One big thing that this journey to natural hair taught me was to be extra aware of not only the products I’m using but how my hair reacts. It also helps me keep my product junkie tendencies in check too, making me think twice about buying something as well as stay with what works. When my hair was relaxed I could try any and everything but my natural curls are very particular and the wrong product could spell a really bad hair day. I loved the body products from SheaMoisture and I really wanted to give their hair product line a try. After surfing the web and reading that so many natural haired girls are not only using it but raving about it, I took the plunge!
Moisture Retention Shampoo ($9.99 at Walgreens)
I thought I wouldn’t find a shampoo that could outperform my Carol’s Daughter staple, especially for a cheaper price but I was proven wrong! This thick, moisture rich, and sulfate free shampoo is formulated for dry and damaged hair, which fits my hair to a T. It really feels like a conditioner more so than a shampoo, not leaving my hair feeling so squeaky clean it becomes a dry frizz ball! It gets rid of all the product build up that accumulates during the week without the harshness, leaving my hair super soft. I definitely noticed a decrease in the amount of breakage I experience on wash days since I started using it since midsummer. My husband likes it too and between the both of us, a bottle lasts quite a while which is another plus!
Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Soufflé * ($11.99 at Walgreens)
While the back of my hair has no issues maintaining its curl, the crown is a whole other story! The curls there are looser and usually the first to frizz up and look really limp and not cute. I used to use this product from Twisted Sista which was cool but I would have to use it every day, which for my fine hair is a little much. When I was given this to review, I gladly tried it out, especially having such a big success with the shampoo. The Soufflé, with agave nectar and flax seed is lighter than a regular gel but gives the same hold, helping my freshly washed hair keep its curl pattern long after it dries. I use it after putting in my leave in conditioner and this hair oil from Uncle Funky’s Daughter, especially in my trouble spots. My hair does feel a little hard on the first day but by day two the crunchiness is gone while my hair up top is still curly. I don’t need to use it every day which is great (and makes the jar last longer!)
Deep Treatment Hair Masque ($9.99 at Walgreens)
In trying to deep condition my hair more often, I was looking for something that didn’t need heat all the time. Truthfully I don’t have much time during the week to sit under a dryer so I bought this one because I could leave it in my hair for 30 minutes and rinse it out, or use it as a leave in. The masque is thick when you take it out of the jar but dissolves quickly once it’s in your wet hair. The sea kelp and the shea butter are supposed to get rid of all impurities while moisturizing and repairing damage to your hair and scalp. As a wash out conditioner it’s great, leaving my hair really soft. As a leave in, it was great on my hair, leaving it really moisturized especially overnight. However it totally killed my scalp, making it really itchy and irritated (not fun). So I had to go back to my old leave in and only use the mask occasionally as a wash-out conditioner.
Have you ladies used any of SheaMoisture’s hair products?
Oh, check out my girl Michelle’s review of some of their other hair product lines!
Photos courtesy of: SheaMoisture
*FTC Disclosure: This product was received as a free sample.