I took out my Senegalese twists protective style last weekend and I knew an epic wash-day would be upon me. Since I didn’t moisturize my hair as much as I should have, my strands were more dry than usual, plus this east coast winter weather hasn’t helped. During the take-down process, I used a lot of water in a spray bottle, a ton of coconut oil, and I even used a Giovanni deep conditioner to make my hair more supple and protected.
I don’t consider myself a full on hair product junkie, at least not these days. If your products work for me, I’m quite loyal. But, when I get some good suggestions, I’ll check out some new products. Case in point, I’m part of an awesome natural hair group with my sisters and cousins on GroupMe and lots of them had been raving about Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil collection. Particularly, the collection’s hair mask treatment and the leave in conditioner. Since I was completely out of my staple deep conditioner product (TGIN’s Honey Miracle Hair Mask), I ventured to Target to re-up on my goodies and to try out Shea Moisture’s collection.
I didn’t purchase the shampoo because I’m not out of my current shampoo and my current shampoo has been treating me well:
I don’t shampoo frequently, but co-wash regularly so it’s likely that this shampoo will continue to have a super long shelf life. Anyways, I took out my twists successfully and the next day was wash day, and it was a long one. Wash days take much longer now since my hair has grown — you naturalista OGs were totally right about that. Plus, I really took my time since I knew my strands were more delicate since they were coming out of the protective style. I deep conditioned with the hair masque for a while and I also trimmed my ends to get out those annoying single strand knots. One of the last steps was to blow dry prior to styling and I will say that the Shea Moisture collection seemed to agree with my hair because it was pretty easy to detangle and blow dry:
I used plenty of the collection’s leave in before, during and after blow drying as well. I will continue to test out these newbie products to see if they continue to be agreeable with my hair. And as for my old products, they are not forgotten! I definitely re-upped on TGIN’s Honey Miracle Hair Mask because it’s been about a year since it’s been applied to my hair and I’m still super in love with it. It’s still my favorite even after using this Shea Moisture collection. My final verdict will be after more uses of the Shea Moisture collection, but honestly, I can’t envision the collection taking over the number one spot. I also picked up some castor oil at the local beauty supply because I haven’t had a bottle in a long time and I need the thickness of this oil to help coat and protect my strands in this harsh weather. And as for a moisturizer, I broke the bank with Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. This stuff is pricey, but it does last long since a little goes a long way. According to my online receipts, I purchase it about once every year and a half or so (yes, I checked).
My Winter Product Haul Summary & Functions
- Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Collection: I got the treatment masque and leave in which are great for growing and restoring your hair. The masque made it easy to detangle, while the leave in left my mane feeling really nice and soft.
- TGIN’s Honey Miracle Hair Mask: A staple product of mine and one of the best deep conditioners out there in my opinion. I love the way this coats my hair and I can always detangle with ease when I use this. When I rinse it out, my hair feels amazing!
- Qhemet Biologic’s Amla & Olive Heavy Cream: An awesome but pricey moisturizer. It’s great for thick, dry hair and great for moisturizing in the winter.
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil : Great for locking in moisture after you moisturize, awesome for your ends, can thicken/grow hair and promote length retention.