Moisturizing hair with a water based product and sealing in that hydration with an oil based product is common to all naturally curly hair no matter hair type or texture. However, the products used differ based on hair characteristics. I have type 4 hair that’s dense. My strands are thick and coarse. As a natural, my kinks and curls like heavy products whereas medium weight products worked best for my relaxed hair. I’ve been using Natural QV‘s hair butter for sealing for several months and would like to share my thoughts about this product.
Natural QV Hair Butter
Natural QV Hair Butter is 100% all natural sealant that promises to moisturize, define and repair, prevent breakage, heal the scalp and promote hair growth. It comes in an 8 ounce jar and includes the following ingredients:
- Shea Butter
- Almond Oil
- Olive Oil
- Castor Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Vitamin E Oil
Hair Butter Uses
Hair mask for thin/oily hair.
- Application Directions: Apply to dry hair covering all strands. Cover with a plastic cap and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes before proceeding to normal wash and conditioning routine.
Deep conditioner for thick hair.
- Application Directions: Add 1-2 quarter size amounts to freshly shampooed hair. Allow to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
Styling product for coarse/kinky hair.
- Application Directions: Apply quarter size amount and comb or finger rake. For best results a leave in conditioner is recommended.
The hair butter has ingredients known to improve moisture and elasticity, prevent breakage, stimulate hair growth and heal the scalp so I had high expectations.
The one ingredient that concerned me most was shea butter. If you are familiar with shea butter, you are aware it must be softened with a heat source before applying it to your hair. This can be as simple as rubbing it between your hands but I find that annoying. Shea butter also has a tendency to make my hair feel coated. However, I experienced none of this with Natural QV’s formulation. The hair butter is soft and really manageable. The texture of it reminds me of whipped shea butter. It has a soft, buttery feel and transfers easily from the jar onto my hands and from my hands onto my hair.
My hair was soft when using the hair butter as a pre-shampoo mask. I’m able to skip pre-wash detangling. Post-deep conditioner detangling is a different story. Slip is one thing we look for in our products. The hair butter softened my hair as a deep conditioner but did not offer enough slip on its own for shower detangling (note: the product didn’t promise slip but I know this is an attribute we look for). I had to follow-up with Paul Mitchell The Detangler to properly shower detangle. I went a month without using sulfate shampoo yet my hair did not feel coated with product buildup. Shocking!
As a sealer, moisture was properly sealed into my hair and it stayed moisturized anywhere from three to five days, depending on climate conditions. On the days that I re-moisturized, I did not seal again. My hair properly held on to moisture even with moisturizing only. As a styler, my two-strands twists were soft, shiny, plump and moisturized.
I love using whipped shea butter during the winter and an off label use that I found for this hair butter is that it works great on skin as well. Multi-use products rock because you really get your money’s worth.
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Delivered As Promised?
I have not noticed an increase in hair growth but I’ve also trimmed my hair recently so that altered my ability to properly assess this benefit. Ya’ll know I’m a scatterbrain these days and I didn’t think to length check before snipping my ends.
I have not experienced scalp irritation or hair breakage since my relaxed hair days so I cannot comment on the effectiveness in these two areas. I’m of the belief that products can’t repair damaged hair. If you are seeing split ends, it’s time to cut them off and start anew with a better regimen.
The four benefits my hair experienced was definition, shine, manageability and moisture. You’ve seen the below photos before but on this wash day, I sealed with Natural QV’s Hair Butter. Once my hair is dry, all product is fully absorbed into the hair and no residue is left behind. Lately, I’ve been wet bunning so this is why the photo still shows product on my hair. I mainly wanted to show you the definition.
You’ve seen this photo before also but this is what my hair looks like once my hair is fully dry – no white cast or residue. Look at that shine and you can still see the definition. The bun part is Marley Hair so that’s why the texture differs.