It is a good idea to switch up your hair regimen over a period of time. I’ve noticed that when I use certain products on a consistent basis, they eventually lose their zest. It’s also great to have alternative products on deck, just in case your go-to products are discontinued or unavailable for in the immediate moment. There are a wealth of co-washes, deep conditioners, and leave-in’s that can work magic on your hair. I’ve found that using products from the same collection can work, but things can get really interesting when you take the time to switch it up. 

In efforts to find an alternative hair regimen for my dehydrated mane, I decided to try SheaMoisture’s Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oil High Porosity Moisture-Seal Co-Wash, their 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rehydration Treatment Masque, and Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Multi-Action Leave-In Conditioner over the span of a month and a half. Honestly speaking, my hair hasn’t reacted this well to a product since my review of SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore collection.


This co-wash is probably the best one I’ve used, ever. I used to swear by As I Am’s Coconut CoWash, but then I gave this a try and I am completely in love. My initial wash with SheaMoisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils Co-Wash left my hair feeling coated with moisture. My curls were soft, defined, and hydrated. I almost felt like there would be no need for me to deep condition my hair because it felt like the co-wash had restored what was depleted. I used this product every 3-4 days over a span of 6 weeks. With each wash, my hair detangled quicker and I was left with healthier, softer curls. This is largely due to the mongongo and hemp seed oils which are known to eliminate frizz, seal your ends, and lock in moisture. If you’re a fan of the As I Am CoWash, you will really enjoy the mongongo & hemp seed oil co-wash.

For such a lightly whipped Rehydration Treatment Masque, it packs a lot of power in your hair. It was one thing to feel the immediate moisture from the co-wash, it was another thing to experience the aftermath of this deep conditioner. Because I used the co-wash every 3-4 days, I decided to use the masque once a week. I didn’t want to overwhelm my hair with too much product. I noticed my hair had much more bounce to it and was definitely more moisturized. 

Up until now, I never used a spray as a leave-in conditioner. I was so used to creams that I wasn’t convinced a spray would be heavy enough to capture and mold to my hair’s curl pattern. This is why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. After each wash, I’d spray the multi-action leave-in conditioner evenly throughout my hair. I’d oil my scalp with Marshay Nicole’s Scalp Growth Oil + Serum and add some Eco Styler Gel for extra hold. The combination of those products resulted in some of my best twist outs, no lie. Because the leave-in has a lightweight formula, my hair didn’t feel weighed down by product. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by using a spray instead of a cream.

Photo credit: Troy Vaughn

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below.