Wednesday, October 9, 2013


For the past couple of months, I've been strictly using Design Essentials (D.E.s) product for my hair. What I was in Greenville, I went tot he salon every two weeks. I would try to get my hair done in a style that would last two weeks, so I wouldn't have to do much to my hair during the time in between salon visits. If I had to wash my hair, though, I was using D.E.s shampoo and conditioner. I would also use their moisturizer, curl stretching cream, and defining gel (see some D.E.s styles here, here, and here). Now that I'm doing my own hair things are so different (and I know I've said this a million times, but it's the truth)! I'm losing faith in some of the D.E.s products and I've started using some of my old favorites. I even asked you all for suggestions and because of your responses, I found two products to try out!

I moisturize my hair nightly. This might seem excessive, but my hair drinks moisture rapidly and will become extremely dry if I don't stay on top of keeping it moisturized. Knowing that I moisturize often, I need a product that's not going to be too much for my hair. I need for my hair to be able to stand the product for each two week period between washes.

The first product I tried was the Curls Unleashed (Organic Root Stimulator) Curl Defining Crème. It wasn't too thick or thin; it was kind of in the middle. It also smelled good which is always a plus. I tried this product for a two week period. Closer towards the end of the trial period, the moisturizer had built up on my hair. The product also left an oily residue on my hair (to the touch). The buildup and oily residue were negatives for this product. I was tempted to wash my hair before the end of the 2 weeks and because I abhor washing my hair so much, that's definitely not a good thing my book!

The second product I tried was Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I'd seen this product advertised on so many hair sites, IG accounts, etc...but I don't like jumping on bandwagons, so I put off trying the product. I decided to try it this time because my readers suggested it and I truly value your opinions!! This product was lighter than the Curls Unleashed moisturizer and it wasn't as oily. I tried this for 2 weeks as well and this product seemed to moisturize my hair in just the right way! It too had a great smell. Smell is so important to me because I have a very sensitive nose and since I moisturize my hair nightly, I have to be able to stand the smell of whatever I use on my hair (or any kind of soap, deodorant, air freshener, etc.). Before I buy any product with a smell...I try to smell it in the store (if possible)!

Between the two moisturizers, Shea Moisture won me out! It smelled better and wasn't as heavy on my hair. I was able to use it each night without having an oily, gunky mess on my hands at the end of two weeks. As far as hair results, I liked the twist out I got from the Shea Moisture product because it set my hair better than the Curls Unleashed product. (I would show pictures, but pictures do no justice to the styles I wear for whatever, I take less pictures of myself and my hair because of it.) I've been having issues with flakes for about the past month and I'm not sure if it's from product buildup, dry scalp, different pH in the water here, or what. I plan on finding out when I go back to the salon. Other than that I will continue to use the Shea Moisture product and find somebody to give the Curls Unleashed product to (*wink, wink*)!!

If you have any questions about either product, I'll be more than happy to answer.

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  1. Right now I'm using that line of the Shea Moisture moisturizer as well. I particularly like the hibiscus one more during the summer and the restorative one during the winter months. Sometimes finding the perfect moisturizer is an on-going least for me. I think I'd like to try the Juices and Berries by Oyin Handmade too, but so far Shea Moisture is my go-to product line. :-)

  2. I use shea moisture on my ringlets all the time for styling. I like it and I think it smells fine. I know a lot of people who can't stand the smell for some reason, to each their own I guess. I haven't tried the curls unleashed but I know my mom did and she didn't like it at all.

    1. Shea moisture is much like many of the moisturizers that my hair likes; it has the same consistency. The curls unleashed was just too oily for me. I wish I had a way to put all the products I've tried and not like to good use. I hate to just throw them away (which is what I had to do when I moved). That's such a waste of money!!

  3. I love Shea Moisture products! For a while that was all that I used since it is readily available at Target. I've been "trying" so many different things lately because I am subscribed to Curlkit (monthly box of natural products). The latest product that I've tried that has really worked for me is made by CB Smoothe. I've used this product for twistouts and coilouts. Too funny about giving the Curls Unleashed away, lol!

  4. I would love to try the Shea moisture product. I`m mostly concerned it wouldn`t work for my hair, but I realized its more so a matter of how you apply it. If one doesn`t work there are other ways to try it before one could declare a FAIL.

    Is it like a leaving in moisture product, I find that my hair loves liquid but with colder months I have to find a regime and braid it up. Thanks for your post.

  5. You're right that Curls Unleashed is oily and does build-up. Since I try to wash Maddie's hair weekly it doesn't bother me too much and I don't apply an oil since it's like a moisturizer/oil in one which saves me time. I should have mentioned these things when I suggested it! Either way, I'm glad you've found something that works with the Shea Moisture line...for some reason it doesn't do our (Maddie and I) any girl! Crazy how different products are depending on the hair!

    1. LOL at your 'should-have-mentioned''s!! It's okay. You never truly know unless you try things out, so it was good for me to see with my own eyes!! I ended up giving away all the products I'm not using to Neesha's friend. Both her and her daughter are natural!! Jackpot!

  6. My friend mentioned Shea Moisture's products to me yesterday; she loves them!! The same one you mentioned above. I may try it out too!!

    1. You should. I think it did a great job with my hair! It's so hard to find products that will stand the test of time! LOL...but for now, I will rock with the Shea Moisture moisturizer!!


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