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Shea Moisture for My Natural Hair Care?

Hey Guys!

I recently removed my mini twists, and of course, needed to wash my hair. Well, I ran out of my favorite hair cleanser, which I can only get by ordering online, so I decided to use the opportunity to try a product line that I hear so much about, Shea Moisture. I get so many questions asking me about my thoughts on the line, but I’ve never used it, so I’ve always answered with “I’ve never used it, but have heard great things…” Well, I wanted to be able to answer from personal experience, so it was time for me to give it a try!


So I found the product at a drugstore in my area called Walgreens! Unfortunately, they only sold one line of Shea Moisture, the Coconut and Hibiscus, so I picked it up. It came in a convenient little kit for $14.99, which included sample sizes of the shampoo, a style milk, a styling pomade, and a shine spritz (I really only wanted the shampoo and conditioner “style milk?”).


Now, my thoughts on this product aren’t necessarily positive, and in any other circumstance, I just wouldn’t review it, but since it’s a popular product, and I get so many questions about it, I feel like I should share my point-of-view.

It was clear to me after using the product that it wasn’t the line for me. It was shocking how dry and raw my hair felt in the shower after using the shampoo; it had literally stripped my hair of all of it’s oils. I haven’t used shampoo in about two years, and after feeling the effects it had on my hair, it made me appreciate my mud wash cleanser so much more!

Anyway, the shampoo felt horrible on my hair, I quickly reached for the style milk to try and condition my hair and put the moisture back in, but it still felt brittle after applying it. The worst part is that after taking out my mini twists, I had detangled my hair with a fine-tooth comb and even trimmed the ends, so my ends were nice and crisp. But after applying the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus shampoo and conditioner, it actually created knots and tangles in my hair!

%image_alt%Hair after washing and “conditioning” is dry, frizzy, and undefined compared to how it usually looks in wash and go state.

Needless to say, this is NOT the line for my hair. To be fair to Shea Moisture, I don’t think it was created for my hair type, tightly coiled and kinky. I think it was made more for a looser-curled texture, which would make a lot of sense as to why the style milk conditioner is so light. My hair needs something thick to penetrate the strands, while this product just kind-of sits on top of the hair, never penetrating. So Coconut and Hibiscus, not for me, but if you are a looser texture, give it a try, it’ll probably work out really well for you.


After that fail I was extremely disappointed with Shea Moisture. I was on the phone with my girl Taren and mentioned that I tried Shea Moisture and didn’t like it. She told me I probably tried the wrong one and to pick up one with Shea Butter in it, which would be better for my hair type. So I decided, what the heck… I’ll give it a try…

So I checked Walmart for the product, and couldn’t find it, then I searched three (3) Target stores… yes, three Target stores to find the product (all an hours distance from one another). I really wanted to give Shea Moisture a fair chance and I needed to re-wash my brittle hair! (My Terressentials Mud Wash hasn’t arrived yet because they are having label production issues… Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to make it from scratch yet, but that’ll definitely be in the future.)


I finally found some at the third Target in the very bottom shelf behind some random lotion. Lucky me, it was another kit! This time, the Raw Shea Butter and Argan Oil Repair and Transition Kit. Luckily, it was the only hair cleanser there by Shea Moisture and it happened to have shea butter, Yaaay! It came with two items, the shampoo and the deep treatment mask.

**Side note** I also decided to pick up the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shea Butter Body Wash. When I went to the register to purchase the Kit and the Body Wash, my bill was only $11!! For some reason, I received $9 OFF my purchase… maybe there was a Shea Moisture sale, I don’t know but I was happy! A-Whaddup-Savings!?! Yea, and the body wash smells AWESOOOME!!!


Okay, back to the issue at hand… so I couldn’t wait to give the Shea Butter and Argan Oil line a try… anything to repair the damage from the Coconut and Hibiscuits situation…

After using the shampoo, I could tell there was bit more moisture than the other line, which I was thankful for, but it still stripped my hair. That’s not abnormal for a shampoo though, so I won’t hold it against them. I guess I just don’t like shampoo anymore, sorry, can’t get on board, I’m a spoiled mud girl.

So after washing with the shampoo… ohh this is a long post. Lunch break.

If you need a snack or beverage, this is a greet time to go grab it… tick-tock, tick-tock…

Okay I’m back. So after washing with the shampoo, I followed up with the deep treatment mask and, sigh… it still didn’t penetrate and moisturize my hair. It was definitely nice and creamy and heavy the way I like, but it just felt like it was sitting on top of my hair. I actually ended up using the entire 4oz container on my hair because I just desperately wanted it to moisturize. The directions say to leave it on for 5 to 30 minutes, so I left it on for an hour with a plastic cap. After 45 minutes, I rinsed out only some of the product (instructions say you can use as a leave-in) and proceeded to styling my hair with LOTS of my homemade shea butter cream.

While I didn’t enjoy the cleansing process at that moment, and felt like it didn’t fully moisturize my hair, I must say that the next day, my hair was nice and shiny and did manage to feel better, more moist.

%image_alt%Stretched Twist-Out

I guess it took sleeping in the deep treatment mask and sealing it in with shea butter to get the effect. Although, I’m not sure if it’s worth it since it did take a substantial amount of Deep Treatment Mask, 4 oz to be exact.


But trying to be fair to the product here and stay somewhat neutral because I don’t want to compare it to the mud wash cleanser I always use, that wouldn’t be fair. It should be compared to any normal shampoo or conditioner…

In that case, for a shampoo and conditioner, it’s not bad. If I could only buy one type of shampoo or conditioner, would it be one from the Shea Moisture line? Honestly, probably not. I would probably use something like the Trader Joes Nourish Spa line (fyi: contains parabens) or Tea Tree line first. They’re much more moisturizing to the hair even though the shampoo strips the hair, the conditioner is effective in returning the moisture back. Also, they’re great for de-tangling, while both Shea Moisture lines that I’ve tried are NOT AT ALL effective in detangling my hair. In fact, both lines created more tangles and knots to my previously de-tangled and trimmed hair than I could ever imagine. So yea,… the SM lines aren’t bad, they’re just not the best, in my opinion, for my extremely dense and coily hair… as far as shampoo and conditioner go.


I understand that there is one other line out there from Shea Moisture. Maybe it’s better than the Shea Butter and Argan Oil line, which seems to be geared towards transitioners or people who might have chemically-treated hair. Unfortunately, I’ve spent enough time looking for the products I’ve reviewed (and enough money) to order any more online. If it were a “real world” situation, I would’ve stopped purchasing at the Coconut and Hibiscus line, but I wanted to be fair to Shea Moisture and try to find the one for my hair type.

But honestly, for myself, this whole process reiterated the fact that I enjoy washing my hair with clay (mud) the best. I mean, nothing compares to it’s moisturizing and de-tangling properties. Although shampoo does make your hair “squeaky-clean” eh.. I don’t need the squeaky… I’m good with just clean.

But I hope this review helped guys! Sorry it was so freaking long! But that’s how this whole process felt to me… like a never-ending hair-shampoo show-down. Luckily my hair is doing much better after the second try and I’m anxiously awaiting my mud wash delivery… let’s go Terressentials, I don’t care if your label-maker isn’t working, send it to me without a label, I know what’s in it! LOL, send it in a plastic baggy, Ziploc, Gladware, I don’t care, just get it here! 😉

Oh, and for those asking, I do still love the Anita Grant Rhassoul Clay bars, and I will be buying more. If you don’t want to buy Terressentials, or don’t have time to make it yourself, the Rhassoul Clay bars are amazing and they’re MUCH cheaper. Just mix in a little aloe vera juice and you’ve got a great cleanser as well.

Okay, hope this helps, bye!

xoxo Whit

%image_alt%Re-Twisted at night to achieve a more defined stretched twist-out. Not bad!

Reader Comments

You're hair is bee yut tee full! Sucks that your hair wanted to drop kick you after using Shea Moisture. My hair is kinky and coily as yours and my hair LOVES SM! But I never thought in a gazillion years you'd tried another product since you had no complaints with the current ones your using. Plus I love the way your hair comes out each and every time so why bother spending your moola on sumfin else?

awww, too bad the Shea Moisture didnt work out for you. I've never tried the Coconut and Hibiscus nor the Raw Shea line, but I have tried the African Black Soap line. I like the shampoo, and I alternate between using that and the Terressentials. I like them both, although they each give me different results. My hair seemed to like the African Black Soap conditioner, but it gave my scalp the itchies something fierce ( and thats when I realized that using anything with coconut oil in the top 5 ingredients was a no- no)

thanks for doing the review. its always interesting to see what others think of certain products.

ps, i've been eyeing the african black soap body wash for a while now. how is it?

Wooowww I have to admit, I totally held my breath while reading most of this post! Haha! I was curious as to how your hair would react to Shea Moisture products. Your hair *seems* similar to my own, and the only SM products I've tried that I liked was the Raw Restorative Conditioning Milk and the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. Thanks for an honest review!

I bought a couple packages of the Anita Grant Rhassoul Clay cubes, and I think I am in luuuurve….

It's unfortunate you didn't like it! You're one of the people that has helped me the most because we have VERY similar hair! My hair loves a dab of the curl smoothie before I apply shea butter and mixing the curl souffle with some flax seed gel gives me great results! I don't like the souffle alone but it's nice when mixed. But to each their own right? Thank you for this review!

It's unfortunate you didn't like it! You're one of the people that has helped me the most because we have VERY similar hair! My hair loves a dab of the curl smoothie before I apply shea butter and mixing the curl souffle with some flax seed gel gives me great results! I don't like the souffle alone but it's nice when mixed. But to each their own right? Thank you for this review!

It's unfortunate you didn't like it! You're one of the people that has helped me the most because we have VERY similar hair! My hair loves a dab of the curl smoothie before I apply shea butter and mixing the curl souffle with some flax seed gel gives me great results! I don't like the souffle alone but it's nice when mixed. But to each their own right? Thank you for this review!

It's unfortunate you didn't like it! You're one of the people that has helped me the most because we have VERY similar hair! My hair loves a dab of the curl smoothie before I apply shea butter and mixing the curl souffle with some flax seed gel gives me great results! I don't like the souffle alone but it's nice when mixed. But to each their own right? Thank you for this review!

Wow, I'm really fascinated by your results with Shea Moisture. Judging from your photos/videos it looks like my hair texture and curl pattern is very similar, if not the same as yours, and I SWEAR by the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter and Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. It fact, it's the ONLY shampoo I can use that doesn't make tons of my hair break off when washing and detangling (I also like the Terresential mud too, but that's a little pricey for me to use on a regular basis).

I also use the coconut hibiscus hair milk to sometimes touch up my moisture in the middle of the week and love it, plus I like the way it smells (I use my homemade shea butter mixture right after washing). I find these products were the only things to keep the moisture in and to nurse my hair back to health after I suffered massive breakage last year (maybe from straightening too much at the Dominican hair salons, but that's another story. I haven't straightened my hair since then).

Anyway, I see Shea Moisture recently just came out with a mud cleanser as well which I might try. I want to stick with Terressentials but I have to drive all the way out to Frederick, MD (like 45 min away) to get it because I'm too cheap to pay that whopping shipping fee and I go through a lot of the mud in one wash because my hair is very thick. I'll look out for the Rhasoul clay bars too. Hadn't heard of that. Thanks for the tips/recommendations. You have given me so many good ideas to try.

you are completely right….I had an urge for the lathering shampoo so i used the Shea Moisture….and the experience made me fall back in love with Terressentials….i don't think i will get bored of the mud anymore

Sorry out didn't work for you. My hair is very tightly curly as well and my hair loves Shea Moisture. I must admit that I'm not whole heartedly crazy about the conditioner, but I'm using it up until I finish it. As far as conditioners go, po still love Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingling. I also found a moisturizing conditioner from Costco which is Kirkland brand. So far I love that too. …They also have a shampoo (haven't tried yet).

Thank you for your honest opinion! XoXo

You sold me on the Terressentials Mud Wash so that is what I am using. I actually drove to both of the stores in Maryland to pick it up! And I use your ACV trick so I don't have to use as much product. 🙂

I do like the Shea Moisture Smoothie to twist and define, but sometimes it's a little too much. Honestly I just use my Shea Butter pomade mix (yes, I stole it from you). My hair is fine and very kinky, but it loves organic shea butter. And the Terressentials Mud Wash is fantastic!

I had the same problem with the Shea moisture brand. It left my hair completely dry and unmanageable. Thank goodness I listened to my hair because I had to stop using it. However it works wonders on my Hispanic friends curly hair. I will say the hair smoothie works well although I think they might have changed the formula.

Thank you for this honest review! I also noticed a difference in your hair between how it normally looks and the aftermath of SM, not good. For a while I have been trying to use SheaMoisture and every time I try, I either cannot get to the store or the store is out of stock or I didn't have any money to purchase it. I became frustrated that I was not able to try it and now I realize that maybe my difficulties in trying it was perhaps a sign that I shouldn't. I LOVE your hair! Although what I put in my body is healthy (I do have healthy eating habits) but the products I use are important too and because I LOVE your hair and have tried some of your home remedies that have worked very well for me. I know that the products that you use would also benefit my hair as well. Thanks!

I agree your hair doesnt seem to look as nicely as it does with the Terresentials. However, I have tried the Terresentials on my daughters hair and I'm not sure what to think. Although it did conquer that patch in the middle (you know the one you said you had…she had one like that too) but it seems to leave her hair feeling like it still needs a conditioner and sometimes matted.

I began with the pre-conditioner of mayo, olive oil, etc. then proceeded with the mudwash. I followed with the shea butter mix and I think the shea butter may be too much for her hair initially as it seems to weigh it down. She has fine 3c, 4a hair. Her coils arent as defined as yours. I am so desperate find something that works, I will try anything. I have tried the CURLS line and it left nice curls but no hold. GRRRR

I forgot to add that the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter line shampoo moisturizes her hair nicely but not a huge fan of the deep treatment mask. Its ok but nothing to rave about. I'm still looking for the holy grail for her.

At this very moment a twice used jar of the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque sits under my bathroom sink. I have very tightly coiled hair and on the two occasions I have used it, my hair felt like "coconut trash" when I rinsed. What a waste of my $9.99 + Tax. The next time I head out to the recycling center, it will be put in the box since I can't figure out what else to do with it!

I recently found the Shea Moisture Raw shampoo, masque, and elixir. It is perfect for my hair which is fine with little to no wave, much less curl. It is very light and penetrates my hair and does exactly what it states it should. I totally get that it was too light weight for your hair. Side note: I also purchased the facial scrub with jojoba oil beads. It too is light weight which is good because my skin is very sensitive.

Thanks for the review. I recently started using the mud-wash(Lemon) and I love it, but now I'm out. I'd rather stay with what works well for my hair type. Need to learn how to make the mud-wash from scratch.

I am sorry that the SM line didn't work for you. My hair loves loves loves the Raw Shea line. I have 4a-4b hair and it leaves my hair so soft and moisturized. It just goes to show, we can't care for our hair based on someone else's experience. We all have to find what works for us.

Sorry the line didn't work for you. I tried the coconut and hibiscus line and fond that the only product that I like is the curl enhancing smoothie. I Haven't found a place that sell organic shea butter, so I use this to moisturize and it works pretty well. I did not like that shampoo or conditioner or the deep conditioner. It made my hair feel…crispy! I am obsessed with the mud wash and now I'm wishing I'd purchased the larger size:( Thanks for being such an inspiration. Whenever I want to pick up a jar of creamy crack, I click on one of your videos and instantly feel better! Thank you:)

You're better than me cause I don't think I could've tried something new. I luv, luv, LOVE Terresentials line. I received an email today saying that my order just shipped out after the whole label making debacle 🙂 So no worried Whit, It's on the way. I must say your hair always looks good. Thanks for all of the hair videos, they're great!

I'm in my 6th month of transitioning & brought a few products from the Coconut & Hibiscus Shea Moisture line. I've always had an issue with tangles when I was fully relaxed, but I too noticed how my hair was feeling stripped & a mess. I also tried the moisture milk on the new growth (edges too) as well as the spray & it left my hair hard, dull, especially after air drying. I love the way everything smells & I was hoping I'd be able to try this when I was completely natural but my new growth was so hard. Looks like I'll be passing this on to my nephews since they have a looser curl pattern. I'm glad you reviewed this product, I thought I was the only one who had issues with it. Love their body products though!! :-P.

I agree and disagree with the assessment of SM. Of course, it's based on my hair type so it's really a disagreement. It's more of a different experience.

I agree with the conditioner causing tangles. It has absolutely no slip and that's horrible. I've returned to my beloved Hello Hydration.

I use the SM Hair Thickening Shampoo and the Coco-Hib shampoo alternatively and while I do agree it does provide a sorrt of squeaky clean feel, my hair didn't feel stripped.

Using the typing system I have 3b/3c hair so that could be the difference in how the shampoo treats the hair differently.

Now would I buy it again? probably not. I found Hair Rules shampoo to be more like a co-wash and I'm loving it. It's a bit pricey here in NY though at $22 a bottle.

I had the same experience with the Shea Moisture product! I do not like it at all, thanks for this review!

I've never tried Shea Moisture and wouldn't ever.

To be honest, I only was with conditioners anyway. The only way I would use a shampoo is if
I REALLY needed to strip my hair…like if I got cut in a dust storm or something. But, even then
I've probably coat it with olive oil first. My hair hates shampoo.

But, I'm saving up to buy Terressentials. I think my hair might like it. 🙂

I tried Shea Moisture a while ago, and I totally agree with this post! My hair absolutely hates it….I had waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy more knots, tangles and shedding. But It smelled great!!!! To be honest and fair to shea moisture….My hair does not appreciate shea butter at all……so I knew better! Thanks for the unbiased post!!!!! Have a great day!!!

I not a big fan of SM either. If I use the Curl Enhancing Smoothie to refresh it makes my hair hard. Regarding the lavender mud wash – i've used it two time so far (left it on for an hour each time covered with a shower cap) and i noticed that it makes my hair squeaky it's hard to get my fingers through it to detangle even when i'm under the water stream. It does make my hair clump, makes it soft and super curly but I wondered if you or any one else had the same issues in the beginning.

Greetings Whitney, I'm so glad you did this indepth review of SM. I watched your video so I already knew you did'nt like the CH. Your so sweet to go through all that trouble to give this line a try. I know many YTubers really like the SM. For this reason I've also thought of giving it a try. Now I'm so glad I have'nt. I think I will give the Terressentials or the Rhassoul Clay Bars a try. Thanks again for you time and effort, you are greatly appreciated.

I had that same fricken problem ! but like you i gave SM another try and i used the African Black Soap Line and it Was AMAZING! The Shampoo Left my hair a little stripping, but it was clean. Then the conditioner OMG, The Conditioner Was The Bomb soon as i used it my fingers was just running through my hair with no problem. I've NEVER ! finger detangled my hair before. I instantly fell in love , now SM African Black Soap Line is my stample.

I am also waiting for my first order from teressentials mud to arrive! I finally decided to give it a try and I'm still waiting! Just got an email saying it won't get here for another week… (The suspense is killing me!) But after this review of Shea Moisture, I'm thinking the mud is worth the wait!

I purchased that kit from Walgreens, I kinda like it. Especially the spray, Ive been using it since I have my braids. I think I might give the Terrasentials a try though.

I did not like the Shea moisture line either! I tried the milk and all that and I hated them. They just sat on my hair. I think after using more natural products, my hair just doesn't respond well to these products.

I wanted to like them but, I can't. I was so mad…lol

First off, I wanted to just say you're a huge inspiration to the "Napturals" of the world! I admire your bravery and all you YouTube videos sharing your hair journey :-). I completely cut off all my hair off almost 4 years ago and have been going natural (no relaxers) for almost a year now. It "used to" become frustrating finding different products that work w/ my hair type…and then I discovered your channel :-). I'm now more confident, and knowledgeable in caring for my hair now more that ever. It feels good to see other Napturals share their journey as well. So here's a big THANK YOU to you Naptural diva and keep the good news coming…xoxo

Thanks for your review! I used to use the Shea Butter line (a lot cheaper than kinky curly…) before I decided to give your mud wash a shot (which I loved). I was a big fan of Shea Butter and my hair seemed to like it (probably because my hair was not as thick as yours). The one thing that I loathed was the spritz, it left my hair feeling really gross!

I just picked up their black soap about a week ago and I love it! My skin feel so soft and it smells so good!

Please please please do a tutorial on your attempt at the homemade clay wash. I'd love to try your recipe. Was contemplating trying to create my own. Thank you for your honest reviews. Everything isn't for everyone.

Sorry the products didn't work out for you! I am a fan of the line, especially their body products. The only shampoo that didn't dry out my hair was the Yucca and Baobob line. As for the conditioners, I have found that when I use the deep treatment or curling smoothie on wet hair, my hair ends up feeling unmoisturised. But, when I used those products as a moisturizer on dry hair, it really makes my hair soft and happy. My hair is a more kinky than yours too. Maybe if you care to try it again maybe you can see how it responds that way.

Just out of curiosity…have you ever tried Aubrey Organic products? Their conditioners really are amazing…even for tightly coiily hair. Oh, and I'd really love to know how to make a similiar version of Terraessential's Organic Lavender Mud Wash for myself. I'm really cheap. : ) That's why I haven't ordered the mud wash yet. The cost to ship the product to my home is just too much!

I'm not too fond with Shea Moisture either. After trying the curly smoothie, it left my hair with a lot of film and buildup, and ended up having to rinse it out. Although I do like the Shea Moisture deep cleanse shampoo which doesn't leave my hair feeling stripped of its natural oils.

I love me some Shea Moisture and we have the same hair type, the ones you tried I have never tried before I only use the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Curl Lotion. the only shampoo I let touch the hair is the Giovanni moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

I tried the Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and I don't mind using it as a deep conditioner. I really dislike using it as a leave-in because it dries my hair out.

On the other hand I like the Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk. I have replaced my usual styling gel with this product. I find that it works just the same without the damaging chemicals.

I am still searching for a curly hair product that is perfect.

(My hair texture is a combo of 3A and 3B)

This comment has nothing to do with the above. I live in Trinidad and if i ever find those products it will be a miracle and expensive. All i wanted to say was i love your videos on youtube. I love just love your flat twist out. I tried it and at first it didnt work i got curls but some weird looking ones though but now i can flat twist better and i do it smaller and today i'm proud to say. I have a close to perfect twist out 🙂 happy dance. But i have issues with my multi texture and frizz and sticking my hand in my hair but one issue at a time and i got the twist out right so for now i'm good. Also i'd like to make your mixes but i cant find most of the things and if you could get like a list with substitues for some oils and such that would be nice but dont go too far out the way to do it. I always figure something out. Thanks 🙂

Hello! Thank you for your honest review! I have been using Shea Moisture products since last November while I was transitioning. I started out using the raw shea butter line and switched to the cocoa nut line in May. At first, my results were the same as yours and others and I told my beautician and she told me to truly get the sense of a product I needed to at least try it for three months. So after tryign it for a bit longer, the condition of my hair improved and now my hair is soft and manageable. Thank you again for your review and I am now interested in Terressentials!

I have hair type 3c and it really works for my natural hair plus i have never had a relxer in my life. I only get press, and I'm planing to keep it like that.

Hi, thanks for your review and for all the great hair info you give Naptural! This may be an old review but ill comment anyhow. SM and I have had a love/hate relationship but we're back in love, lol.when I first used it I like you didn't like it at all. Also the smoothie has too much protein for my hair. But after like a year or so I tried it again realizes its a good sealant but not moisturizer. I can't use anything with shea butter as an ingredient as a moisturizers bc to me its not a moisturizer. Anyways so I use aubrey organics shampoo and condition then oyin juices and berries as an oil free shea butter free pure moisture treat then finish up with the SM smoothie and my hair

I usually don't post comments on blogs but I JUST HAD TO STICK UP FOR SHEA MOISTURE PRODUCTS!! I'm sorry those two lines – Coconut & Hibiscus line and the Raw Shea Butter line – didn't work for you. Actually, I have to say that those two lines didn't work for me either although many swear by them. The two lines that do work for me and are now my staples, are the Yucca & Baobab line and the African Black Soap line. I am African-American, probably a 4b texture, texlaxed and now transitioning to natural and I tried the ones you tried first and returned all but the Shea Butter Shampoo to the store. Then I tried the Yucca & Baobab line and I was in LOVE with the conditioner and leave-in conditioning milk. I've used the conditioner and deep treatment masque from that line for months and recently tried the African Black Soap deep treatment masque and that is now also a staple product. I know the African Black Soap conditioner will be the same (fabulous) and I'll purchase that when I use up some of my stock. All I have to say is that it's different strokes for different folks…hair that is ;), so until you've tried all the product lines they have to offer for hair, don't cross SM off the list yet! I'm so glad I tried the last 2 of the 4 lines or I would have missed out on a relatively cheap staple conditioner that is organic and has a clean ingredient list, cheap & often on sale, and in local stores as well as online with free shipping if you spend $25! I hesitated to buy some of the lines due to the hair type description they give, but I'd ignore that and try them all;) I do look forward to experimenting with mud washing and Terressentials and other brands, so maybe that's a higher level of hair heaven, but until I get there, I'm lovin' Shea Moisture!

Btw, I love you & your youtube channel – I'm one of your subbies! I was just loving the results of my hair – I just overnight DCd with the African Black Soap Purification Masque (also cleansing!) and my hair, including my new growth, is soooo soft & easy to comb through! I was just searching the internet to see if SM was on sale online somewhere so I could buy some more and I saw a link to this review. I would love to see you try & review the two conditioners or masques (they are extremely similar) from the African Black Soap or the Yucca & Baobab line from SM! They carry all 4 lines here & there in Maryland stores.

Peace & "Hair Grease" to everyone!

Hi Naptural85!

i can't believe the Curl & Shine kit doesn't come with their #1 product: The Smoothie!! That's the product everyone raves about; most everything else is hit or miss. Case in point, i had the same issue with both of those shampoos you used, so that sucks that that's the impression it left you with 🙁 The products i've noticed that work pretty well for a lot of people are:

– Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Coconut & Hibiscus "Pink Line")
– Purification Masque (African Black Soap "Black Line")

These are the two i CONSTANTLY see great reviews on. And me personally the Smoothie is THE business as a sealant and for twisting. i am gonna use the Purification Masque soon, but A LOT of great reviews on that. So those might work better for you.

I have also tried the cocnut and hibiscus shampoo on my thick dense 4a-c hair AND my 3 daughters hair….none of our hair liked it AT ALL. BUT what our hair does like from SM is mixing the Smoothie and the Hair milk (i didnt like either of them on any of our hair individually) but mixed together they do awesome with moisture on our hair. I dont like Them to twist our hair just to re moisturize a few days after wash day…oh also that Shea butter deep masque dont like it alone BUT i mixed it with my homemade DC (mayo honey eggs) and omg it was great 🙂

Sorry it didn't work out for you. I'm 16 now and I cut my hair down to half an inch when I was 15 after a horrible first relaxer. I hated every1 said I should get and I did nd I reverted it. But any whoserz, when I cut it I didn't kno much about natural hair and washed my hair everyday and was using the SM smoothie. I didn't kno our pinny hair benefited from not shampoo nd I never heard of cowash ( also the fact it was winter time) my hair was breaking off, the ends were always split nd through out the year I've cut off about 3-4 inches. So by now I probably would have been midback. Because I'm short and a year and four months has passed since I cut my hair. Nd ive estimated my hair growth as 7inches a year. The summer heat I think it helps but now I've been wear a wig with a protective style nd my hair has grow ONE WHOLE INCH INA MONTH!!!
Omjezus Im going to get to the point..
The SM Purification works well as cleansing the scalp and keeping the hair feeling and looking hydrated and supple. Supple is a fun word! SUP-P-ULLLL!!! nd the deep treatment masque if used twice nd left in each use will do the same I've recently tried the style milk nd it helped detangle nd evrythang! I don't care much about hold just as long as my hair feels healthy and moisturized, I've found that as long as its moisturized it will hold its self. Like I can twist my hair dry now nd minutes later undo it and have a good hold but stretched b/c it was dry.
But yeah I'm done I can't think of anything else to say…. BYE! 🙂
Oh I <3 your kinky curly hair its like mine. I need some of that Terressentials to get rid of my patch

Finally! Someone else who just didn't seem to click with SM. A week before I big chopped last summer I went to Walgreens because they had good products for naturals, and I found SM and decided to buy it because it looked promising. And then I went online and saw all the raving reviews about it and decided that it must be THAT great…except it wasn't. My hair was constantly dry, but I kept telling myself that it was probably just me overreacting because Shea Moisture is obviously a great product…a month ago I finally realized that it's just not doing it for my hair and that I actually had better success when I just used my Kinky Coily Knot Today leave in moisturizer and coconut oil. I guess that's just my hair. Kinda sucks because I still have half of my old container of SM and I bought another container two months ago.

Yeah…I really wanted to love SM too, but my hair is telling me otherwise.

On the bright side, I've been using the Organic African Black Soap and Shea Butter Wash (body wash) for a couple days and I love it! It smells like heaven and has exfoliating jojoba beads in it, not to mention it has all natural ingredients.

What did you think of the body wash?

Ok this has nothing to do with your review but can I say that I just feel like we are family. Thanks for sharing all of your hair woo's and battles and now even sharing lil Olivia with us. I look forward to the youtube alert that you have added a new video. You will never know how much you encourage and empower us natural sisters…..! Love the video's keep them coming!!!!!

I read this post last year and loved that you gave your unbiased opinion. I stopped using chemicals in my hair nearly 4 years now but never took the time to research and stick with a product. Recently, In an attempt to find my stellar products, I went back to Shea Moisture and thought the results of dry and undefined curls were just me learning my "true hair texture". I've used Terressentials and love how it makes my hair feels but I would always follow-up with Shea Moisture because it was suggusted to me. After several weeks of dryness, I did an ACV rinse followed with my Terressential wash, pure unrefined Shea Butter with a blend of oils to seal my ends. My hair never felt better. Its fuller with more shine. Shea Moisture definitely works on the hair of some of my friiends and I encourage them to stick to what works. Now its time for me to do the same… mud washes, shea butter and oils. Thanks for thoughts ladies, really helpful.

I thought it was just me. This stuff dried my hair out!!! It created tangles and knots for me as well!! I had lots of breakage with this stuff. Finally I washed my hair again and used mazzani conditioner to restore it back from the drynesd. I am transitioning and My hair felt much better. I'm not a fan of Mazanni relaxers, but their shampoo and conditioner line works for me!!

Thanks for the review of a Shea moisture product, saw it in a store and wanted to purchase it for my mom. I might have to consider something else now.

I hate Shea moisture and I'm going to throw all the products in the garbage. That stuff is causing my hair to fall out. I do have central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia which is barely noticeable, but the fact is I can't afford to be having increase of hair shedding. Yes the curl enhancing smoothie moistings the hair but it also increases hair shedding tremendously for me.

I tried the Shea Moisture line and now my hair is suffering. It's so dry and brittle and even started breaking off in my hands. I've trimmed the ends but nothing is working to soften my hair not even shea butter or coconut oil. I've tossed it in the trash and am desperately seeking some help with my brittle hair. 🙁

Ive also tried the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter & Argan Oil Repair & Transition and I have to say you are correct in your experience because the same happened to me. I am actually transitioning for the past 5 months and thought this product would be a great way to help manage the two different hair textures. Unfortunately, the product felt like it was just sitting on top of my hair and not penetrating it. It was the worst feeling. I felt like maybe this going natural thing wasn't for me but thanks to your post you actually made me feel that the reason why the product didn't work was not my fault. After I was done washing my hair I tried to detangle it and everything made it worst. I just got so made I let it air dry but the next day it was even worst. sigh. Anyway thanks for the review on the product. Now I don't feel crazy.

OK.i made a comment earlier so here is my update. Side note I have 4C hair. So I used Shea moisture cleansing shampoo when I was transitioning and it was terrible, causing knots and tangles. Now that I've completely transitioned I tried their moisture retention shampoo and it wasn't that bad. Another side note: has anybody tried Miss Jessie Buttercrean? I'm n love, hate the price tho.

I had created a document for her which I thought of sharing it with all my readers today. We all make sandwiches and there is no hard and fast rule to making a sandwich. But sometimes we all feel stuck and look for a spin.

I've tried the Pink, Gold, and Green lines and watched a lot of reviews on YouTube. The Coconut & Hibiscus and the Raw & Restorative lines are for looser textures of hair. The Yucca and Baobab work EXCELLENT on my 4a hair. I haven't tried the black soap line.

What hair type are you if so a 3c I'm am what protective styles do you recommend because whenever I keep my extension braids In my hair becomes very frizzy and I'm a 3c I'm trying to grow my hair really long but I'm only 2 and a half years length any tips. My hair is very sensitive so I can't pull on it for long.

Please reply ASAP NAPTURAL85

I am having the same problem with Shea Moisture as you. My hair looks and feels stripped, dry and dull. It looked better before I experimented with Shea Moisture (10-in-1 magenta label — and now, coconut-hibiscus) My hair is coarse, thick and graying. I had so much hope. Even Tresemme is better than this, on my hair anyway. My hair is slightly wavy and curly. S.M. brought out the wave, but not the curl. Dull and dingy.

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