Mon | Dec 17, 2018

DIY Jo | Shea Moisture review

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Doing some further shingling for volume.
I call these hair accessories must-use - to make your style just right.
Gray Urban Trader's Yanique Henry helping Jody-Anne Lawrence to loosen her twists.
A freshly defined twist out
Co-wash (centre) for refreshing the hair and shampoo (right) and conditioner for the perfect clean and detangling.
This duo is great holds for a fabulous twist out
Shaking out my curls showing that it is movable, crunch free even with a gel souffle.

I have always been particular about what I use in my hair. So when I tell you to try a product, I mean it. And I'm telling you all my naturalistas, try Shea Moisture.

Gray Urban Trading is now distributing the Shea Moisture line. Because you have asked for recommendations, I wanted to put it to the test, and took up their offer to use the entire Coconut and Hibiscus Line with a few additives.

So I had already tried the shampoo and conditioner as well as the curling smoothie, but not all at the same time. So this time, I did it the right way. I used the co-wash in my hair first, just so that I could tell you how it felt. It was surprisingly cleansing, but it is exactly what it says it is - a co-wash. It is perfect for in-between washes, as it does not strip the hair, thus retaining the hair's natural moisture.

However, if your hair needs a wash, go straight for the shampoo. It gives you a great clean and does not make your hair trashy. I followed with the conditioner, which is one of my favourite things about this line.

The conditioner easily detangles your hair. I have said this before, but just in case you are a new reader, I will say it again - my hair is very loving. The strands love to just coil together and form little knots. So I need a conditioner that is great at detangling so that it does not break. The Coconut and Hibiscus Shea Moisture Conditioner does all that. Since the line does not have a deep conditioner, I chose to use Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Treatment Masque. It's one of my favourite masques, and since I recently dyed my hair black, I need the added treatment using something that is colour safe - which the line claims to be. Before even steaming my hair with the treatment masque, I could feel it soften. I steamed for 30 minutes under a black scandal bag, and relied on my own body heat. I rinsed and was satisfied with the results. Soft - check. Moisturised - check.

I do not have low porosity hair, but I tried the shea moisture low porosity protein-free leave in detangler. Not going to lie, I was a sceptic about this. I could not picture this giving me any form of moisture. It looked like a gel. But it showed me. I got a lot of moisture and slip. Admittedly, not my favourite leave-in, but definitely a close second, and I tested it on my sister's hair which is low porosity and saw the benefits. It absorbed easily into her hair.

But then I was introduced to the holy grail of hair products - the one thing I would tell everyone who struggles with dull hair to get. The product that actually surprised me the most - The Coconut and Hibiscus, Hold and Shine Moisture Mist. I thought that it was water in a bottle and a total waste. But I tried it and now writing this three-four days after washing, and one day after filming my hair still shines. Never has this happened without reapplication of some kind or oil. So a 10 out of five I know that is impossible but that is how much I love this.

Finally, for my twist out, I used the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Curling Gel Souffle as a sealant. I used the mist at the end once more and let air dry. A very soft defined twist out. No disappointment even after sleeping off my satin scarf. Overall I highly recommend this line. IT is everything my hair needs and more. Overall the line gets 4.5 stars out of five from DIY Jo.

Gray Urban Trading distributes all the Shea Moisture hair care lines along with a few of their skincare products.

Gray Urban Trading

Unit# 4 Consumer Plaza

99 Constant Spring Road

Kingston 10

Contact: 925-3902


Fax: 924-4745