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: 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 Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow & Restore Treatment Masque

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow Restore Treatment Masque

Shea Moisture

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque

$12.99 / 12 oz

Available at SheaMoisture.com Target, ULTA, Walgreens

ing: Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Yeast Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vinegar, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

From their website: This deep conditioning masque helps restore strength and resilience to damaged, brittle or chemically processed hair.  Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles.  Formulated with nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea Butter to replenish moisture and soften while strengthening hair.  Helps promote growth by supporting hair’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shedding.

Shea Moisture has been on a roll lately releasing new products and I will admit the PJ in me wants to check them out.  Previously, I tried some of their older products and the results were lackluster. Recently I reviewed the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque and was very impressed.  Shea Moisture sent me a sample of Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque and it arrived in good time because I am now out of the SRNHM.  In following with my March hair goal I applied the product to clean wet hair and deep conditioned with heat using my Hair Therapy Wrap for about 25 minutes.

So here are my overall feelings about the SGRTM: the slip was minimal, the consistency was thinner than others in this line making it easier to apply, the smell is strange kind of reminds me of play doh but it’s very light and does not linger, and finally the results were okay.  When I rinsed out my hair was soft but there was something missing, no wow factor.  I would compare SGRTM to the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque in terms of results, both were just okay for me but if you like ABSPM you will probably like the SGRTM. As for me I would not purchase this product because SRNHM was soooo much better in smell and performance.

(Side note: why do Shea Moisture products have such long names?)

Shea Moisture Wash Day

Shea Moisture ProductsLike most of you Sunday is my weekly wash day. I also wash my hair midweek after workouts as necessary but Sunday is the day I use to really target my hair and scalp needs.  I don’t exactly have product loyalty, I will change what products I use weekly in accordance to how my hair feels, what I am in the mood for and most importantly what is already open.  I try to use up my stash of existing products before opening new ones but sometimes my excitement gets the better of me :)

This week the objective of my wash day was to deal with my itchy scalp and to continue my March goal of deep conditioning with heat.  My scalp (and skin) gets really itchy every time the weather changes particularly during the transition of one season to another, one thing that really helps is exfoliating. Sloughing away layers of dead skin really helps to alleviate dryness and helps my skin breathe.

First things first, I separated my hair into six plaits.  Washing your hair in plaits can help reduce tangling but it is also great for providing access to the scalp when performing a scalp scrub.  I started by cleansing my scalp with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo. This shampoo is super concentrated and works well as an effective cleanser. It also contains Silk Protein however as a protein sensitive curly the protein in this shampoo does not have any adverse effects.

Next, I scrubbed my scalp using Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Body Scrub.  I grabbed a few fingertips full and massaged the scub directly into my scalp in an agitating motion until the sugar crystals dissolved.  This is a sugar based scrub that is loaded up with good oils that is gentle but effective.  The reason I like to use this product as a scalp scrub is that the crystals dissolve so nothing is caught or tangled in the hair.

Lastly, I finished off with Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque.  I reviewed this masque a few weeks back and this is sadly my last application as I finished off the jar.  I was able to get six applications from the 12 oz jar and I really like the softness and strength I get after DCing with this product. Again there are proteins in this product, but just the right amount for me to reap all the benefits and none of the downsides of hard, crispy, straw-like hair.  I used my Hair Therapy Wrap to add some heat to my DC, per my current hair goal.

Full Wash Day Breakdown

  1. Separate hair into six plaits. I braided mine but you can twist or use clips
  2. Rinse hair and scalp with warm water
  3. Cleanse scalp & hair with SMCS shampoo
  4. Rinse hair and scalp with warm water
  5. Exfoliate scalp with SMOGT scrub
  6. Rinse hair and scalp with warm water
  7. Cleanse scalp & hair with SMCS shampoo
  8. Rinse hair and scalp with warm water
  9. Unbraid plaits one section at a time and apply SMSRNH masque
  10. Cover and deep condition with heat for 20-30 minutes.
  11. Rinse with cool water

There are several ways to correct an itchy scalp.  Some of my favorite tips you can find here in my Ditch the Itch post. So why did I exfoliate my scalp instead of using an itch remedy? Well when I scratched my scalp I noticed the amount of gunk (dead skin cells + dirt + oils) under my nails and knew an exfoliation treatment would be more effective.

What are your favorite Shea Moisture products?

Product Review: Shea Moisture Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque

shea moisture tahitian noni moni smooth and repair nourishing hair masque

Shea Moisture

Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque

$12 / 12 oz

ing: Deionized Water, Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alocohol (Coconut Oil), Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Sentrimonium Chloride, Oleth-10, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tiare (Gardenia Tahitensis) Flower, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Behentrimonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Marinda Citrifolia (Noni) Extract, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Pythic Acid

From their website “Shea Moisture ‘s Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque provides deep conditioning and infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture. Shea Moisture’s hair conditioning treatment smooths the hair cuticle, controls frizz and maintains straight styles.”

Here’s a confession, I have never been a big fan of Shea Moisture deep conditioners. They work okay but I haven’t swooned by their performance.  My blogger bro Jor-El at ManeMan blog understands the way I feel.  These DC’s tend to be softening but do not offer much by the way of slip and I want my DCs to do it all. Also they are super thick that is something hi-po’s tend to love but I often wonder if it’s really penetrating.  I won a Target giftcard from TribeCalledCurl and I was lured to SRNHM while strolling the natural hair aisle.  I am not sure what made me do it after being hurt so many times before but it smelled good and I like the color green so yeah I bought it anyway.

For the month of March I set a hair goal to deep condition every week with heat to really pamper and improve the condition of my hair.  This is the method I used with the SRNHM and I really loved it. I don’t know if the SRNHM formula is just better or whether adding heat made it magic but either way its a keeper! After use my hair felt softer and smoother.  There are easily 6+ applications in this jar and the $1 per ounce price point is perfect for my budget. *adds to repeat buy list*

Shea Moisture Summer Skin Giveaway *closed*

Summer is firmly here and we have all had an awesome time traveling, vacationing, spending time at the lake or checking out an outdoor concert.  And while we may be rocking a wash-n-go and living care free there are some things we cannot just ignore: our skin.

During the summer we are susceptible to bug bites, sunburn, dry skin (depending on climate), sweat and of course the dreaded breakouts.  Luckily we’ve talked about good skin care before and I supplied some great tips from my Aesthetician Tracie.  To keep your fabulous summer glow it is important that you exfoliate and Shea Moisture has an awesome line of body scrubs that will do the trick. shea moisture olive green tea scrub

They have 5 awesome products to choose from

  • Organic Olive & Green Tea – With a high content of healing Vitamin E and fatty acids, Olive Butter helps hydrate, repair and heal skin.  Rich in powerful anti-oxidants and vitamins, Green Tea and Avocado protect skin and help regenerate skin cells.
  • Organic Red Bush & Sage – Rich in alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc, Red Bush helps exfoliate and heal skin, while Sage’s anti-bacterial properties calm and balance skin. 
  • Organic Argan Oil & Raw Shea – Argan Oil hydrates and repairs dry skin thanks to its high content of Vitamin E.  Frankincense & Myrrh offer anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that aid in healing dry, cracked skin. 
  • Organic Lavender & Wild Orchid – Combining the calming and soothing effects of Lavender with the restorative properties of Orchid Extract, this nourishing scrub also hydrates and heals.
  • Organic Lemongrass & Ginger – This purifying and uplifting scrub uses Lemongrass to help balance skin and Ginger to relive joint stiffness and muscular pain, and improve circulation.

And after you exfoliate and cleanse you want to make sure you lotion up to keep that skin soft and moisturized. Luckily for us each body scrub has a body lotion in a complimentary scent.  Products are available at your local Target, Walmart and Walgreens stores.

The Giveaway

We are making this one super easy for you. It’s hot outside and who couldn’t use more fans?  Become a fan of Derby City Naturals and Shea Moisture using the links below, then leave a comment letting me know your fb name and twitter handle used to follow.

  1. Like Shea Moisture on facebook
  2. Follow Shea Moisture @SheaMoisture4u on twitter
  3. Like Derby CIty Naturals on facebook
  4. Follow Derby City Naturals @DerbyCityNat on twitter

Giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway begins Tuesday 7/30/2013 runs through Friday 8/2/2013.  You must like and follow the pages listed above to be eligible. Maximum number of contest entries is 1 (one), additional comments or tweets will not count for multiple entries. Winner will be notified via email used to leave comment and/or twitter or facebook.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize else it will be forfeit and a new winner selected.

Giveaway prizes are provided by Shea Moisture and handled by J9PR.  I was not paid to do this review and all opinions are my own.

Product Review: SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Butter Soap

SheaMoisture

Organic Argan Oil & Shea Butter Soap

8 oz, $4.99

Available at Target, Walgreens, and other drug stores

ing: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Coconut Oil and , or Palm Oil , Apricot Oil , Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) , Honey , Argan Oil , Vegetable Glycerin , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color , Essential Oil Blend , Soaps of Coconut & Palm

This is the fourth and final bar in the bar soap challenge. I have tried a couple other bars by Shea Moisture including the Baby Eczema Bar and Shea Butter Coconut & Hibiscus Bar.  This company is known for providing quality ingredients that are incredibly nourishing to the skin.

There are several scents available in this line, however I have purchased this scent because it seems a bit masculine which is good considering my little guy is the one to use this most often and he doesn’t want to smell girly.

5 Things I Loved About This Product:

  1. Lathers and cleanses well while rinsing clean.
  2. Leaves the skin feeling moisturized but not coated.
  3. Works well on both face and body.
  4. This bar is GINORMOUS! Seriously, I had to cut it in half because it is larger than the soap holder. Of all the soaps I tried it lasted the longest.
  5. Great value.  By far it is the the best value when you compare size, money and longevity.

This bar will be on our permanent shopping list, if not for me then for my son.  I love that it works well on the entire body and meets the needs of everyone in our family.  I would like to try the Red Bush & Sage and Olive & Green Tea Bars next as I think their scents will be a nice neutral balance.  If you have not tried Shea Moisture body products you are missing out, give them a try you will not regret it.