SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grown Restorative Hair Serum

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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.

INGREDIENTS

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INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN

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.

HOW TO USE IT

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.”

HOW I USE IT

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

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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!

INGREDIENTS

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INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN

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!

HOW TO USE IT

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.”

HOW I USE IT

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

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B.A.S.K. Yam Nectar Intense Hair Nourisher

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So, I’m new to the B.A.S.K product line but I have to say, so far, I’m a fan! I used this nectar as a pre poo (and a bit as a DC) because my hair needed an intense boost of moisture. This nectar delivered soft, super hydrated hair! The consistency, as you can see the YouTube video and the picture below, is exactly like honey. From the feel, the texture, and the consistency–straight honey! For that reason, you want to make sure that whether you are using this Nectar as a pre poo or a DC, you apply to damp (if not wet) hair. Makes all the difference in the world! The Y.A.M. in the product name stands for Yucca-infused olive, Avocado, & Meadowfoam that are all meant to infuse hair with some serious hydration! For all your visual learners out there, here’s a YouTube video that reviews this product as well. I got this product from a product swap but it can be purchased on the B.A.S.K site for $20 for oz. That price is a little steep BUT a little goes a long way with this product and the results are truly worth it!

INGREDIENTS

Pure Clover Honey, Vegetable Glycerin, Yucca Oil (Virgin Olive Oil infused w/ Yucca Root), Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Manuka Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Essential oils of Rosewood & Copaiba, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin.

HOW I USE IT

If using as a pre poo, apply to damp hair. If using as a DC, apply to WET hair. I section my hair off into four sections and apply to each section, making sure to start with my ends and work my way up. I detangle with a wide tooth comb while I add this nectar in and then pile my hair into a top knot but making sure to leave my ends exposed. I then sit under my hair steamer for 30 minutes, rinse, and my hair is left SUPER hydrated. A note of warning, you will have to rinse your hair TWICE because this product, just like honey, is heavy and requires the extra rinse. The results make it worth it, love it!

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Lush Superbalm Scalp Treatment

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I’m a firm believer that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! For that reason (and more) I love this Lush Superbalm Scalp Treatment!! Everytime I use it my scalp feels clean and refreshed! I must admit that I don’t suffer from severe dry scalp or dandruff, as this product mainly calls for. I do, however, experience bouts of dry, tight scalp. Although they are minor, they still happen and this product stops any itching or tightness that I feel. I like to use this product biweekly and even add a few drops of peppermint oil in to the mix to get my circulation flowing. I purchased this product from Lush for $20 for 1.5 oz. It IS pricy but a little goes a long long way! The Lush website features of video on how to apply the treatment to your scalp while this article details the importance of scalp treatments.

INGREDIENTS

Salicylic Acid , Rose Wax (Rosa damascena) , Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia) , Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Fragrance , Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera) , *Limonene , *Linalool , *Geraniol , *Citronellol


HOW I USE IT

I use this treatment before I shampoo (bi weekly). I generally apply it to my scalp at the same time as I’m applying my pre poo treatment to the length of my hair. So, I separate my hair into four sections. Within these four sections, I apply this treatment to my scalp making sure not to get any into my hair as it can be difficult to wash out, especially for those with thick hair. After I have applied to all sections, I make sure to massage my scalp thoroughly. As I stated above, I like to add in a few drops of peppermint oil so I really get my circulation flowing!!

As I apply my pre poo treatment along with this scalp treatment, when I’m done applying I sit under my hair steamer for 20 minutes. Afterwards, I rinse out and voila, a clean refreshed scalp is what I’m left with! Because I don’t suffer from dandruff, I can’t assure that this product actually removes all dandruff but in experience Lush products always deliver. All in all, scalp treatments promote healthy hair and hair growth!! I will definitely purchase this again!

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Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment

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I am in absolute LOVE with this product!! There is not a sufficient amount of words to express how much I currently love this product. Needless to say, these past two weeks have been great for me in my search for the perfect product for my hair. From Aunt Jackie’s Curl Custard to this Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment. I’m in product junkie heaven!
This is a pre wash hair treatment that promises to “get control of fluffy, untamed tresses and leave them calm, smooth and shiny–not to mention smelling irresistibly sexy.” It delivers on ALL of that! This hair treatment is meant to give you all the benefits of henna without having to color your hair with henna. If you don’t know about the wonders of henna for hair, read this article!
I was able to get this product from Lush for $22 for 7.9 oz. A little pricy but I estimate I’ll be about to get about 5-6 uses out of it, which is a lot for my thick hair.

INGREDIENTS

Red Henna Infusion (Lawsonia inermis) , Water (Aqua) , Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Fragrance , Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea) , Olive Oil (Olea europaea) , Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale) , Cold Pressed Organic Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare) , Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa) , Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia Excelsa) , Benzyl Alcohol , Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare) , Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) , Coconut Butter (Cocos nucifera) , Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa) , Soya Oil (Glycine Soja) , Castor Oil (Ricinus communis) , *Benzyl Salicylate , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Farnesol , *Eugenol , *Limonene , *Geraniol , *Linalool , Hydroxycitronellol , Methyl Ionone , *Benzyl Alcohol , Isoeugenol , Methylparaben , Propylparaben

HOW I USE IT

Because this product is a pre-wash, it’s a pre-poo. So it’s meant to be used before your shampoo and condition your hair. Thus, I parted my hair into four sections, uncapped the tub, and began to apply to my hair section by section. This product has GREAT slip and leaves your hair feeling incredibly soft as soon as you fully saturate your hair with it. Pay special attention to the ends ladies!!

The instruction say to apply a thick coat and leave on for 20 minutes. I did as such but left on for about 30 minutes because I did a steam treatment with my beloved hair steamer! As soon as I rinsed out my hair, I followed with a sulfate free shampoo. My hair felt so soft that I HAD to step out of the shower and see what my hair looked like. I had the BEST curl definition I’ve ever had (without product–I tried to picture it below but it’s hard to see, just trust me) and my hair was frizz free and crazy soft. I did condition my hair afterwards but I skipped the deep condition cause my hair just felt THAT good!

This product also has an amazing Jasmine scent that is not too overpowering. 2 days after washing people standing close to me, especially my boyfriend, could still smell it and could not stop telling me how good my hair smelled.

This product is one that I will KEEP purchasing! I will do an update, however, after I’ve finished the tub as regular henna treatments are meant to improve your hair’s porosity. Until then, try it for yourself!

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SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Conditioning Shampoo

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Low lather, moisture delivering, herbal smelling wonder! 3 phrases that sum up this shampoo. This shampoo is best used after the SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy. I was able to find this product at Target for $10 for 13 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimonium Oligosaccharides, Centrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan Sesquicapylate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Tremetes Versicolor Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydolyzed Vegetable Protein, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot)
Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Glucose, Caprylhydroxamin Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Rapeseed Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Xylose, Capryl Glycol, GuarHydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Urea, Decyl Alcohol, Diheptyl Succinate, Dimethiconol Cysteine Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Dextran, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide

HOW I USED IT

I used this product after rinsing out the SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy. My hair as already pretty soft and moisturized after using the pre-poo treatment, but this shampoo provided additional moisture.

The instructions say to work this product through your hair and scalp for a minimum of 30 seconds. They also advise you that this shampoo is low lathering. Indeed it is! I’m not used to low lathering shampoo’s so I found myself making sure that I worked this through my hair for a whole minute out of caution. Unnecessary step I believe!

What I really love about this shampoo is the amount of moisture and softness it delivers, instantly! Even after rinsing out, my hair still felt soft to the touch. Would definitely purchase again.

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SheaMoisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque

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The African Black Soap hair product line of SheaMoisture is tailored to those that suffer from dry, itchy scalp. The people who fall under this category are mainly those that suffer from dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. These conditions are medically diagnosed and different from a mere DRY scalp. I found a brief article that details the difference! This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t use this product if you fall under the category of one who has a dry scalp but it is not as severe as someone who suffers from the previously named scalp conditions. For instance, I suffer from neither of those medical conditions and use this line during the winter months when my scalp tends to feel a little dry and tight. I purchased this product for $10 at Walgreens for a 12 fl oz container.

INGREDIENTS

Deionized Water , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Mangfera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , African Black Soap Extract , Sea Salt , Cetyl Esters , Kaolin Clay , Grapeseed Oil , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Behentrimonium Chloride (Conditioner) , Salicylic Acid , Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Sorbitol Esters , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Rosemary Extract , Salvia Officinalis Extract (Sage) , Plantain Extract

This product has a smell similar to tapioca pudding and has GREAT slip! You can see the consistency in the picture below. The plaintain enzyme is meant to help alleviate itchiness and irritation. The tea tree extract removes buildup for enhanced volume and shine and the willow bark extract exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp. This product also cointains coconut oil, shea butter AND mango butter which are all excellent for moisturizing the hair!

HOW I USE IT

This is a product that doubles as a deep conditioner or a PRE pre-poo treatment. When I use this product I like to use it as a PRE pre poo treatment, meaning I use it before I shampoo my hair AND before I apply my pre shampoo treatment. Most of the reviews I’ve read and YouTube tutorials I’ve watched, however, like to use this as a deep conditioner and have achieved great results like this. Here is a review by Jenelle Stewart, one of my favorites for YouTube tutorials and reviews, that explains here experience with this product as a deep conditioner.

The reason why I like to use this before I shampoo or pre-poo is because it contains Kaolin Clay. This type of clay, or any type of clay for that matter, is drying on the hair and scalp. This is great for removing build up and detoxifying the scalp and all, and this product DOES have great slip so there ARE moisturizing properties, BUT when I deep condition I’m not looking to detoxify my scalp. I’m solely trying to restore and replenish my hair with moisture. I feel that this type of product is best used before shampooing with a CLARIFYING shampoo so you can get a jump start on detoxifying your hair and scalp and removing all the product and hard water build up that product junkies, curly heads and naturalistas love to use!

Whichever way it is used though, this product does deliver great smelling soft hair. BUT please please stick to the time limits and ONLY keep on for 30 minutes MAX! Because of the clay contained in this product, and other cleansing properties, there can be excessive drying of the scalp and hair and this is the exact opposite of what it is meant to do. So, set a timer or watch those clocks and when it’s rinse time, RINSE! Lastly, when rinsing, keep an eye on the water color! When you first rinse, the water is a light brown due to the clay mixture, or maybe it’s the product coming out of the hair…either way, keep rinsing until the water turns clear. Overall, while this product doesn’t fall within my top ten favorites, it is worth purchasing.

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