Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl & Shine Kit

Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl & Shine Kit


For those of you who've conversed with me in the past know that i wasn't really keen on branching out into the Shea Moisture realm and I've had my reasons. BUT after stumbling upon some Shea Moisture while at Walgreen's i decided to check it out. There were a handful of Shea products on the shelf which surprised me because i have never been able to find any up until this day. I picked up one by one reading them entirely and off bat a few were eliminated because of Almond and Macadamia nut oils :( I really wanted the Curling Souffle but opted for the Curl and Shine Kit because there were 4 of the Shea products that we could try in place of buying just the one. These are all 4oz sizes...



I have been reviewing these for a few months solid and i have used them solely, in combination with each other and with other products. The reviews i express are from my trying the products on my dear Diva R and the views were collectively gathered over time for a more accurate and thorough reviewing :) Here are my reviews on each of the 4 products from the Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Kit...


Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist 4oz

Product Description
Our all-natural moisture mist eliminates frizz, while hydrating hair and creating brilliant shine and curl control. For thick, curly hair.
  • Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
  • Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness an silkiness
  • Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine
  • Provides moisture and body
  • No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, Formaldehyde, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients, or sulfates
  • Ethically traded ingredients, sustainably produced
  • Cruelty free, no animal testing
Made in USA

Shake well, natural ingredients tend to settle.


Ingredients 
Contains de-ionized water, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, silk protein, essential oil blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) seed oil, algae extract, Hyssopus Officinalis extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf and Equisetum Arvense extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract and Tocopherol (vitamin E). *Denotes certified organic ingredients.

Our Review

Color: Clear
Scent: Coconutty/Pina Colada
Texture/Consistency: Thin liquid in spritz form
Cost: The Kit Cost's $14.99 for all 4-4oz products
This was one of the first Shea Moisture products that i had come across when looking into trying the line out. I am always in need of a new braid mist or spritz moisturizer it seems we can never have too many kinds and i like to use some spritzes for different types of styles over others. I had first read through all of the ingredients 3 times in a row making sure that i didn't miss any nut ingredients before purchasing. I was surprised that this mist's label claimed it was natural and organic but i had also noted that there were no nut oils! This always comes as a surprise seeing that almond oil is in near everything.  

I was anxious to get home and try it, i could tell that the moisture mist had a bit of cloudiness to it and that it was thin in nature comparable to waters' texture. I like mists generally that aren't loaded with oil and ones that do not have particles floating in them. I didn't know what to expect from the scent of the curl and shine kit so this was a big gamble since there weren't any on the shelf of these specific products in the bigger sizes that i could open and smell.
The label indicates that this is a multipurpose mist indirectly so i figured it should perform decently either way we go if that is what it was going to do or just the opposite.

Ive found that with consecutive use on her wet hair after the bath or pre-styling it seems to moisturize and lock in moisture very well. The scent was very nice and tropical like it really reminded me of a nice frosty Pina Colada. It was very light and settled in quietly as well. Diva R LOVED this "fruity" fragrance. It pleasantly lasted all day in her hair.  The feel of the liquid as i sprayed it in my hand and fingers was of a near water texture feeling with a slight slip to it. If you shake the bottle you can see faint swirls throughout as liquid moves about. 

Another proven fact of this Mist's claim was that it is a moisture mist that "hold's and shines". The way that this mist comes out of the nozzle is just perfect, it is really a light yet generous plume like mist, it has a nice range of coverage with just one spritz as well.  I do believe that it provides a nice shine, especially to styled hair and it acts as a great moisturizing refresher in styles that you plan on leaving in for a few days at a time or better.  I didn't find myself having to re-apply this often either it really did its job and lasted as long as i needed it too each time. Per each application to her wet or damp hair i found myself spritzing maybe 3 mists total. Her curls bounced with joy!
On her dry unok because i didn't buy this in hopes for a holding product. I do believe this is great for all hair types from straight to coily.



This is also an amazing after shower mist for my hair. I must admit i use this too and i don't know who i like it more for the Diva or myself.  I have replaced the Curls Lavish Moisturizer with this one and it goes great hand in hand with all products that i have on hand that have been in contact with it. No residue, no films, no greasy after effect, no disappearing acts and no yucky chemicals.  Ive read lots of great reviews on this mist and haven't come across many bad ones. This was a good find in my opinion.

Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk 4 oz
                                                       


Product Description

Apply as a no-rinse protective and styling cream to dampened, towel dried, or dry hair as needed.

Detangles, conditions and controls curl, while restoring body and shine.
  • Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
  • Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness an silkiness
  • Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine
  • Provides moisture and body
  • No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, Formaldehyde, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, or animal ingredients
  • Ethically traded ingredients, sustainably produced
  • Cruelty free, no animal testing
Made in USA

Shake well, natural ingredients tend to settle.


The label also reads " Thick, Curly Hair" Moisture Body and Shine

Ingredients

Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Sugar Starch , Silk Protein , Essential Oil Blend , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Caprylyl Glycol , Sorbitol Esters , Algae Extract , Hlyssopus Officinalis Extract , Salvia Officinalis Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract (Sage) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Our Review 

Color: White
Scent: Coconutty/Pina Colada
Texture/Consistency: Medium textured yet liquidy mix between a lotion and a cream
Cost: The Kit Cost's $14.99 for all 4-4oz products


After seeing many raving reviews on this Curl Milk i had also set out to try this one from the Shea Moisture line. We have only had one hair milk that we have ever really loved and that being Bee Mines Dejas Hair Milk, i thought it may be hard to find one to compare.  One thing that deterred me in the beginning from trying this was the labels stating that it is for thick curly hair. Since my Diva R doesn't have thick curly hair i thought this may not be worth trying or that it may be too thick for her thin locks of curls.

Since this was part of the Curl and Shine Kit I was near sold on buying it right away.  I feel that you cant knock a product for a statement like that in particular, as more products than expected turn out to be suitable for a wider variety of people.  

I noticed its creamy consistency right away through the bottle and i had to shake it for the milk to move around.  The scent was just like the hair mist's coconutty tropical pina colada.  These products were identical in smell. I liked the smell and it wasn't beyond a perfect hint of paradise.  the texture is unique, as it looks thicker than what it is in my opinion and it seems to get smoother as you apply it.  I like how this isn't your average liquidy hair milk that will pour out like water from a faucet. The consistency is thin enough to not way the hair down yet creamy enough for it to provide a protective moisturized coverage and stay in place styled or not without much need for re-applying.

I usually apply products like this right when Diva R gets out of the bath. This is the time where her pores are open and her hair follicles are very receptive.  My first experiment with the hair milk began with being used on her wet hair right after being shampooed and conditioned as the final moisturizing component and the ONLY leave in component in her hair.  I was able to glide my fingers through her hair with ease, i could feel her hair just lavish the milk and i applied it from root to tip with the plan of letting it completely air dry over night. I was impressed by Diva R's  luster there after application and her curls seemed to be very receptive to it as well.  









The next morning i checked her hair out to see how much if any moisture was left in her hair and how her curls appear along with any signs of tangles/knots or "matted-ness". She sleeps on a satin pillow case and interchangeably uses satin hair bonnets for less friction while sleeping as it is.  I found that in the morning her hair needed minimal detangling and it was over all soft had a slight fluff to it and had a nice left over fragrance of the Coconutty paradise. I was pleased with the results and can say that the texture of this hair milk is very nice on my daughters hair and if of my near ideal preference of a fav hair milk.

Over time the results haven't changed and I plan to keep this product in circulation. Using this on her dry hair provided slightly differing results.  I noticed that this feels like putting a hair lotion into her hair when it is in its dry state. Hair lotions have never worked for us in the past for various reasons and that was the type of feeling i got from using it on her dry hair time and time again. I would section her hair and begin applying it until i covered her ends and learned that this will use up more product than necessary when if water is spritzed on prior to applying the hair milk on dry hair some of the need for more product will be eliminated and the chances of more moisture being distributed and sealed in will be higher as water is the best and most healthy form of moisture for our hair and scalp. I opted for using it on her wet and damp hair and it was a positive addition to our circulation. I do believe that this product would be suitable for more hair types than just thick and curly as it worked very well on my daughters hair being thin and loosely curled. 

Here are the results of a morning after use of the hair milk...





Id say this is an overall good hair milk and worth the price as well. The fact that it can be bought locally is also amazing. I liked the stain free settling in of the milk. No residuals left nor did i noticed any build up styled or not. This is a lighter textured product and because of this i felt that it covered a decent distance per application. I project this bottle lasting maybe a few more months.  This isn't a children's product but i would say that its kid friendly.  

I really liked the results using this when doing braid outs and bantu knots. 

Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo 4oz

 
Product Description
 
Gently cleanses, hydrates and detangles hair for bouncy and healthy curls. Thick Curly Hair, Moisture Body and Shine.

Ingredients

Contains de-ionized water, Decyl Glucoside (sugar beets), Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, aloe vera leaf juice, vitamin E, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) seed oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (coconut oil), Panthenol (vitamin B-5), rosemary extract, silk protein, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract. *Denotes certified organic ingredients.

Our Review

Color: Shimmery Gold
Scent: Plant-ish/ Herby
Texture/Consistency: 
Cost: The Kit Cost's $14.99 for all 4-4oz


This shampoo feels different than your regular thick sticky like shampoo, in a GOOD way.  From first glance i noticed the shimmery appearance and thought it looked "pretty".  I could also tell that this shampoo has a lighter consistency and surprisingly it doesn't have that sticky thick feel to it which usually leaves residue and a heavy feel behind. My assumption initially was that this shampoo was going to be light and refreshing with minimal or no residue left behind and that it wasn't going to have that weight feeling. 

I had used this for a few months solid and had found that a little goes a long way so at each interval we didn't have to use alot, in fact i used about the size of a quarter and this covered her whole head with a nice lather. Here is a view of what her hair looked like right after the bath with just using the Shea Moisture Shampoo...




I liked the fresh after fragrance which was lightly in place it was almost herby with a splash of  something fresh and pleasant.  I was surprised at how this shampoo didn't weigh her hair down as i suspected it could have because of the texture and the "for thick and curly" claim.  I liked how easily spreadable it was and it seemed to cover a long distance very well with the small amount i chose to use each time.  I didn't feel that her hair was stripped of its natural oils at all and her hair seemed very nice and smooth thereafter use even before leave in application.  I would say this is an overall decent shampoo and since i can buy it locally makes it worth checking into again if need be. But we still prefer our current shampoo over it since it is a moisturizing shampoo specifically.  

I must say this kit was worth the money over all, i probably wouldn't have paid the full $19.99 for it though but 3 of the 4 products worked for us i just wish that the curling souffle was included versus the smoothie that we cant use because of its Macadamia ingredient. (This curl smoothie in its brand new 4 New Years Giveaway Bash!!!!) Stay Tuned!!!


Diva R's Mommy-Kim


4 comments:

Dominique-Alexis said...

Her curls are looking gorgeous and her hair has really been growing!

Brooke Uhm said...

Great review...I love the way the shampoo leaves the hair smelling. Have you tried the curl smoothie? It didn't work well for us at all :/ Diva R's hair looks great!

LYGBC said...

Thank you ladies!

@Brooke-I have not tried the smoothie because Diva R is allergic to macadamia and that is included in the ingredients.... I appreciate the love you show <3

CurlyGirly B's Mommy said...

Do you like the Moisture Mist as well as the Bee Mine Juicy Spritz? I love the Juicy Spritz and I am almost out. Would love to find something I can just pick up without ordering online!