Tucuma is a butter which is derived from tucuma palm seeds, which can be found naturally in Brazil. It shares a number of characteristics with murumuru butter, and works best when applied to hair, especially hair which is dull, frizzy, dry or damaged in some way.
Benefits Of Using Tucuma Butter
Tucuma is packed with antioxidant polyphenols, which means that it is adept in battling free radicals throughout the human body. It also contains lots of fatty acids, which means that it can both protect your skin and moisturize it which will aid in keeping it looking supple and young. Tucuma butter is also a hydration aid, which means that when used it will increase your hydration levels which will result in your skin being more elastic. It is versatile, and can be used for the body, or as sealing butter to your hair.
This butter is classified as being vegetable silicon, which means that it will mimic the attributes which are found in common silicone products minus the harmful hair effects. When applied to the hair it will create a shielding screen while not clogging the pores, weighing it down, or drying it out. Tucuma butter also contains lots of beta carotene, which will become vitamin A and is an essential vitamin for more vibrant and healthy hair.
How Tucuma Butter Should Be Used
Having the best butter in the world is meaningless if you don’t know how to use it. Usage of tucuma butter is not restricted to the hair and can also be applied to other areas of the body in order to reduce stretch marks, dry kin or scars, and best of all; it is well suited to those that have sensitive skin. To use tucuma butter most effectively, you will need to incorporate it into the right recipe.
For hair, you will want to take between two and four ounces of tucuma butter (mango butter can be used as an alternative), two teaspoons of almond oil, two teaspoons of vitamin E oil, two teaspoons of carrot oil, two teaspoons of coconut oil and two teaspoons of Argan oil. Make the butter softer above a bowl that contains hot water and use a fork to whisk it. Then add all the other oils and continue whisking. Then pour the mixture into a jar and place it in a refrigerator so that it can solidify.
Once the mixture solidifies the sealing butter will be ready. You will now want to apply it to your hair generously and if some of the oils mentioned for this recipe are not suitable you can use substitutes such as emu oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, castor oil and olive oil. The best tucuma butter is that which is raw and unrefined. Regardless of which brand you purchase, be sure the tucuma butter is not grainy; spreading it should be easy when compared to other butters such as cupuacu.