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nabs 11-26-2011 10:10 AM

Shea Moisture System, so many do
So...I want to start using the Shea Moisture products. But there are just so many! The shampoo, the leave in, the smoothie, the masque, the style milk, the mist, restorative conditioner, curl control shampoo....ay caramba!

When and how would I use each of these products? For ex: why would I use the smoothie vs the milk? Or both? When is it appropriate to use what?

I usually wear my hair in twist outs(with the kinky-curly products) or pulled back in a ponytail or bun.

Length: a little over shoulder length

nabs 11-26-2011 11:17 AM

I've answered my own question! There are two lines: Coconut & Hibiscus and the Organic Raw Shea butter. I found a kit at Walgreens that I think I might try.

Coconut & Hibiscus

Wet hair and apply product according to length and density of hair
Wash until scalp and hair are completely clean
Rinse out completely

After shampooing your hair, distribute conditioner evenly throughout wet hair
Massage head and hair from roots to end for 5 minutes or until hair is detangled
Rinse out with water

Spray liberally through towel-dried hair from roots to ends and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute evenly
Style as desired
May be used on dry hair to freshen hairstyle

Section hair and apply product sparingly to wet or dry hair
Massage product completely into hair, and style as desired
Do not rinse out
May be used as a moisturizing styling cream to do twists, braids or wash and go styles
Great for curly hair

^^I'm going to try this one out and see if I like it. This kit is on sale for 14.99. The deep conditioning masque is included in the other kit, so I might just buy that separately if I find that I need it.

There is an Organic Raw Shea Butter kit as well.

Wet hair and apply product according to length and density of hair
Wash until scalp and hair are completely clean
Rinse out completely
After shampooing your hair, distribute evenly throughout wet hair
Massage head and hair from roots to end for 5 minutes or until hair is detangled
Rinse with water
Apply to clean, dry or wet hair prior to use of styling tools, which use high levels of heat
Massage product through hair
Do not rinse
Style as usual
Apply to wet hair as necessary, making sure product is evenly distributed throughout hair
Cover hair with plastic cap and sit under an overhead dryer, or allow body heat to activate product
Rinse out and style as desired

^^ This seems geared toward those who are transitioning.

ss40 11-26-2011 11:25 AM

Everything made by Shea moisture is great. I talked about the products I use in my routine.

I jusy sent both kits to my sisters

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Fronomenal 11-26-2011 11:56 AM

You can also use the SM Deep Treatment Masque and SM Restorative Conditioner as leave-in conditioners and/or twisting/braiding creams.

I love SM DTM as a leave-in conditioner--It gives me moisturized, soft, sheen-y, sweet smelling hair.

curlyberry 11-27-2011 02:28 PM

I'm so jealous of you peeps being able to use the curl enhancing smoothie. I just can't seem to get it to do anything for me. :( The styling milk is the only thing that has done me no wrong.

naturalnewb 12-02-2011 01:19 PM

I use a few products from the hibiscus line:

The hold and shine spray didn't do much for me--I still have about 3/4 of a bottle sitting around here somewhere. I prefer my homemade spritz.

I love the curl enhancing smoothie--but it does nothing to "enhance" my curls. I use it as a moisturizer. I pair it with ecostyler gel for my twistouts and the occasional wash and go. It's the perfect pairing because ecostyler has left me with hard hair in the past...thus far the smoothie is the only product in my pantry that can consistently stand up to ecostyler.

I just started experimenting with the curl milk. I love it because it works really well for my twistouts and I don't have to pair it with any other stylers/moisturizers. It would be a one-step styling process except I like to seal my ends with a little bit of oil because of the harsh winter air.

The moisture retention shampoo is a godsend. It is (by far!) the best shampoo I have come across. I have only used it once but I had to catch myself because I kept trying to detangle my hair with shampoo in it--I didn't know shampoos could have so much slip.

My sister purchased the hair restorative elixir, but it didn't agree with her hair so she gave it to me. I felt like the oil didn't really penetrate/soften my hair--it just left a greasy coating.

ss40 12-03-2011 07:59 PM

I just wanted to say that shea moisture curl & style milk & kinky curly knot today give me beautiful flat twists & make my flat twist outs (my staple style) look freakin georgeous & last 3 days. Use the kknt 1st then the milk on wet hair. OM Freakin G. Always rake it through.

Dame Curlicue 12-05-2011 06:18 PM

I use one of their deep conditioners as a leave-in with excellent results. I think it's the restorative moisture one in the tub. Label is sort of orangey-brown. It wasn't too moisturizing at all, but it gives me extra-defined, ringlet curls.

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