If you haven’t already, please check out the first part where I discuss six other hair masques released by Shea Moisture.
This blog consists of the four newest masks added to the Shea Moisture product line and how I use them. I have definitely found a new favorite, and I hope to help you find one too! Also, if you’re interested in learning more information before you buy, your in the right place.
ABOUT MY HAIR: I have type 4a-4c hair. I have high porosity, fine strands. My hair is protein-sensitive and color-treated.
Here are some of the benefits of Shea Moisture products:
- They are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten (I didn’t even know gluten existed in hair products…), propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance/color, and DEA.
- They are cruelty-free.
- Their product line helps disadvantaged women.
- Their products are fair trade.
Now let’s get started! I’ll start with my favorite first.
This mask is the real MVP. I was so excited about this product line when it surfaced! I also wrote a review on the line. This mask is for “low moisture retention curly, coily hair” a.k.a. it was meant for me. First, it moisturizes and adds vitamins and nutrients to your strands. Then, it coats the hair and seals the cuticle shut. It makes my colored strands feel as soft as my new growth. It normalizes my hair. If your hair is color-treated, over-processed, or just naturally highly porous, this mask is for you.
For me, this mask is used religiously everytime I wash or cowash my hair. I solely use it to deep condition. If I’m in a rush, or If I’m styling my hair into a wash and go, I will combine it with a light cowash to make a mask that will clean my scalp but also treat, moisturize, and seal my hair. Even if I combine it with a cowash, I always steam my hair while using it. This helps my curls to really pop.
- Use if you have highly porous, chemically-treated hair
- Use before ANY type of style, protective or hair-out
- Use it as you would use a normal deep conditioner, not as a pre-poo
- Use with steam or under a dryer for added moisture
- Make sure to rinse with cold water for extra sealing
This mask reminds me a lot of the Tahitian Noni and Monoi Smooth and Repair Nourishing Hair Masque because of it’s frizz-fighting properties. Both masks “smooth hair and improve hair’s elasticity while controlling frizz.” They are also both targeted towards thick, wavy, and curly hair, but their differences in ingredients is why they differ. The Tahitian Noni and Monoi Smooth and Repair Nourishing Hair Masque contains ingredients like keratin and peptides, which help to strengthen the hair for heat styling, and the Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Frizz Defense Hair Masque contains cupuaçu and Passiflora oil, which protect against potential environmental damage.
This mask is a lot lighter than the former. It is lighter in texture and has a lighter feel on the hair. I use it as a deep condition after a cowash, mainly because I wear my hair out mostly after cowashes. It helps to keep my frizz and flyaways to a minimum. It contains shea butter, so it’s super softening as well. I like to combine this mask with the Fruit Fusion & Coconut Water Weightless Hair Masque for extra protection. These two masks, along with my steamer, really brings our my curl pattern, and I have little breakage after wearing my hair out for up to a week.
- Use to prevent frizz
- Use if you have curly and wavy hair
- Use after a cowash
- Use before wearing your hair out (to protect)
- Use with a steamer for extra curl poppage
3 – Fruit Fusion & Coconut Water Weightless Hair Masque w/ Imbe Oil & Aloe
This mask is super lightweight compared to other SM masques, but is very effective. The mask is more for protection rather than repair. It is also targeted towards fine to medium hair. My individual hair strands are very fine, and when I over-moisturize my hair or add too much sealing butter, it can be hard to create volume and get a roundness to my hairstyles. Using this mask will help to add the right amount of moisture without weighing your hair down, giving you the perfect afro shape or just the right amount of shrinkage.
I mainly deep condition with this masque after a shampoo or before a style where I will be wearing my hair out, like a twistout. Because of its lighter consistency, I also mix it with a cowash conditioner for added protection. I ALWAYS steam my hair when using this particular masque to make sure my curls pop for wearing my hair out. This mask is great for getting that curl pattern together and protecting it while its gone with the wind.
- Use if you have fine to medium hair
- Use after a shampoo
- Use before doing a non-protective style
- Mix with your cowash conditioner for quick, added environmental protection
- Use with steam for extra penetration and curl restoration or with a plastic cap under the dryer
4 – Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3, 6, 9 Rescue + Repair Hair Masque w/ Quinoa & Rose of Jericho Extracts
This mask is meant to “nourish & rebuild” your “damaged, distressed hair” and I believe it does just that. It’s SUPER thick and reverts curls on contact. It supplies your hair with essential vitamins and nutrients to strengthen, protect, and preserve moisture. This mask works great as a pre-poo treatment. It strengthens the hair for the eventual stripping from shampoo. This mask would be great to use before using a clarifying shampoo. I like to use this mask on EXTREMELY dry hair or hair that hasn’t be moisturized in a week or more and needs some help. I also like to use this mask before combing my hair because it supports hair elasticity, which reduces breakage and prevents further damage. It’s also a great deep conditioner and color safe!
- Use on super dry, lifeless hair
- Use a a pre-poo to strengthen before shampooing
- Use in conjunction with a clarifying shampoo
- Use before combing hair to prevent breakage
- Use for color-treated hair
If you haven’t already, read the first part where I discuss six other masks.
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