Different butters perform each of these functions to a different degree.
Compared to other butters cocoa butter is relatively hard. This means that any hair butter or moisturisers with cocoa butter will tend to get thicker or harder over time.
Good Substitutes For Cocoa Butter:
In the cosmetics industry, seven butters are considered substitutes for each other: cocoa, illipe, kokum, sal, shea, mango and palm but they are not perfect substitutes.
Illipe is apparently considered to be the best substitute for cocoa butter because it has a very similar fatty acid profile. However, illipe contains 3 times more vitamin e (tocopherols). It also has higher phytosterol levels so illipe would be more beneficial to you than cocoa butter if your scalp is inflammed or itchy.
My research suggests that kokum and sal butter are the next best alternatives to cocoa butter. Sal butter also has a similar melting point to cocoa butter.
Fat Composition Of Cocoa Butter:
Melting Point Of Cocoa Butter: 34–38 °C (93–100 °F)
This means it will melt quite easily when you rub it in your hands to put it in your hair.
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