My Reviews On Some New Shea Moisture Products for 2018

The beginning of each year Shea Moisture always releases multiple products in all different stores! 2018 was no exception without fail. I have a couple products from several of the new lines here to talk about! Let's dive right into this. Read on for more.

Ulta Beauty Exclusive: 
Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate and Repair
Shea Moisture released an exclusive collection to Ulta featuring Manuka Honey and Yogurt. This collection is designed for extremely dry, brittle hair which is what I have so I was super excited to see this line! As much as I would have loved to buy everything, I had to pick and choose two items. I also had a $3.50 off $15 coupon and they were buy one get one half off. YAY SALES!

Hydrate + Repair Multi-Action Leave-In
 From the Brand: "SheaMoisture's Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Multi-Action Leave-In with Mafura and Baobab Oils does it all! It absorbs quickly to hydrate, recondition and smooth abused hair, as well as preps for easy styling and protects brittle hair from damage. Certified organic Shea Butter, reparative Manuka Honey and Yogurt blend together in a lightweight treatment that fortifies hair with strand supporting proteins in a natural protective layer, while fighting frizz and the appearance of split ends. Ideal for hair that is prone to breaking, snapping or splitting."

Me: I admit, I don't usually like leave in sprays on wet hair. My hair prefers creams since they are heavier and add some weight. It helps my hair not get too fluffy. Because this is a spray that also claims to be lightweight, I was VERY generous with my spray application, concentrating on my front problematic pieces and my ends. This is a nice leave in that helped my hair feel soft and look healthy! I was pleasantly surprised with just how much I liked this on wet hair. I also tried this as a refresher spray on dry second or third day too but I do not like this product that way. It left my dry hair feeling sticky and not too hydrated. So I will continue to use it on wet hair only. This had a pleasant, light sweet scent to it that I enjoyed and didn't linger.

Hydrate + Repair Split End Balm
From the Brand: "SheaMoisture's Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Split End Balm with Mafura and Baobab Oils instantly seals and reduces the appearance of split ends for a fresh-cut look. Certified organic Shea Butter, reparative Manuka Honey and Yogurt blend in a humidity blocking balm that holds rebellious ends together for a frizz-free, silky smooth finish while increasing shine and vibrancy. Keeps hair looking flawlessly healthy."

Me: My hair is so so so prone to split ends, even getting regular trims and babying it. So anything that promises to help them and is silicone free, I most likely will eventually try. This is a solid balm. When you take a little bit and emulsify it in your hands, it turns into more of an oil. I use this on wet hair all over as my last oil step and then concentrating a little more on my front pieces and end that are problematic. I also tried this on day two or three dry hair to add back shine, help with some frizz and keep split ends looking a but better. This product is incredible! At first, it did feel sticky going into my hair but that went away quickly. This scent was a bit stronger than the leave-in and smelled more like honey to me. I didn't mind it.

Using the Manuka Honey and Yogurt products on my wet hair along with one of my favorite gels left my hair looking REALLY healthy, less frizzier and unruly than usual and feeling so very soft. I used one of my favorite co-washes and masks too so I can truly see the results of just these new products. I felt like my hair was being the best version of itself. I really think these products make a difference on hair like mine that is high porosity, extremely dry and brittle because it looked so much better after! I think these are now two of my favorite products by Shea Mositure, I like them THAT much!! I want to try the protein treatment and conditioner in this line at some point down the road.

Sally Beauty Exclusive:
Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter
 This line is designed for type 3 and 4 curly, coily, shrinkage prone hair. Yes, my hair is more 2C/3A, and it isn't coily, but despite having looser waves, my hair is so very dry it tends to like collections that use heavier oils and butters made for tighter hair types. They key for me with trying these collections is to make sure not to go heavy handed with them. If you have wavy hair that is finer, or gets weighed down super easily and you do not want that, this collection is not ideal for you. However, if you do have more dry wavy hair like me, you may wind up liking these products. I was intrigued to try some items from this collection and I'm glad I did!

Reshaping Shine Butter
 Them: "Smooth, soften and reshape your elongated curly-coily style with this lightweight, Coconut Oil free, moisturizing finishing butter that melts into hair and scalp giving you a weightless natural shine. Rich, hair-loving butters and oils blend in this anti-shrinkage formula that quickly absorbs to refresh second-day hair and enhance shine. Leaves locks feeling soft and silky."

 Me: I'm curious if I got a bad jar of this one. As you can see in the picture, the consistency is pretty girtty and has small white balls in it. I took a little of this, emulsified it between my palms to warm it up and the gritty balls were still there. They did eventually melt into my hair, but it took a while. I reached out to Shea Moisture to question this but they never answered me back. That being said, I've used this on dry day 2 and 3 hair a few different times. It did add nice shine, left my hair soft and helped with frizz. I also tried it as a pre-poo once which I think it did a nice job at. It is a bit of a pain to apply with the grittiness, but if I just wound up with a badly mixed jar or something and the actual texture is supposed to be smoother, I may buy again. Less is more with this product for me. This had a light, tropical-like scent to it that I liked.

Styling Gelee
Them: "Elongates and defines tight curls and coils, Great for 3-4C hair types, Eliminates frizz, Controls edges. Minimize natural shrinkage and temporarily reveal a longer 'fro or curly-coily style with this multipurpose styling gelee. Rich, hair-loving butters and oils blend in this anti-shrinkage gelee that helps loosen, elongate and define tight curls and coils for twist and braid out styles. Smooths flyaways, eliminates frizz and controls edges for a flawless look."

Me: I like this gelee a lot. Since this product is made for tighter hair types than my own, less truly is more for me. That being said, this worked well on both wet and dry hair. I've had wonderful luck with using gelles/jellys/gellys on day 2 and 3 hair lately but that's a while different blog topic. On wet hair, I use this in place of gel after leave-in but before an oil or balm to seal. It has a nice amount of hold and brought out the definition in my curly waves. This one was a nice, light-fresh scent.

In the following pictures, I used all SheaMoisture stylers after using one of my favorite co-washes and masks.
  • Manuka Honey and Yogurt Leave In Treatment
  • Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Styling Gelee
  • Manuka Honey and Yogurt Split End Balm

CVS and Walgreens: Silicone Free Miracle Styler

I've seen this product at CVS and Walgreens. I actually picked it up at CVS with Extra Bucks Rewards so it cost me nothing, but I was surprised to see a Shea Moisture product for $16.99. They're usually less. I also was surprised to learn that fact it says "Silicone Free" in the title means not every Shea Mositure product is silicone free now. They used to be. So now I have to check their ingredient labels more carefully.

Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment 

Them: "Miracles do happen! This Leave-In Treatment does it all: detangles, nourished, softens, cuts drying time, adds shine, smoothes and reduces frizz, enhances silkiness, and protects against thermal and environmental damage. An innovative blend of Sugarcane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Marshmallow Root, and nourishing botanicals make this high-slip formula great for tangle-free, manageability and hair health. Leave hair smooth, soft, and lustrous.

Me: I don't love the smell of this one. It has an herbally-ness to it I just don't care for. Luckily, that scent doesn't linger so I can still use the product. I also do not like the nozzle. I thought by looking at it that it would shoot out in a finer mist, but it darts out harsh and straight. So I spray into my hands and not directly onto my hair, that is not a deal breaker for me. That being that, this is another Shea Moisture Leave-In spray I am pleasantly surprised by! I do enjoy the pretty coloring on the label- pink and white against blue. This leave-in treatment worked well on my hair both wet before applying gel and oil and also as a refresher on second day hair. Since the consistency is lighter than a milk, but not completely liquid, I use a decent amount but not all that much in comparison with other spray leave in products. I think the most notable thing for me with this treatment is the extra shine it adds to wet or dry hair. My hair also felt soft and looks pretty healthy. This is also supposed to be a heat protector, but I haven't used it with my diffuser yet so I can't comment on that. It also is supposed to cut drying time down- again, I don't know if they mean when used with heat tools, but air drying I didn't personally notice a difference. I'm torn if I would rebuy this or not. While I did like it, between the highter price point and not loving the scent, there are other Shea Moisture products that I also like for wet and dry hair. If I got it on sale again that would be a different story.

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