Product:Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangiera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, Essential Oil Blens, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japense Honeysuckle) Flower extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient.
Consistency: Very thick and creamy
Price:$ 9.99 at Walgreens
Smell: Perfumey (very similar to Cantu Shea Butter leave-in)
Review: I used this product to twist my damp hair. This smell was a bit overwhelming for me, but I love the consistency. It is great for styling because it provides a strong hold without hardening the hair. I used a lot of product for each twist (as I usually do) so my hair was pretty white after I had finished. The next day I took out all of my twists and my hair seemed fuller, pretty well defined, and VERY soft. However, soon thereafter I noticed lots of small flakes throughout my hair. Not on my scalp, but on my hair. It was not noticeable unless you looked closely or if I was under a lot of light, but I noticed it and my husband did as well. I was totally dismayed! I’m sure the product flaked because I put so much in my hair, but I go pretty heavy with all of my products (because my hair sucks it all up quickly) and I haven’t had flakes before. I was able to wear the twistout to work that day because the flakes were hardly noticeable, but I had to re-wash my hair the next day. As you can imagine I was not pleased to have to do this. It takes several hours each time I wash, condition, and style my hair and to have to do it over in less than two days made me quite upset.
Will I use this product again? I will not use this product again because I can’t afford to have to go through this again. I’m really disappointed because I’ve wanted to try this particular product for soooo long and just about everyone loves it, but my hair does not.
Product: Deep Treatment Masque
Ingredients: Deionized water, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), argan oil, cetyl esters, sea kelp extract, panthenol (vitamin b-5), ammonium salt, essential oil blend, avocado oil, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and lonicera japonica (japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), hyssopus officinalis extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf and equisetum arvense extract, soybean oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil.
Price: $9.99 at Walgreens
Consistency: Thick and creamy
Review: Again, the smell of this product was a bit much for me. I did like the consistency though. After spraying my hair with water I applied this product to each section of hair and detangled before twisting for my deep conditioning. Since this product is thick it was not the greatest detangler, but it worked. After deep conditioning over night my hair felt pretty soft. It was about the same as it usually does after deep conditioning. Maybe just a tad less soft than usual. I was not blown away nor disappointed with the results.
Will I use this product again? I will finish this jar. I don’t think I will buy it again though. My previous deep conditioners worked just as good if not better than this one so I don’t feel the need to buy this product, I can just use what I’ve been using (Aubrey GPB or olive oil or olive oil and honey). *Addendum: I WILL keep this product! I’ve used it more since the review and I’ve found that it gets the job done. I do add oil and honey to it for deep conditioning. I figure I will not have to buy conditioner as often if I use this for deep treatments and my conditioner for co-washing. The fact that this product is cheap and all-natural is also incentive. It’s a keeper!
Product: Reconstructive Elixir
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii Oil (Shea Butter) , Argan Oil , Vegetable Squalane , Carrot Oil , Macadamia Nut Oil , Isopropyl Myristate , Avocado Oil , Castor Oil , Sebacic Acid , Sea Kelp Extract , Essential Oil Blend , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Price: FREE, sent to me by Charish, thanks girlfriend! 😉 ( $9.99 in stores)
Consistency: a light oil spray
Smell: Mildly perfumey
Review: I put oil in my hair almost everyday so I was thrilled to get this product while I still had my small twists in my hair. The fact that it is a spray is great! With that being said, I don’t feel like this product has “reconstructed” my hair in any way. It did add moderate shine and perhaps a bit of softness, but did not compare to jojoba oil or sweet almond oil in adding softness. I also felt that the effects were fleeting. A couple of hours after spraying the product in my hair I would not have known that I had did it if my hands were not shining from touching my hair.
Will I use this product again? I will finish this bottle over time, but I don’t think I will buy it.
Well, as you can tell, I was not very impressed with the Shea Moisture products. It was really kind of disappointing to me because I really WANTED to love them. For days I’ve been trying to convince myself that they were working, that they were doing something special for my hair, but they just were not. I’m not a product junkie so for the most part I stick to what works with a little bit of experimentation here and there. If a product doesn’t stand out above anything else I’ve used, I won’t buy it. I encourage you to try these products for yourself.