Hey my loves!
I wanted to share with you something that has been seriously transforming my hair in the best way.
For reference, I have wavy/curly combination hair that used to curl very well before I damaged it to straighteners, curling irons, and then just years of neglect LOL …Just before I got pregnant with my son, I had cut my hair into a pixie cut. Pregnancy affected me differently than most and my hair would not grow. Once it did, it didn’t have the same texture that I remembered. I’ve been working hard to get the curls back from my adolescence and teen years and learning that by using the right products, we can nurture our curls back to life.
Me using SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner,
WITHOUT the Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment*
Influenster had sent me SheaMoisture’s entire curling set that brought so much life to my hair. (Read that review here.) I’ve been using their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner in the shower as a traditional conditioner, but just recently started using it in the way that it was intended. I thought that it would weigh my hair down by truly leaving it in, but it did the complete opposite by bringing bounce, definition, and curl to my locks.
SheaMoisture recently reached out to me to see if I would be interested in testing out their Coconut Leave-In treatment.
I genuinely love this brand already — I love what they advocate and strive for, and I appreciate everything they do for women–in both educating consumers about ingredients, choosing natural alternatives that are inspired by their personal cultural history, to donating proceeds in order to create opportunities for those in need (Read their story here.) I graciously accepted their offer and decided to give this a try.
I followed my current regimen by washing my hair with SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo (reviewed once here) and conditioned with their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
(While in the shower, I squeeze out excess water but don’t completely wash out the conditioner.)
When I got out of the shower, I squeezed my hair with a towel and then combed my hair with a fine tooth comb. I added more leave in conditioner and generously sprayed the 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment throughout, before hand-scrunching my curls. I like to squeeze out extra water using a microfiber towel — this pulls away excess moisture but keeps curls frizz-free and in tact.
After applying the product to my hair, this is what it looked like:
This is extremely lightweight and sprays much like water. It has a very fine mist that works well for touch-ups throughout the day after hair has dried completely. It has nourishing coconut and shea butter, both of which give added moisture to your hair, but light enough that it won’t weigh it down. I didn’t have high expectations with this because it is so lightweight but wait until you see what it did for me.
What I like:
🌿Organic Raw Shea Butter- deeply moisturizes with vitamins and essential fatty acids.
🌿 Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk Blend- contains conditioning properties to smooth and soften skin and hair, while also supporting healthy hair growth.
🌿Acacia Senegal- seals in moisture, promotes a balanced scalp, and brings vibrancy back to dull, lackluster hair.
🌿Algae Extract- provides necessary nutrients for hair and heals damaged scalp. Adds shine and volume to hair and encourages hair growth.
🌿Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehip) Oil- repairs and renews damaged hair and is a natural moisturizer, while soothing dry and itchy scalp.
🌿Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract- treats hair loss, encourages new hair growth, and treats dandruff
SheaMoisture formulates their products WITHOUT:
Mineral Oil, Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol or Sulfates and instead uses nourishing, natural ingredients that nurture your hair and skin. Not only are they safe, but they are effective! You can read the full ingredients list here.
This leave-in treatment smells so feminine and beautiful, I wish they had a lotion to match. (Or do they? 🤔) It has a very mild coconut scent but is also somewhat floral. It isn’t overpowering at all, and in fact while my hair was drying I could only smell a hint of the floral scent, which paired nicely with the scent of the castor oil leave in-conditioner. I like to spray this after my hair is dry to revamp my hair and give it a “just-washed” scent.
I will absolutely be adding this leave-in treatment to my curl regimen. Guys, the “after” pictures really speak for themselves…This stuff made such a difference in my curls and added longer lasting hold, as well as eased up on the frizz that tends to occur throughout the day. It is fine enough to use as a touch-up throughout the day, or for second-day (or third or fourth-day) curls and the smell is so subtle, lovely, and feminine, that I really love wearing it (as does my husband ☺️). It keeps my curls gently hydrated to maximize longevity and is just incredible overall. I still am in disbelief at what this did for my hair.
This line is slowly bringing my curls back to me & each time I style, I’m noticing more and more definition. Thank you, thank you, thank you, SheaMoisture, for doing what I thought was impossible!
Important Note: *10% of SheaMoisture’s sales of the collection support women’s empowerment in three key areas:
SheaMoisture invests in these communities by funding training, infrastructure and safety programs to sustainably source raw ingredients, grow local manufacturing of high quality goods in their own villages, and provide fair prices for their goods and labor. 🙏🏽💛🌿✨
Just another reason why I love this company.
Have you tried this leave-in treatment before? Do you have any other suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂
P.S. if you’re a wavy/curly girl too, go ahead and follow @hif3licia on Instagram for curly hair tips, because…they’re working. 😀
* This post contains complimentary PR samples but I was not compensated for this post in any way. All opinions are and always will be my own.