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- SheaMoisture’s popular haircare line has products for all curl patterns and hair textures.
- The affordable products range from $10 shampoos and conditioners to $14 stylers.
- I tested out some of SheaMoisture’s bestellers and was pleased with the results.
I grew up seeing my mom’s SheaMoisture shea butter deep treatment in the bathroom, and as I grew older and learned how to care for my own hair, SheaMoisture always made its way back to my bathroom, whether at home or away at school.
The SheaMoisture story starts with Sofi Tucker who, widowed at 19, turned to the streets of Sierra Leone to sell her handcrafted shea butter soaps. Tucker passed her recipes on to her grandson, Richelieu Dennis, who created SheaMoisture using her knowledge and wisdom around the healing power of ingredients like shea butter and African black soap.
After using SheaMoisture products on my combination type 3 patterned hair.
Though SheaMoisture has products across bath, body, and skincare, its haircare products dominate in the natural hair community. SheaMoisture makes a range of hair products for all curl patterns, porosities, and hair textures. Its products are made with certified organic and fair trade ingredients, no animal testing, and no abrasive chemicals like parabens, mineral oils, or petroleum.
Although I was already familiar with some SheaMoisture products, I decided to test out a few more items from the brand on my combination type 3 patterned hair for a wash-and-go, and I was extremely happy with the results. I shared my experience with each of the products below.
What SheaMoisture hair products are like to use
I used the Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo after first spraying my hair and finger detangling, and found it to have a slightly watery consistency. After a few handfuls of product, I massaged the shampoo which formed a low lather. As I worked it through my hair, I felt a bit of slip, or ease in detangling. This is probably due to the shampoo’s silk protein, which makes hair soft, silky, more elastic, and more moisture-retaining.
Once I rinsed the shampoo out, my scalp felt clean and refreshed. My hair didn’t feel stripped of its moisture by this shampoo at all.
This product touts the same main three ingredients as the shampoo: coconut oil for hydration, silk protein for a silky feel, and neem oil to control frizz.
The conditioner has a rich, creamy feel, but it isn’t so thick that it won’t pump out of the bottle. When applying to my hair, the conditioner had a lot of slip and smelled like some unnamed fruit you’d definitely want to eat. Rinsing this out left my hair noticeably shinier.
Flaunting the benefits of moringa oil and “power greens” like kale, matcha, and algae, the Reconstructor mask takes moisture to a new level. The texture of the mask is creamy but slightly more watery than the Coconut & Hibiscus conditioner.
I applied it, braided four sections, and left it in my hair under a plastic cap for 20 minutes. When I finished rinsing it out, my hair was even more soft and shiny than it was after the conditioner. My curls were a lot more defined too.
The Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in gets its power from shea butter, Jamaican black castor oil, and peppermint oils. This trio of moisturizing agents and its handful of proteins left my hair and scalp feeling nourished and soothed. But, I always finish styling with a curl cream for some extra definition.
The Smoothie is mixed with silk protein and several oils and butters that moisturize and fortify the hair.
This product has been a part of my routine for over a year now, but previously, I always used it in combination with other products. Though the Curl Enhancing Smoothie has always left my hair defined and moisturized, I have found the best results when using it with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in.
Cons worth mentioning
I found the Coconut & Hibiscus line to be great for my hair, but it won’t be right for everyone. Also, the Moringa Reconstructor Mask worked extremely well, but the amount of product will probably last for only three to six uses based on how thin or thick your hair is. Unlike the 12-ounce curl smoothie or SheaMoisture’s other conditioning masks, this mask has only eight ounces, meaning you might need to buy it more often or skimp on product.
The bottom line
Shea Moisture products are high quality and full of good ingredients, and their labels tend to tell the truth about what they do. These products continue to work well on my hair for effective cleansing, moisturizing, and styling. I’ve also found the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line to work wonders.
As one of the leading natural haircare brands in a growing industry, SheaMoisture has established itself as a quality, community-focused, and more affordable brand than some other competitors like Devacurl or Briogeo. Overall, SheaMoisture has amazing products that cater to every hair type and most hair needs.
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