Shea Moisture...why?

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The first product I tried from Shea Moisture was their Deep Treatment Hair Mask and it DRIED my hair out and made it feel gunky and stiff and ...well I used it right, but it was so wrong for me. I was iffy on trying their Moisture Retention Shampoo but I gave in and I LOVE it! It makes my hair so nice and helps it to be soft. Why would two products from the same line with seemingly similar ingredients react so differently in my hair? Any ideas?
2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)
The same thing happened to me...and with the same products! I absolutely love SM Moisture Retention Shampoo, an HG for me It leaves my hair super silky, soft, moisturized, and clean.

The Deep Treatment Masque did nothing at all for me. I think it was just way too thick and never absorbed into my low porosity hair, and its thickness shielded my hair from more moisture getting in too, leaving me with gross, dry hair.

However, I really, really like the SM Restorative Conditioner from the same yellow-labeled line! The masque was thick and chunky, but the conditioner is smooth and creamy(: It has great slip and instantly absorbs. I don't use it as a rinse out, though, just a leave-in. I have hair that's a bit longer than shoulder-length, and I find that after using a dime size of the shampoo, I just need to scrunch in one pump of this. This is sooo much better than the masque! I recommend it.

By the way, based on our properties, I think we might be hair twins!
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2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
The mask is a flop, everything else I've tried (shampoos and smoothie) are awesome.
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2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
Same here - I use and love the SMR poo and the condish, which I use as a LI, and use a different RO.

The masque... It was ok when mixed with other stuff. (like I'd mix it with my RO, add EVOO, honey, and a little ACV, and use it as a DT that way.)

Haven't tried any of the stylers, tho.

ETA: I do love the elixir, too! But spray it on your hand and then apply - straight onto your hair is too heavy!
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
The same thing happened to me...and with the same products! I absolutely love SM Moisture Retention Shampoo, an HG for me It leaves my hair super silky, soft, moisturized, and clean.

The Deep Treatment Masque did nothing at all for me. I think it was just way too thick and never absorbed into my low porosity hair, and its thickness shielded my hair from more moisture getting in too, leaving me with gross, dry hair.

However, I really, really like the SM Restorative Conditioner from the same yellow-labeled line! The masque was thick and chunky, but the conditioner is smooth and creamy(: It has great slip and instantly absorbs. I don't use it as a rinse out, though, just a leave-in. I have hair that's a bit longer than shoulder-length, and I find that after using a dime size of the shampoo, I just need to scrunch in one pump of this. This is sooo much better than the masque! I recommend it.

By the way, based on our properties, I think we might be hair twins!
Originally Posted by dresdendoll
I agree with the hair twins! ^_^ I think maybe that was my problem too? My low porosity hair made it not work right on me I'm going to have to try that conditioner though. So you use it as a leave in only? Do you use a rinse out at all?
2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

*Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine*

Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)

Last edited by txwvy32; 10-09-2012 at 02:31 PM.
The same thing happened to me...and with the same products! I absolutely love SM Moisture Retention Shampoo, an HG for me It leaves my hair super silky, soft, moisturized, and clean.

The Deep Treatment Masque did nothing at all for me. I think it was just way too thick and never absorbed into my low porosity hair, and its thickness shielded my hair from more moisture getting in too, leaving me with gross, dry hair.

However, I really, really like the SM Restorative Conditioner from the same yellow-labeled line! The masque was thick and chunky, but the conditioner is smooth and creamy(: It has great slip and instantly absorbs. I don't use it as a rinse out, though, just a leave-in. I have hair that's a bit longer than shoulder-length, and I find that after using a dime size of the shampoo, I just need to scrunch in one pump of this. This is sooo much better than the masque! I recommend it.

By the way, based on our properties, I think we might be hair twins!
Originally Posted by dresdendoll
I agree with the hair twins! ^_^ I think maybe that was my problem too? My low porosity hair made it not work right on me I'm going to have to try that conditioner though. So you use it as a leave in only? Do you use a rinse out at all?
Originally Posted by txwvy32
Yay hair twins!

Haha, anyway, I do only leave it in because the shampoo, for me, acts like a cleanser and a rinse out in one because it's so moisturizing. But sometimes I'll leave a little bit of the SM Restorative Conditioner on my ends for a few minutes while I shave if I've used too much shampoo or something, and then I still apply it as a leave-in. I've found, though, less is more with both products. I only need maybe a nickel size of the shampoo and one pump of condish(:
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2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing

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