PRODUCT REVIEW: Shea Moisture Shampoo + Masque + Smoothie

by West Parsons on December 1, 2010 · 6 comments

in hair care, product review
Ever since a friend of  mine raved about her Shea Moisture products, I have been so anxious to try them. So I decided to stop fighting the PJism and take a trip to Target. Here’s my review….
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Control Shampoo – When a shampoo is geared towards “curly”, I expect that product to be moisturizing. With this shampoo, my hair did not feel stripped, but it did not feel moisturized.  As a matter of fact, it felt coated. Really weird, I know, especially since I was in the cleansing phase of my routine.
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Masque –  This conditioner was really thick, but easy to apply. I used this conditioner to steam. After a 30 minute steaming session, I rinsed my hair and it felt good. Soft.  Although my hair felt soft, I can’t say it was any softer than how my hair feels when using my regular DC concoctions (Silk Elements Megasilk Moisturizing Treatment + Coconut Oil  + Jojoba Oil) . I think I’ll go out an a limb and say my hair is actually softer with my own mixes.
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Hold Smoothie – Before applying this product, I detangled with Kinky Curly’s Knot Today. That was the only product in my hair at the time. While applying the Curl & Hold Smoothie, my hair felt extremely coated. I don’t think I was heavy handed with the product at all, but because I was feeling the stickiness while applying, I decided to use slightly less product. I set my hair in a flat twist & curl and let it dry overnight (will be posting a YouTube video soon on outcome of style).  When time came to untwist, I was praying to the hair gods that my hair would turn out ok. The hair gods failed me.  My hair was completely dry, but it felt weighted down and sticky still. On some parts there were visual flaky/powdery spots. Visual residue. Yuck!
2nd Day Braid-Out

Overall, these products are not something I would invest my funds in again. I ended up returning all three products to Target and putting my hair in a bun.  I’m glad the work week was short and I didn’t have to wear my hair like that for an entire week. I had time to wash my hair a few days later and it literally took me 3 washes to dissolve all of the product.  I have never experienced that before (even when I have occasional weeks of build-up as a result of laziness).  Some might say that my hair probably does not like shea butter, but I use Cantu Leave-in without any problems. As a matter of fact, I used that for my braid-out right after washing out the Shea Moisture products. Wish I took pics because it was soft and shiny (pictured to the left). I think I may look into checking out more of the Cantu products.


outreachfamily2009 December 2, 2010 at 2:43 am

you should try the Ohm Body products, your hair seems to be my hair texture, so they should do you good, as they are for mine. 🙂

TONYA December 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I love cantu leave in, I have tried to find others but I always come back to cantu..I also like giovanni direct leave in but sometimes it's hard for me to find it and it's on the expensive side to me for only 8oz..

Sanyea December 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I purchased the Shea Moisture Curl & Hold Smoothie and I got the same white buildup on my hair once it dried. I tried using it on wet hair as well as on dry hair and I still got the residue. I wonder what the product is that my hair wont absorb? I am baffled because the ingredients look so promising! I know I dont have a reaction to shea butter since I use my own shea butter mix all the time.

Smallfro June 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I love the curl enhancing smoothie, I notice that my best results are after completing my hair style I sit under dryer x 5 minutes or put heat cap on. I find that with my hair type, that a little heat after stying, generally means 5-7 day hair that looks great. I think that heating up the oils allow better absorption and then the style sets better. I to get residue mostly at roots if I apply to much.

nika November 5, 2011 at 5:17 am

You should try the moisture retention that right there has not gotten any bad reviews as fars as moisturizing the hair goes. It really does… Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo does what is says 🙂

Andria July 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

My hair loves the Shea Moisture-Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style milk. It’s a great moisturizer…might wanna try that out before you give up on Shea Moisture products. Ijs