Shea Moisture has made such a name for themselves that even non-curly hair’d gals know of them and use their products. I feel like every few months they slap us with a new line of products to shake up the natural hair community and cause us to go running to the stores in a frenzy just so we can get our hands on them as they hit the shelves. So there is no doubt about it, the Shea Moisture line is absolutely incredible and if you have been following my blog, you know that their products have been giving me and my hair life ever since I first went natural. Well, who here has heard of or used their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore line? If you haven’t, then keep on reading because today I’m sharing with you a little about them based on my experience using the treatment masque and the leave-in conditioner.
So Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line isn’t new but in Jamaica I only recently spotted it at our local beauty supply store here. I was drawn to this line because of the JBCO ingredient. Throughout my hair journey (relaxed, texturized & now natural), there are two oils that have been consistent, coconut oil for my hair in general and castor oil for my scalp. For those of you not familiar with Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) it is a very potent ingredient that is known to increase hair growth and thicken the hair, leaving you with great shine and softness. So when I saw that the Shea Moisture JBCO line was at my go-to store in Jamaica (Fontana Pharmacy), I quickly grabbed it up because I knew it would be right up my alley.
I think many of us natural gals have been shying away from using JBCO because the smell of the oil can be very potent and overwhelming. Luckily with this line you get the benefits of JBCO without the smell that we typically associate it with (more on the smell a little later). To top it all off, this line is also fortified with other amazing ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil and shea butter! SCORE!
This treatment mask is pretty fab! I’ve actually used this deep conditioner in many different ways. Over the past two months I have used this masque on freshly cleansed hair, dry hair, co-washed hair and also left it on overnight. The second it hit my strands, I had a feeling this was going to be a good one and after rinsing my hair felt BOMB!
The product itself claims to restore strength to damaged, brittle or chemically processed hair and I definitely believe that Shea Moisture has lived up to this promise. The masque smoothed onto my hair pretty well and soaked right into my hair. My only problem with the mask was the lack of slip! I actually checked out a few other reviews to see if I was doing something wrong because everyone else who seemed to use this masque raved about the slip. Unfortunately I can’t say the same. I love the product where performance is concerned because it definitely gets the job done, my hair is left with awesome shine, feels super soft, buttery smooth, my strands feel stronger BUT while using the product there is no slip (for me at least). To combat this no-slip issue, I co-wash my hair with a conditioner with lots of slip and detangle my hair prior to using the JBCO masque.
Aside from the slip my biggest drawback was the smell. I really don’t care for it at all! Now I know earlier I mentioned that Jamaican Black Castor Oil has a very overwhelming scent and Shea Moisture managed to mask the scent we usually associate with JBCO. Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with the scent. I was hoping the peppermint would come through but instead it sort of smells like a sweet play dough. Thankfully the fragrance doesn’t linger and the product works so well I don’t think I would make my dislike for the scent prevent me from using it.
Let me get straight to it….I rate this leave-in conditioner 100% and the amount of product you get makes this leave-in conditioner even more appealing. I’m a huge believer in using leave-in conditioners because they add an extra layer of moisture before styling and also aids with protecting and softening hair strands. The JBCO leave-in is a very creamy but lightweight leave-in, which works perfectly for me since I layer my products. As such my hair wasn’t too weighed down before applying my styling products.
The consistency of the leave-in is very similar to a watery lotion making this a good product to detangle with after washing because it has an incredible amount of slip. However, because of the watery consistency I would have much preferred it packaged in a bottle with a pump as opposed to a big jar. I know this may not be a big deal for some and it isn’t a deal breaker for me at all, just something I hope Shea Moisture considers to change in the future. Plus, how can I even make this an issue when Shea Moisture was generous enough to to give us 16oz of product!!!! Lets face it, the average leave-in conditioner for natural hair only provides us with 8oz of product, so it’s definitely worth noting the incredible amount of product Shea Moisture has given to us while still staying under the average drugstore base price!
This leave-in can easily work for all hair types. My gals out there with thin, fine hair will love it because of the products lightweight nature and my gals with thicker tresses will love it because of the slip and moisturizing capabilities it provides. Tip for my thicker hair’d gals: apply the leave-in on soaking wet hair, then layer on top a moisturizer or heavy butter and/or use an oil to seal it all in.
Now…back to the scent. I don’t know if perhaps my nose is picking up something different from most but I am just not a fan of this scent. It’s a weird nutty, sweet play dough scent that I’m just not here for one bit. BUT, for an amazing 16oz jar of natural hair food, I’ll deal with it. I’m just happy the scent is very light so it doesn’t linger after application, whew!
All in all, this is a product I plan to repurchase. I dislike the scent but everything else I like 100%. I’m very pleased with how the leave-in has the perfect balance of moisturizing and strengthening properties. After applying, my hair is left feeling stronger, moisturized and looking shiny. The leave-in performed as the product descriptions claimed and the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in conditioner has definitely earned its spot ♥