Product Review: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream

SheaMoisture

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream

$9.99 / 6 oz

Available at SheaMoisture.com, Target, Walgreens

ing: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hibiscus Flower Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Centrimonium Chloride, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Sorbitol Esters, Panthenol (Pro-Vitmain B-5), Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Medica Limonium, Citrus Aurantifolia, Jasminium Officinale, Slippery Elm Extract, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Certified Organic Ingredient

This product is from the SheaMoisture kids line and while it is similar to the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, it is not the same product.  When SheaMoisture burst on the scene many years ago I purchased the CES  to use as a styler and twist cream.  This was when I learned my hair did not like creams to use as wash n go stylers and that heavy butter products were too heavy for my hair.  My hair is very mucilage loving. Snotty, slimy components of aloe, okra, flaxseed, as well as herbs of Irish Moss, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Blue Malva and Burdock Root are all components of my favorite hair products.  If you glance the ingredient list of the CES as compared to CBC you will see the difference is Slippery Elm and Marshmallow extracts.  While these herbs may be small components their presence makes a huge difference.Wet Braid-Out Shea Moisture Curling Butter Cream

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. It has a light coconut scent. SheaMoisture products are known for their sweet, heavy scents.  Me personally I am not a fan of heavily scented products so I much prefer the softness of this scent.
  2. It is a cream-gel hybrid, a true pudding. It works well as a moisturizing styler and is amazing as a twist cream.  It is great for setting twists or braids for the perfect out style.
  3. It packs a punch. You know when you read the directions and it lists to use a dime or nickel sized amount? Well you really only need a small amount of the CBC to moisturize your hair.  In fact I use a nickel size amount for each quarter of my hair.
  4. It is widely available.  So many of the products I like are available online only or if they are in stores they are not in the market where I live. This product is available throughout the US in a variety of retailers.
  5. While it is marketed for children, it is actually ideal fine, thin, or medium to low porosity hair.

Dry Braid Out Shea Moisture Curling Butter CreamI’ve been using this product a lot more the past few months. In fact I kind of forgot about it and how much I loved it until my more recent travels. When traveling it is important to pack light and I try to use products that serve multiple purposes. I use this as a leave-in, styler and sealant all in one. Also the small six ounce size makes it easy to store away. To use, I normally start with dry hair and spritz lightly with water.  I section my head into quadrants and use a fingertip full on each section. Lightly comb or brush through the section then style into three to four twists or braids. In the morning I release and separate the braids or twists for a fabulous out style. Boom.

 

Product Review: Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

Freeman Charcoal Black Sugar Polishing Mask

Freeman 

Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

6 oz / ~$4

Available online at Freemans.com and many drugstores

ing: Sucrose, Propylene Glycol, Carbon*, Kaolin, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

From the website:  This unique mask and scrub works double time to detox skin. First, naturally purifying Activated Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. Then, Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.

You gotta exfoliate. Everyone should exfoliate their face at least twice weekly. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells which can help relieve dry, rough, uneven skin.  Facial scrubs are formulated to be gentle on your face and neck where the skin is more delicate as compared to other areas of the body. However you can also use this scrub on your chest, under your arms, on your scalp and anywhere else you can use gentle exfoliation. Remember to wash your skin first as this is not a combo cleanser and exfoliant.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. Super gentle, but incredibly effective. The small sugar crystals manage to work well without scratching up your skin.
  2. It’s formulated for all skin types which is great for my combo skin. It treats my oily T-zone as well as the rest of my face which is normal to dry.
  3. A little goes a long way. I squeeze out about a 2 inch line on my finger and apply to my entire face and neck.
  4. The product rinses clean, no oily or sticky residue left behind.
  5. The smell is sugary sweet with light floral notes.

Now I gotta tell you I absolutely love Origins facial products, they are fantastic.  But they are also very expensive. The Freeman products are effective and one-tenth of the price.  My daughter who has oily, acne-prone skin uses this scrub as well and she loves it. I also use this on my pre-teen son as part of his weekly skincare regimen, gotta keep that baby soft skin intact. I would definitely recommend this scrub to anyone who is in the market for a facial scrub.

 

Product Review: Shea Moisture 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System

Shea Moisture

Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque

$12.99 / 12 oz

Available at SheaMoisture.com, ULTA, Target, Walgreens

ing: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*,  Behentrimonium Methosulfate,  Glycerin (Vegetable),  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*,  Stearyl Alcohol,  Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil,  Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol,  Biotin,  Cetrimonium Chloride,  Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,  Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Tocopherol,  Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract,  Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract,  Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract,  Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Caprylhydroxamic Acid,  Caprylyl Glycol,  Citric Acid,  Sodium Citrate,  Ipomoea Batatas Extract,  Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride *Certified Organic Ingredient

From their website: This intensive antioxidant-rich treatment helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to brittle, lackluster hair. When used weekly in our 10-IN-1 RENEWAL SYSTEM, it treats damaged hair while providing anti-aging benefits, color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, strength, anti-stress, deep conditioning, softness and shine. Counteract signs of aging by nourishing the scalp with our SuperFruit Complex and infusing hair with ultra-moisturizing Marula Oil and Biotin.

Add this to the ever growing list of Shea Moisture product lines. I can appreciate that they strive to make products that target specific hair needs. I think everyone can find at least one product line that they love. Then there are those of us who are down to try a new product just because. I have tried the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque (SRNHM), Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque (SGRTM) from the newer line and the Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque (ABSM) which was reformulated, so far the SRNHM has been my favorite.

This product makes 10 claims: age defy, color protect, hydrate, nourish, soften, anti-stress, deep condition, revive body, strengthen and shine.  I am not exactly sure how you can prove some of these claims, however I can attest that after use my hair did feel deep conditioned, hydrated, nourished, softened and strengthened.  Like many other products by this brand, TORSHM has a very strong scent, this one is fruity, and it does linger for quite a while. If you are opposed to strong scents you may want to give this one a pass.   Overall, I would repurchase this product, however it is still the 2nd best deep conditioner after the SRNHM.

Product Review: TreLuxe Untie the Knot

TreLuxe Untie The Knot

TréLuxe

Untie the Knot

$18.50

available online on discovertreluxe.com

ing: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steareth-2, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids , Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Squalane (Olive derived), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol

I received this product after meeting the creators of TréLuxe at a natural hair expo.  Untie the knot is a leave in conditioner that can be used as a light conditioning treatment or as a daily leave-in conditioner.  I really liked the ingredients list and was excited to check out this product.  You can tell that Kiprono & Cortney have really done their research and have taken note as to what ingredients perform really well with natural hair.  The key to using this product line which was repeated to me several times was to use this product with water on wet or damp hair.

I used this product several times on its own, with other products in this line and with other products I use regularly. There was only one time this product disappointed me and this was when I used it on dry hair.  When used along on dry hair my hair had a strange coated feeling and was not moisturized. My bad, Cortney told me to always use with water and I did not listen.  The product performs fine as a light moisturizer or leave-in.  It is not a styler, it is not a sealer, and it doesn’t pretend to be.   This product does contain coconut oil as the second ingredient as well as other proteins, so if you are protein sensitive use your best judgement here, I had no problems with this product.

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

  1. Nice light smell.
  2. Light moisturizer does not contain shea butter.  I like my leave in to be a leave in and not double as a heavy moisturizer.  These work the best for me.
  3. The product contains proteins but is not packed down so it was gentle enough for my protein sensitive hair .
  4. I love that the product is in a pump bottle for easy distribution. I only use a few pumps to moisturize my whole head.
  5. Labels are water resistant and have not peeled or faded after sitting in my shower for over a month.

Overall this is a good product.  I don’t have a problem finding good leave-in conditioners, I have several in my arsenal that work well.  If you are looking for a leave-in with light protein I would suggest you check out this product.  I also tried the product as a detangler which was not a pleasant experience, I would not suggest it for use a detangler.

 

TreLuxe Product Review

Haley, TreLuxe and Return of the CurlsI was so happy to meet Kiprono & Cortney Sigilai the dynamic husband and wife team and owners of TréLuxe.  They were vending at the Louisville Return of the Curls event where I was very pleased with how the product worked on my hair after a quick hair demo.  I was lucky enough to be gifted the entire line of products for review *blogger perks*.

From the website:

TréLuxe products are specifically formulated to nourish, define and style natural curls, offering solutions to the various hair care problems that women with naturally textured hair face at home, work, and play. TréLuxe products are designed with the woman on-the-go in mind. We focus on providing effortless manageability, giving you confidence in every curl!

TréLuxe products contain all natural, easy to pronounce and readily identifiable ingredients like aloe leaf juice, coconut milk, slippery elm extract, broccoli seed oil and other ingredients we naturals have grown to love and know work well in our hair.  The key to this product line is that it is formulated to work on wet hair which is perfect for most of us who do our styling right out of the shower.

The TréLuxe product line consists of four products: Untie the Knot, Curl Supreme, Hi Definition and ReFlex. Untie the Knot is the leave in conditioner that can be used as a light conditioning treatment or as a daily leave-in conditioner. Curl Supreme is a styling cream that can be used as a heavier moisturizer, cream styler or twist/braid cream.  Hi Definition is a curl enhancer that can be used as a wash-n-go styler or as a twist/braid styler. ReFlex is curl styling serum used a finisher and curl sealer with flexible hold.

I will be posting four separate reviews on how I used each product and my styling results. Check out TréLuxe on their website, on facebook and on instagram.