As I get older I tend to be more conscious of the damage I cause to my hair. Hair naturally thins with age and my hair has never exactly been thick so what volume I do have I want to keep. Bleaching / colouring my hair coupled with heat styling means my hair take a bit of a bashing. It needs regular TLC and products, which will keep it from dehydrating.
When I was asked to try a Shampoo and Conditioner from the Shea Moisture range I was in as soon as I heard the word Shea. Shea butter (which comes from the African shea tree) is widely used within the cosmetic industry as a moisturiser and those of you that have used Shea body lotions previously will know just how effective it can be in keeping your skin baby soft and smelling great.
Shea Moisture UK have a wide range of products made from this describe their Ethical Standards as …
Natural, organic, sustainably produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. We strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and more, whenever possible. Tested on our family for four generations. Never on animals.
In fact the lady that started all of this back in 1912 Sofi Tucker was the grandmother and Shea Moisture is her legacy. Sofi a mother of four, sold handmade hair and skin preparations throughout the countryside of Sierra Leone.
The products I tried were the Frizz Defense Shampoo and conditioner and Frizz Defense Styling Gel Cream.
The packaging is simple nothing remarkable to say on that front I’m afraid . The scent however for all three products is just devine. They smell like chocolate, vanilla, caramel all those super sweet scents mixed together making you want to eat it rather than wash your hair with it.
My first observation however was how runny the shampoo was, too runny, I literally wasn’t prepared for it and half of it sloshed over my hand and into the bath. So there is potential for waste as it makes it difficult to transfer from flat hand to head without it dripping down your wrist.
It did take a while to lather up as I always find with most Sulfate and Paraben free products so I found myself using more than usual.
But whilst washing my hair it felt almost velvety to the touch an odd sensation I had never experienced before with a shampoo and it did leave it feeling clean. The conditioner is super thick and a little goes a long way so you would probably find yourself going through two bottles of shampoo to one bottle of conditioner. The conditioner claims to soften and detangle and I have to say it did exactly that I had no problem combing through my extensions which can sometimes become knotty during washing.
I did notice that my hair after drying and styling was definitely less frizzy, there were noticeably less flyaway hairs and it looked a lot smoother than usual. I think you could actually get away with not using a serum with these products before drying. And if you suffer with the humidity turning you from sleek to puffball as soon as you leave the house then these I would highly recommend.
I used the gel-cream (which is actually almost certainly a gel not a cream) on my ends after my hair was 95% dry and I have to say as well as leaving my hair smelling great it did smooth out the ends and helped hold my waves in place without feeling hard or sticky.
There really is nothing offensive about these products, they are kind to the environment, kind to your hair and as they are reasonably priced kind to your bank balance.
You can find out more about these products and view the whole shea moisture range HERE