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Shea Moisture: Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil review

Winter is upon me and I was desperately looking for a range of products to help me keep my hair hydrated and moisturized. Having grown up in Uganda, all my hair and skin knew was beautiful warm weather. That being said, I hardly knew the importance of keeping hair moisturised and hydrated.

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My hairs’ first exposure to prolonged winter gave it a huge set-back in 2014. I lost a lot of hair especially in the middle due to breakage because of brittle strands which led to cutting my hair off to afro stage. I now don’t take this hydration warning lightly.

I love Shea Moisture products in general, but let’s be honest, their prices are on the higher side. Nonetheless, they really do a great job on your hair, leaving it manageable and feeling amazing. I obviously took advantage of the black Friday sales and I got myself these three products from the Manuka Honey and Mafura oil range;

  1. Intensive Hydration Shampoo
  2. Intensive Hydration Conditioner
  3. Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

I had been complaining to a good friend about the dire need to awaken my dry hair and she advised me to try out this range since she had recently purchased it and loved the results. The amazing supporter she is! She also sent me a YouTube tutorial of a winter regimen to follow with this line. And believe me when I tell you, it’s the BOMB.

Shea Moisture products are free of sulphates, parabens, gluten and mineral oil to name a few and they also don’t test on animals. I appreciate the fact that Shea Moisture has different lines for different hair textures. This particular line has an amazing earthy fragrance, great for people who don’t like strong scents. I was captured by the fact that 10% of the proceeds go to community commerce programs to fight poverty. The sales of this product go towards supporting women empowerment in Entrepreneurship, Education and Equity.

This line is great in preventing itchy and dry scalp. I had been struggling with the latter. The Shea Butter, Mafura and Baobab nourish and soften dry brittle hair while helping to restore manageability. replenishes hair of lost natural oils.  The Fig Extract helps boost hydration while protecting hair from environmental influences. This last point right there, was the biggest selling point that led to my purchase decision. After recovering from my product junkie behaviour, I am intentional when making a purchase decision. #noproductjunkie

Intensive Hydration Shampoo

shea moisture edit (4 of 5)

Apply a generous amount to wet hair on each section (if you wash your hair in sections) and gently massage to form lather. Rinse and repeat if necessary. This shampoo is indeed hydrating. It allows me to run my fingers through easily since I detangle with my fingers mostly on shampoo stage. It doesn’t create as much lather as expected but washes the hair without stripping the hair of its oils.

Intensive Hydration Conditioner

shea moisture edit (5 of 5)

Work conditioner through each section of hair from root to ends, leave for 3 mins then rinse. It absorbs easily into my hair. Usually products just sit on my hair. The slip wasn’t as great for detangling but is amazing as a leave in. I didn’t get that immediate wow factor slip for detangling that I usually expect from a conditioner.

Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

shea moisture edit (3 of 5)

Is definitely my favorite of the three. It has a creamy thick consistency. It has a lot of slip which is great for detangling. This masque is very moisturizing and I am able to easily glide my fingers through my hair. My hair also feels amazingly soft after using this. A little goes a long way. The packaging might look small but it really does last a while. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a deep treatment mask

More about the ingredients:

Manuka Honey: Acts as a humectant (retaining/ preserve moisture) bringing moisture to hair.

Mafura oil: Softens hair

Fig tree: Antioxidant, Vitamin C, protects and keeps hair looking vibrant

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