Protein sensitive type 4 girls: any problems using Shea moisture????

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Does anyone have any problems using Shea moisture in general? The coconut & hibiscus line is well know for the proteins it has, but was wondering if anyone has issues with the raw Shea butter line, African black soap line or the yucca and boab line. Seems like my hair can only tolerate the raw Shea butter line. Although, I have heard that every line from Shea moisture contains some amounts of protein. I'm so anxious to try all of the new products,but not at the expense of my hair . Tried the curl& shine conditioner and immediately regretted it! My hair was so freaking dry. I just recently bought the kids conditioner and now I'm nervous to give that ones try also...
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Last edited by Cerendipity; 05-07-2013 at 08:26 AM.
I've tried the coconut and hibiscus line, the raw shea butter line, and the purification mask from the African black soap line. The coconut and hibiscus line did nothing for my hair. The Curl enhancing smoothie had a tacky texture, and was really drying. I tried it as a leave-in, a deep conditioner, and a moisturizer, and I got nothing. I tried the styling milk, and it was OK at first, but then got a little greasy. The raw shea butter line was too heavy, and the shampoo made my scalp itch. Lastly, the African black soap purification mask worked really well, but after a while the scent got on my nerves. I don't like to smell like food (strong banana, or plantain scent).

I haven't changed my signature in a long time, so if you see any Shea Moisture products just know that I don't use them anymore.
4a
Fine w/some thickness at the crown
Med Porosity/Low Protein
Henna-once/twice a year
Terressentials Mud Wash-2/3X a month
Aussie Moist Condish- Detangler, AOGBP Condish-rare protein tx
AO White Camellia-Deep Condish
CJ Smoothing Lotion- Leave-in
JessiCurl WDT- Leave-in
QBO&HHB-Sealant/Moisturizer
Water/Aloe Vera Juice/Oil blend-Moisturizing Spritz

OILS-Scalp prewash: coconut oil/tea tree/lavender blend
Sealant(s): Coconut/Shea/Argan/Castor/Olive blend

Staple Styler: KCCC!!!
I couldn't go through my entire jar of curl enhancing smoothie w/o throwing it away.
If I used it on wet hair, my hair would stay wet for god knows how long. If I used it on dry hair my hair would dry out a little while later.
I cant really use protein on dry hair. It is very drying to me so my leave ins tend to not have protein, silicone or mineral oil. All three of these wreak havoc with my dry hair.
On wet hair protein and silicone is not as bad...depending on whether I have been using a lot of either. The silk protein may very well be my issue with the coconut hibiscus line.
For some reason though I actually did like the curl and style milk. However, for me it had two issues, the first being that if I applied it that morning I would need to re-moisturize a few hours later. The second issue was that it would sit on my hair a while before it would absorb. For this reason the bottle which is 8 oz and relatively fairly small lasted me 6 months. I liked it much more than the curl enhancing smoothie.

The Shea restorative line I don't really use anymore because it was too waxy for me and I have found a gentler shampoo. The African black soap line was too stripping except for the masque which I realize now I wasn't using properly. On me it would work better as a conditioner wash than a before shampoo treatment or deep conditioner. It is very cleansing on its own on my hair.

So all in all, except for the new Shea moisture products because I have not tried them yet, I can really only say I 'liked' the masque and even that is iffy. I will have to revisit it to make sure.

I have found a better leave in, shampoo and moisturizer and while I am still keeping my eyes peeled for a DC, Shea moisture never really offered me anything in that regard. The deep treatment mask in the gold label was waxy and hard to distribute and I hear bad things mostly about the yucca baobab mask (mainly that it has no slip). I also am not in the market for a protein DC so I wouldn't even try the Yucca Baobab mask.

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I don't know if I'm protein sensitive.

I'm NOT a fan of the Deep Treatment Masque as a DC 'cause it leaves my hair hard and dry. I think it's too waxy or something...

I'm not a fan of the Anti-Brekage Masque 'cause it didn't leave my hair feeling soft or moisturized. I know it's a protein conditioner but I focus on moisture when using hair care products.

The Thickening Growth Milk is 'eh. It's not as moisturizing as the Curl and Style Milk so I have to use more product. I guess that's 'cause it's designed for fine, thin hair.
Big Chop: 12/15/08

Detangle: Nature's Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Cleanse: SM Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Leave-In Condition: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
Moisturize: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Oils/Butters: Parachute Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Njoi Creations Ayurvedic Hair Butter;
Gels Eco Styler Krystal Gel


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Last edited by Fronomenal; 04-03-2013 at 04:04 PM.
The entire line dries my hair. I really wanted to like it too...the good thing is the line taught me to read labels to find proteins
Hair type-BC: 2/2011-mix of kinks+ coils
Wash-Bobeam Poo bars, As I Am Cleansing Pudding and Coconut Cowash cleansing condish
LI/RO-Curl Junkie rehab, Shescentit Avocado condish, Oyin Hair dew
DT-KBB Luscious Locks, Curl Junkie ANYthing, Shescentit Avocado condish
Style- UFD, As I Am Curling Gelly,
Sealant- Castor, sweet almond oil,Hairveda Vegetal soya oil KBB hair cream
Will try any CG product at least once.
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Because I have thick hair strands I don't use much protein. I don't believe all of the SM products have protein. I'm using the Purification Mask and it works well for me. I also liked the restorative shampoo but that deep treatment masque was the devil, it made my hair feel horrible. The coconut & hibiscus line didn't do anything for my hair. I believe the yucca line has protein, it's thickening. Anything that says strengthening or thickening I stay away from because it usually has protein in it.
The Purification Masque and the DTM seem to be all I can handle. I have returned so many SM products. I recently used the Kids Buttercream & Detangler(for sprtizing purposes) and these were big no gos--too much protein, but then I am uber protein sensitive. That is why I must henna to strengthen my curls.


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I just recently started using the DTM as a leave in because in addition to being protein sensitive my hair also doesn't like aloe which sucks because aloe is in sooo many hair products. So far so good but it's only been a couple of days.
I only use the purification mask which is the bomb. I probably can use the deep treatment mask but have not tried it yet.
The coconut hibiscus line is a major fail for me. Nothing in that line works for my hair. I tried the coconut co wash conditioner and it took 2 weeks to get my moisture balance back on track.
I have thick low porosity hair so the curl smoothie sits like a coating on my hair. I need to find some way to get rid of this giant bottle I have. The anti-breakage mask despite having protein in it, I only do once every month and surprisingly it works for my hair. The African black soap shampoo is a hell no. It left my hair feeling like straw.
"All things good are wild and free"- Thoreau

-Mostly 4b with some 4a, coarse, low porosity, dense
I agree about the Shea moisture black soap.,,, awful!!!!! It had mine and my daughters hair both feel like straw.
You guys, the protein in SM products isn't hydrolyzed, and isn't even the hardening kind of protein--silk proteins are for smoothing and softening... It's all those rich emollients (butters and oils) that won't rinse off that's giving dryness issues. Every single product has shea butter in it, even the shampoo. Using each one back to back as your main source of conditioning and not using actual hydrating products in between will give that effect. It's no different than using grease or old school heavy dimethicones.

Try using just one product from the line and combine it with hydrating (mostly water/humectants) products and it'll do it's job and benefit your hair.
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I live in very a humidity zone with a child with Lopo and protein sensitive is glycerin, aloe vera juice a no no?
I've used both the Coconut Hibiscus line as well as the Raw Shea Butter line, and the only thing my hair loves in the Cocount Hibiscus line is the Curl & Style Milk. Even then I've noticed my hair gets drier faster when I use it as my primary moisturizer, but I blame that on the fact that my hair's been chemically treated (dye) because before I dyed my hair I'd use it and it was fine. The smoothie works okay, but only if I use it by itself.

As for the raw shea line, I love it. I love the shampoo, the conditioner makes my hair feel soft and smooth no matter how, when, where, or why I put it on (I don't like the smell too much though) and the reconstructive spray I thought was pointless until I ran out and realized how much it really helped with moisture. So that's my go to line, most definitely.

Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL
My hair hates the coconut and hibiscus line, but my hair seems to hate coconut in general. The raw shea butter dtm is awesome for me, though. It makes my hair super soft, and really helped my hair after I stripped it during my last shampoo before starting the cg method. Those are the only things I've used, though. The others had keywords I tens to avoid since the products they're attached to always seem to leave my hair feeling like a bale of hay. :/

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You guys, the protein in SM products isn't hydrolyzed, and isn't even the hardening kind of protein--silk proteins are for smoothing and softening... It's all those rich emollients (butters and oils) that won't rinse off that's giving dryness issues. Every single product has shea butter in it, even the shampoo. Using each one back to back as your main source of conditioning and not using actual hydrating products in between will give that effect. It's no different than using grease or old school heavy dimethicones.

Try using just one product from the line and combine it with hydrating (mostly water/humectants) products and it'll do it's job and benefit your hair.
Originally Posted by artemis513
+1. I only use the Black Soap Purification Mask. The clay probably helps to get the conditioner to the strands by opening the cuticle. I have no need for any other Shea Moisture product.
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