some mango butter but I have no idea where it is. I was so annoyed that it didn’t smell like mangoes.……yup really, even I can be that simple 🙂

If I ever find it again, I will try these tips.

Caramel
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Caramel

I use mango butter as a replacement for shea butter. It is much more lighter than shea butter and can be mixed and whipped like shea butter.

taylorjbeans
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taylorjbeans

I went to Africa in April my junior year of high school and got a pound of Shea butter for $3–4. Best day of my life. Out of all the stuff I saw all I can remember were those big butter rocks :‘D

Barbara
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Barbara

I didn’t know mango butter was sold at Africa in April so I will check it out next year. I want to try it for my skin but not on my hair. I have fine strands but high density. Butters are not my hair’s friends. Lol.

linda
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linda

Yaass! to mango butter. That’s the butter I choose when I don’t want to use shea butter. It’s lighter on my hair and makes it shiny as well. The mango butter is part of my staples and I use it in rotation with avocado butter, shea butter and ghee. I also use it in my DIY leave-in with flaxseed gel.

Talisa
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Talisa

I’ve heard great things about ghee for natural hair. A friend of mine uses it for her detangling process. What about you?

Denise
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Denise

Thanks so much for this suggestion! I’ve got a container full of mango butter that I didn’t know what to do with… I see what I’ll be whipping out this Sunday. 🙂

Dawn
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I am totally looking forward in trying mango butter. Really excited and I’m going to try it on my son, who have severe eczema. We can’t wait to get him off of the petroleum jelly. Other than Africa in April, is there any where I can get a hold of it now? Desperately need to know!!

Caramel
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Caramel

Hey Dawn, I live in London and buy mango butter online via Ebay.

Tolani Whatsshelike
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Tolani Whatsshelike

Hi Dawn, step away from the petroleum jelly immediately! I’ve had -really bad -eczema all my life and Drs used to prescribe that and Diprobase to me all the time — they just cover or help it short term, that is it. Try and make a gradual switch to shea butter, calendula and castor oil based products. Have you tried african soap? It can be drying but if you apply before showering (just rub the bar between your hands with a little water and slather onto the area of eczema) then wash it off, it should help with the scratching.… Read more »

AMAN
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AMAN

I use it will almond oil and a leave-in (deva curl one) spray some rose water (mixed with a little tea tree oil) and I’m good to go..

Naturally Mia
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I enjoy how you write :p. Your hair looks sooo healthy and shiny in that pic. I have an order of mango butter that I should be getting next week.…so excited to try it as a part of my hair, body, lip regime.

Desi
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Desi

I came upon mango butter in my search for a butter other than shea (my hair just excessively falls straight out the root, I dont know why). I really like mango butter, it gives me the benefits of a butter plus no excessive shedding ;). I am trying to make my butter fluffy but all the recipes I have found use coconut oil (another product that makes my hair shed) and shea butter to aid in oh so fluffy texture. Hopefully I’ll find a good one. As for now I blended oils, essential oils, and aloe vera into my mango… Read more »

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