Shea Moisture Product Review for 4c Hair

My hair is 4c (it honestly feels like 4z), it is medium porosity (porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain hydration) and I have been natural for 3 years. I did the big chop and having a Tinny Weeny Afro (TWA) was the best part of my journey to understanding my hair. Over the years I have used several products and I will review most of them here for you. Reading reviews on products is an important part of my shopping whether its food, hair products or skincare. So, I hope you will find my take on products helpful in your journey to finding products you can call “home”.

Up for review

My current wash day system: shampoo, conditioner, masque and a leave-in loc butter from Shea Moisture.

I wash my hair nearly every weekend unless braided. I honestly have these Shea Moisture for hydrating moisturizing and strengthening my hair.  

If you have used Shea Moisture products before or if you are considering it, each line has its own color. Which makes it each to recognize on the shelves amongst other Shea moisture products. I have used and still use these products in this review. Every second weekend I wash my hair using the shampoo and conditioner and use the masque and butter every weekend, sometimes with a clay wash (instead of the shampoo and conditioner). Based on how much I use the products and how well they live up to their claims, I find the pricing fair. The labels give clear instructions and background on key ingredients and notes on which undesirable ingredients are not included. I must say I love Shea Moisture labels. The aesthetics make the product more desirable when sitting on the shelf with millions of other hair products.

The Shampoo

The Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo is in a 384 ml squeeze bottle. Those are always great for when the product is at the bottom, but a pump is the best until then. Just a thought, all brands should have universal pumps for their products so we can switch the tops as we wish. The shampoo smells fresh and clean. I absolutely love the smell. I would try the leave in conditioner just for the smell.

The consistency is quite watery making it easy to squeeze the product out of the bottle. It spreads easily and foams up easily depending on how much build up you have. I usually get great foam on the second application. The first one only gets all the detangling products out.  I do not ever detangle with shampoo. And this shampoo has very very little slip so, I would recommend you do not detangle with it at all. The product claims to intensely hydrate, add shine and soften hair.  I found it to hydrate and soften. After washing it out, the hair feels like there was just honey on it which I do not quite like. But it is fixed as soon as you add a conditioner. It is definitely clarifying and not drying.

Rating: 3/5

Rebuy: No (I think I can find better for the price, and I love switching up shampoos)

Where to buy: Clicks and Dischem

Price: N$199.95 (Price estimate based on South African prices on the websites and may vary slightly in Namibian stores)

The Conditioner

The Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner also comes in a 384 ml bottle. It has a pump which I love but always dread when the product is at the bottom. It also has all the details on how to use, key ingredients, list of all ingredients and the Shea Moisture brand story. The Manuka Honey and Mafura oil line gives 10% of the sales to empowering women and the details on that are also on the label. Based on how much information the label gives, it is obviously well designed. 

The conditioner smells just as lovely as the shampoo, fresh and clean. It has a lotion like consistency, and it is easy to pump from the bottle. It spreads easily, but it does not have enough slip for detangling. That was quite disappointing. However, it leaves my hair quite manageable and soft. Not as manageable as a deep conditioner would though. It makes a good co-wash which is why I find it not as hydrating as it claims to be. It feels like some slip was sacrificed for a bit of cleansing.   

Rating: 4/5

Rebuy: Not soon (I want to stop buying conditioners as a coily/kinky headed girl, deep conditioner and leave-in are most important)

Where to buy: Clicks and Dischem

Price:  N$199.95

The Deep Conditioner/Treatment Masque

This is the first deep conditioner I have used over and over again. And I am an explorer so that does not happen often. The masque/mask comes in a tub of 340 ml. It is thick but easily spreads. A thick mask is great for my 4c hair, so I am glad it is thick. It has a smell, not off-putting but always not great. It is not overpowering either, so it quickly disperses after washing the mask out.  I love all the key ingredients but most importantly I love that is has peppermint for scalp stimulation. My hair always feels revived, hydrated, strong, soft and manageable after each use. A little goes a long way; on average I use one tub every 3 months.  I must say there are times when it just seems to sit on my hair (probably because I put too much) but even then, the results are amazing. The mask can definitely be used to detangle. I love that.

I do not know if I have raved enough about this product but just know it’s a great one and every 4C haired girl needs to invest in a good mask like this one.

Rating: 4.5/5

Rebuy: Yes!  (I will explore outside of this product, but I will always know it’s got my back)

Where to buy: Clicks and Dischem

Price: N$250.95

Loc & Braid Butter

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Loc and Braid Butter is part of the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore line. It comes in a 170g tub.  It has a thick constancy much like shea butter (it has shea butter). A little goes a long way. After 6 months of use, I’ve only used half the tub. It absolutely locks in the moistures for days (5-7 days at most). After use, my hair always feels natured, strengthened and soft. Also, it has just enough slip for styling. 

It may be best used just before braiding as packaging suggests, but I am yet to try it before any protective styling. I’ll keep you posted.

Rating: 4/5

Rebuy: Yes. (it just works)

Where to buy:   Clicks and Dischem

Price: N$250.95

I hope you find this review helpful. If you have tried any Shea Moisture hair products you love for your 4C natural hair, do share with us all.

Low bun on hair after a Shea Moisture filled weekend 🙂

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