Is There A Difference Between Yellow Shea & White Shea???
So, I have been using unrefined yellow shea butter since transitioning and I recently made the decision to stop and start using white shea butter for my natural hair instead...
I purchased my unrefined white shea butter from Camden Grey Essentials and I love it!
I followed a recipe that Naptural85 on YouTube makes for her natural hair (using white shea) and I tried it with both butters. The yellow shea is harder to mix and blend no matter what I mix with it and eventually the mix either hardens or separates to where I have to mix it again. I then tried the recipe with white shea and it turned out perfect and stayed creamy. It was also easier to mix and blend with my oils. I also noticed a difference in my hair, it's a lot softer and holds moisture better with the white shea than the yellow. Camden says their white shea butter is unrefined and they even sell refined shea butter, but I don't understand how both butters are completely different.
Regardless, I'm going to continue using white shea and I am done with the African Shea Butter.
I found this information online:
White vs Yellow Shea Butter
Shea butter has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is considered best for ageing. The extract also helps against sunburn.
White and yellow shea butter has almost the same properties. The main difference between the two is in their colour. The white shea butter comes in white colour whereas yellow shea butter comes in bright yellow colour.
When comparing the nutrient, the yellow shea butter has more nutrients packed in them. This is because some of the nutrients in white shea butter are lost at some stage in the refining process. In vitamins also, the yellow shea butter is better than the white shea butter. Yellow shea butter has more healing properties than the white shea butter. Most of the healing properties of white shea butter get lost during the process. White shea butter is, however, more used in the cosmetic industry.