SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grown Restorative Hair Serum


Another super long name from SheaMoisture! But, another great product as well! The SheaMoisture JBCO line is specifically tailored for those that have natural, chemically processed, color treated or heat styled hair. This line is meant to “nourish, heal and grow your hair! Due to the variety of ingredients in this product that are meant to stimulate hair growth, ladies who are trying to grow their edges back, this a great product for that! I purchased this product from CVS for $10.99 for 2 fl oz.


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Organic Shea Butter–“Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.” Every product junkie and naturalista AND curlie should know about the wonders of Shea Butter for hair! If you don’t, shame on you! However, here’s a great article by Curly Nikki that’ll enlighten you however. A brief overview of the benefits of Shea Butter are: (1) hair softener, (2) shields against UV Rays, (3) Protects against heat, (4) Sealant for the hair, aaand (5) Soothes irritated scalp.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil–“Loaded with reparative omegas that promote healthy hair growth.” The growing effects of JBCO has recently driven many women to start hair challenges to show that it really works. Specifically, however, this oil “will moisturize, thicken, strengthen and rapidly increase hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles. Jamaican Black Castor Oil will also prevent hair breakages, dandruff, eczema and dry, itchy scalp.” To read more about this great oil, read this very informative article on Naturally Curly.

Rosemary Oil“stimulates scalp circulation to help support healthy hair growth.” I love love rosemary oil! I use it the majority of my DIY hair products (which you can read more about in DIY Treatments) If you want more growing benefits, you can add a few drops of peppermint oil to the mix.


The instructions say to “massage a few drops gently into scalp as often as needed. Do not rinse out. Style as desired. For a restorative hot oil treatment, massage gently into scalp and hair. Cover with a plastic cap and apply moderate heat for 5 to 15 minutes depending on your hair’s condition. Shampoo and conditioner after treatment. Style as desired.”


I use it similarly as the directions instruct. When using as a hot oil treatment, however, rather than apply the oil BEFORE shampooing and conditioning, I like to use after conditioning–applying on my scalp while applying a deep conditioner to the length of my hair.

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SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair & Scalp Serum


Talk about a long name for a serum, right?! 🙂 Now, because this product is a concoction of yummy oils, this will be more of a nontraditional product review. Unlike a shampoo, conditioner, curl defining creme, etc I can’t provide you with pictures of my results or thorough details on how it feels and works. So, instead, I’ll do all that to the best of my ability while ALSO breaking down the ingredients of this product. I purchased this product from ULTA (10.99 for 2 fl oz) while it was on buy one get one half off. Unfortunately, they only had this serum and the shampoo available so I won’t be able to review the rest of the line until they get the conditioner and masque in (not that I need any more products in my stash) BUT, until then, here’s a YouTube vlog that does a great job of reviewing this new SheaMoisture line!


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This product boasts about it’s “Superfruit Complex.” The packaging describes this complex as “a blend of Red Raspberry, Ketaones, Goji, Acai, and Guava Extracts.”

This product also contains Marula Oil. What is Marula oil you wonder? Marula Oil is derived from fruit seed kernels that are indigenous to Southern Africa and Madagascar. In short, this oil ” contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, reverse photodamage, boost cellular activity, hydrate at the deepest levels and repair the skin.” Boost cellular activity? Perfect for hair growth. Protect against environmental aggressors? Perfect for those of us who are struggling with the DC heat and humidity this summer. For a more in depth look at this wonderful oil, visit this article. Curly Nikki also featured this oil on a blog post about “7 Exotic Hair Butters & Oil For Natural Hair Greatness.”

Lastly, the packaging talks about Biotin which “nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair.” We alll know about the thickening, growing effects of Biotin. BUt, if for some reason, you’ve been living under a rock, let this article enlighten you on Biotin’s wondrous effects!


The packaging says to “Shake well before using to get the full benefit. Apply uniformed oil serum directly to scalp and work through hair paying particular attention to the ends. For best results, leave on for one hour then cleanse and condition with 10-IN-1 Renewal System Shampoo and Conditioner. Style as usual. For a nourishing boost of moisture, apply a few drops of serum as needed. Upon sitting, the product will separate into 2 phases.”


As the directions said, I applied this as a pre-wash. I parted my hair into four sections and applied the serum to each section of my hair, making sure to massage it into my scalp and work down to my ends. Then, I applied a DIY pre-poo (jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, mango butter, and shea butter) to the length of my hair and ends. Waited an hour and rinsed. As to be expected, my hair DID feel super moisturized and, specifically due to this serum, my scalp was way more hydrated. Once my hair was dry, none of those annoying dry scalp flakes that I was getting around my crown were in existence! This will certainly be a staple to use when doing hot oil treatments or in conjunction with my pre-poo’s. Oh, AND, it smells SO GOOD lol



Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir Restoring Hair Oil


This “elixir” is meant to be used before shampooing as a hot oil treatment. I bought this product from the Carol’s Daughter website for $20 for 4.25 fl oz.


Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil,Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Oil, Thuja Occidentalis (Cedar Leaf) Leaf Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Cornmint) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Guaiacum Officinalis Guiacwood) Oil, Gurjon Balsam Oil

The basil oil is meant to strengthen the hair, the mint oil is meant to rejuvenate the scalp and the eucalyptus oil is meant to clarify the hair and scalp as well. This product also contains almond oil which is great for moisture and shine. One of the benefits of this product is that it contains no parabens, no petroleum, no mineral oil and no artificial colors which I love!


I use this product, at times, when I do a pre-shampoo treatment. You can apply this treatment, while applying your pre shampoo treatment, by sectioning your hair into 4 sections and applying the oil to your scalp while you apply the pre poo treatment to the length and ends of your hair. After applying both, I sit under my hair steamer for about 15-20 minutes. The ingredients in this product deliver a great tingling sensation on your scalp BUT because of the mixture of basil, mint AND eucalyptus this oil has a strong scent. After using 30 minutes of this oil, your nose will be over the smell for sure.
This product does deliver on moisturizing your scalp and roots of your hair, but I don’t think that the results match the price.

While this product does provide moisture for the scalp, I prefer to use my own DIY treatments as I see more shine and moisture when using these, and most likely will not purchase this product again.


Hot Oil Treatments


Rather than write an entirely new blog on the many benefits of a hot oil treatment for your hair and scalp, I thought I’d share this great article that I found on Curly Nikki (below) that does all that and more! Please note, however, that these oils can all be purchased from your local GNC store ranging anywhere from $2-20. These oils come in nice sized bottles (like the ones pictured below) and as a little bit of oil does go a long way, they last you a good while. Also I found a great YouTube video that shows the perfect way, in my opinion, to apply a hot oil treatment! Enjoy

I have been doing hot oil treatments since I was pretty young. I remember my mother buying these tubes of oil that was to be left in a cup of hot water for a certain amount of time. My mother would pierce the tube and squeeze wonderfully warm oil all over my head and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing out. This was always the best part of getting my hair done.

There was a period of time where I just wasn’t making the time for these luxurious treatments anymore. I can’t imagine why I would give up such a relaxing experience. Well, in the past 5 years I have come back to my senses and revisited the hot oil treatment. I went to the local chemist and bought a few treatments in the same tube that my mother had brought home. I tried all of them, and they were cool, but my hair didn’t feel like anything amazing. I decided to start making my own hot oil treatments, and it seems as if the gates to some wonderfully happy place just opened up. I started with warming just plain old extra virgin olive oil and applying it to my hair and scalp for about an hour or so. I would then wrap my hair in plastic cling wrap, a shower cap or a plastic bag if that was the only thing available. After rinsing the oil out and shampoo’ing once, my hair was soft like silk and shined so beautifully. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I immediately went to work researching how certain oils benefit the hair and scalp-

Coconut Oil: It stimulates hair growth, softens the hair and conditions the scalp. It also can also help eliminate dandruff!

Olive Oil: Olive oil is high in the antioxidants Vitamins A and E providing anti-aging properties and it has disinfectant properties, is moisturizing, soothing and healing.

Castor Oil: Adds strength to your hair, so those of you with thin hair that breaks easily, think about using castor oil in your hot oil hair pack.

Almond Oil: It helps condition, nourish, and soften hair while stimulating hair growth!

Jojoba Oil: It leaves your hair soft and light, without weighing it down.

All of these oils should be available at your local health food store, and a few of them are available at your local chemist and supermarkets.

What You Will Need:

Oil blend
Hot Water
Plastic Shower Cap or Plastic Cling Wrap or Plastic Bag
How To Apply Your Hot Oil Treatment
Put your oil in a heat safe plastic bottle or glass container
Place the container in a pot of hot water for a minute or two
Test on wrist and then apply oil to scalp, roots and length of hair
Massage oil into your scalp for about five minutes
Cover hair with a plastic cap
Dip towel in hot water to make it hot. Ring out the excess water and wrap towel around your head.
Allow the oil to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight
Warming the oil and towel will allow the hair follicle to open up so that the oils can soak in all the goodness. It’s ok if your towel doesn’t stay warm for very long, the oils will soak in…trust me!

Rinse the oil out of your hair in the shower and follow-up with a shampoo or conditioner. The end result should be soft and shiny hair!

May I Mix Several Oils Together?

Absolutely! Mix until you find your perfect oil blend. If you suffer from a dry and flaky scalp, you may want to mix coconut and castor oil together in a jar and put it away for those hectic flaky weeks. Do you want to thicken your hair and possibly boost hair growth? Mix almond and castor oil together and go wild.

You hair does not need to be drenched in oil, so don’t worry about going broke behind this.
You can do these treatments weekly if you want and have time.
Keep track of how certain oils make your hair look and feel, so that you can find a perfect oil blend.
The oil mix need not be very hot, warm oils suffice!