Sunday, January 17, 2016

First Impressions Review: Shea Moisture High and Low Porosity lines

Good day folks and Happy New Year!!  I know, I know ... I'm late as usual but I promise I have a good excuse this time.  We moved!!!  As most of you know, my husband is in the Air Force and duty called ... luckily, it called to sunny Florida!  So needless to say, the half cross-country move was BU - SY and I am TIR - ED but we made it safe and sound :) 
  
Now, onto business ... 
A few weeks back Shea Moisture did a Beyonce' and quietly dropped a few new lines (Shea Moisture is the king of new-new).  And, of course, many naturalista's were beyond intrigued, myself included.  Fast forward to our first night in Tampa ... we hit up the local Target in search of some groceries and on my way to the grocery section, low and behold ... THERE. THEY. WERE, two of the (presumed) four new lines from Shea Moisture. 
I literally did a dance in the middle of the store!  Thank you, Tampa, for such a warm welcome! 
 

As you can see by the product names, these are geared toward either low or high porosity hair.  So when it comes to hair porosity and picking the "right" products, does it matter?  In my opinion, it depends.  If your hair is truly low porosity and hates any inkling of protein then, yes, porosity likely does matter.  If you hair is truly highly porous, and needs certain ingredients or a certain method to keep the moisture in then, yes, porosity does matter.  I'm somewhere in between.  Prior to coloring, my hair was low porosity through and through, but since coloring my hair is kind of stuck in between.  You see, my ends have been bleached (this process opens the cuticle thereby increasing porosity) so I would consider them to be medium-high porosity while my roots (uncolored part of my hair) are still "virgin" so at this point my hair could go either way.  
When picking products from the two lines, I decided to purchase a little bit of both.  The low porosity line didn't have a dedicated styler, so I chose the rinse-out conditioner and the leave-in detangler.  From the high porosity line I purchased the moisture-seal masque and the styling gel.  I used them all during the same wash session, because, like I said before, my hair exhibits properties of both porosity levels.  Here's my first impression ... 


Shea Moisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Conditioner (they also win the title for longest product names EVER) 


Contains: Baobab Oil for moisture, Tea Tree Oil and Spearmint Extract for scalp health 
How to use: Apply to the scalp and massage massage massage!  Let sit for a few minutes, add more conditioner to the hair, lightly finger detangle and rinse out! 
My initial thoughts:  The tea tree oil and spearmint extract are great for those who like a little tingle during their wash sesh.  On this particular day that I washed my hair, my scalp was in need of some relief, and this condish definitely fit the bill.  And even though I didn't use the shampoo, my hair still felt clean afterward (double bonus).  Also, I think anyone with either low or high porosity hair could benefit from this conditioner just based off of the scalp tingling alone.  
Downside: It didn't have as much slip as I'm used to ...  and the menthol is S T R O N G.  So for those of you with sensitive noses and eyes, you may want to steer clear.  

Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque 


Contains: Mongogo Oil to coat and seal the hair, Hemp Seed Oil for moisture, Baobab Protein for strength. 
How to Use: Apply to the hair starting from the ends and work up to the roots.  Gently massage the product in during application.  Apply a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.  Rinse out. 
My initial thoughts:  "Good God!"  Those were my words exactly when I was rinsing out this deep condish.  My hair was so. freaking. soft!!  All of this from a protein deep conditioner?  I'll take two! :) 
Downside: none 

Shea Moisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Leave-In Detangler 


Contains: Baobab Oil for moisture, Tea Tree Oil and Spearmint Extract for scalp health, Shea Butter for moisture.  
How to use:  After rinsing out the deep condish, apply the detangler from ends to roots while finger detangling.  
My initial thoughts: If you like the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Leave-In Detangler, you'll like this one.  I think this one isn't quite as thick and a little goes a long way but my hair was easy to detangle and felt über moisturized. 
Downside: Once again the menthol is a little overpowering so use sparingly. 

Shea Moisture Mongogo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Styling Gel 


Contains: Mongogo Oil to seal,  Hemp Seed Oil for moisture, Baobab Protein for strength, Apple Cider Vinegar to close the cuticle and impart shine. 
How to use: Apply a dime sized amount to small sections prior to twisting, braiding, etc. 
My initial thoughts:  Have you ever applied a gel and immediately your hair felt dry (almost like there was too much alcohol in it)?  Well, that's how my hair felt with this one.  It's also a very thin gel so if you are looking for something thick, this ain't it!  Despite all of these things, once my hair dried, it was soft, bouncy, and had decent definition! 
Downside: This gel provides a soft hold (even says so on the bottle) but unfortunately my hair didn't stand up to the Tampa humidity.  Next time I'll use a heavier styling cream underneath which I think will make a world of difference. 
Once the humidity hit!
Overall, I really like both lines.  I would definitely re-purchase the high porosity masque and alternate this every other week with my current protein-free deep condish (Obia Natural Hair Care Babassu Deep Conditioner).  And like I said before, unless your hair is truly protein-sensitive, you can mix and match products from both lines just like you mix and match products from different brands!  Also, be sure to check the labels for any sensitivities or allergies you may have. 
Don't know the difference between low and high porosity hair, click here and here!
Have you tried any of the new Shea Moisture products?  What do you think? 
xo, 
Lianne



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  1. Awesome lovebug. Thanks for sharing your thoughts ����

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  2. So you used the Low Porosity Conditioner to co-wash and it cleaned your scalp and left your hair moisturized? I might have to try that. I currently use the Africa Black Soap Purification Masque as a co-wash and clarifier but if I use it every week it strips my hair. I prefer to wash weekly so I'd like to find something I can use weekly and just use the Purification masque once a month.

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    1. Hey, sorry for the late reply. Yes that cowash is a good, as well as the As I AM coconut cowash and I even love the Curls Creamy Curl Cleanser which is a shampoo but doesn't strip my hair at all.

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    2. Hi Modest-Godess I wanted to ask you. Where do you find the PURIFICATION MASK. I can only ever find the dandruff control mask, and that doesn't have anything that the purification one contains. So I'd like to buy the purification, but don't no where to look. If you could let me know, it would be much appreciated.

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  3. I order it online from the official Shea moisture site, Curl mart, or Target.

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  4. Question: Could I be wrong about my porosity? The reason I ask is because the low porosity shampoo made my hair so brittle and dry, even after conditioning. I even did a prepoo and it still left my hair super dry. I only did the water test on my clean strands and they didn't budge when dropped in the water;even after leaving them overnight. Thanks in advance for your time!

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    1. When your hair doesn't drop to the bottom that means you have high porosity hair. I just did this test on my hair. Will be trying the high porosity shampoo and mask tomorrow

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    2. When your hair doesn't drop to the bottom that means you have high porosity hair. I just did this test on my hair. Will be trying the high porosity shampoo and mask tomorrow

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    3. When your hair doesn't drop to the bottom that means you have high porosity hair. I just did this test on my hair. Will be trying the high porosity shampoo and mask tomorrow

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    4. When your hair doesn't drop to the bottom that means you have high porosity hair. I just did this test on my hair. Will be trying the high porosity shampoo and mask tomorrow

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    5. I believe it is the other way around. Hair that floats has low porosity and therefore not allowing water in the hair strand. Hair that sinks is highly porous and as such allowing the hair to "drink" more water, become heavy and sink.

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  5. Question: Could I be wrong about my porosity? The reason I ask is because the low porosity shampoo made my hair so brittle and dry, even after conditioning. I even did a prepoo and it still left my hair super dry. I only did the water test on my clean strands and they didn't budge when dropped in the water;even after leaving them overnight. Thanks in advance for your time!

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  6. @unknown -I wonder the same thing because my hair is so brittle and dry after using that shampoo. I will stick with my ORS uplifting shampoo from now on.

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