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SusieQin 04-24-2013 11:33 AM

Shea Moisture Question
 
It is that time of year for me to begin my big year purchase. I often use my taxes and make a big purchase from Curl Mart and other places to hopefully last me the entire year.

With that being said, I love CJ but it is expensive. I have never tried SM products, but I'm very curious about them after reading some CJ reviews.

My problem is that my hair Coconut Oil sensitive. It LOVES it as a treatment, but on everyday p[products it will make my hair too stringy, greasy, or the wet look. (Although the curling is to die for.) Regardless I can't go to work with hair that looks greasy and dirty.

Are SM products heavy with the Coconut Oil? Should I try it or save myself the trouble?

sheilacurl 04-24-2013 12:36 PM

MY hair is fine and thin too! I rotate the SheaMoisture Moisture Retention Shampoo into my routine a couple times a week. I bought it based on all of the rave reviews. I still can't decide if it's too heavy for my hair or not. I guess I should pair it with a lighter conditioner instead of the CJ ones that I have. It's definitely not stripping though, that's partly why I can't decide if it's for me. My scalp still feels a little oily after I use it.

I've had a few not-so-great experiences with the Soufflé but I guess it's a lot like KCCC, as in it's a finicky product and it's very easy to over do it.

Now would be a great time to try that line of products as they are Buy 1 get one 50% off at CVS and Walgreens. If you don't like them, just return them for a refund or exchange them for a different one :D

kathymack 04-24-2013 12:51 PM

I normally use really rich products. I think the SM Coconut & Hibiscus products are heavy rather than rich, if you get the difference. It sits on my hair. You could try some of the other lines they have. After I tried a few products, I was done--no interest in trying others.

anonymous_133347 04-24-2013 01:07 PM

If you're going to experiment with Shea Moisture and your hair is finicky with coconut oil I wouldn't recommend buying it online. (Does curlmart sell it? :scratch:) Get it from Walgreens so you can return it if your hair doesn't like it. And maybe get one of the kits I think they have. I'm pretty sure coconut oil is in virtually every product. Yucca line, moisture retention, and of course coconut & hibiscus. And I'm a Shea Moisture addict so I'd know. It's usually one the first five to ten ingredients listed too so it's high up on the formulation. That said, maybe your hair will surprise you.

deja_vu 04-24-2013 01:15 PM

I only use the black line, especially the purification mask and the spritz. The shampoo and conditioner does nothing for me. My hair is finicky with coconut oil, too, and shea butter so i can only use products for treatments or washing.

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anonymous_133347 04-24-2013 01:28 PM

Oh right. The black line. Hmm. I don't use that one because of the salicylic acid. Honestly why is that in there? I know people with dry scalp often go to use that line. Talk about contraindications.

chloe92us 04-24-2013 01:56 PM

I have the smoothie, the curl hold & shine spray (use quite a bit as a refresher) and also use one of the baby head to toe washes as a low poo (LOVE!). The smoothie makes my hair feel producty, like coated and kind of tangly? I used it in the beginning and my hair really did LOOK good with it, I just didn't like the way it felt.

However, I LOVE their ingredients lists, and the smells of all of their stuff so I am determined to keep trying.

Has anyone used the products designed for FINE HAIR? I believe they have the dark green label? I am so tempted to try them.

DepressedCurls 04-24-2013 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by dusalocks (Post 2158437)
Oh right. The black line. Hmm. I don't use that one because of the salicylic acid. Honestly why is that in there? I know people with dry scalp often go to use that line. Talk about contraindications.

The black line also targets psoriasis, which salicylic acid supposedly helps. But it didn't help me at all. Just a good mask as a detangler and conditioner and good shampoo, not so much for scalp issues. I love the yucca as well. The milk is a nice light leave in if you're hesitant the coconut and hibiscus one will be too heavy. I love the coconut and hibiscus one though, more moisturizing and smells better in my opinion. I think you should buy a kit and atleast try it.

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juanab 04-24-2013 03:40 PM

Salicylic acid in this instance is to help with dandruff. It has been very effective for me in combating my dandruff.

anonymous_133347 04-24-2013 08:02 PM

Yes but dandruff and dry scalp are two different things and sometimes people mistake one for the other. Also not to go off on tangent but my brother had a case of acne when he was in high school. I did a lot of research into the subject at the time because common drugstore products designed for acne, most of which contain salicylic acid, tended to make the problem much worse. It would dry out his skin causing more oil to rise to the surface causing more breakouts. That's why it's an iffy ingredient for me and I wish it wasn't in there so I could try that line too. As someone whose skin is relatively normal but always on the dry side, for me the key to preventing dry skin (and I guess this would extend to my scalp too) has always been a bit of oil and moisture.

anonymous_133347 04-24-2013 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by chloe92us (Post 2158445)

Has anyone used the products designed for FINE HAIR? I believe they have the dark green label? I am so tempted to try them.

I have the shampoo and conditioner from this line and really like both. I love the smell actually. I find the shampoo more cleansing than the moisture retention one and both products rather volumizing. They also don't dry me out even though I'm coarse haired because even though they contain vegetable protein they leave the hair very soft and frizz free. I use the shampoo once every two weeks, the conditioner once a week. My friend uses the milk. She has fine hair and it gives her angled bob instant body. Oh and I got my mother the milk as well and it can make her hair which starts out feeling like hay when she neglects it turn to silk. I don't think it does much for curl enhancement though like the Coconut & Hibiscus styling products.

Myrna 04-25-2013 06:26 AM

WHAT product for fine hair? can anyone put up a pic and say where you get it? sometimes products for fine hair work well for me, although my hair is not fine.

deja_vu 04-25-2013 07:46 AM

I have psoriasis btw, and the black line helped. But its drying if used often (because of the clay in it) so you have to deep condition or do a hot oil treatment after it.

I dont use it any more though, i use TheraNeem now because I can go longer without washing my hair or the psoriasis acting up.

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juanab 04-25-2013 05:05 PM

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WHAT product for fine hair? can anyone put up a pic and say where you get it? sometimes products for fine hair work well for me, although my hair is not fine.

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I believe you can get them at Walgreens or Target.

DepressedCurls 04-25-2013 05:10 PM

I use the shampoo, love and it does add volume and i used the milk and loveddddd it and can say it helped with volume as well. Still a favorite of mine, I'll be switching back to it soon. I like alternation.

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SusieQin 04-26-2013 08:11 PM

I was really looking at the Green line for the thin and fine hair. Not everything has the coconut oil so high on the list. I wonder how long that sale may last lol. Is it only Walgreens and cvs? Was target on that sale wagon too?

SusieQin 04-26-2013 08:13 PM

I think I'll go ahead and buy a few of the products this weekend. I can experiment

DepressedCurls 04-27-2013 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by SusieQin (Post 2159223)
I was really looking at the Green line for the thin and fine hair. Not everything has the coconut oil so high on the list. I wonder how long that sale may last lol. Is it only Walgreens and cvs? Was target on that sale wagon too?

the walgreens sale ends tonight.

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SusieQin 05-02-2013 07:30 AM

Update
 
So I did end up picking up three products. One was the Shampoo for the green line for thinning hair. I LOVE it. Coconut oil is lower on the list and when I washed out my hair I could really feel the oils still in there, but not in a greasy way. I used a nickle sized portion of my Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner.

My hair was so soft that when my hair dried naturally it was a bit more limp. So immediately I thought it was over conditioned.

Second day hair wasn't so bad. I bought the Hold in moisture Spray Coconut and Hibiscus. I LOVE THAT too! Did amazing for the ends of my hair and keeping it nice.

So my next experiment was using the Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo and Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. The conditioner was not as thick as I had hopped. In fact my hair hated it immediately. I didn't even let my hair dry all the way because of how porus it became. I re-wet it and applied my smooth as silk conditioner and poof it was fine. The following morning I styled it this time with my Mira Curling Gel. BEAUTIFUL hair ALLLLLLL day long.

After being in PT and my hair got wet I knew I needed to wash my hair again. This time I used ONLY the shampoo and I let it sit, rinsed out with cool water and went on my marry way. It is soft, but I feel my ends are still dry.

I'm going to return the Restorative Conditioner to Target today and go ahead and pick up the Volumizing Conditioner that also the green line and see how that goes.

I am REALLY pleased with the Shampoo results though. My hair was clean and not stripped out oils and it really does seem that it was a little more kick in it. I also had no frizz either.

Since Target has such a nice return policy I don't see why I can't just run the gauntlet to see what I like.

I did notice all the strange looks I was getting though. The section the Shea Butter in the African-American hair section. Pfft, if only they knew about curly hair. My hair is a nice fine, thin, 2 b/c but it LOVES heavy products and HATES Glycerin.

Okay, so that's my update!

Firefox7275 05-02-2013 07:54 AM

Naturally dry scalp (xerosis) is not that common as a cause of dandruff or flaking, more often people self diagnose and actually have seborrhoeic dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, atopic eczema or psoriasis. SD and psoriasis can benefit from treatment with SA.

I would not have thought there would be that high a concentration of salicylic acid in a cosmetic shampoo, and you can always dilute down before use. Yes SA can be drying because it is fat soluble, but how much would depend on the formula - if there is oil in the product the SA has 'options'. It's also an acid so will help close the cuticle and a keratolytic (breaks down protein bonds) so would presumably damage hair at higher concentrations. IIRC it's generally at 3% in pharmacy type shampoos, up to 10% in skin only topicals.


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