Shea Moisture Releases Lines for Low & High Porosity Hair and Changes the Game

January 14, 2016

I ran across a picture of the new Shea Moisture Low and High Porosity hair product lines on Tumblr and ran, almost literally, to Target to check them out for myself. I have many products that target a certain hair type, but I have never seen a product-let alone a whole line of products that targeted porosity.

Knowing your hair’s porosity level is key to knowing how to achieve maximum moisture levels and how to choose styling products. Low porosity hair is usually dryer and a little harder to moisturize, while high porosity hair is easily moisturized, but loses the moisture just as fast as it gains it. Knowing the difference will help you in the long run with picking out different products to try.

Moving onto the Shea Moisture product lines…



Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Line

The Low Porosity line is PROTEIN-FREE, which is great because protein can cause a lot of build up on low porosity hair. It also includes a list of essential oils that unclog hair follicles, regulate sebum production, promote hair growth, and moisturize all the same. Here is a list of other important ingredients:

Baobab Oil

  • contains Vitamins A, D, E, and F to fortify and strengthen hair
  • contains Omega 3, 6, and 9
  • emollient (softening agent)
  • leaves no greasy or oily feel
  • adds shine
  • penetrates hair stands – quick absorption, adds elasticity
  • eliminates dandruff
  • reduces environmental damage
  • great for detangling

Tea Tree Oil

  • prevents scalp infection – possibly brought on due to easy build up on low porosity hair
  • antioxidant
  • reats dandruff and itchy scalp
  • unclogs hair follicles and prevents sebum build-up
  • used for hair loss and promotes healthy hair growth

Spearmint Extract Essential Oil

  • antiseptic and disinfectant
  • promotes healthy hair scalp/prevents hair loss
  • prevents dry scalp and dandruff
  • moisturizing

Clary Sage essential oil

  • boost hair growth through scalp stimulation
  • antibacterial and antiseptic
  • calming

Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Line

The High Porosity line features baobab protein, to help fill the holes in hair due to chemical bleaching or too much heat styling, and apple cider vinegar, to clarify, restore your hair to normal pH, and seal your cuticles. Here are some of the other ingredients and more benefits:

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • removal of accumulated mineral deposits in hair
  • adds shine
  • clarifies
  • reduces hair’s pH, causing it to lie flat
  • locks in moisture, protein
  • makes detangling easier

Mongongo Oil

  • coats the cuticle
  • emollient
  • seals in moisture and protein
  • natural sunscreen
  • heat-protectant

Baobab Protein

  • contains Vitamins A, D, E, and F to fortify and strengthen hair
  • healthy alternative to silicone
  • repairs hair
  • conditions, smoothes, and softens
  • fights frizz
  • protects from environment

Hemp Seed Oil

  • moisturizes and conditions hair
  • reinforces and protects
  • stimulates growth
  • prevents breakage

Review of High Porosity Line

I only bought the high porosity line because I have highly porous hair. I didn’t feel the low porosity line would benefit my hair. My first thought when seeing the collection was, “Why didn’t they have a rinse-out conditioner?” but it made sense because I rarely use rinse out conditioner. When I do, it’s as a cowash, but the line already included a cowash. It also consisted of a shampoo, deep conditioner, and a styling gel. The products smell so good! Your hair will smell like you sprayed perfume all over it, literally.

With my hair, I have to be very careful when I use certain products because it can easily harm my hair. If I use too much protein, my hair feels straw-like and breaks easily. If my hair is too moisturized, usually caused by over conditioning, it will break off. The high porosity line does a good job at creating a healthy medium.

Now let’s move on the specific products!

Shampoo (Purchase Here)

The shampoo is really creamy in texture, similar to most of their shampoos. I expected the shampoo to make my hair feel a little dry and stiff, but it was the complete opposite. I even left the shampoo on for 5 minutes before rinsing it out. It made my hair feel clean and very moisturized. It claims to “smooth” the hair, due the presence of ACV, and I think it accomplished that. My hair felt smooth, and it was easy to pull my fingers through without taking a few strands with me. I will definitely be using more of this shampoo.

 Cowash (Purchase Here)

Same as the shampoo, the cowash didn’t disappoint. It is a thicker consistency than most of my cowash conditioners. It is also  “low-lather”, so there may be a few bubbles when you use it. I applied it to my roots with a light massage and then pulled the lather through the rest of my hair. I left the cowash on for about 7 minutes. After rinsing it out, my hair did not feel dried out or overly moisturized. At times, cowashes can make my hair can feel a little too slippery, which usually results in breakage during styling. This wasn’t the case. It came out perfect and smelled great.

Moisture Seal Masque (Purchase Here)

The mask had a little too much slip. It was more than I was used to for a mask, but I can’t say that’s a bad thing. Just because a product doesn’t look like what you’re used to using doesn’t mean they aren’t more effective. I used the mask both with a steamer and under a heated conditioning cap. In both cases, my hair definitely felt moisturized and healthier, but my curls didn’t bounce back as well as I expected when using this product with a steamer. There seemed to be a little more frizz than usual as well. The mask’s main objective is to “deep condition and rebuild”, which it did well. My hair was moisturized and, again, “normal”. Normal is what every high porosity natural is looking for. High porosity hair is so susceptible to breakage, the more protected it is from snapping and tearing, the better. But fighting frizz is a plus, too. In the future, I may mix it with another more moisturizing, frizz-fighting deep conditioner.

Styling Gel (Purchase Here)

The styling gel was very light in consistency, which, I believe, had a great impact on how the style came out. I used the styling gel in a wash and go. I applied the product to my hair starting at the ends and worked my way up. When I got to the roots, I applied extra gel and finger-combed it until it separated into sections. I let it air dry which took longer than expected (about a day and a half), and there was very little hair elongation. It left my hair very defined at the ends, where it dried the fastest. My hair did stayed moisturized, which is a plus. It only got frizzy when I touched it too much.  Like most gels, it did leave my hair a little stiff, but I topped it with the Moisture Seal Finishing Elixir to get rid of the crunch. The W&G lasted two days The next time I use the gel, I will try it in a twist-out and see what happens.

Finishing Elixir (Purchase Here)

The light oil helped break the gel cast from the styling gel and added a lot of shine. The oil blend has immense slip, so it wont weigh your hair down. It’s a great light sealant for the W&G’s  girls who don’t like their hair to be weighed down too much. The Hemp seed oil also adds a little extra moisture, so, if you like to layer, or make your own oil blends, this would be great mixed with another carrier oil. Being an olive oil junkie, it’s lighter than what I’m used to, but it got the job done. I sprayed it onto my hair as I would a liquid leave-in conditioner and used my hands to distribute. I have used it on top of hair styled with other products and it leaves incredible shine and softness. It is almost scentless, so it will not give your hair any flowery, candy fumes if that’s not what you’re into.

Last Impression

When I used the products together, the overall normality of my hair surprised me. My colored hair (severely damaged) felt healthier than my virgin roots. This shocked me a little. It had done in one product line what my three years of mixing products had failed to do. As a natural with high porosity hair, I am used to my hair snapping in the shower or during styling due to too much moisture intake . I am also used to waking up with dry hair for not properly sealing my hair, usually due to wrong product use. I am ALSO used to having a bomb roller set in the morning, using highly moisturizing products, and have it turned into a bushy afro by night because it was too humid outside and I didn’t use an anti-humectant.  On the third day, my hair felt as moisturized as the day I styled it the first time. I even slept without a bonnet one night! If you couldn’t tell, I am thoroughly impress, and if you have highly porous or low porosity hair, you should have picked these up already!!

I have already picked my favorites of the High Porosity Line, which are the Shampoo, Cowash and Masque. I will give the Styling Gel and the Finishing Elixir another try one day and let you guys know how I tweaked my methods to make it work for me!

Click here to purchase the Low Porosity Conditioner, Shampoo, and Leave-in Detangler.

Click here to purchase the High Porosity Cowash, Shampoo, Moisture Seal Masque, Styling Gel, and Finishing Elixir.

Merci beaucoup!

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By J'Nai

Born & raised in New Orleans. Natural hair and beauty enthusiast. Part-time mixologist. Future Medical Professional.


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    Thanks…this was really helpful.

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      No problem! Glad I could help 🙂

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    hello! thank you for the review, its very helpful 🙂
    may i ask, do you prefer the shea masque from shea moisture or the high porosity masque? can you elaborate a little on how you feel between these two? THANKS! 🙂

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      Hi! I’m glad I was able to help!

      Are you referring to the Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque? If so, I do prefer the High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque because it’s tailored more to my unique hair needs and can be used every time I wash or cowash my hair. The Deep Treatment Masque I use sparingly, or every two to three weeks, because if I use it too frequently it will make my hair feel hard, like I have too much protein or nutrient in my hair. I usually use it to revive my moisture-protein balance when I feel my hair is breaking off too much, before I clarify my hair, or before a lengthy protective style, like box braids.

      I hope this helps!

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    Marta Santiago

    Hello and thank you for a great review!! One question…can you leave the masque in your hair as a leave in?

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      Marta Santiago

      I meant the high porosity mask. Lol

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        Hey Marta, thanks for reading! Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it because, since Shea Moisture suggests that you rinse it out, I don’t think you should. It might “over-process” your hair, or overusing it might actually harm your hair. It may just be too much of a good thing lol. But who says you have to follow the rules?? If I only followed the rules on every new product I bought I probably would have thrown away half of them. The best part of having natural hair is your ability to experiment… I say try it!! Because it is a mask, it is a little on the thicker side, and my favorite LICs are a tad lighter. When my hair was shorter, I would use thicker LICs to make my hair stretch a little bit more from the product weight. Now, in a twist out, the bottom third of my hair comfortably sits on my shoulders, so I don’t need all that added weight. A couple of my favorite LICs are Kinky Curly Knot Today, Shea Moisture Extra-Moisture Detangler, and Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves. A leave-in that reminds me of the High Porosity Mask is the Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Leave-in Conditioner. I hope I was able to help 🙂

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    Super helpful. I’m thrilled to finally figure out why my hair us so funky!

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      So glad I could help!

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