One of the beauty care sponsors of Fro Fashion Week, which we're celebrating all week here on GeorgiaMae.com, is Shea Moisture. I'm a longtime fan of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It's great for locking in moisture and smells so good you'll often catch me sniffing the ends of my hair when I've used this product. In honor of Fro Fashion Week I decided to try a little experiment. The challenge was this: Can I cleanse, condition and style my hair using only Shea Moisture products?
At my favorite Walgreens I picked up the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Kit. It includes Curl & Shine Shampoo, Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Curl & Style Milk, and Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. All four products contain coconut oil (which can help hydrate and protect hair), silk protein (which can strengthen hair and reduce breakage) and neem oil (which can provide shine).
I began by washing my hair with the sulfate free shampoo. I was quite impressed with how silky my hair felt afterwards. Then I thought, "Wait! There's no conditioner!" But I studied the box in which the products were packaged and learned that the Curl Enhancing Smoothie could also be used as a deep conditioner.
After getting out of the shower I combed the styling milk through my hair and then liberally sprayed the holding mist on my mane hoping this would define my curls a bit and offer the hold I need to prevent frizz.
To be honest I didn't think my experiment would be successful. Most women search for products that won't weigh down their hair, but I search for products that will. My hair is very thick and very curly, so without using products that are somewhat heavy I will end up with a massive mane. Shea Moisture products are very lightweight, which again is a good thing for most naturalistas, but I worried this regimen wouldn't give me the hold and definition I wanted.
I was wrong. I followed this regimen a few times and I found that if I used the right amount of the Hold & Shine Moisture Mist (read: a lot) I could keep my curls under control. See:
Most important, though, I found that even on days when my hair was more voluminous than usual, I was still satisfied with the results. You see, I don't have a problem with the look of big hair. In fact, I love big hair on other people. But in the past I've noticed that the bigger my hair is the frizzier and drier it is. That wasn't the case with Shea Moisture. When using these products my hair sometimes has more volume than it does with other products, but it is still unbelievably soft, virtually frizz free, and, of course, smells delicious.
Shea Moisture has made me fall in love with my big hair!