There are several things every natural should have in her arsenal no matter the hair type. PATIENCE is #1 (let’s face it, it is so true). A spray bottle is #2 (water, water and oil mixture or pretty much anything that you would like to nourish your strands). And in my own personal opinion #3 is a good deep conditioner. Battling dryness tends to be a resounding issue with taking care of natural hair. I too struggle with keeping my moisture levels up. When searching for a reliable deep conditioner I scanned through random reviews on different sites and eventually decided to settle on the Shea Moisture brand. Since going natural (nearly 2 years ago) I have been using the deep treatment masque from their Raw Shea Butter Collection. I was quite content with the product but was open to something new. Then all of the sudden I noticed Shea Moisture had expanded there line of products and now there are more than I can keep up with. So I decided to see what a few of their new items were all about. Since I am pretty happy with the other staple products from my hair routine I decided to try a few deep treatment masques, specifically the Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque (whew!…that’s a mouthful) and the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque (and yet again a mouthful lol). I deep condition once a week so it was not hard for me to find the time to experiment with these products.
Just a quick FYI: I first co-wash and detangle my hair using Tresseme Naturals Conditioner. I usually deep condition for more than the recommended time of approximately 45 minutes. I get busy doing other things, what can I say time gets away from me. Ok let’s get to it!
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
As mentioned earlier, I have used this deep treatment masque for quite some time. It has treated my hair wonderfully. The product has very little slip. For instance this is not a product that you could lightly apply on your hair. No honey you have to work it into those curls. Since it does contain shea butter, slightly warming the product first can help with the application. The scent is pretty typical for a product containing shea butter, nothing to write home about.
Results: The deep treatment masque was easy to rinse out. There was no lingering after scent. My curls were very conditioned. I followed up with my normal leave-in conditioner and styled as desired.
Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
I purchased this product because of the “Intensive Hydration” claim in the label. That’s the point of deep conditioning right? Moisture…Hydration…Life! This deep treatment masque did not have a lot of slip. However it did have a silkier texture, almost like yogurt. The scent reminded me of baked goods but not an overwhelming sugary sweet aroma.
Results: The deep treatment masque rinsed from my hair easily. The scent does linger, but I don’t mind. I followed up with my normal leave-in conditioner and styled as desired. This product made my curls pop! The next day my curls were still well hydrated. I will definitely repurchase this once it runs out.
Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque
The decision to purchase the Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque over the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Masque was a tricky one. I stood in the aisle of Target comparing the ingredients of both products and glaring at other customers walking past me be nosey (however I’m sure I looked suspect lol). I chose the Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque because I liked the order of the ingredients and there were some ingredients in the other one that I just didn’t need. The consistency of the product had a lot of slip. If you wanted to save yourself some time you could probably get away with detangling with this product as well as deep conditioning. The scent of the product reminded me of a perfume that a very mature woman might where (you get my drift I’m sure lol).
Results: The application was quick and easy. The product did not rinse fully out of my hair, but I’m not sure of this was due to the product or an error on my part. Although my hair felt soft, my curls did not pop like they did with the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque.
Final Thoughts: Out of the three products I preferred the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. The product nourished my hair and left it feeling very soft for days. There are plenty of Shea Moisture collections to choose from. I have yet to try the Superfruit Complex Collection or the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore but they are next on the list.