One of the coolest things about hair is that a lot of kitchen ingredients work well for treatments. Coconut milk, honey, and olive oil are all ingredients that Izzy loves, and I love that I can pick them up from the grocery store while doing my weekly shopping. Awhile ago, I saw this video by one of my fellow YouTubers, louloumatou (who is awesome, btw), and decided to pick up some ghee. What’s ghee, you ask?
Ghee is clarified butter, and is often used in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. Why put butter on my hair? Because there is a difference between regular butter and clarified butter. Basically, clarified butter is the fat only, and is like a solid oil. I have read that according to Avurvedic principles, ghee promotes hair growth. Now…whether that is true is neither here nor there (I don’t think it does), but it is a great “oil” for the hair. I am not a huge fan of oil, so the oils I have been buying are all ones that I can get on the ground in order to avoid shipping. My experience with ghee has been great (as I type this post, I am wearing a bentonite clay face mask with ghee and honey).
Consistency: Like a thin pomade…turns to oil quickly and absorbs easily into hair and skin.
Smell: I think it smells a bit like sweet cream, but I can see how some people would interpret a twinge of funk. At first, I thought it smelled like the fake butter that they use in microwave popcorn, but it started to smell like cream.
Uses: As a prepoo, ghee is awesome, I’ve prepooed with it overnight, and 20 minutes before washing, and my hair was soft each time. I haven’t prepooed since I started using CON, but I def like this as a prepoo, and it’s not so thick that it leaves an annoying residue. I’ve also used ghee as my oil under a gel, and had great results! It’s not greasy, and I got softened, non-crunchy hair. I always use a small spoonful in my deep conditioners. For my skin, it’s not heavy (like shea) and abosorbs quickly, softens skin, and gives a “dewy” appearance.
Cost: $8 for 4oz at the health food store, but you can order it in bulk on Amazon for a better deal.
WildChild Verdict: Definitely give it a try! And if you don’t like it on your hair and skin, you can always cook with it. It has a nice flavor!