Beauty Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Products

Hola lindas!! Today’s post is for my naturalistas with the 3c/4a/4b/4c hair types. I have 3c/4a hair texture and I am always experimenting with various products to ensure that my natural styles are ALWAYS serving “sista girl realness”. I am a huge fan of the Shea Moisture product line. I was excited when I found the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil set of products and of course, I bought them and was giddy with delight to try them.

Shea Moisture Castor Oil Shampoo
Shea Moisture Castor Oil Shampoo

First up is the shampoo. I love when my hair smells  clean almost perfumey and this shampoo delivers on scent. With an extensive list of ingredients that are great for healthy hair such as: peppermint oil, castor oil, shea butter, aloe and panthenol, I would’ve thought that this shampoo would have left my hair super silky with incredible slip. That was not the case. The shampoo does contain vinegar and it’s quite evident because even after one wash, my hair was stripped of any product that had been applied. It is a remarkable clarifying shampoo but  I wouldn’t use it for anything other than deep cleansing my hair and scalp.  I rewashed my hair after this initial shampoo with a shampoo that gave my hair the feeling that I like to have after washing it.

Shea Moisture Castor Oil Deep Conditioner
Shea Moisture Castor Oil Deep Conditioner

As a natural with color-treated hair that’s growing out, I have to be incredibly selective of my deep conditioners. I have to ensure that my natural, virgin hair receives the proper moisture while the blonde portion of my hair isn’t over-conditioned. The deep conditioner left my virgin hair feeling a little dry until I added heat. Then, I felt the slip for which I LIVE! The blonde hair responded well to it so this IS a great product for color treated hair. I would recommend sitting under a blow dryer for 20 minutes for best results.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil- Styling Lotion
Jamaican Black Castor Oil- Styling Lotion

The styling lotion worked great with my bantu knot twist out. My curls were really defined and they held up well when I made the twists smaller. It does leave a tacky feeling to the hair. I do mix coconut oil with it as well.  My cabello was soft to the touch though and not greasy although I used a lot of product because my hair drinks cremes and moisturizers like crazy. It air-dried quicker than I would have liked simply because I prefer to bantu knot and twist my hair while it’s damp. Knotting and twisting on damper hair guarantees better defined rizos.

I, relatively, was pleased with this line of products and with a few tweaks, my hair responded very well. Considering the amount of  hair growing herbs and oils in this product, it’s definitely worth the money. You can also catch great BOGO deals at CVS or Walgreens.  Let me know what you think. Keep it cute!



K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, bruja, Oni Yemaya, palera,  professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao”, Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist” and a freelance contributor for major publications like The Root, VSB, Huffington Post, My Brown Baby and The Glow Up.

​Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

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