SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, + Restore Treatment Masque


I don’t…really know what’s gotten into SheaMoisture but they have seriously stepped up their hair masque game with this new JBCO line and the Manuka Honey line! This masque is SO GOOD! Overall, the masque is meant to “help promote growth by supporting hair’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shredding.” The JBCO line is meant for for those who “regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles.” I no longer perm my hair nor do I use heat on a regular basis BUT I am transitioning so I need all the moisturizing masques I can get my product junkie hands on. SO I was thrilled when I rinsed this masque out and it left my hair so soft, shiny, detangled, on and on. The only drawback? It smelled a little like…play-doh. It wasn’t TOO strong and I didn’t smell it once I rinsed the masque out but yea…slight kindergarten flashbacks when applying it to my hair. Also, the packaging boasts about the addition of peppermint oil which is meant to “stimulate the scalp for an invigorating experience.” Yea…I didn’t feel the peppermint oil. Nonetheless, I loved this product and I would highly recommend it! I purchased this masque at CVS for $12.99 for 12oz.


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, 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


After a thorough shampoo and condition, I part my hair into four sections. Applying the masque to each section of my hair, I use a wide tooth comb to ensure equal distribution. After I’ve applied the masque to each section of my hair, I pile my hair into two top knots (one on each side of my head) and place two plastic caps on my head. I then sit underneath my bonnet dryer for 30 minutes and rinse!



July Favorites


Even though July is only halfway over, I’m certain of my favorites this month. So, why wait until the end of the month!

My top 5 July Favorites are


Creme of Nature 7 in 1 Leave In Conditioner–reviewed here
Curls Creme Brûlée Whipped Curl Cream–reviewed here
Curl Coconut Curlada Conditioner–reviewed here
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner–reviewed here
Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Hair Masque–reviewed here

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask


After reading tons of reviews raving about this deep conditioner, I finally decided to make the investment and purchase this hair mask. Even though I’m not a fan of the price point and the amount that is provided, I will say that my hair has never been more manageable and felt as soft than when using this product. Here is a YouTube video that details the claims this product makes as well as great tips for application! I purchased this product on the Carol’s Daughter website when it was on sale. The regular sale price, however, is $32.

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oiol, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccaride, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extrac, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecanol, Ceteareth-20, Quarternium-91, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone

I use this product, as it is a deep conditioner, after I shampoo and condition my hair. Before applying, I part my hair into four sections and apply this deep conditioner on each section, ensuring equal distribution of the product. Afterwards, I comb through with a wide tooth comb and pile all my hair into a top knot. Then, I sit underneath my steamer for about 35 minutes. After a good rinse, my hair feels super soft and is easy to detangle! I love to use this deep conditioner when I straighten my hair because, when my hair is straight, I really can feel the softness, shine, and sleekness that this product delivers. I will say that I do not like the price point AND I was only able to use this product about 3 or 4 times before it ran out. For $32, there should be more conditioner that is provided!! Aside from the steep price point and the small amount of product provided, this conditioner truly delivers on all its claims and is great for those that are seeking moisture and damage repair.


SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff & Dry Scalp Elixer


This product is one that I don’t use very often but, when I do, it eases and comforts any dry scalp that I’m feeling. Because any amount of moisture brings my hair natural curl pattern back to life, I can only use this product on my hair when I do wash and go’s. I purchased this spray from Walgreens for $10 for a 4 flz oz bottle.


Deionized Water , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Salicylic Acid , Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract , Vegetable Protein , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Butyrospermum Parkii Oil (Shea Butter) , Cetyl Alcohol , Castor Isostearate Succinate , Capryl Glycol , Essential Oil Blend


I like to use this spray whenever my scalp feels a little tight and dry. This spray provides the perfect “pick me up” and really stops any itchiness or tightness that I feel! I just part my hair into four sections, and spray this elixer on my scalp within each section. Afterwards, I massage my scalp thoroughly using my fingertips. This product is NOT meant to be rinsed out, so after you’ve distributed and massaged into hair, just allow scalp to air dry and wait for the comforting relief that is sure to follow!

For all my naturalistas, I found a great article that details a way for you to use this as a part of your nightly hair regimen.


SheaMoisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner


This product, as previously explained, tailors to those that suffer from a dry, itchy scalp. This conditioner can triple as a leave in conditioner, pre shampoo, or simply as a conditioner to be used right after shampooing. I purchased this from Walgreens for $10 for 13 fl oz. Because this conditioner is tailored towards those that suffer from a dry, itchy scalp I use it sparingly, usually only during the winter months when I suffer from a dry and tight scalp.


Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera(Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Mangifera Indica(Mango)Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil , African Black Soap Extract, Behentrimonium Chloride, Salicylic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow)Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia chinensis seed (Jojoba) Oil, Sorbitol Esters, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Plantain Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract


I use this product as a conditioner rather than a pre-poo or a leave in. The instructions say to work this conditioner through hair from roots to ends, while massaging gently into the scalp. You can leave on for 3 minutes or even up to 15 minutes, and then rinse out and proceed onto a deep conditioning treatment. I prefer to use this conditioner after shampooing with a clarifying shampoo because, while this product does detoxify and cleanse the scalp, it also restores moisture to the hair that is lost when using a clarfiying shampoo. A great combo when detoxifying the scalp and hair!


SheaMoisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque


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.


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!


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.



SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque


I need you all to understand that this product seriously repairs dry and damaged hair! This product is GREAT for chemically treated hair (relaxed, colored, too much heat) and also for naturalistas, curly heads and those that are transitioning. BUT while it does repair and strengthen hair IT essentially hardens hair, similar to a protein treatment. I’ve used this as a deep conditioner and haven’t loved the results. To me a deep conditioner should moisturize hair, not harden. So, I’ve switched to using it as a pre-poo treatment mixed with any of my DIY mixtures (found here. This works out better as it provides a better balance between protein and moisture but please believe there are better deep treatment masques out there. I got this product from Walgreens for $10 for 12 oz.


Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Argan Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Sea Kelp Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B‐5), Essential Oil Blend, Avocado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Soybean Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil. *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient.

This product is full of amazing ingredients meants to restore and repair your hair. The shea butter deeply moisturizes your hair and scalp while the avocado and argan oil give you loads of shine! This product also contains Vitamin E which is made to strengthen your hair and scalp. In all, these ingredients really do “heal, grow, and strengthen,” hair as promised on the label!


The instructions on this product say to apply generously and use a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly from roots to ends, leaving on for 5 minutes. 30 minutes, with a plastic cap, if you want deeper penetration. They also state that you can add extra virgin olive oil to the masque for additional nutrients and moisture. I’ve tried this and it really does work and gives better slip!

Now, when I use this product, I like to section my hair into fours and apply to each section, mixing with a bit of coconut oil. This product does not have a lot of slip so the coconut oil aids in detangling. I like to keep this product on for 30 minutes, and sit under my hair steamer. The hair steamer allows for maximum penetration as the steam gently lifts the hair’s cuticle. After 30 minutes have expired, just rinse and enjoy the softness of your hair!