Shea Shampoo Shampler #3

Third time’s a charm, right? RIGHT. (For real!)


THIS is the one I was looking for, and the one that my unholy triumvirate of local drugstores (why are they all in a cluster? You’d think they’d want to stake out territory where there’re no other similar shops? But no, effin’ Walgreens, RiteAid, and CVS are all within a two block stretch) were seemingly determined not to stock, ever.

Why this one? Because 1. I use and adore the Sacha Inchi conditioner, 2. Rodney (whom you know from the comments, and whom I know from my online nerd squad) tried it and liked it, and 3. it has actual [non-sulfate] surfactants and says “deep cleanse” but also claims to be for “damaged, distressed hair.” All of these things seemed promising!


Ingredients : Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl lsethionate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Glycerin (Vegetable), Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha lnchi) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter **, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Selaginella Lepidophylla (Jericho) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract, Virola Sebifera Nut Oil, Brassica Oleracea ltalica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Phytate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate

So we’ve got a couple relatively gentle surfactants, fragrance high up in the list which is fine because I happen to like this clean fancy-soap scent, glycerin, the namesake sacha inchi seed oil, shea butter, assorted other botanical extracts and oils, texture/slip agents and a preservative. TBH this is a very appealing recipe to me — a lot of hydrating elements, but unlike the African Black Soap shampoo, this one isn’t just a big jug o’ oils.


Again, props to Shea Moisture for using this straightforward, functional, and clean bottle design. The product itself is a pleasing translucent amber color (in the bottle it reminds me of the old-skool Neutrogena glycerin soap, which is a pleasant association because I used that stuff in my youth and it made me feel like I was Doing The Right Thing For My Face, Like A Grownup), and is a fairly thin consistency. It’s not so watery it all runs off your hand immediately, but I’d like this even better if they thickened it up a little bit. Regardless, it still distributes easily over hair and scalp. The scent, again, is very dry-botanical-soapy to me, with little to no sweetness or “perfumey” elements — it’s fairly strong while you’re using it, but (combined with the conditioner) the scent it leaves on your hair is really just … “clean”?


IT DOES GREAT. A relatively small amount is super effective, and it gets my hair and scalp totally clean — oils, dirt, styling products, everything — but doesn’t feel drying. I definitely need to use conditioner after this one; with their Moisture Retention shampoo, I feel like I could maaaaaybe get away with no conditioner and use just a good leave-in instead? But this performs more like a traditional SLS shampoo for me, in that its [numerous and good!] oils and conditioning agents aren’t enough for my dry crispy bleacho hair. And that’s fine! I wasn’t looking for some bullshit Pert Plus two-in-one jawn* and the day I deliberately skip conditioner is the day I use a lemon half as deodorant and eat three lipsticks because clearly I’ve gone fucking crazy.

*This is my first-ever usage of the word “jawn,” which I like because it’s either “delightfully multifunctional” or “maddeningly ambiguous” depending on your perspective on syntax and language as a living and ever-evolving organism. I’m just trying to keep up with the youth here, so cut this old some slack if I’ve utilized it incorrectly.

IN CONCLUSION, this stuff is aces, I love it, I’ll most likely repurchase it.

HAVE YOU TRIED IT? GONNA? Got a fave from this line?