A Product Review


Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner


Product Category:  Leave-in Conditioner for chemically processed, colour-treated, heat-styled hair

Key Ingredients (Top 5):  

  • Water, Castor Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride (+ protein)

Suggested Use (Manufacturer):  

  •  Leave-in Conditioner


  • Contents are sealed and contained in a tub
  • Smallest size: 16 oz

Ease of Use:  Dodgy, dipping into a tub risk contamination of contents.

The Contents:  

  • Creamy, thick pudding-like texture
  • Obvious fragrance

Reviewer’s Application of Product:  Leave-in conditioner (heated), light protein treatment

Product Performance (reviewer’s application):

  • Moisturising, adheres to hair strands for long-lasting moisture
  • Provides plenty of slip when applied to damp/wet hair
  • A little goes a long way (plenty of oils, shea butter as well as conditioning agents makes it a highly conditioning and robust conditioner).

Size Availability:  16 oz only

Availability at Local Stores:  Everywhere (beauty supply stores, pharmacies etc.)

On the Playground:  Plays well with numerous stylers

Porosity Friendly:  Low ♦ Medium ♦ High

Exception: Low porosity hair doesn’t require regular protein treatments due to its tightly bound cuticle layers. When applying to low porosity hair, use this product in measured amounts; weekly use may cause product build-up due to its protein content.

Of Note: High porosity high will benefit from the protein ingredients and oils contained in this conditioner (without risk of product build-up/greasy hair). Protein will serve to fill the ‘gaps/cracks’ in the hair’s cuticle layers, providing structure to each curl which in turn enhances its shape. In other words, curls will ‘pop’.

Pleasant Surprise: Shea Moisture’s new line for low porosity curls! Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity

Rating:  ♦♦♦

X’s & NO’s, MAYBE’s & OH’s

X ≡ ♦

Under-performance in suggested use, a few dodgy ingredients, only for the brave

No ≡ ♦♦

Under-performance in suggested use 

Maybe ≡ ♦♦♦

Inconsistent performance in suggested use, repeated use with different product-layering configurations is worth a try

Oh! ≡ ♦♦♦♦

Great consistent performance in suggested use, a star


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Hair Profile

Low porosity/non-porous strands

Shoulder-length  curls

Medium-width strands

Medium density