Many people talk of the benefits of coconut oil for hair & body. There’s even a pretty cool pin that you can buy to celebrate your love for the wonder oil. I, myself, have been a big fan for a while now but my love for coconut oil has recently been cemented in one of my latest discoveries.
Not only do I love coconut oil but I also have pretty sensitive skin. My scalp is even worse. I try a lot of products and keep in mind how both my hair and scalp react to different ingredients and formulations. Needless to say, finding a shampoo that works well for both has always been a bit of a challenge.
For those of you who seek healthy, organic products, I have a feeling that you will feel as strongly about this shampoo as I do. It has all the things that you need, without the things that you don’t. It gives you a great amount of slip to help detangle dense, afro-textured hair like mine and frees itself of perfumes and scents that only serve to make you smell “good”. I find that those products are often scalp irritants, which is why this shampoo is the business.
It’s creamy and luxurious and soothing at the same time. It smells faintly of coconut and it just feels naturally created. I think it is, by far, one of the best products I’ve ever tried from Shea Moisture and if you search through the reviews of this site, you know how many things I’ve tried (and mostly loved). This is a holy grail product, bar none.
The only reservation I have about this product is one built on circumstance, it’s hard to find in store. None of my local stores carry it, which means that I have to order it online or hunt around the city to find it. It’s a new product, and arguably less popular, than the others. But, as more people try it I presume they will end up with the same conclusion as I have, it’s one of the best shampoos out there.
It’s been a while since I’ve featured an actual product review here for you on MANE MAN so the last time I went to the pharmacy I picked up one of Shea Moisture’s newest products, the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque.
Many of you out there know by now that I pretty much love anything that Shea Moisture puts out there. The brand has a commitment to heritage and legacy that I find endearing and not to mention the affordability of their products and awesome ingredients lists. Their bath products are all high performers as well.
Admittedly, I’ve had less success with the hair formulations for reasons I can’t quite put my figure on, but I have to say that this hair masque is a move in the right direction.
The hair masque is formulated to smooth hair cuticles thus reducing frizz and breakage, which are key issues for kinkier hair textures. The botanicals are also supposed to help protect your hair from heat damage but as I don’t typically blow dry my hair that’s not something that I can adequately comment on.
Here’s what I like: the ingredients are awesome. The masque touts shea butter, monoi and Tahitian noni oils (among others) which have a host of anti-oxidant and hair-repairing properties. I did a little internet research and found out that noni juice actually has a host of other super important health benefits like reducing high blood pressure. That being said, don’t eat this masque, I’m sure it’s not worth the risk.
My biggest qualm about the masque, and with a lot of Shea Moisture’s hair masque’s is that there is virtually no slip. “Slip” is a property that gives you that feeling that makes it super easy to glide your fingers or come through your hair. One excellent over the counter hair mask that does this is the Pantene Pro-V Smooth Therapy Masque Deep Conditioner. It has a crazy amount of slip but obviously more synthetic ingredients so it’s a toss-up. I think it all depends on what your hair’s needs are. If you’re doing a fair amount of damage and need some deep healing properties I think Shea Moisture’s option is a great way to go. If not, there might be some other options out there that you find you like better, and that are a little less costly. But then again, they say that you get what you pay for.
Shea Moisture’s Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque is available online via the brand’s website.
Disclosure: No samples or compensation were provided for this review.
Let’s be honest, the reviews of the Curling Souffle have been mixed. Natural hair gurus have said everything from, “it works great for my twist outs” to “it leaves my hair sticky!”. Well, I have to say, my experience with the Curling Souffle has been mixed as well.
First, let my start by saying that I have used pretty much the entire tub of it…I really wanted to give this one a fair shake. So what do I think? Here are some pros:
Great…no GREAT shine with the product
My fro stayed soft and looked good when I used it
The price is great, making the souffle a good value
The product is readily available at many drug stores and pharmacies around the country
So, what are the cons?
My hair often felt tacky or greasy when I used it
The product is thin, making it a little tricky to apply
Finding the right amount of product to use is challenging
The product left my hair feeling “coated” in product and tacky
Curl definition was just OK for my wash and go; no clumping
All in all, I have to be honest and say that I would not purchase the Curling Souffle again. While it does work well enough to work in a pinch, it is definitely not one of my favorites due to how it made my hair feel. I invariably shampoo’ed my hair on day two or three because I couldn’t stand how it made my hair feel. Have you tried it? What do you think?
Disclosure: The products listed were provided courtesy of Shea Moisture for the purpose of this review.
When I found out a few months ago that Shea Moisture was going to release a new hair care line for men, I almost lost my mind. I’ve been a huge fan of their body products and Shea Moisture has definitely gotten me through some brisk New York Winters. But, today is all about their hair care line for men and I’m very excited to share my thoughts and reactions with you. Read on!
Three Butters Utility Shampoo: I’m never one to put too much stock into shampoos as I often find that they strip my hair and sensitive scalp of my natural oils and leave me feeling dry. That being said, the Three Butters Shampoo does a really good job of balancing cleansing and moisturizing both. The shampoo is very creamy (and smells really nice I might add) and has a rich lather that doesn’t make you feel like you’re stripping you hair of anything. That has been my experience at least. To be honest, it also helps me start the detangling process as I think it has some good slip that helps my fingers battle through my thick mane of kinks and coils.
Three Butters Utility Gel Mousse: I found the gel mousse to be very effective at giving girl definition and major shine (not like greasy fried chicken shine, but just normal shine, ya know?). It also has the rich, earthy and masculine smell that the whole line up has which is a definite bonus. I don’t have any major negatives to note here except that the gel gave my hair a bit of a crunchy feeling but that’s probably due to my heavy hand in application as well as it being tailored to “wavy, curly hair”. That’s clearly not my hair type, but hey it was worth a shot. As far as a styler goes, I have to say that the Three Butters Styling Smoothie really stole my heart over this gel.
Three Butters Styling Smoothie: I like to call this one the man’s answer to Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. This is, by far, one of the best hair products I have used since growing my fro. Seriously guys, I can not get enough. It’s rich and creamy but also has a light enough weight so that it doesn’t weigh your hair down. The Three Butters Styling Smoothie is, simply put, a miracle product! Whether I use it on dry hair to shape the fro on day two or use it on wet hair right out of the shower, this stuff performs well. It always gives me good curl definition and soft hair. It also smells manly enough so no need to worry about bright or sweet floral scents here. Also, let me take a moment to just read off the first five ingredients: “Deionized water, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, and Mango Seed Butter”. After that, the barrage of stellar ingredients continues. If you don’t buy anything else from this line…TRY THIS!
Three Butters Styling Pomade: Rich in smell and texture, the styling pomade is a great shea based pomade to help me tame frizzies and revitalize a style after using something like the Three Butters Styling Smoothie the day before. It works fine on its own too, but I really prefer something that helps give me a bit of definition along with moisture and shine. This would be a great product for guys looking for all natural wave pomades at a reasonable price or someone looking to add nourishment and shine to their locs or twists. Did I mention it smells good!?
Three Butters Utility Scalp Conditioner: The line up also comes with a Utility Scalp Conditioner made for bald men. Clearly, I do not fall into the category (and don’t intend to) so I think I’m going to have to pass this one along to a friend pretty soon. But what I can tell you is that it smells pretty damn good too.
Overall Impression: I feel like I’ve been waiting a few years to say this, but I’m really glad that Shea Moisture finally developed a hair care line for men. Too often am I faced with the reality of products that 1) have not so stellar ingredients and 2) are made for women and make no qualms about the fact. I won’t front, women’s hair care products have given me a lot of good hair days and lots of comments, but at the same time it’s also nice to have a company recognize that men have specific hair care needs too. All in all, this entire line smells GREAT, looks GREAT, and is priced GREAT. I feel pretty good using this stuff and some of the line will definitely stay in my personal rotation.
Here are a few select photos from the Shea Moisture event I recently hosted on December 14. We had a great time and I’d like to say thank you again to the Shea Moisture team and everyone who came out. I had a great time! Make sure to visit Facebook.com/manemanblog for more photos!
Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be hosting an event at NYC’s famous Bryant Park holiday shops this coming Friday, December 14! I’m teaming up with one of my favorite brands, Shea Moisture for their 9 Days of Giving promotion. Come visit the Shea Moisture booth from 6 to 8 PM where I’ll be hanging out and offering my tips for the best products to meet your needs. Plus, you’ll hear more about my personal favorite Shea Moisture products.
As an added bonus, Shea Moisture will even have an on site barber and stylist offering basic services. There will be plenty of food, fun AND the first 10 people will receive a complimentary special gift with their purchase! And don’t forget, Shea Moisture is already running their holiday special of 3 products for $25 (products regularly $9.99 each) and bar soap: 3 for $10 (soaps regularly $4.99 each). I don’t know about you, but I will definitely be racking up! Check out the flyer below and I’ll see you there! 😉
Congratulations to Jocelyn R. and Lindsey D. for winning our Father’s Day Giveaway from Shea Moisture! Please check your emails and respond accordingly. Thanks to everyone who entered and please be sure to look out for more opportunities to win in the future!
I haven’t always had a love affair with shea based products. In fact, I’ve found very few of them to be great with my mane but since I started using Shea Moisture body products regularly, I’ve found a greater appreciation for all things shea. Fortunately for me, Shea Moisture provided some products for review and I have yet to be let down by their body products. Here’s my take on a piece of the stash, read my review of Shea Moisture’s Three Butters Wash & Scrub.
Packaging: I get the impression that Shea Moisture made a concerted effort with this product and the Shave and Groom Set to create a set of specific products targeted to male consumers. Blue is historically masculine and happens to be one of my favorite colors anyway, so that paired with an amber-colored clear bottle is pretty cool. It even matches my Yankees themed bathroom (LET’S GO YANKEES! *insert claps here*). I think most guys wouldn’t mind having this sitting around their shower stall at all, at least I know I didn’t.
Consistency: With a name like Three Butters, one would expect to get a milky smooth texture and that’s exactly what you get here. Made up of shea, mango and avocado butters this stuff has a pretty rich and luxurious feel to it. When I first started using the wash I was impressed immediately. It’s just SO smooth and, like the face wash, has jojoba beads for added moisture. The formulation here works so well and the consistency and feel rivals some more mainstream (and expensive) competitors.
Smell: The wash has a very distinct earthy, nutty scent which is great for those seeking mild, natural scents. There’s also this bright note likely due to the orange and bergamot oils. To me, it’s damn near perfection.
Price: Most of Shea Moisture’s products retail for about $10.
Overall Impression: Man, this stuff is just…awesome. Ever since I discovered Shea Moisture’s Three Butters Wash & Scrub I don’t like using anything else. This wash delivers a natural earthy smell, gentle cleansing properties and moisture all in one. If you’re a guy and looking for a new wash to try start here!
Disclosure: Products were provided courtesy of Shea Moisture for the purpose of this review.
One of the things I hate about my grooming routine is keeping up with shaving. I mean seriously, hasn’t anyone invented anything that can keep my facial hair the same for like a good three months at a time!? I’d seriously be into that. Anyway, here’s my rundown of the Shea Moisture’s Shave & Groom set. Read on!
Facial Wash & Scrub: I think this is a good everyday cleanser. It offers great moisture and cleansing properties without stripping skin of natural oils. That being said, I think those with acne prone skin may consider something with salicylic acid which is likely better at preventing blemishes and breakouts.
Beard Softener & Beard Protector: I’ve come to realize that generations before us have really been missing out. It turns out that shave oils are REALLY good for your skin. While I think the shave butter gets a lot of shine from this line, I think the pre-shave oil is probably the most important part of the equation. From the moment I opened it and enjoyed the smell of the shea oil, I knew I would like it. This greatly contributed to the super close shave I was able to achieve…and it smells so good!
Shave Butter: I enjoyed using the butter, however I feel at times it was a little difficult to get through with my razor as its pretty thick (FYI, I use the Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Power). But I will say that my single most favorite part of using this shaving combo is the application brush. Truth is, it really does help evenly distribute the product and it’s such a great throwback stylistically.
Tea Tree Herbal Bump Preventer: To be honest, I noticed no real effect from the bump preventer. In fact, I have noticed a bump or two on the lower half of my neck. Enough said!
Face Cream: This daily moisturizing cream has the same scent as the entire line which is definitely a positive. The real let down is the spray nozzle which makes it difficult to get out of the bottle. Short of that, the cream itself offers a lot of moisture and left my skin feeling pretty smooth.
Overall Impression: As I’ve been trying to be more conscious of my shaving routine lately, Shea Moisture’s Shave & Groom Set is an easy to follow routine that offers a close, smooth shave. While the Tea Tree Herbal Bum Preventer and Shave Butter did little for me, I thoroughly enjoy using the Wash & Scrub on a daily basis as my natural cleanser and the Beard Softener is a key component to my shave ritual. I have discovered that no matter what products I use, the most crucial component to a good shave is a sharp razor! That being said, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better shave set at this price point.
Packaging: Like I discussed in a previous post, Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub, I enjoy Shea Moisture’s overall brand design. The African Black Soap Shea Butter Wash is no exception. While the label is slightly reminiscent of Halloween with its orange font on a black label, I still really enjoyed the packaging. The wash itself is a sort of black/dark purple color which is really atypical of body products.
Consistency: The wash is of a medium consistency. It’s more of a translucent liquid wash instead of a creamy one, which I would typically not go for in the Winter months. But with the strong shea presence, I didn’t worry too much about that. One thing that was unexpected were the small beads in the wash. To be frank, I initially found them to be a little odd but they dissolved so quickly that I didn’t give them too much thought. I later discovered that they are jojoba beads which help this wash nourish the skin during each use. For more on the benefits of jojoba check out this article from Purcell Jojoba International.
Smell: I love sweet-smelling products but initially I found this scent to be overwhelming. To be honest, I’m probably a little hypersensitive to smells and after a few tries I get used to them and this was the case with the African Black Soap Wash. The base is pretty heavy with beets so if you are not a fan of beets or allergic then you should absolutely steer clear. Otherwise, I found the smell to generally pleasant and it smells great in a steaming hot shower.
Price: Fortunately for me, this is one of three products that I purchased a few months ago at Shea Moisture’s pop-up booth at the Bryant Park Holiday Market. They were running a great 3 products for $20 deal at the time which is pretty much a steal! On the shelves the wash typically retails for about $10.
Overall Impression: Trying an alternative to the typical drug store body wash has proven to be a VERY good decision. Originally designed for acne prone & troubled skin, Shea Moisture’s Organic African Black Soap Shea Butter Wash delivered on the promise of nourishing my skin and provided much-needed moisture on dry Winter days. I do have pretty dry skin and Winter only exacerbates the problem due to the low humidity. But I have to say that since I’ve been using this wash I found myself less diligent about lathering up in lotion to prevent those Winter dry skin itchies. I’ve had the bottle since late November and it is now almost February so it lasts as well. Finally, if you are looking for a consistently moisturizing product, shell out a few more bucks for this wash because it’s definitely worth it.
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