Popular in the USA and officially making its mark over here thanks to Boots, the much loved sulphate-free haircare range Shea Moisture has got many bloggers clapping their hands with joy. We’re not talking a handful of products in the range, oh no. There are at least 20 different ones, customised for different hair types and follicle woes, catering strongly for afro hair.
I was sent a few products from Shea Moisture’s range* to try, and the one I was most excited about was their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo (£12.99/482ml) and Leave-In Conditioner. You may know I wrote a post about the benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil a few years ago and I continue to use it in tackling everyday hair loss.
A shampoo that contains Jamaican Black Castor Oil sounds like the perfect dream team. Black castor oil is recognised for encouraging hair growth by nourishing and strengthening damaged or chemically processed hair but the smell of it isn’t often popular amongst users (I don’t mind it). The shampoo, however, has a very pleasant aroma and promises to act on the benefits of the oil though in its diluted form (and with other additives), it’s not going to be as effective.
The Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner (£12.99/453g) is a no-no for me simply because it just isn’t suitable for my hair type (fine, greasy roots, dry ends) but I completely understand why this is wondrous by those who are blessed with afro hair. Just the other day, I was telling Leanne my dream hair would be a full-on afro. Sadly I don’t ever stand a chance genetically but damn, I love a ‘fro. I digress… With the Leave-In Conditioner, apply to clean, towel-dried hair, working into into the hair from roots to ends before combing through and NOT rinsing.
Generally I am not keen on leave-in conditioners as there is always this uncomfortable feeling that I need to wash out the product. However I can see why this would be fantastic for thick hair as the texture can absorb the conditioner better but for me, it left my hair feeling limp and sticky.
The SuperFruit Complex 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Masque (£12.99/340g) is a different story altogether. The masque is loaded with antioxidants to renew lacklustre hair by hydrating, nourishing, rejuvenating, strengthening and deep conditioning. It just won’t make you a cup of tea.
Recommended to use once a week, the masque, which smells amazing, contains a blend of Red Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava Extracts and also Marula and Bioti Oil (hey, that stuff used in the Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil!).
I have noticed this product (along with the leave-in conditioner) recommends using a generous amount but I reckon that rule is applicable to the thick, robust ‘fros so naturally I use a sensible small amount instead. The masque leaves my hair feeling soft, supple and beautifully nourished so I’m a fan of it.
I am going to look more closely into the other products for a more appropriate conditioner for my wimpish hair but I am certainly on board with the shampoo and masque and consider them choices for future purchases.
I’m also really pleased it’s free of sulphates and silicones. If you’re concerned about the harsh chemicals used in most other shampoos or have an irritable/sensitive scalp, going sulphate-free is the way forward and while I realise it is more expensive than paying £2.99 for a bottle of conventional shampoo, ultimately it’s your decision and what’s important to you in haircare. I will say that in two years of using sulphate-free haircare products, the availability and choice has become more varied and accessible. At one time you could only get it online. I consider Shea Moisture’s price point mid-range in this category and as someone who has paid double in the past, £12.99 a product is something I can afford.
Let me know what you think. Are you a fan of Shea Moisture? Shea Moisture is available in stores and online from Boots.
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