I don't know why I just thought of this today, because this 'hair discussion' took place about 3 years ago. I had a roommate from Eritrea (please forgive the speeling), next to Ethiopia, and her beautiful 3b/3c long curly hair started to break off. Frist, she went to a regular hair dresser and they gave her protein treatments, etc..., and she was not satisfied with the results. She said that it was too much money for a temporary solution. Then, she found a hairdresser from her country who told her that her hair is breaking from the change in climate, lifestyle, water, etc... from coming to the US. This hairdresser told her to apply unsalted butter to her hair at night, put on a shower cap, and sleep with the butter in her hair. In the morning, shampoo the scalp - not the hair - with a light shampoo, and apply a little conditioner. Finally, wear the hair in soft protective styles, for example no tight buns, but loose ones. Do this one month on and one month off. She did this and after after about 2 weeks, I really saw the difference in her hair. The curls were very moisturized and shiny whereas they were kind of dry looking before (eventhough I always thought that she had beautiful hair). She told me that in her country, many women sleep with this butter substance in their hair every night and do this treatment everyday. She said there is no substitute for this butter substance in the US and unsalted butter is the best equivalent. I don't know the name of the substance because she referred to it in her native language. Anyway, I am going to try this for the next month starting this weekend and then post my results. Has anyone else every heard of something like this? Currently, I am finally officially bra-strap , but the hair has been brastrap for about 3-4 months. My hair grew like a weed from around shoulder length along with a bunch of 1-2 inch broken pieces at the crown while I transitioned for about 1.5 years. Then, about 2 inches above bra strap, the growth slowed to almost a halt. I am not complaining because I have no breakage and my hair is THICK and healthty. I have also noticed that my hair is healthy in the summer, but combating dryness in the winter is a serious batter. Although my hair is healthy, it doesn't have any sheen. I hope that this butter method can help me. Sorry so long and I better get back to work before the boss comes back from lunch.