Shea Shampoo Shampler #2

HAIRBALL

HUZZAH, it’s more hair-washin’ glop. Let’s look at a noo shampoo, oooo :

WHAT THAT IS

It’s a tiny lil baby bottle of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. With sea kelp! And argan oil! Okay!

I like that this brand avoids SLS/SLeS and silicones, so when I bought the thought-it’d-be-good (it isn’t, at least for my hair) African Black Soap shampoo, I grabbed this little 3.2oz bottle too. (It was about four bucks; the full-size 13oz bottle is currently $9.97 at Amazon, and usually about $10.99 at drugstores and SheaMoisture.com.) Interestingly, the full-size bottles they had at Walgreens contained a product that looked more ivory-white, compared to this one’s pale butter color, and also seemed slightly thinner when shaken — and sure enough, the label even says “Natural ingredients may vary in color and consistency.” Having purchased raw shea butter on its own a few times … yeah, there can be a good bit of variation in its color and texture.

WHAT’S IN THAT STUFF

I opted for the smaller version of this one because the second ingredient is straight-up shea butter, which is notably rich/heavy :

INGREDIENTS : Water, Decyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*♥, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Kelp Extract, Tocopherol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract*Certified Organic Ingredient. ♥Fair Trade Ingredient.

This is actually a crazy short ingredients list, right? Decyl glucoside (mild surfactant); the aforementioned shea butter; aloe; argan oil; the B vitamin panthenol; kelp extract which honestly could be functioning in a number of ways depending on the type of kelp I guess (kelp in general has quite a lot of vitamins and minerals and essential proteins, so this here is prolly intended to be absorbed into the scalp, thus the “grow and strengthen” on the front label, in addition to its alleged “cuticle-smoothing” abilities? it’s also why kelp is probably, along with bugs, going to be our FOOOOD [and/or energy source] OF THE FUUUUUTUUUURE once we’ve murdered the Earth’s arable land); vitamin E; and honeysuckle extracts, which have skin-soothing and anti-oxidant properties, and can also function as a preservative.

WHAT’S IT LIKE

Once again, and IMPORTANTLY, this is in the kind of bottle I appreciate, with an easy press-open cap that doesn’t effing collect cold shower water and then turn into a tiny mildew farm. The product itself is of a thickness we’ll call “medium” for shampoos (a good bit less runny/watery than the ABS one) so it’s pretty easy to spread and distribute through your hair without accidentally letting it run off your hands.

BUT THE SCENT? It’s actually kinda similar to the ABS fragrance, in that it falls into the warm/ambery range. It’s slightly less “sweet” smelling than the ABS shampoo, which is good. I don’t love the scent, but I don’t really mind it.

HOW DOES IT DO THO?

As typical with sulfate-free shampoos, the first application doesn’t suds up much. And really, the lather on the second soaping isn’t exactly mind-blowing either. However! It definitely does feel like it’s getting my hair clean, it doesn’t take a ridiculous ton of product to function (more than many sulfate shampoos, but less than many non-sulfates, and def less than the ABS one), and it doesn’t seem to pull an inordinate amount of blue dye from my hair — in fact I’m pretty sure this pulls the least color of the handful of Shea Moisture shampoos I’ve tried.

AND THE RESULTS

I’ve used this four or five times now, and you know what? I really dig it! It definitely cleans well (even with the buckets of hairspray I typically use), and it definitely feels moisturizing — in fact, when I use this, I just use one little pump of conditioner on my hair, and only on the bottom appx 1/3 of the length, and that is PLENTY. Also — surprisingly, to me, considering the considerable amount of super-rich heavy shea butter this contains — it doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it go *floop* when I sock-bun it, AND my hair doesn’t feel unusually dirty or oily on day two (I mean, it does feel a little oily and dirty, but I have oily skin/scalp, I use hairspray and styling products, and I get sweaty if I stand up for three damn minutes. But day two with this stuff is a normal amount of oily/dirty, like what I’d get with any sulfate shampoo too). Success!

IN CONCLUSION : The fragrance isn’t my fave, but I would (and probably will) repurchase this. It’s a solid cleanser AND a pretty effective moisturizer for my hair, doesn’t make it greasy or uncurlable, isn’t aesthetically offensive, isn’t difficult to procure, and it’s pretty damn inexpensive. GOOD SHIT. IS IT FOR YOU? If you have hair that’s somewhere in the range of “drier than average” to “holy hell it’s wrecked,” then this is probably worth trying! I feel that it would probably be a liiiiiittle too rich/moisturizing for my hair when it’s in its virgin state, or just dyed black and not multi-bleached, as during those times I’m generally fighting for volume and against its tendency to smooth sleekness. But if smooth/sleek is your jam and you have “normal” hair, give it a whirl!

Tried it? Gonna? Talk talk talk.