SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo

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Because this post is about a shampoo (and all shampoo posts make for a pretty dry read) I’m going to spend the majority of this post expanding upon the ingredients in this shampoo. But, first, how it works. The product is specially formulated for DRY hair. So, when I bought it, it was near the end of summer when my hair was parched! This shampoo left my hair cleansed AND moisturized! It suds up pretty easily and feels super moisturizing. It also smells amazing! Something between a tropical and sweet smell. I would definitely repurchase this shampoo. I got it at Target for $9.99 for 13 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Manuka Honey contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the scalp. Helps create a moisturizing barrier. Here is an informative article about Manuka Honey.
Mafura Oil contains high levels of beneficial oleic acid. Helps replenish oils stripped from hair. Read more about Mafura Oil here.
African Rock Fig contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps keep hair looking vibrant.

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HOW I USE IT

Now that my hair is SUPER thick due to transitioning, I part my hair into four sections. I apply to my scalp making sure to thoroughly massage into my scalp and let the rest run down the length of my hair. Wash section by section and then apply conditioner!

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Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

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This is a great shampoo that I came across accidentally. I was in the market for a new clarifying shampoo as my Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint clarifying shampoo had recently run out. While in Walgreens, however, I spotted this shampoo and mistakenly thought it was a clarifying shampoo. Wrong. While this shampoo does leave me hair feeling cleansed it is NOT a clarifying shampoo as it is actually gentle enough for daily use. I would never shampoo my hair daily though, ha! Lately, I’ve started washing my hair in sections. Although my hair has always been thick, my new natural growth has started to make my hair that much thicker. And, because I’m seeking to miminize breakage during this transition period, I find it so much easier to section my hair into four sections when I wash. When I do that and apply this shampoo to each section, every single section is left feeling super clean yet STILL moisturized! And those two things alone sell me on this shampoo! But, the amazing natural ingredients (sulfate AND paraben free) are a definite plus! I purchased this shampoo from Walgreens for $11.99 for 8 fl oz. A little pricey and, yes you could find other shampoos out there for cheaper, but this shampoo really gets the job done while leaving your hair moisturized! Plus, it IS a shampoo and we all know how infrequently naturals, transitioners, and curly girls use shampoo.

INGREDIENTS

Purified Water, Organic Mandarin Orange Fruit, Organic Marigold Flower, Organic White Willow Bark, Organic Sea Kelp, C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Derived), Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Phenoxyethanol and Natural Fragrance

HOW I USE IT

Just like any other shampoo–I section my hair into four sections, wash each section making sure to massage the shampoo into my scalp and throughout my hair root to tip, then wash each section out! If you hair isn’t so thick, however, just apply to scalp and hair and rinse.

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SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Shampoo

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Product reviews on shampoos tend to be a little dry BUT this one is a little different. The Superfruit Complex that this new SheaMoisture product line boasts is very non traditional (especially the Marula Oil) and feeds hair far more nutrients than the average shampoo. Overall, this shampoo smells amazing, has slip for finger detangling (yea, you read that right) and is super cleansing! It should be “super” all those things since it’s called “Superfruit” right? Ha. I purchased this shampoo at ULTA for $10.99 for 13 fl oz.

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 I USE IT

This shampoo is meant to be used after the SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex Hair & Scalp Serum. I did just that and then lathered this shampoo on. I LOVE that it is SUPER cleansing, smells great (fruity!) and that you can actually finger detangle your hair while shampooing (which IS rare)! It ranks average in the moisturizing department (unlike the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo) but, overall, especially with the amazing ingredients–it’s a winner.

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

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Hydrating. Intense Moisture. These are words/phrases you almost never hear when it comes to shampoos but THIS shampoo really delivers on moisture!! I love to use this shampoo when my hair is feeling super dry and needs a boost of hydration from shampoo alllll the way to deep condition. It melts into my hair like butter and can even work to detangle my hair WHILE still able to cleanse my hair. Weird for a shampoo, right? I purchased this shampoo from Walgreens for $10 for 13 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Deionized Water , Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets) , African Butyrospermum ParkiiShea Butter, Certified Organic , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Argan Oil , Panthenol (Provitamin B5) , Rosemary Extract , Sea Kelp Extract , Vitamin E , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract (Honeysuckle) , Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese Honeysuckle)

HOW I USE

Use like a typical shampoo, rinse, lather, and maybe repeat if needed.

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Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repairing Shampoo

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Shampoo reviews tend be a bit bland cause…well they’re shampoos! Haha while they cleanse our hair and scalp, they’re not known for any special hydrating qualities. This shampoo is no different. It DOES give a nice lather and I do believe that it plays a significant part in the anti breakage claims of this monoi hair repairing line! I purchased this shampoo in a value set on the Carol’s Daughter website. It can be purchased, outside of the set, for $16 for 8.5 fl oz. A little pricey but it really does last a good while! To see before and after pictures of how the ENTIRE line helped my hair, visit this previous blog post here.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Decyl Glucoside, Amodimethicone, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Coconut Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Dimethiconol, Shea Butter Glycereth-8 Esters, Quaternium-95, Fragrance (Parfum), C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Propanediol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Panthenol, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Behentrimonium Chloride, Sucrose Laurate, Disteareth-75 IPDI, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool

HOW I USE IT

I use this just like any other shampoo. Wet hair and rinse! I do recommend a pre-poo before every shampoo session (not co wash) just to lessen the stripping effects of shampoo.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo

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Yes, just…YES! If you’re a regular follower of my blog, then you know that the importance of clarifying your hair and scalp is something that I often “preach” about. Guess what? I’m doing it again! Clarifying your hair cleanses and detoxifies your hair of alll the product that you put on it throughout the month. This is SUPER important because all of that product weighs down, not only on your hair, but on your scalp too. Your scalp starts to get itchy and harbor all this buildup. That’s one of the signs that it’s time to cleanse/clarify your hair! That’s when you can reach for this shampoo! All of the ingredients in this product, and the consistency, ensure that your hair and scalp are SUPER cleansed, detoxified, and ready for some more product haha. Seriously, this isn’t a shampoo that you can use everyday but it IS a shampoo that you should use at least once a month when it’s clarifying time. AND, per usual, this product contains No Sulfates, No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Paraffin, No Gluten, No Propylene Glycol, No Mineral Oil, No Synthetic Fragrance, No PABA, No Synthetic Color, No DEA, No Animal Testing! Win! For all you “visual learners” this YouTube vlog does a great job of reviewing this product.

I purchased this shampoo at Walgreens for $11 for 13 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Deionized Water , Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets) , African Black Soap , Salicylic Acid , Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Charcoal Powder , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Butyrospermum Parkii OilShea, Certified Organic , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Vitamin E , Rosemary Extract , Plantain Extract , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower ExtractHoneysuckle , Lonicera Japonica Flower ExtractJapanese Honeysuckle

HOW I USE IT

Similar to any other shampoo, wet hair, massage into scalp and hair–lather up and rinse!

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YouTube Healthy Hair Series

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Before I continuing reviewing products, I’d be remiss if I didn’t put y’all on to this amazing YouTube Healthy Hair Series! I really love these videos because they’re super informative and cover a wide array of different hair care products lines.

Part 1 of the series focuses on cleansers! Cleansing hair is SUPER important. SUPER! To clarify your hair is to rid your hair of all the product buildup that you’ve put on your hair throughout the month. With all the products that naturalistas and curlies put on our hair to define curls and provide moisture, it’s SUPER important to clarify and cleanse your hair of all these products to avoid buildup. Here is an article that details the importance of clarifying. But, most importantly, here is the YouTube video for Part 1 of the Healthy Hair Series.

Part 2 of the series focuses on Deep Conditioners which I LOVE. Y’all know I LOVE a good deep conditioner! I’m always super shocked when I find a naturalista or a curly that doesn’t deep condition. I mean…just…why not?? Deep Conditioners really help to revive hair and give you back all that moisture that you lose throughout the day/month/week. Part 2 of this series also touches on the importance of a protein treatment for your hair, specifically Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment which I use regularly and can’t get enough of! Well, I can or else my hair will suffer but you get me! So, check out Part 2!

Enjoy!