Product Review| Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Treatment Mask, Styling Lotion & Edge Treatment

by West Parsons on August 30, 2014 · 8 comments

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This is a review of Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil product line, which is said to fortify and renew, while supporting healthy growth for all hair types, including chemically treated, heat styled, natural and transitioning.


The one uniform characteristic all these products possess (except the serum) is they each smell like a tropical beach vacation mmmmm.

Shampoo (16 oz, $10.99)
I don’t have many expectations when it come to shampoos, after all, it’s just a cleanser, but this is one I would purchase. First, it’s a great value at sixteen ounces for ten dollars, as compared to other reviews of more expensive shampoos I’ve done and it works just as well as those shampoos! My hair didn’t feel stripped or dry.  Dare I say, my hair felt moisturized.

Treatment Mask (16 oz, $12.99)
This deep conditioner is significantly thinner than any other the Shea Moisture deep conditioner I’ve seen. So thin that it is probably better dispensed in a bottle. Knowing this and my experience with the Coconut Hibiscus deep conditioner (#wompwomp), I had lukewarm expectations. Glad to say I was wrong again! This treatment mask is pretty fab! Because of the lack of density, there is a great deal of slip, which makes for  a perfect detangling conditioner.


After a few hours with a heat cap, this deep conditioner proved to smooth my cuticles, softened my hair and rinsed clean — no extra massaging necessary. Freshly rinsed, my hair’s curl pattern was quite noticeable. One day I may try a wash and go after deep conditioning with this.  One day.

Styling Lotion (8 oz $10.99)
After using the shampoo and treatment mask, I just knew this moisturizer would be a hit! Unfortunately, it was not #wompwomp. It was applied to freshly washed and deep conditioned hair which was allowed to hair dry. Once completely dry, my hair felt naked, as if I hadn’t used anything at all — except for one section where I mixed the serum and lotion. More about that later.

As usual, I used a shot of hot air to stretch my hair for easy styling. Though the product is labeled excellent to protect hair before using heat styling tools, I must say that I’ve used other heat protectants which left my hair feeling smoother during and after the blow dry process. Even an additional dab of the lotion once my hair was dry did nothing for moisture.

Serum (2 oz, $10.99)
Called a serum, but the viscosity is more like an oil. The directions list it’s use for scalp massages or as a restorative treatment (which read more like a pre-poo).  For this review I used it all over my scalp after the blow dry process and didn’t experience anything significant.

I also reserved a section of my freshly washed hair and used this serum mixed with the styling lotion throughout the length and there was a slight difference noticed during the blow dry process. The hair was smoother with more shine.

Edge Treatment (4 oz,$12.99)
Looks a lot like a gel. It has a very jiggly texture. And that’s as far as I went with this product.

Gels are not my forte’. I’ve tried enough to know nothing tames my edges and this will probably be no different. Don’t get me wrong, I may dab a bit on my edges later in the week and update this review to reflect some amazing revelation, but that’s a highly unlikely end result.



Being that this line is new and only found in limited stores, it is highly sought after. If you’re one of those looking for these products, I would recommend starting with the treatment mask and shampoo, which can both be found on Amazon along with the other products in the line. There is also a leave-in conditioner and Christine over at Mane Objective gave it 5 stars!

If you are hellbent on purchasing the styling lotion, I recommend pairing it with an oil of your choosing.

Other Shea Moisture Reviews
Manuka Honey & Maafura Oil Intense Hudration Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque
Coconut  & Hibiscus Curling Control Shampoo, Raw Deep Treatment Masque, Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Have you tried any products from this line?


tbaby September 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

thanks for the review i was considering this product… i’ll definitely purchase some items when i see them again

Kingsmomma September 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I just purchased the lotion and deep conditioner. Highly disappointed. I just knew I’d love this product. I’ll try to pair it with an oil and see what the results are.

Missfee September 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I’ve tried the Edge Treatment from this line and my edges absolutely love it. I love the shine that it gives and seems to be extremely moisturizing throughout the whole entire day. I noticed that my curls seemed to look a bit more defined around the edges…so a thought popped into my head, why don’t I try it one morning in place of the SheaMoisture Gel Souffle (another favorite staple of mine) that I rub all over my curls for definition since the edge treatment is the same jiggly texture as the souffle. I did just that today and do you know that my hair absolutely loved it!!! Dare I say that the edge treatment worked even better than the gel souffle. My hair was shiny, moisturized and DEFINED all day long. I guess I found a 2nd use for it! I would love to try the masque and the leave-in conditioner next.

lv October 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

the styling lotion and leave in have provided a wonderful wash and go style over the last couple of washes. i cannot really so holy grail, because i am such a product junkie. a lot of products work well for my 4a hair. this product works exceptionally well. Use the styling lotion sparingly over the leave in. Spread from root to tip, but dont overuse. I can see that it could make the hair a bit oily. But, used in the right proportion, and one could gets a poppin wash and go. Yeah–close to holy grail

Antonya November 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I just bought the shampoo, the masque, and leave in conditioner and I love it. The shampoo and masque left my hair so soft and manageable when i used them together. Im relaxed but at the moment im stretching. Last night I used the leave in conditioner to do a twist out on my dry hair. My hair is so soft, moisturized, defined, and weightless. Like OMG! This line is my favorite, I have to say better than the raw shea butter. I will be using these products every week

SKEETER February 7, 2015 at 7:34 pm

You didn’t use the best product of the JBCO line…the leave-in conditioner! That would have given you the moisture you needed. The styling lotion does need some help so it definitely should be mixed with another product.

West Parsons February 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

It must be the best because I can’t find it anywhere! Also glad I’m not the only one that felt the styling lotion was quite lacking.

Ashley February 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

I found it yesterday at Sally’s, plus they are having a buy 2 get $3 off sale on them!