As promised, I’m back with a first impression of the Shea Moisture Brand.
I know that I stated that I would start out with the Moisture Retention but I started with the Yucca because I have fine hair that is very dense and I wanted to see if I noticed any difference.
Ok let’s commence with the ingredients shall we:
Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) oil (denotes certified organic ingredients), aloe vera leaf juice, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) extract, biotin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (coconut oil), vegetable protein, Yucca Filamentosa extract, rosemary extract, bamboo extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract.
Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner
Contains de-ionized water, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, Sorbitol Esters, Mangifera Indica (mango) seed butter, Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil, Aloe Barbadenis leaf extract, Yucca Filamentosa extract, vegetable protein, Glycine Soja (soybean) oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) extract, biotin, rosemary extract, bamboo extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract. *Denotes certified organic ingredients.
Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque
Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Olea Europaea Oil (Olive) , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Ammonium Salt (Conditioner) , Yucca Filamentosa Extract , Vegetable Protein , Adansonia Digitata Extract (Baobab) , Biotin , Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) , Rosemary Extract , Bamboo Extract , Sorbitol Esters , Caprylyl Glycol , Essential Oil Blend , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
State of Hair prior to applying:
I took out each twist one by one and applied the Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque on each section then proceeded to retwist until entire hair was covered. I left the masque in my hair overnight. The next morning I undid each twist, detangled with fingers and combed through with my Magic Star Jumbo Rake and then proceeded to gather shed hairs with my Tangle Teezer. I then rinsed and shampooed with the Yucca and Baobab Thickening Shampoo and conditioned with the Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner (I did not rinse the conditioner out) and left my hair in twists. I finished luxuriating in the shower and then proceeded to apply coconut oil. I sat underneath a heat cap for 30 minutes then applied the AS I AM DoubleButter Creme to seal.
The line left my hair feeling smooth and supple
The Masque aided in detangling my dry tangled hair.
The Conditioner is the bomb and honestly could and probably will replace my Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp and Hair Dew. One thing that I appreciate about the conditioner is that it’s going nowhere, when you apply it, it sticks to the hair shaft and after a few minutes my low porosity hair absorbed this baby like it was a thirsty man in the desert. In combination with the other products, my hair was good for a good 4 days before I redid the moisture/seal process.
The price is pretty good for what you get.
The ingredients are all natural
Can find the products (if you’re lucky and all of the other naturals haven’t wiped out the shelves) at your local Target or Walgreens/Duane Reade
Black owned business (power to the people: LOL!!)
NY based Business (shout out to my stizzate!!!)
Due to the popularity of the brand can be a bit difficult to find (see previous rant about all products not being available in all stores).
I’m not sure if it’s the ammonium salt or another ingredient but thus far I’ve tried this Masque and the Curling Smoothie and there is a film left on the hair which is the reason why I would only use the Masque as a pre-treatment and not as a post shampoo deep conditioner.
I will say that I did notice any difference in the volume of my hair but I’ve only used this particular line (Yucca) two times so with continuous use I’ll see if I notice a difference.
Would I repurchase?