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Happy Friday chicas……. As I sat down this morning grubbing on some breakfast, I realized some things that made me chuckle a bit. The first is that awhile ago I dropped my product junky habit, or so I thought, and I was all like “I’m doing well today, no worries about hair items because I know what my hair likes (two snaps and a circle)”.  I quickly realized when away from my staples during the holidays that I turned into a product junky whore, stocking up on items, trying the wash and go again which in turn leads me to wanting to purchase more products and just starting that whole vicious cycle once more.

Now let me note that I have nothing against product junkyism and I think if you like trying new products then go out and do so, it’s your money, your hair and it is always fun to experiment. I think that one of the good things about being a product junky is that aside from trying out new items, you can discover that new brand line becomes a staple in your regimen that your hair might have been missing.  Also, it allows you to always have a backup in case your favorite product line changes their formula or discontinues an item( I have mentioned it in the past, it’s always good to have an heir and a spare).

My brief relapse into product junkyhood as allowed me to find a new staple (Shea Moisture brand) ,incorporate some of my beloved (Karens Body Beautifuls) into the mix and also reconnect with old friends (Miss Jessie Curly Pudding is the bomb when it comes to twist outs for my hair, hands down despite the wacky ingredients). Unfortunately it’s also allowed me to temporarily say goodbye to one of my homies (Oyin Handmade) for now.

The overall point is that while product junkyism can be taxing on the pockets, sometimes the good outweighs the bad in the gems that you find along the way.

Have a great weekend!!! :)

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Hola Chicas, on to the next product line in the Shea Moisture line up which is the Moisture Retention Line.

Let’s commence with the ingredients

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Contains de-ionized water, Decyl Glucoside (sugar beets), African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), aloe vera leaf juice, Argan Oil, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5, rosemary extract, sea kelp extract, vitamin E, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Trauma Masque

Contains de-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), Argan oil, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, sea kelp extract, Panthenol (vitamin B-5), 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 and Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

 Contains de-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, Argan oil, coconut oil*, Behentrimonium chloride, essential oil blend, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, sea kelp extract, Panthenol (vitamin B-5), avocado oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil. *Denotes certified organic ingredients.

State of Hair prior to applying:

Twists

Process:

I took out each twist one by one and applied the Restorative Masque. If you didn’t know I normally pre-poo and either leave it in for a couple of hours or overnight.  I left the masque in overnight.  The next morning, undid each twist, detangled with fingers and combed through with the tangle teezer. I rinsed and shampooed with the Moisture Retention Shampoo and from there I applied the Restorative Conditioner but did not rinse it out. I finished my shower process, sat underneath a heat cap to help it absorb and then sat underneath a dryer until hair was close to dry. I then applied Karen Body Beautifuls Creamylicious and braided my hair.

Pro Thoughts:

Shampoo is very moisturizing

Leave In Conditioner (or rinse out depending on how you use it) is very good, absorbs well provides lots of moisture

Price is very good for what you get

The ingredients are all natural

Easy to find this particular line in the Shea Moisture roster which is very interesting.

Con Thoughts

The Masque sucked, does not go on as smoothly as the Yucca or Black Soap (have to review this one as well but can I tell you that TOOT TOOT, this is my favorite conditioner). I actually had to use some of the black soap on other sections of my hair because the Shea Butter Masque was not cutting it.

General Thoughts

I have very dry hair and what I love about this line is that it provides much needed moisture but I notice that for me what’s helping also is the fact that I’m pre-pooing with their masques and it’s allowing the shampoo not to strip my hair since it’s essentially “stripping” the conditioner.  I had to re-shampoo a section of hair for some reason and noticed that the moisture factor wasn’t there as it had been before and I experienced tangles in that section.

Would I repurchase:

Yes to the shampoo and conditioner, HELLZ NO to the masque.  Since I still have a good amount left, I will be combining it with coconut oil before using as a pre-poo.

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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:

Twists

Process: 

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.

Pro Thoughts

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!!!)

Con Thoughts 

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.

General Thoughts

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?

Hizell Yeah!!!

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*hangs my head in shame*. I have been a bad bad woman. I have gone on a recent PJ spree like you wouldn’t believe. Now I’ve known about the Shea Moisture line  for awhile; I knew about them when they were Nubian Heritage and had a store in downtown Brooklyn (if you’re from NY then you know what I’m talking about). I used to stan for their soaps and I still do somewhat but I tend to stick to Oil of Olay but I only switched because once their store in BK closed down it was a biatch to find their products (Yes NYers I know that they have or perhaps had a store in Queens but it was a biatch to find a parking around that store).

Anyhoo fast forward to about a year ago and the big thing was that Shea Moisture had come out with a haircare line. At that time, I was not much of a product junky so I decided to only try the Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and that was an epic, EPIC FAIL!!!!! So at the time based on that solely I decided that I was not going to try any of the other products and left it at that. What made me change my mind you say? Visiting my family for the holidays (away from my stash) and realizing that I wanted something that I could find easily in stores and the Shea Moisture once again kept popping into my view every time I went to a Target. I decided to start with the Souffle and while it was nice, it didn’t do much for me but could make a nice styling aid if mixed with something else. I’m always on the look out for that GREAT shampoo, something that won’t strip my hair and leave it feeling like straw. I’ve tried Karens Body Beautiful which if it wasn’t for the soapy feeling (like I feel like I have a film on my hair) that I get it would be the only shampoo and I wouldn’t be on this doggone quest. So fast forward to last week and I mentioned that I purchased the Moisture Retention Shampoo after hearing fantastic reviews on how great it was but I couldn’t stop there folks, oh no I had to get the Restorative Conditioner, also the Yucca and Baobab Volumizing Conditioner and Shampoo, Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Curl Control Shampoo. I also purchased the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

Ok #1 let me tell you that I hate stores that say yes this product is in stock and then it isn’t. The Target that I normally go to claimed this and I was heated when I got there only to discover that the shampoos were there but conditioners were not and I really felt that for me to try this system I wanted to shampoo my hair and also follow up with the conditioner that accompanied it. With that in mind, I checked out Walgreens which in actuality seriously does not have a good selection of Shea Moisture and then finally I tried two more Targets (I was on a mission) in which one had absolutely nothing and the second had everything that I wanted and more so I was able to complete my purchase of what I wanted in the product line.

My plan is to utilize all products and report back when the shampoos and conditioners are about halfway full so that I can provide an accurate account of how the products work for me.

What I can say is this, I like the fact that you can get it on the ground but wished that each Target, no matter the neighborhood, sold the products equally. What I mean by this is that the product line is marketed as “ethnic haircare” aka black when in actuality everyone can use this line and as such two of the Targets that I normally peruse which are not in “ethnic neighborhoods” do not carry the line. Correction, one kind of does and the other just flat out does not.

On another note I’m down to my last bottle of Elucence and wanted to see what local products were around that I could use to detangle my hair and I picked out two (Yes to Carrots and Tresseme Naturals). Ok let me just say that many people rave about Yes to Carrots but I want to say NO TO CARROTS because that conditioner stunk. I placed a good amount on my hair, let it sit and it had no slip whatsoeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Now the Tresseme Naturals is another story altogether, great product, great slip, just hate the film that it leaves on my hair even without the silicone and this is why it’s used preshampoo as opposed to post. I could see myself telling Elucence to kick rocks if only Tresemme had a better after feel but for a pre detangling treatment I’ll deal with it and it may just be my pre-shampoo conditioner of choice.

What I will do is give first impressions as I use the products and then final impressions once the products have been used for a good while and I notice that I’ve made a good dent in the bottle.

The Moisture Retention Shampoo and Restorative Conditioner First Impressions are on the way…………..

Until then……..

Toodles……..

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