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René and shea: moisturizing care to end dry hair
Organic and ethical, the shea butter used in all Furterer products comes exclusively from the work of the women of SOTOKACC, a cooperative in Burkina Faso with which the brand has worked since 2007. This responsible supply chain is the result of a meeting between Nathalie Ouattara, the founder of the structure, and Pierre Fabre, whom she was able to convince of the quality of her shea butter, oil and the expertise of her employees. Today, shea butter and oil are the star ingredients and active principles of the Karité range, specially designed for dry and very dry hair, and the secret of the Karinga range for frizzy and thick hair. Its nutritional qualities make it a powerful ally for all hair lacking in moisture!
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Intensely repairs - Nourishes deeply
This is what we have been doing for more than 15 years via our ethical supply chain, certified Fair For Life by Ecocert, in Burkina Faso.
Shea butter is the main product of the fruits of the shea tree. Shea is found throughout tropical Africa, from Mali to Sudan to Burkina Faso, where it is a lucky tree. Butyrospermum parkii, its ancient name literally meaning "butter seeds," produces nuts containing fleshy kernels from which one of the most widely used and affordable vegetable fats in the Sahel is extracted through mechanical pressure. In its refined version, this fat, which is produced exclusively by women, is used as margarine in the sub-Saharan diet.
But it is in its raw version that Shea Butter has reached us and our cosmetics. Prized for its moisturizing properties and its ability to combat dry skin and hair, it is easily recognizable by its yellow-green color, when it is not purified, and its aroma with notes of almonds. It is found in blocks wrapped in leaves in African markets, a form that allows it to be stored for years if not exposed to air and heat.
In short: yes. The reasons for its success can be summed up in three words: texture, composition and properties. To the touch, shea butter is a treasure trove of sensoriality: creamy, easy to apply, especially on very thick hair, it is included in many formulas, making them irresistible, dense, and rich.
But it is in terms of composition that shea butter really makes the difference: with nearly 10% unsaponifiable matter (that insoluble and non-transformable part that retains the most interesting active ingredients), it crushes the competition, which generally has around 1%. From vitamins A and E (antioxidants), karitene (anti-UV) to triterpene alcohols (anti-inflammatory), shea butter is full of scientifically proven molecules. Essential fatty acids, which are key to the functioning of the skin and impossible for humans to synthesize, are also present in large quantities in the butter, justifying its nutritional value.
In addition to these magnificent qualities, it also stands out from oils because of its ease of application, its ability to protect and envelop the hair fiber with a nourishing lipidic film, and its coverage effect which limits perspiration and therefore dehydration. Contrary to popular belief, it does not make the hair grow faster, but it does help to moisturize it in depth and protect it from external aggressions, which is already a lot!
René Furterer has developed three ranges of hair care products to meet the nutritional and moisturizing needs of dry hair:
- The KARITÉ Hydra range, dedicated to dry hair
- The KARITÉ Nutri range, designed for very dry and brittle hair
- The KARINGA range for frizzy and coiled hair
Packed with moisture and nutrition, they contain shea butter, which helps limit hair dryness. Your hair will become all the more gorgeous.