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Product Overview: Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Shampoo is a clarifying, sulfate-free shampoo that removes product build-up, while infusing hair with moisture.

Interesting info about the company: Sofi Tucker was a pioneer of community commerce and fair trade. She started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Sofi Tucker was the Grandmother and Shea Moisture is her legacy. With this purchase, you help empower disadvantaged women to realize a brighter, healthier future. Each of their ethically traded ingredients are sustainably produced and only tested on the Tucker family, never on animals.

What does the product claim to do: This product claims to leave hair soft and shiny, while being gentle enough to use every day. It also claims to promote growth by nourishing and strengthening damaged or chemically processed hair and reduce the appearance of breakage and shedding. Apple Cider Vinegar aids in the regulating and balancing pH levels on the scalp, while softening hair and promoting enhanced growth.

Photo credit: Walton, N. (2015, November 23). Back to Basics: How to Wash Your Natural Hair | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Care. Retrieved April 09, 2016, from http://www.curlynikki.com/2013/05/how-to-wash-your-natural-hair.html
Photo credit: Walton, N. (2015, November 23). Back to Basics: How to Wash Your Natural Hair | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Care. Retrieved April 09, 2016, from http://www.curlynikki.com/2013/05/how-to-wash-your-natural-hair.html

Featured Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter – Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Loaded with reparative omegas that promote healthy hair growth. Apple Cider Vinegar -Contains natural AHA’s that clarify and help regulate pH levels of the scalp.

Green washing: All ingredients are 100% natural and organic.

Think Dirty Rating: 3

Initial thoughts: Wow! 16 ounces of shampoo? That is a lot of product for an affordable price! I was so excited to try this product because I am a HUGE fan of castor oil. For years I have used castor oil as a scalp treatment or mixed it in with my deep conditioners, but I had yet to use it in a shampoo or cleanser. While I was nervous that the apple cider vinegar would dry out my hair, I knew that the other listed ingredients (water, shea butter, aloe leaf juice and fruit oil) would have some great benefits for my natural 4C hair.

Impressions from websites and users:

“First, it’s a great value at sixteen ounces for ten dollars, as compared to other reviews of more expensive shampoos I’ve done and it works just as well as those shampoos! My hair didn’t feel stripped or dry. Dare I say, my hair felt moisturized.” – West Parsons (Confessions of a blog Vixen)

My reaction: The scent is light and lovely almost like a vanilla candle. I used a dime sized amount on my hair which was more than enough. Trust me, a little bit goes a long way and it lathers well. My scalp felt clean and my hair was soft, strong, shiny and bouncy. I noticed less shedding and healed split ends after only 3 uses.

Do I recommend it: Yes! This product is absolutely fabulous. I have tried many shampoos from the Shea Moisture line and this one is my favorite. Your hair will feel clean, moisturized and soft. It is perfect for relaxed hair, natural hair and even color treated tresses. This is now a staple in my collection!

My Rating: 4 Hearts

Dupes: Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo – $8.99 (Amazon.com)

Written by: Nicole Jenkins

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