When I first started researching hair oils and butters I started going nuts looking for the fatty acid composition of kukui butter because I wanted to decide whether to use it for sealing or pre-poo treatments.
The numbers I found suggested it should be liquid at room temperature (it was very high in polyunsaturated fats) but it was being touted as a solid butter on many of the sites where I buy ingredients.
Then I learnt about hydrogenation.
Basically, an oil that is liquid at room temperature can be hydrogenated so that it's solid at room temperature instead.
How Does Hydrogenation Work?
The polyunsaturated fats in a liquid oil are brought into contact with hydrogen to convert them to saturated fats. Hydrogenation not only makes the liquid solid, it increases its shelf life!
Examples of hydrogenated butters:
Aloe butter is actually different. The aloe vera plant doesn't actually have very much fat in it so aloe vera is blended with another oil/butter such as coconut oil to make aloe butter.
Are hydrogenated butters good for natural hair?
Yep, you get the same benefits as though they were a liquid oil but it allows you to use them in more ways, e.g. to make a DIY Whipped Butter.
Are hydrogenated butters healthy to eat?
Wrong site! I might sidetrack into skin benefits once in a while but health is really not NenoNatural.com's realm.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward