Shea Moisture All Natural Hair Care Products
I have naturally long, soft, and thick curly hair. Having naturally curly hair is synonymous with having dry hair because the natural oils secreted from the scalps of those with curly hair takes much longer to reach the ends. Straight haired people tend to have oilier locks simply because a straighter path means less travel time and fewer obstacles for scalp oils to reach and ultimately moisturize the ends of the hair.
Depending on the length of curly hair, the scalp oils may never reach the ends resulting in dry hair, split ends, or both. If hair is allowed to dry out and split, or if heat or harsh chemicals are applied, the hair will likely never reach the long lengths that it could otherwise grow to. This is why curly girls and guys often need some help adding moisture to or keeping moisture in their hair.
Because of little heat use, I know that hot styling tools aren't a large factor in any dryness of my hair. Even when I was a little girl and didn't ever use any hot styling tools I often had dry hair. Because I wanted products that are chemical free, I looked into Shea Moisture products. I found them at Target and a couple of drug stores. Each product ranges in price from about $8 to $15 and even with hair to the middle of my back and daily use, each full sized product lasts me about five weeks.
While I use Burt's Bee's or other chemical free moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, many of these alternative brands don't have a large selection of styling aids. So I use their shampoos and conditioners and Shea Moisture products for adding moisture and styling. Another thing to note, if your hair is not naturally curly, these products will not make it so. However, if you have straight hair and use a very small amount of the curling smoothie just for moisture, you may find it beneficial for you and the jar will last a very long time.
My favorite Shea Moisture product is the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It's non-oily, light, and has a fresh scent. More importantly it works and adds moisture and definition whether I'm wearing my hair curly or straight. This product does not weigh my hair down or make it sticky or stiff. Also, the scent is light and does not remain for long. Because this product is made from natural ingredients you are extremely unlikely to experience any allergic reactions or irritation. I use the Curl Enhancing Smoothie immediately after a shampoo while wet/damp from roots to the ends or when my hair is dry I use it directly on the middle to ends of my hair if it looks dry or is attempting to do the frizz or flyaway thing.
I recommend Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie as a great way to add moisture to thick, curly hair no matter what your racial origins may be. I only mention this because the products are located in the black or ethnic hair care aisles of some drug stores and WalMart if you can't find them elsewhere in the store. Don't be tempted to use too much at once because a little goes a long way and you may just be wasting product if you do. If you need more, you will know and always be able to add more. However, if you use too much, you may notice it will look like you have simply because the white color of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie will remain unless you comb it through or squeeze the excess out with your fingers. Excess product doesn't necessarily give it more moisture, just a white hue if you're a darker redhead or brunette. Another thing to note about this product is that even if you use more than you intended, your hair will not be sticky.
The Shea Moisture Curling Souffle is another winner in my experience. It is very moisturizing, a little really goes a long way unless your hair is literally straw. The agave nectar gives it a sweet smell and flax seed oil adds shine and moisture. When using this product it's best to use less than you think you need or it may actually feel oily if you've used to much. Warning: those with fine hair whether curly or less so, probably should just go with the Curling Smoothie instead as the souffle has agave nectar in it, which can give it a sticky feel when putting it in your hair. Those with thinner hair will have to use it extremely sparingly for the exact same reason that this product attracts those with drier and curly hair types.
The Curling Souffle is transparent and because it's made of natural ingredients and without chemicals to bind it together smoothly, the texture is a bit cottage cheesy. However, it's easy to distribute evenly by simply rubbing your palms together just as you would do when applying any other product to your hair. Simply do this and the small lumps disappear. Don't worry, you will not have lumps in your hair unless you want to put them in and leave them there. I've heard others complain about the texture but the texture has nothing to do with how well the product works. Perhaps they were a bit haphazard when they applied the product? Some things certainly work well for some and not for others but I recommend not knocking it until you've tried it if your hair is curly.
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