My Holy Grail Hair Care Products For My 4C Natural Hair

shea moisture jamaican black castor oilAfter using the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner for almost a year now, I can finally say that I have found my holy grail hair care products and I am no longer in search of hair care products for my hair. Mind you, previous to the JBCO line from Shea Moisture, I didn’t really have any success with this brand. The first product I ever tried from them was the Deep Treatment Masque which was a complete and total failure on my hair.

I have never used a deep conditioner that sat on top on my hair like this one did. Although it worked a little better as a leave-in, it was developed to be a leave-in so after I used it up, I didn’t bother with it again until several months later when I saw it on sale for about $5 and decided to test it out again to be sure that it was a disaster and it was and didn’t seem to work much as a leave-in this second time. It is currently sitting somewhere in my home with me not having any plans to use it again.

I tried other deep conditioners from SM and they were only okay and nothing to write home about. I didn’t really try any other products from this brand though except for the conditioners. I do like their skin care products and have bought their African Black Soap many times.

But as far as hair care, I had given up on Shea Moisture which was kind of disappointing because everyone was raving about Shea Moisture and I felt left out! I was on the outside looking in until the SM JBCO line. I got these products when they were only available at ulta but you can now find this line almost anywhere in the US.

I only got the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo, the Treatment Masque and the Leave-in Conditioner. They also have an edge treatment, a styling lotion, a hair serum and I think also a rinse out conditioner. These other products in this line did not interest me.

None of the products contain any sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, propylene glycol and other questionable ingredients and they do not test on animals.

My hair type;

4c, low porosity, fine, thin, “protein sensitive”

Can You Use This Line If You Have Protein Sensitive Hair?

Although I have “protein sensitive hair” and I was worried because these products contain several types of protein, they did not dry out my hair like other protein containing products so I guess the company figured out the right formula for making sure that the inclusion of protein does not dry out hair and my hair thanks them for it since our hair is made of protein (keratin) and does need protein whether you are protein sensitive or not.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo (w/ Shea Butter & Apple Cider Vinegar) Review (16.3 fl. oz / 482 ml)

shea moisture jamaican black castor oil shampoo

Ingredients;

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Panthenol, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel *Certified Organic Ingredient.

This was the real surprise of the three products. As someone with dry hair, shampoo is not a big thing for me and I usually co-washed my hair with a cheap rinse out conditioner. But I haven’t co-washed my hair since I bought this shampoo because it leaves my hair so soft. I even really tested it out by shampooing my hair twice and my hair was still very soft. It makes no sense since this is also a clarifying shampoo (which can also be used on color treated, chemically processed or heat styled hair).

Honestly on lazy days, I just skip the deep conditioner and use a cheap rinse out conditioner and I am good to go because of how soft the shampoo leaves my hair.

shea moisture jamaican black castor oil shampoo review

I have had the same bottle above since I first bought it and there is still so much left as you can see so you don’t really need a lot to cleanse your scalp and hair.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen , Grow & Restore Treatment Masque (w/ Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin) Review (12 oz / 340 g)

shea moisture jamaican black castor oil treatment masque

Ingredients;

Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin,  Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Niacin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Vinegar, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caramel, *Certified Organic Ingredient.
Note: If you don’t know, Behentrimonium Methosulfate despite the name is not a sulfate but is included to condition, moisturize and detangle hair while also thickening the conditioner.

If I had to rank these three products, this deep conditioner would probably be number 3 although I still like it (I’m on my third tub with another waiting in the wings!) but the softness after rinsing this out is not something to marvel about like it is with the shampoo.

shea moisture jamaican black castor oil deep conditioner

This brownish conditioner is very thick which I like and I am heavy-handed with it which is why I am almost done with my third tub and for a while earlier this year I was doing month-long protective styles which lessened my usage. This conditioner does have an interesting smell but I don’t hate it.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner (w/ Shea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin) Review

shea moisture jamaican black castor oil leave-in conditioner

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Panthenol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,  Butylene Glycol, Niacin, Dextran, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Vinegar,  Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol,  Macadamia Ternfolia Seed Oil  *Certified Organic Ingredient.

This leave-in is in stiff competition with the shampoo! It is a huge tub (16 oz/453 g) and has lasted me a long while although I am very close to the end of the first tub that I bought (but I already have a backup!). This really leaves my hair so soft whether I protective style for a week, two weeks or a month before I unravel my hair. I was very impressed with this leave-in. And I don’t even need to follow-up with an oil or butter to seal which is great because I hate how these leave my hair greasy but with this leave-in I no longer have to deal with this issue.

shea moisture jamaican black castor oil leave in conditioner review

It is a very liquidy white colored leave-in and I though I wouldn’t like it because of that because I usually prefer thick leave-ins but it did the job required of it with no problems so what’s not to like? I usually apply it on damp hair and corn row my hair for the week or month.

I was worried about keeping this leave-in in my hair for so long because it contains proteins but my hair was still very soft despite the proteins and best of all, my hair felt strong which I think is due to the proteins in the leave-in which is great for my thin, fine hair. While I love soft hair, strong hair is even better as far as I’m concerned.

Another thing is that it makes curls pop! I have 4c hair so there are no curls to speak of in my hair (or so I thought) and I don’t really care for creating manufactured curls in my hair with various products but just applying this leave-in to my hair without doing anything extra creates hints of curls in my hair. If you are on the curl train, you may like using this leave-in for that. I really don’t care wither way.

It is also a great detangler although I rarely use it to detangle because I detangle before I shampoo my hair. This also has an interesting fragrance which doesn’t bother me.

Overall

I just love Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line and will not quit it unless something drastic happens to it. The ingredients are amazing (especially for the price) and it not only softens hair but it also strengthens the hair. Since I have been using this line, I think it has also contributed to not just the significant growth but also the thickening of my hair (thanks to the castor oil maybe) so it doesn’t look as thin as it used to before (although I was also taking biotin supplements at the same time!). I really think it has been very good for my hair. My hair just feels different (in a very good way).

Available at Ulta for $10.99 to $12.99 but you can find it in many other places and at various prices.

 

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