Quick Tip #20: Keep your Hair Shears Sharp!

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Tweezerman Stainless 2000 Shear with Finger Rest, 5 1/2 InchHave (a) single strand knots, (b) split ends, (c) incomplete spits, or (d) mid-shaft splits? Or, maybe worse, you may be like me and have (e) ALL OF THE ABOVE! Well, your hair regimen may not be to blame, after all. The culprit just might be … your dull hair shears ! Has it been a while since you resharpened them? I know it has been for me. In fact, I think I only sharpened mine (ahem) ONCE in the three years since I purchased them! 😳 Shout out to Fine Natural Hair & Faith for the reminder to upkeep our hair tools. Watch her informative video below for additional insight.

You can get hair shears for as little as $7  (e.g., 6.5″ Goody Hair Cutting Shears) or splurge on ones selling for the price of a used, mid-sized SUV (at thousands of dollars) in the shape of dragons, snakes, or scorpions complete with sterling silver handles. Or, you can go the practical route and choose a pair of professional Tweezerman shears for under $20 with a FREE lifetime sharpening guarantee! Whatever you decide, keep your shears sharp to make sure that your hair woes aren’t self-inflicted!


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Goals Beauty Healthy Hair Vitamins

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Goals Beauty Healthy Hair Vitamins is a hair growth supplement infused with amino acids, natural herbs, and minerals to assist with attaining longer, stronger, and healthier hair. One bottle contains 60 tablets (a one-month supply). The serving size is 2 tablets. They should be taken daily, preferably with meals. Because the instructions don’t specify how the supplement should be taken apart from that, I contacted the company for guidance. The first two days I took both tablets with my breakfast. However, according to them, for optimum results, the supplement should be taken twice a day with a meal (e.g., at breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner). I was pretty consistent. I only missed 1 day over the course of a month.

After a week of taking these hair growth pills, I started to have problems sleeping. I immediately looked on the back of the bottle, and after sifting through all the ingredients, I saw “OptiMSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 250 mg.” MSM! I almost cringed. For those who have been following me on my blog for several years, you know that I have an extreme sensitivity to MSM, to the point that it gave me migraines and prolonged insomnia when taken in large doses. Thankfully (likely due to the small dose), I only suffered mild insomnia for 4-5 days. I noticed that I only had trouble sleeping when I took the daily dosage at lunch AND dinner instead of at breakfast AND lunch. So, I made a concerted effort to take the pills with my first two meals of the day. On days where I was worried that I might not be able to do so, I took both tablets with my breakfast rather than risk having trouble falling asleep all night long.

I took the supplement for four weeks (28 days). The company website doesn’t provide a list of ingredients, so I took a picture of the back of the pill bottle, for your convenience.


Watch the video below to find out my detailed thoughts on this product and to see my results …

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Soothe your Itchy Scalp with Baking Soda!

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While doing research for a natural hair treatment to calm a pretty bad seborrheic dermatitis flare up I’ve been experiencing recently,  I stumbled upon a DIY scalp mask made with baking soda. I almost didn’t try it because the testimonials seemed evenly split down the middle between raving reviews and angry backlash! Some naturals said it broke off their hair and swore never to use it again on their tresses while others claimed to have finally found their holy grail hair product. I spent hours trying to figure out which camp to believe more. Out of desperation for wanting to relieve my itchy, inflamed scalp, I ultimately decided I had NOTHING to lose (given all the ups and downs and downs and downs my hair has gone through in the last two years). And, I have to tell you, I’m so glad I did!

For months years, I have been struggling to maintain the moisture:protein balance of my hair … and failed miserably! I would spend most of my free time attempting to moisturize my dry, parched mane … to no avail most days. I grew weary of trying various hair moisture products, techniques, and trends—all of which didn’t seem to do much, at least not long-term. After a few mildly successful short-term fixes, I inevitably ended right back where I started, with dry hair and an inflamed scalp!

I initially started out with a 50:50 ratio of baking soda to conditioner (½ cup each), but the mixture was a little watery. So, I ended up adding another 2 ounces (¼ cup) of baking soda to the mixture. However, it still wasn’t quite thick enough for my liking, so I ended up sprinkling more baking soda into the mix until the thickness I wanted was attained. So, I probably ended up using about 1 cup of baking soda to ½ cup conditioner. The application process was pretty simple. I started by pre-pooing with my Honey Blowout treatment, then I layered on my Pantene Moisture Boost Shampoo. After rinsing out my hair, I used my microfiber turban to soak up the excess water. Next, I mixed the baking soda and conditioner together in an applicator bowl. I tried to localize the application of the mask to my scalp, but that proved impossible, so I ended up applying the mask from root to tip to ALL of my hair.

I created workable segments by dividing my hair into quadrants. I used an applicator brush, and applied the mask to my scalp and hair in small sections (like you would a relaxer). After each section was completely coated, I smoothed it from root to tip to make sure all of my hair was coated. I repeated this process for the remaining three quadrants of my head. When I was done, I popped on a processing cap and waiting an hour.

I instantly noticed that this scalp treatment seemed to have a similar effect as henna on my hair in that my curls became very defined and super elongated (as long as the mix remained in my hair). Unfortunately, although the application process was easy, it was SUPER messy! Messier than henna treatments! The baking soda/conditioner mix got everywhere … on the bathroom counter … the floor … the wall … everywhere! It was sort of a nightmare. I also felt like I almost needed to take a shower again. I had so much baking soda on my face and my neck that I had to use several facial cleansing cloths to remove it!

I later found out that I should have let my hair dry to about 80% before applying the mask, but who has time for all that (LOL)? After an hour, I rinsed the mask out of my hair without much incident. Next, I deep conditioned my hair for 30 minutes with ion’s Summer Solutions Deep Conditioning Treatment, and rinsed it out. I would say that I detangled my hair next but, honestly, after the baking soda mask and deep conditioning treatment, my hair basically detangled itself. I ran my fingers through my hair from root to tip, and it was virtually tangle free.

This baking soda treatment instantaneously assuaged my itchy, flaky scalp, and calmed all inflammation. After two weeks of a brutal seborrheic dermatitis flare up, that’s no small victory! I also noticed a difference IMMEDIATELY in the look and feel of my hair. Before even using the LCO method to moisturize my hair, my fine, low porosity strands were noticeably smoother, less frizzy, and slightly elongated. Days later, my hair was still moisturized and only started to feel slightly dry (on the ends of my hair) on day 3! Can you say, “game changer”?

I used VO5’s Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Revitalizing Conditioner. I initially thought that next time I should use a slightly thicker conditioner, so the process won’t be quite so messy. However, upon reflection, my final mixture was fairly thick. So, I’m thinking the fact that I didn’t let my hair dry sufficiently before applying this baking soda mask is what caused all of the mess. Next time, I’ll try not to be in such a rush and will wait at least an hour before applying the mix to my strands. Other than that, my scalp loves the results!

I think the reason this worked so well is that I have (1) extremely low porosity hair and (2) product buildup. Even though I wash my hair weekly and have a shower filter, I live in a very hard water area. Over time, I think my hair just became coated with mineralized water and too much product. I think that may be the reason why I have been struggling to moisturize my hair in the last two years! Honestly, I didn’t think I had any product buildup, but because my hair is low porosity, it is more prone to it. One of the things I haven’t really been doing consistently the last couple of years is clarifying my hair. I’m realizing now more than ever that clarifying is a must for my fine, low porosity strands. So, I will probably start doing it on a monthly basis (in combination with a healthy rotation of deep conditioning and protein treatments) from now on to better maintain the moisture:protein balance of my hair.

Need a hair reboot or scalp refresh? Here are the basic steps:

  1. Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo or gentle cleanser.
  2. Let hair dry to 75-80%. Avoid using this mask on dripping wet hair. (You’ll thank me later!)
  3. Mix baking soda and conditioner. Baking soda is a “weak alkaline” with a pH of 9. However, how much you use will depend on your hair’s porosity, how fine or thick your hair is, and how adventurous you feel. So, you will likely need to play around with ratios. Some only use 1 TBSP of baking soda to a ½ cup of conditioner. Others, like me, go full strength and use ¾ cup to 1 cup of baking soda to ½ cup of conditioner. If you have high porosity, relaxed, or colored hair, I would use a smaller amount. If you have low porosity hair, you can probably get away with using more. When in doubt, be cautious and start out small. You can always build up to a stronger mix later if you feel your hair needs it.
  4. Divide hair into quadrants, apply the baking soda mixture from root to tip. Working in sections makes the application process go much more smoothly.
  5. Don a processing cap. Wait 30-60 minutes.
  6. Rinse hair with warm water.
  7. Deep condition hair with a moisturizing hair mask for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse out with warm water. Because I have low porosity hair, I always deep condition under a hooded bonnet dryer.
  8. Use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse (or other hair neutralizer) to rebalance your hair’s pH level. I used a 50:50 ratio of ACV and distilled water.
  9. Detangle.
  10. Moisturize and style hair.



If you have high porosity or chemically-altered hair (e.g., hair that has been relaxed, permed, color-treated, etc.), I highly recommend (1) a patch test or strand test first and then (2) using small quantities of baking soda (i.e., 1 tsp to 1 TBSP max) with a conditioner. Water mixtures, alone, are not enough to off-set the alkalinity of baking soda. While doing my research, I found that most of the people who experienced “breakage” or excessively dry hair either only dissolved the baking soda in water (instead of conditioner) or had highly porous hair. So, if your hair starts to feel dry or brittle after using the mask, refrain from using the baking soda hair mask until you feel your hair needs it (i.e., has product buildup, becomes resistant to most products in general, etc).



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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

SK_II Facial Treatment Essence Skincare Trial Kit ( 4 Items ) SKII, SK2

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence claims to address the five dimensions of beautiful skin: (1) reducing spots, (2) diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, (3) correcting skin texture, (4) improving firmness, and (5) elevating radiance. It contains 90% pure Pitera™ in every bottle. Pitera is a natural by-product of yeast fermentation that is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that help to heighten the skin’s natural surface-rejuvenation process. This product was also uniquely formulated to better assist skin with better absorbing serums and moisturizers. Your skin’s moisture is left replenished to help prevent dryness, its texture is smoothed for soft, even skin, and its renewal cycle is moderated.

Ingredients: Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid. *Pitera.

Directions: Sprinkle a teaspoon into your hands, then press the essence gently and evenly onto your face and neck. Your skin will absorb the essence quickly and naturally. Layer with your serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, in that order.

I have sensitive, combination skin. My face tends to be super oily in my T-zone and dry to normal everywhere else. The first time I used this product, I was NOT impressed. It just seemed okay. I dripped some of the Treatment Essence onto my fingertips, but it was kind of watery and difficult to control/apply. While my skin felt soft after my initial application, the dry patches on my cheekbones were not fully moisturized. As a result, I added a few additional drops of product to my fingertips and applied it specifically to that area. My skin instantly looked and felt more hydrated.

Day 2, I only needed one application of the Essence. This time, I poured some of the product onto a cotton round and gently applied it to my face and neck. This technique seemed to work much better for me than the one suggested on the bottle (e.g., sprinkling a teaspoon of the product into your hands). By day 3, my skin seemed fully “adjusted” to the product. I didn’t notice an improvement in the texture of my skin, though, until after I had used the product for about 3 weeks. But, I absolutely love how light and refreshing this Treatment Essence is on my skin. And, I am grateful that it has such a neutral scent.

I usually think skin and hair care products with this kind of price tag are overrated. However, after extended use, I can definitely say that this miracle water is worth all the hullabaloo! My sensitive, combination skin feels much more balanced, smooth, and even. I recommend applying this treatment directly after cleansing your face (and before proceeding to your other facial serums and creams). After 4-5 weeks, I noticed a marked improvement in the fine lines on my face. I am a very expressive person, and had quite noticeable “laugh lines,” especially on my forehead. But, they are barely visible now unless I intentionally furrow my brows! Moreover, my T-zone doesn’t seem to be overproducing so much oil any more. I’ve noticed that my skin is much less oilier in that area, which is a HUGE plus!

My sensitive skin can sometimes appear a little dull from time to time. But, not anymore! After only a few weeks of using the Treatment Essence, I observed that my complexion seems overall much brighter. As a woman of color prone to hyperpigmentation (in the summer time), that’s no small task. The darkness under my eyes has lightened slightly and is much less pronounced. My face also feels firmer, too! In fact, my skin has been looking (and feeling) so great lately, I’ve only worn makeup TWICE in the last 6 weeks, and it wasn’t even my full-face routine! For added benefits, use twice a day (morning and night) and/or combine with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.

SK_II, SK2 Facial Treatment Essence [Pitera Essence] 75ml / 2.5 oz

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is not for the faint of wallet! My 5.4 oz container retails between $179 and $214, depending on the retailer and whether it is on sale. Although expensive, because of the concentrated formula and small amount that is needed each time, my 5.4 oz bottle will last for probably another 10-12 months (maybe even longer) given that I have barely put a dent in it after almost 2 months’ of use! However, because the Essence comes in a glass bottle, I was quite paranoid about dropping it and breaking it. This product is way too expensive for a mishap of that proportion! Every time I use the Essence, I feel the need to open the outer box carefully and gingerly untwist the top cap. This is certainly not a product you can be in a rush to use …


  • Great for MOST skin types (normal, dry, combination, and sensitive)
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Softens skin
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Smooths the surface of skin
  • Not sticky or oily on the skin
  • Synthetic fragrance-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • GMO-free
  • Can be used twice daily
  • Great value; bottle will last a LONG time
  • Neutral fragrance


  • The cost; even the 2.5 oz travel-sized bottle sells between $89 and $99!
  • Contains paraben preservatives (e.g., methylparaben)
  • Not generally recommended for oily skin types
  • A little watery
  • Glass bottle looks gorgeous but can break easily

Want great skin? Skip the laser resurfacing treatment, and opt for this SK-II Facial Treatment Essence instead! It is definitely worth the investment.

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Quick Tip #19: Organize your Stash Creatively!

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I have a type “A” personality. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place! When you live in a small space, organization becomes even more important than those blessed with more ample square footage. Whether my aim has been to efficiently decorate my dorm room (in years past … ahem…), maximize my vertical storage space in a super tiny city apartment, or just prevent clutter and stay organized, here are some of the storage and organization systems I currently utilize. Remember, just because something is called a “bookcase” doesn’t mean you have to use it for books!  Some of the best solutions I’ve come up with to meet my storage needs involve using items in a different way than originally intended (or marketed). And, that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

(1) Large Shower Caddy by 3M

Although I use this in my bathroom, I DO NOT use them in my shower. Instead, I use several of these to keep my hair and beauty products (e.g., my beloved S-curl No Drip Moisturizer) at hand. I like to keep my current go-to products at the ready so that I am not constantly walking back and forth between my bedroom and bathroom for face wash, hair moisturizer, gel, etc. It just makes life so much more less frustrating. My larger products (or products I don’t use every day), I store elsewhere (on a black 4-tier shelf that holds up to 350 lbs). I originally purchased 3M’s spice caddy, but it was just too small. This large shower caddy fits my needs much better. I bought several and staggered them on my bathroom wall to create hair product storage, no shelf installation required!

(2) Tension Pole Corner Shower Organizer

I love my tension pole corner shower organizer. I use it to store my shampoos and concitioners, shower gel, body scrub, etc. I originally found this gem at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I have the one by Spa Creations in chrome (with the snap down frosted plates). Unfortunately, I don’t think they make that version any more. Here are several other options that are similar: (i.) BINO Tension Pole Corner Shower Caddy in nickel(ii.) Koval Inc. Tub Shower Caddy Bathroom Organizer Tension Pole with Baskets (available in black, white, or chrome), (iii.) Yosoo 3 Tier Triangular Shower Tension Corner Pole Caddy Shelf Storage(iv.) InterDesign York Tension Caddy (available in bronze, matte black, pearl white, satin, and silver), (v.) Zenna Tension Corner Pole Caddy (available in bronze, oil rubbed bronze, nickel, brushed nicked, and nickel and bamboo), and (vi.) CREATEASY Tension Shower Caddy .

Houseables Acrylic Makeup Organizer, 7 Drawers, Clear, Cosmetic Cube Case, Box w/ Dividers & Top Tray

(3) Acrylic Makeup Organizer

I absolutely adore my Houseables 7-drawer Acrylic Makeup Organizer. It comes with a top tray that I removed and use to store my essential oils. I originally purchased mine for $180 two years ago, and now it sells for about $70 less! I’m so jealous. I store large bars of soap in my bottom drawer, travel-sized products and samples in my sixth drawer, eye shadows, blush, and various palettes in my fourth and fifth drawers, concealer, foundation, and setting powders in my second and third drawers, and tools and other accessories in my top drawer. It has been a truly invaluable investment in terms of keeping my makeup and beauty products organized, all in one place, and easy to see all at the same time! It was expensive, but I have NO regrets!

(4) Organizers within Organizers

Inside of my 7-drawer Acrylic Makeup Organizer, I have other organizational systems. If you have a huge compact collection, you will love Alegory’s acrylic compact organizer. I use this for my additional face powders (i.e., my contouring powders, eye brow powders, bronzers, and other loose powders). I also utilize Alegory’s eye shadow organizers for my large mineral eye shadow collection.

 (5) 4-tier (or more) Shelf Systems

I use a 4-tier shelf by Whitmor to store my larger beauty items (i.e., my foot tub or salon-sized hair products) and to house more delicate items (i.e., my Chanel, Prada, and Sean John perfume stash), or keep items I use infrequently (i.e., my first aid kit or other personal care items) out of the way/sight. Because I live in such a small space, to maximize storage, I even use my top shelf to house seasonal linens. I added small and medium-sized wire baskets will chalkboard tags to further streamline my storage.

 (6) All-purpose Cabinet Storage

I purchased Mainstays Storage Cabinet in Northfield Alder to use as part linen cabinet and part storage to house my larger supply of oils and butters for my DIY hair and beauty projects.  It serves my multi-purpose needs perfectly.

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The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment on Natural Hair

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The Honey Blowout Honey Treatment was created by Philadelphia native, Carla Clarkson, (aka “The Hair Maven”).  Honey Blowout is a treatment for all hair types whether straight, wavy, curly, or chemically treated (e.g., permanent hair color, relaxers ,etc). It can be used as a (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner.


Ingredients: water, honey complex, aloe complex, ethal, pure honey, honey/miel, essential oils, vitamin e oil, mild fragrance, natural coloring

Directions: Shake well. Apply from ends up to root on wet hair. Comb through using a wide tooth comb. Apply sulfate-free hydrating shampoo* on top of treatment. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Last, apply The Honey Blowout and comb through. Let sit for 3 minutes. Blow dry and style. 

*Honey Blowout will still work with a regular moisturizing shampoo.



If used as a deep conditioner, apply the Honey Blowout to wet hair, comb through, add a processing cap, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes. If you do not have a bonnet dryer, use your body heat to allow the product to penetrate your strands and let the product sit on your hair for an hour. If used as a co-wash, apply to wet hair, massage scalp, and work though product with a wide-tooth comb (or smooth curls with fingertips). Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Repeat if additional cleansing is needed.

According to the company website, best results are achieved when the Honey Blowout Honey Treatment is layered underneath the KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Shampoo. Clarkson recommends following up with the Matrix Sleek Look Smooth Conditioner, blow drying the hair, and then finishing with the H2Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron by flat ironing the hair via small sections.

In an effort to prevent premature damage to my fine, fragile hair, I haven’t flat-ironed my hair in 2 years! So, I opted to use the product as a pre-poo and final conditioning treatment prior to blow drying my hair. As a result, I saturated my hair with water with my Waterpik handheld shower head, applied the Honey Blowout from ends to roots, then I layered on my Pantene Moisture Boost Shampoo. I gently lathered both products, rinsed, and repeated the process. Next, I applied my Pantene Moisture Boost Conditioner. Finally, I applied the Honey Blowout one more time, let the product sit on my hair for 3 minutes as a light conditioning treatment, rinsed my hair thoroughly, and then blow dried my hair. if you’re blow dryer-challenged like I am, watch this tutorial. This is the blow drying method I now use, and it works extremely well, especially for fine or kinky hair.

My hair felt soft and silky after only one use. After the second repetition, my hair was 50% detangled. I also noticed that the product seemed to slightly elongate my curls, so I think this would work well even if I left my hair in its natural kinky, coily, curly state. However, the instructions are a little confusing and contradictory, depending on where you look. Even on the company website, the instructions vary. The following video (from the product’s creator) is probably the least confusing one that I found, explaining how to use the product.


  • pH balanced
  • Adds shine
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Strengthens and fortifies hair
  • Has a built-in heat protectant
  • Smooths hair and prevents frizz
  • Contains no parabens or preservatives
  • Can be used with color-treated hair
  • Can be used with sulfate-free or SLS shampoo
  • Great for ALL hair types (straight, wavy, or curly)
  • Can be used to condition and revive extension hair
  • Can be used for multiple purposes (e.g.,  (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner)


  • Cost ($25 for a 12 oz bottle)
  • Instructions are a little confusing
  • Label isn’t water-repellent so it smears after being left in shower after only 1 use

Although this product is a little pricey, considering I only used about ½ an ounce of total product after two lathers and one final conditioning treatment, I think the  price offers great value. Even if you blow dry your hair weekly, one bottle should last you at least 3 months. Since I have fine hair, I will likely get about 6 months of use out of one 12 oz bottle (if used weekly). And, given, how great this product performed for a blow-out, I’m confident it would work wonders on flat ironed hair as well as on curly/coily hair textures as a deep conditioning treatment.

Want to see my entire process? Watch the video below …


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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Shampoo and Conditioner

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, 16.3 Ounce


Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Shampoo

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

* Certified Organic Ingredients


Directions: Apply to wet hair. Gently massage from root to ends. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.


The SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen & Grow Shampoo has a very pleasant earthy scent almost akin to a mild licorice. This JBCO Strengthen & Grow Shampoo has medium viscosity … neither thin nor thick, yet closer to the thicker side. I like this because it makes it easier to open and close the bottle without worrying about wasting product unnecessarily while in the shower like some other runny or watery hair cleansers. Because this is a sulfate-free shampoo, it has ZERO lather. So, if that bothers you, look elsewhere! I’m not a huge fan of super sudsy shampoos, so I don’t particularly mind as long as my hair and scalp feel clean afterward.

I shampooed my hair twice just to make sure it was completely free of any and all debris (due to the lack of lather), and my hair felt smooth and super clean (without being stripped)! I love the fact that the shampoo is loaded with JBCO (to promote healthy hair growth), has peppermint (to stimulate the scalp), and contains apple cider vinegar (to clarify and regulate the scalp’s pH). I examined my scalp after use, and I had NO product build up whatsoever (unlike when I used the SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse).

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner, 13 Ounce

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Conditioner

Ingredients: Water (Aqua),  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*,  Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,  Stearyl Alcohol,  Cetyl Alcohol,  Behentrimonium Chloride,  Hydroxyethylcellulose,  Panthenol,  Glycerin (Vegetable),  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*,  Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend),  Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil,  Tocopherol,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,  Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol,  Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,  Apple Cider Vinegar,  Butylene Glycol,  Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3,  Niacin, Dextran,  Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract,  Caprylhydroxamic Acid,  Caprylyl Glycol,  Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Caramel

* Certified Organic Ingredients


Directions: After shampooing, apply generously, and comb through for even distribution. Leave in for 3 minutes. Rinse. Style as desired.


The SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen, Grow & Restore Conditioner has a different but equally pleasant scent with subtle floral undertones. This JBCO Conditioner is super thick and comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. I love this feature because it makes application a breeze, especially while in the shower. In fact, I wish the shampoo bottle also had a pump top!

I applied the conditioner to my hair and gently finger detangled. I left the conditioner in my hair while I completed the rest of my shower routine. The conditioner, while thick in consistency, didn’t weigh down my hair. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt soft and my curls were well defined. Like the shampoo, this conditioner also contains JBCO loaded with reparative omegas and peppermint to increase circulation to the scalp. In addition, it includes shea butter for deep moisturizing and conditioning.

When I finished washing and conditioning my hair, my tresses looked great. My hair was shiny, and my curls were defined and slightly elongated. However, my strands became quite parched as it air dried. Since the only products I had used in my hair was the JBCO Strengthen & Grow Shampoo and the JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Conditioner, I can only attribute the dryness to that. Overall, I really love the shampoo and conditioner and how my tresses felt (in the shower), but I did not like how my hair started to feel once it began to dry. My hair stayed parched for a full 24 hours after use, even after I had thoroughly moisturized my hair. On day 2, I liberally applied some of my tried and true S-curl No-drip Moisturizer. That seemed to do the trick of getting and maintaining the moisture levels of my hair.



  • Made with natural, certified organic, and ethically sourced ingredients
  • Designed for a myriad of consumers: persons with natural, chemically processed, or heat styled hair
  • Nourishes and strengthens damaged, brittle hair, reducing the appearance of breakage and shedding
  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Leaves hair shiny
  • Restores moisture without weighing hair down
  • Shampoo easily clarifies scalp and removes product buildup
  • Conditioner is lightweight and easily detangles
  • Both the shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free, color safe, and cruelty-free; they also DO NOT contain any phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, or petroleum



  • Not gentle enough for frequent use (if you have low porosity hair)
  • Left my hair feeling dry after only 1 use

If you have higher porosity hair, you will not likely experience the same “dry hair” effect that I did. If you have low porosity hair (like I do), I would recommend using this as a clarifying shampoo and conditioner and restrict use to 1-2x a month (max). For instance, if you wash weekly, use this shampoo and conditioner, then use another brand for the remaining 3 weeks in the month (or rotate every other week if your hair can handle bi-weekly use). That way you can avoid overly drying out your mane.

Because this line has been formulated to nourish and strengthen damaged hair while reducing hair shedding and breakage, I think it may be a worthwhile addition to your hair product rotation. Just make sure NOT to overuse it!

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