Posts Tagged: Shea Moisture Balancing Conditioner

March 31, 2011

Shea Moisture Balancing Conditioner

I’ve come to realize that this blog’s been a bit lax in the product review department, so please be forewarned I’ll be mixing it up a bit with some backlogging of goodies that I’ve tried over the past few weeks… & possibly months.

So yesterday I found myself making up any old excuse to visit my ol friend Tarjay, and was pleased to find she’d undergone a complete makeover! Target has spiffified their beauty department to include a handful of new cosmetic brands  and cleaned up some old ones with customer friendly displays that are now easier to access (and let’s be real….prettier too)!

As per usual, the hair care aisle was a buzz with ladies (and a few gents) looking for something new, but I hightailed it to the SheaMoisture display to snag one of my 2010 favorite conditioners, their African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner.

Now when it comes to conditioner these days, the main factors I consider are whether I can option it for a Deep Conditioner (leaving it in my hair for longer than 10 minutes), and how well it detangles using my wide toothed comb. I was thrilled the first time I applied this condish to my hair,  not only did my wide tooth glide very easily through my strands, but after leaving in for 1 hour and rinsing clean, it left hair so incredibly soft! I’d really love to compare it to my still tried and true, Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose because it works just as well, and is a lot easier to handle coming out of the bottle yet has tons more slip.

Specially formulated for scalps that are more prone to irritations such as dandruff & eczema, this is a great alternative for those looking for something gentle but still effective. Each week I wage my own battle with scalp dryness (amongst other things), & trying to calm frequent flareups has been at the least..frustrating. Using this in conjunction with a non-drying sulfate free shampoo always yields pretty awesome results!

If I’m low on some of my go to Deep Conditioners that are exclusively available online, it’s gratifying to know I don’t have to wait to find a better than average conditioner that works just as well, maybe even better than some of the major brands. It’s organic, free of synthetics, mineral oil & sulfates, and has the benefits of tea tree oil & Willow Bark (reduces inflammation of scalp).

The SheaMoisture line has been available at most Target stores for a while now, and have just been added to select Walgreens locations. If you’re in the NYC area, you might also snag some goodies at your nearest Duane Reade! Be sure to stay up to date on where they’ll be next by visiting their Facebook Page and following on Twitter.

December 27, 2010

Henna Gloss: Take One

If you’d be so kind as to ignore the glum hither look in these pics, I’d love to dish about my first ever venture into the world of Henna! This past holiday week really has been nothing but a blur, considering I neglected to take pictures after the henna application. Everything leading up to the decision to do the treatment was last minute and full of *kanye shrugs* for emphasis. I was 100% committed to my monthly Bentonite treatment, then noticed a box of Jamila Henna sitting lonely by in my PJ junk drawer. It’d been a long time since I first purchased & for some one reason or another jumped on the chance…mostly out of utter curiosity.

First place I turned to was Twitter to ask for Henna recipe suggestions, then hightailed it to the informant on all things Henna…CurlyNikki. Her site has great tutorials on application, benefits of Henna & answers many of the questions you might have before embarking on this often messy journey. I choose to proceed with baby steps by first trying a Henna Gloss as opposed to a full Henna application. Differences between the two aren’t significant. The gloss offers you more conditioning with the benefits of a subtle color change, while a full on Henna application requires more time, but with greater long-term benefits such as stronger, smoother & shinier hair. Click here to read more.

I did deviate slightly from the her recipe, instead used herbs and conditioners that I had on hand:

Henna Gloss Ingredients:

  • 1 box Jamila Henna (this varies for each curly, but for the thickness of my hair 1 box was just enough)
  • 1 cup of Horsetail steeped in close to boiling water
  • 1 tblsp Raw Honey
  • 1/2 cup of Conditioner ( I used Yes to Cucumbers because of it’s natural thickness)

I mixed everything together to form a thick paste, not too runny but a consistency that would make application fairly easy. Before applying the mix, hair was properly detangled & washed in sections using La Coupe De Frizz Shampoo. It’s a sulfate free shampoo that’s been working great on my hair since running out of the Curl Perfecting Hair Milk Shampoo.

With hair still in sections after washing, I applied the Henna Gloss and left in for 15-20 minutes. There was a bit of mess while applying, but if using a pair of latex gloves and laying the bathroom down with brown paper bags…cleanup was easy. Rinsing the gloss out with the help of the Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner took all of 3 rinse repeats. Henna was easy to rinse clean away, & I followed up with a deep conditioner for added measure. I recently restocked on Shea Moistures African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner & left this in for close to 2hours before rinsing & styling with EO’s Moisture Rich Conditioner + Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Nectar

I did notice a slight color change, more like a reddish tint that is definitely more visible in direct light. But aside from appearances, hair felt the softest I’ve really ever felt my hair! Like BUTTAH! I had Hand In Fro even before styling which was fun for a bit.

This past weekend did not leave me with much time to take the after twist-out pics, but I did take some this afternoon while in the midst of a NYC #snowpocalypse . Again, forgive the…face. Eating crackers, rice cakes and chicken soup for the past day or so can leave someone…less than enthused.

The air in my apartment has been a dry nuisance, but it’s a small price to pay for round the clock heat, thanks landlord! But Fro has reached the dry depths of heck, so re-moisturizing nightly has been a must. I plan to keep re-twisting nightly until the end of this week, so hopefully the style will last until Sunday’s wash.

Would I do another Henna Gloss in the future? Absolutely! I think any natural head craves the ultimate softness experienced from a a great deep conditioning treatment, and this was certainly it!  Henna for me has always been a bit of an ambiguous step because of the the mal-effects I’ve heard from other curlies. But venturing slowly by trying a Henna Gloss has softened my apprehensions, and maybe….just maybe I’ll give it the 100% go ahead for a full Henna treatment sometime in 2011.

*Have you guys dabbled in Henna? Would love to hear stories, recipes!

October 13, 2010

Return of a PJ…

These days I proclaim to anyone within earshot that I’m a busy gal, on the move to school, work…errands to run on the always too short weekends & evenings.. and save what little obligatory free time left to canoodle with my beloved vice….Netflix instant play. No time to stop and chat it up…yet plenty of time it seems to waltz into my local Target at 10 pm at night after a long days work/school to purchase a myriad of hair goodies for Sunday’s wash day.

Good stuff was found…!

Products Used:

  • Pre-Poo: Frutopia Curls & Waves conditioner
  • Cleanse: Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo + Homemade Brown Sugar Scalp scrub (recipe here)
  • Deep Condition: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner
  • Style: Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner + Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado & Honey Twisting Cream

I payed close attention to how each performed according to their claims, and most were agreeable with my hair. I always worry about trying out new combos and waking up with hasty results after spending upwards of 5 hours washing & styling. But fluffy, soft & shinny hair were all present and accounted for.

Recent scalp irritations forced me to get a little creative and institute operation scalp scrub using a homemade brew – no doubt due to the incessant changes in weather over the past few weeks. To help ward off any future irritations I’ll be switching up hair regimes to focus more on the scalp.

I’m exhausted…couple dollars shy due to recent PJ binge…but smiling;-)