I love natural hair products that are easily accessible and affordable. I had heard a lot about Shea Moisture and even spent quite some time reading the labels and reviews. So when walgreens had a buy one get one free (BOGO) sale a few months ago, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try these products. I picked up the famous curl enhancing smoothie, the restorative conditioner and the curl and shine shampoo. These products do not contain parabens, sulfates, mineral oil etc. so they are curly girl friendly. I had dabbled in the curl enhancing smoothie and it was just AIGHT in my opinion.
However, I decided to try all three products together and I am quite impressed. First of all, my curl definition was sick. Secondly, I did not have to moisturize my hair for 5 days and my low porosity hair tends to be dry. Here are the pros and cons for each product:
ORGANIC COCUNUT & HIBISUC CURL AND SHINE SHAMPOO:
Pros: cleanses w/o stripping the hair, pleasant scent,
Cons: The consistency made me want to use more product than neccessary
Pros: creamy, heavy enough for thick manes, rich, softtens the hair, great for detangling
Cons: THE SCENT..where do I start? It smells like a floral perfume and for that reason I WONT purchase this product again. The smell was so pungent that I almost stopped using it during the styling process. My sensitive noise became irritated and my allergies started to flare. This is no go for me. Matter of fact, if you want this product, comment below. You can have it for free as long as you pay shipping.
CURL ENHANCING SMOOTHIE:
Pros: rich, creamy, great for braids and twist outs, provides long-term moisture, small amounts still yield great results, light scent that smells great without being overpowering
Cons: can be sticky/tacky, may leave a white residue on hair after the hair dries
I give all these products a thumbs up. It has nearly been 2 weeks and my hair is incredibly soft and moisturized. On day 7, I spritzed my hair with water and added a bit more curl enhancing smoothie. I detangled and re-braided my hair and got great results!
Check out CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, or Target for these products. They average $9.99 at most retailers.
These products also work well with relaxed tresses. However, if you are relaxed, I would suggest using less product to avoid weighing down the strands.
- Kinky speaks to me (callmekinky.wordpress.com)
- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (urbaneccentrik.com)