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 my hair loves, and I love that I can pick them up from the grocery store while doing my weekly shopping. After reading about the benefits of ghee, I decided to use it on my hair. What’s ghee, you ask?
Ghee is clarified butter, and is often used in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. It’s also used in Ethiopia as a hair treatment.
Why put butter on one’s 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 Ayurvedic principles, ghee promotes hair growth. Now…whether that is true is neither here nor there (I’m not sure if it does), but it is a great “oil” for the hair. My experience with ghee has been great.
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. Someone also told me it smells like havarti cheese?
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. Also, 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. For my skin, it’s not heavy (like shea) and absorbs quickly, softens skin, and gives a “dewy” appearance. I even used it on flat ironed hair to smooth it before I put my scarf on for the night, and my hair was so soft in the morning! I didn’t even care that I got called “cheesehead” for a couple of days (if this would bother you, please rinse it out!).
I’ve also been cooking with my ghee and using it with toast. I spread it on gluten free bread and add a dash of garlic salt and pepper. Regarding internal benefits, ghee is said to lower the risk of heart disease and contains vitamins A, D, E, K in addition to fatty acids CLA and butyric acid. And it’s so tasty! Just don’t use too much. You can either order ghee online or purchase it from your local health food market (I don’t think I’ve seen it at the mass chain grocery stores) or Indian market.
Have you ever used ghee for cooking or your beauty routine?