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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.

 

PROS

  • 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

 

CONS

  • 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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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse

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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glycerin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon Fruit) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Livingstonei (African Mangosteen) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate

* Certified Organic Ingredients

 

Directions: Apply to wet hair, and gently massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat, if necessary. May be used daily. For best results, follow with our WEIGHTLESS CRÈME RINSE.

 

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo was formulated for fine to medium hair. It has a lovely tropical scent with fruity undertones. I love that this Weightless Shampoo has imbe oil to block humidity and control frizz as well as aloe to promote great shine. It also has a blend of dragon fruit, lychee berry, and green apple extracts to nourish hair. This Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo is almost translucent and is quite watery for a shampoo. I wish it was a little thicker, especially if you want to avoid wasting product unnecessarily while in the shower. Although this is a sulfate-free shampoo, it has great lather. I’m not a huge fan of super sudsy shampoos, so I was kind of caught off guard by all the frothy foam in the shower. However, if you want a sulfate-free shampoo that has plenty of suds, this might be perfect for you!

I shampooed my hair once, but a second shampoo can be done if desired. After gently agitating my scalp with the pads of my fingers and rinsing out the Weightless Shampoo, my hair felt uber soft and silky. I was so excited, I added the Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse right away!

SheaMoisture® Fruit Fusion Coconut Weightless Creme Rinse - 10.3 oz

SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse

Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Livingstonei (African Mangosteen) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Undecylenate 

* Certified Organic Ingredients

 

Directions: Apply to clean, wet hair. Gently comb through hair from roots to ends. Leave in for a minute or two. Rinse. For tousled waves or curls style with our WEIGHTLESS TEXTURE SPRAY or add lift with our WEIGHTLESS STYLING MOUSSE.

 

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse, like the Weightless Shampoo, was formulated for fine to medium hair. It has pretty much the same tropical scent of the Weightless Shampoo. Unlike the shampoo, though, this Weightless Crème Rinse is much thicker and a lot more opaque (i.e., white in color).  After applying the conditioner to my hair, I carefully finger detangled my strands. Then, I let the conditioner absorb into my hair for a couple of minutes while I finished my shower. The Crème Rinse has medium viscosity, yet it didn’t weigh down my hair. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt silky soft and my curls were popping! Like the Weightless Shampoo, this conditioner also contains imbe oil for controlling frizz and aloe for adding shine.

When I finished washing and conditioning my hair, my hair looked great. My curls were sculpted, frizz-free, and slightly elongated. However, when I went to moisturize my hair, I saw that the Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse had failed to remove all the debris from my scalp. Even though I had not used gel during the week, I had quite noticeable product build-up on the front third of my head that had remained. Not cute!  So, although my hair was left soft, hydrated, and shiny, I was very disappointed by the inability of the Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse to thoroughly cleanse my scalp.

The next time I washed my hair, I did TWO shampoos and then added the Crème Rinse. During the second wash, I noticed that the Weightless Shampoo lathered quite a bit! So, this shampoo does has suds, they just don’t seem to appear until after the first wash. Upon inspecting my scalp this time around, it appeared completely free of product buildup and debris. So. a second wash proved too be a must for me with these products.

PROS

  • Made with natural, certified organic and ethically sourced ingredients
  • Designed for a myriad of consumers: persons with natural, chemically processed, or heat styled hair
  • A rich sulfate-free shampoo that lathers A LOT
  • Shampoo and conditioner leave hair soft and shiny
  • Shampoo restores moisture without weighing down hair
  • 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

 

CONS

Although I loved the way my hair FELT and LOOKED after using the Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse, I didn’t like the fact that my scalp was left with product buildup. However, a second wash seemed to remedy this.

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SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie promises to restore moisture to parched hair, reduce frizz, induce shine, detangle, and create healthy, bouncy waves, curls, or coils. Made from organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic mango butter, and hibiscus flower extract, this Curl Enhancing Smoothie, like all of SheaMoisture’s other products, DOES NOT contain parabens, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde, or propylene!

 

Directions: Section hair and apply product sparingly to damp or dry hair. Do not rinse out. Style hair as desired. For best results, use as a styling cream for twist-outs, braids and wash-and-go styles.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut ) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Ammonium Salt, Melia Azadiratcha (Neem) Seed Oil,Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed oil, Sorbitol Esters, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hibiscus Flower Extract

 

This Curl Enhancing Smoothie definitely defined my curls and coils. I’m talking mega defined wash ‘n go, here! However, this hair smoothie made my hair extremely dry … I mean dry like straw in the height of summer in the South! Even when I used it with a leave-in, I had to moisturize my hair three times a day just to get the moisture retention levels of my hair back to normal. After a week of use, my hair became so dry, I actually became a little scared. I layered on my oldie but goodie S Curl No Drip Activator to revive my parched hair. Thank God that stuff never fails to leave my hair moisturized.

I initially thought the silk protein might be the troublemaker, but my low porosity hair doesn’t usually have problems accepting hydrolyzed proteins. I noticed that coconut oil is the third ingredient. I know, I know. This product is called the “Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie,” but honestly after reading and hearing about everyone’s rave reviews, I didn’t think it would be a problem. My hair has hated coconut oil since the beginning of my natural hair journey. Clearly it still does! So, if you have low porosity hair or hair that has a huge dislike for coconut oil, I would use this hair smoothie very cautiously!

To prevent from wasting the remaining 95% of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie I had, I put several tablespoons of the smoothie into a smaller pump container and then added some rose water, glycerin, and apricot oil. It helped a lot but was still a little drying for my hair. So, I definitely think that whenever I use this, I will have to layer it over a heavy duty moisturizing leave-in to make sure my hair doesn’t become too parched by the end of the day. I really love the concept of SheaMoisture’s products: natural ingredients free of toxic ingredients like parabens and formaldehyde. However, my hair just doesn’t seem to like the leave-in or stylers I’ve tried by them thus far. I’ve been told they have a line specifically for low porosity hair that includes a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in detangler, yet there’s no styler! So,the hunt for a holy grail styler that’s all-natural AND protein-free continues …

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SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner

 

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SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, Jamaican Black Castor Oil--16 oz (453 g)

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 , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

Directions:

Apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the end of problem areas. Can also be used as a rinse-out conditioner. 

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner contains organic shea butter, peppermint extract, and Jamaican black castor oil to condition hair, stimulate the scalp, and promote healthy hair growth. It claims to help remove buildup while remaining gentle enough for daily moisturizing. Per the directions on the label, I applied this Leave-in Conditioner to freshly washed hair. I divided my hair into quadrants to make the application process easier. Then, I shingled the JBCO Conditioner through each section. I used the product solo to get a sense of how my hair would respond. My curls and coils looked super defined, and I started to get excited about the fact that I may have just found my new go-to hair moisturizer. But, I decided to reserve my full opinion until after my hair had fully dried.

About 3 hours later, I looked in the mirror and was pleased by how this JBCO Conditioner made my hair “look.” My curls were still very defined. However, when I touched my hair, I was mortified. To my surprise, my tresses were dry, hard, and super crunchy. It was as if I had slathered an alcohol-based gel all over my hair! I scrutinized the ingredients more closely. I saw hydrolyzed keratin (13th ingredient), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (18th ingredient), and hydrolyzed rice protein (21st ingredient) in the ingredient list. That’s three different proteins. Because they are all hydrolyzed, they have been processed to the point that they are small enough to penetrate past the hair’s cuticle directly into the core of the hair shaft, allowing the protein to easily bond to each hair follicle.

I also noticed that coconut oil was the third ingredient. My hair IS NOT a big fan of coconut oil. I stopped using coconut oil in my hair very early in my natural hair journey because it often made my hair stiff and dry. This, in combination with the three hydrolyzed proteins, is probably why my hair responded so harshly to this Leave-in. So, if you have fine, low-porosity hair like I do, I would test this JBCO Conditioner on a discreet area of your hair before applying it all over your mane like I did.

Another concern I have is the inconsistent product textures. Some naturals I talked to said their JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner was thin and runny. The one I purchased, though, was very thick and creamy. So, I’m wondering if there has been a recent formula change. This may account for the two distinctive “Love It!” or “Leave It!” camps. Also, many people warned me that this smelled like Play-Doh! Needless to say I was a little concerned before trying the product that I would reek of rambunctious four-year-olds at playtime. Yet, to me, this JBCO Conditioner has more of an herbal, medicinal smell (in a good way). So, I’m not sure what the deal is with all the Play-Doh references. Nevertheless, I was so disappointed with this Leave-in that I returned it.

Some naturalistas informed me that even though the directions state that a “generous amount” should be applied, I should really use just a small amount/apply the Leave-in more sparingly. However, I tried that, and it still left a hard caste on my hair. It was as if the product just sat on the top of my hair. Others suggested that I use it on dry rather than wet or damp freshly washed hair but, by then, I had given up on the product and returned it! Here’s the breakdown of the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Paraffin
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No DEA
  • No Petroleum
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Propylene
  • Super thick and creamy consistency
  • Pleasant scent

Cons:

  • Dried out my hair
  • Made my hair super crunchy and hard
  • Inconsistent product consistencies
  • Too much protein for safe daily use (FOR ME)

While this Leave-in Conditioner was ideal in theory, the amazing ingredients just didn’t translate into great results for MY hair. My sister loves SheaMoisture’s JBCO Shampoo and Conditioner, which is why I went out on a limb to try this Leave-in. However, she has super thick type 4B hair. So, I’ll let you decide whether you think your hair type and texture will benefit from SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner.

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