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With increasing humidity comes unruly hair, and the only way to fight the frizz is to look for hair treatments that will help the hair retain more moisture and increase its manageability. Because of this, hair care products have recently been incorporating plant butters in their formulations. While natural butters like Kukui and Shea are well regarded for their nourishing properties, there is another plant butter that provides the same hair care benefits.

Illipe Butter is a vegetable fat derived from the nut of Shorea stenoptera tree, a plant endemic to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Because of its high fatty acid content and vitamin profile, it brings a lot of benefits to the hair and scalp, making it one of the most sought after plant butters in the world.

Benefits of Illipe Butter to the Hair

Restores Hair Elasticity

Oway-Hcatalyst-Illipe-ButterHair elasticity is a great indicator of hair health. Healthy hair can stretch around 30% (when wet) of its length and return to its normal state without breaking. If not, it either means the hair is lacking protein or moisture, or a mix of both.

To restore the hair’s elasticity, it needs a moisturizer with high fatty acid content – and Illipe Butter has this and more. Aside from containing linoleic acid, it is also a natural emollient. Thus, it can effectively penetrate the hair shaft and fill in empty spaces in the hair. As a result, the hair becomes stronger and healthier.

Before coloring hair, we recommend doing the Wet Stretch Test to determine the health of the hair and using Oway Hcatalyst for lightening services. Its gentle formulations, which include Illipe Butter, can reduce the degeneration of skin cells and restore elasticity to the hair fiber.

Prevents Hair Loss

Losing hair is one of the scariest things that can happen to anyone. To prevent hair loss, the body needs a good amount of vitamin F, also known as linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that protects the hair from lipid imbalance and skin irritations. Without linoleic acid, the scalp becomes susceptible to dermatitis and, eventually, hair loss.

Dermatitis causes the scalp to itch and flake, making it a very unfriendly place for hair growth. This causes the hair to weaken and fall out. Illipe Butter is packed full of linoleic acid that reverses the damage caused by dermatitis. Illipe Butter melts in contact with the skin, so the nutrients are quickly absorbed by the scalp, curbing further skin proliferation and hair loss.

Repairs Damaged Hair

Illipe Butter is a hard butter that contains powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants help repair damaged hair by washing away free radicals and chemicals that are causing the hair to dry out and break. This is why many people prefer using Illipe Butter as hair mask to treat over-processed hair.

Hydrates the Scalp & Hair

Wondering what makes the hair silky smooth? It’s not in the product we use but it’s in the scalp environment. Dry and unhealthy scalp can result in various hair and skin issues that can worsen if left untreated. From parched hair to burning scalp, these problems can be prevented if properly nourished and hydrated.

Illipe Butter is high in Vitamins A and E, which are known to soothe and hydrate the scalp and hair. They help stimulate the production of healthy sebum and shield the hair and scalp from external aggressors to keep the hair from drying out and breaking off.


Reinforces Scalp’s Lipid Barrier

Hcolor-Organic-IngredientsIt may not seem like it, but our scalp is always hard at work – producing natural oils, constantly renewing skin cells, and fighting off free radicals and bacteria. So it’s necessary that the scalp’s barrier remains strong and stable. Otherwise, external aggressors can easily penetrate the scalp, creating potential problems.

Illipe Butter is rich in unsaturated fatty acids oleic and linoleic acids that help protect the scalp by building up its surface layer.1 This keeps irritants and bacteria from passing through, resulting in more resilient skin.

This makes Oway Hcolor highly suited for people with sensitive skin. The Illipe Butter and other nourishing plant botanicals in this organic hair color not only gives the hair gorgeous color and shine, but it’s also gentle for even the most delicate skin.

With such magnificent benefits, it only makes sense that hair care products are including Illipe Butter in the ingredients list. Have you ever tried this fabulous plant butter yourself?


1Mogos, T et. al. (1994). The hair levels of unsaturated fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and linolenic) indicators of the lipid metabolic balance. Available:

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  1. I love illipe butter for hair. Great for moisture retention.

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