What Are The Benefits of Kokum Butter for Hair

The nourishing benefits of natural butters have long been recognised in the world of beauty. In fact, it is said that the Egyptian queen Cleopatra believed in using Shea butter to care for her skin and hair. Along with cocoa and coconut butters, these natural ingredients are now found in many formulas that have been designed to hydrate hair and skin. One butter that often gets left to the side, however, is that of the kokum tree.

A versatile ingredient, kokum butter has been used as a natural solution for many concerns. A light, non-comedogenic butter, it has now stepped foot into the world of hair and beauty. Its ability to delicately replenish the hair with moisture without weighing down the scalp should not be overlooked. Keep reading for all there is to know about kokum butter and its many benefits for the hair.

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Where does kokum butter come from?

There are a few queries surrounding this foreign ingredient. Firstly, where does kokum butter come from?

Despite the name, kokum butter is actually an oil, one which is extracted directly from the fruit of a kokum tree. The kokum tree is native to India, formally known as Garcinia indica. The uses of its fruit goes beyond hair and beauty solutions, however. In fact, it has been a part of the country’s history for decades.

Kokum butter has a light gray or pale yellow tint and is mainly made up of a saturated fats, such as stearic and oleic acids. The chemical structure of this fat allows kokum butter to remain solid at room temperature. This is why it is referred to as a butter rather than an oil.

This butter has a high melting point so instantly softens and liquifies onto the skin or into the hair. This is why Christophe Robin’s Luscious Curl Cleansing Balm with Kokum Butter can quickly be transformed into a luxurious lather when massaged into the roots. The weightless consistency is easy to rinse and provides a shiny finish.

What does kokum butter smell like?

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As cocoa, coconut, and shea butters are all well known for their distinctive fragrances, many would wonder what kokum butter smells like. However, it surprisingly has a very mild aroma, if at all. This is why it’s the ingredient of choice for anyone who finds themselves to be more sensitive to fragrance. Its lack of fragrance also allows it to be a great addition to haircare products as it can combine with other hydrating natural oils without clashing with their natural smells.

In Christophe Robin’s Luscious Curl Defining Butter, the kokum butter is mixed with Chia And Nigella Seed Oils for a velvety, nourishing formula with a delicate, pleasant scent.

What are kokum butter’s benefits for hair?

So, what separates it from other natural butters and what are kokum butter’s benefits for the hair?

To begin, unlike the other plant butters that regularly feature in hair and skin care regimes, kokum butter is pleasantly light and not as oily. This is because, as previously mentioned, it contains stearic acid which delicately conditions and protects the hair in a lightweight manner. This is one of the reasons it is used in Christophe Robin’s Luscious Curl Defining Butter formula. It can help to hold the curls in place without dragging them down in the way that other butters and gels tend to do.

It is also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t create a build up in the hair follicles. Therefore, this ingredient can leave the scalp refreshed and revitalised, without any heavy feeling in the roots.

Kokum butter is also high in omega-3 and omega-6, two fatty acids that are known to improve skin barrier function and seal in moisture- the perfect recipe to nourish a dry scalp and strands. What’s more, amongst the many vitamins and minerals it contains is vitamins E. Vitamin E is full of antioxidants which can protect the hair against environmental pollutants.

Lastly, kokum butter’s main benefit for the hair is ultimately the intense hydration it provides. The moisture that comes from this natural butter supports and enhances hair elasticity, helping to prevent breakage. This is why it is the key ingredient in Christophe Robin’s curl care range. Curly hair is more prone to dryness and damage so needs all of the hydration it can get.

Now that the many hidden benefits of kokum butter for the hair have been revealed, it makes sense to want to add it to your haircare routine. For those who are blessed with curls, there is a new heat-proof Curly Hair Drying Method to try. Combined with kokum butter filled products, this regimen will bring you on your way to silky, bouncy strands.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.