by Monique Thomas
1 / Hair and Scalp Weekly Therapy
2 / Nourishing Hair Mask
Shea Moisture has made a massive impact on the natural hair community. Whether you’re transitioning, a new naturalist or a veteran, you would have heard about or come across at least one of their products. So when Beauty by Zara gave me the opportunity to review Shea Moisture’s latest hair care range, I was super excited.
This ultra-nourishing treatment is the secret to healthy, shiny hair. It works to soothe, hydrate and provide antioxidant benefits to the scalp, which promote healthy hair renewal and growth.
Scent & Texture
Guys I’m going to keep it real, the scent is pretty awful. Shea Moisture products tend to smell pretty good, but for some reason they forgot to show this product some love in the fragrance department. The scent is a mixture of coffee and spices and doesn’t quite work for me, but thankfully I’m not testing this product for the smell, so let’s move on.
I’m happy with the texture, as is thick and creamy which is how I like it. It’s also very similar to Shea Moisture’s Anti-Breakage Hair Masque. So if you like that sort of texture, you’d definitely like this.
Before applying the product, I wet my hair with some water using my spritz bottle. I then applied two squirts of the product to my hair and scalp, making sure it was fully saturated from my roots to ends. The product was left it in my hair for approx 30 minutes, uncovered.
My hair and scalp had no problems with this product. My curls were defined, bouncy and the product sat well on my hair and scalp during the 30 minutes. During the rinse out I noticed that my hair felt quite soft and I had no problems detangling which was great news. It’s quite hard to judge this product for it’s benefits at this stage, so I think I’ll give it more time in order to see more results.
What would I do differently?
I tend to cover my hair in a plastic cap when leaving products in for more than 5 minutes. I didn’t on this occasion, as this wasn’t advised on the bottle. But I think I’ll cover my hair next time to see if it makes any difference.
Our intensive treatment deep conditions and infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture. Certified organic Shea Butter, revitalizing Tahitian Noni and Monoi Oil, blended with Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts hydrate, strengthen and repair frizzy, flyaway hair. Helps smooth hair cuticle, controlling frizz and maintaining straight styles.
Scent & Texture
When I opened the container, the scent was very reminiscent of the Anti-Breakage Hair Masque, which has a strong floral/tropical scent. The texture was very thick and creamy, again very similar to Anti-Breakage Hair Masque so I was happy.
After rinsing, I shampooed my hair using Shea Moisture’s Curl and Shine Shampoo (my favourite mositurising shampoo) and I sectioned my clean wet hair into four sections. As directed I applied a generous amount (roughly two large handfuls) and then I used a wide toothcomb to distribute evenly from root to ends. For extra-conditioning I left the product in my hair, covered with a plastic cap for 30 minutes under my hood dryer. Then rinsed thoroughly.
Whilst rinsing I noticed that my hair felt really clean but had a straw like texture, which was disappointment. This product promises to leave your hair re-hydrated but I felt like mine was the opposite. At the same time I had to remind myself that this product is a keratin/protein based treatment, so I shouldn’t expect my hair to come out fully moisturised. The purpose of keratin/protein is to prevent hair breakage, rebuild hair structure and strengthen your strands. So I’m happy to deal with the straw like texture, as long as I achieve healthy hair and scalp.
I continued with my usual regime and I applied my Giovanni Leave-in conditioner, oils mix and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (my LOC method). I then did a few two-strand twists to stretch my hair and allowed it to air-dry overnight. On the following day, I will agree that my hair (especially the roots) was super smooth, very soft and the floral smell was still lingering. However this product didn’t help to control my frizz as promised. But i’m not entirely disappointed as it contains some essential ingredients to healthy hair renewal and growth; which is my main hair goal.
What would I do differently?
I think for the next time I’ll be mixing this product with my deep conditioners and adding in some oils and honey into the mix for added moisture.
About The Author
My name is Monique Thomas but you can call me Mo. I’m a graphic designer from London and I write for my blog moniquethomas.co.uk. My blog is a place where I like to share my love for graphic design, natural hair, fashion, homemade recipes for hair and skin and so much more.
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