Look A Little Closer Stare A Little Longer
Shea moisture hair products are a popular item on the shelves due to their amazing benefits but before you try the products for yourself, it’s important to first look at your own hair a little closer. Actually, this is important for any hair product that you buy, not just Shea ones, due to the fact that your hair’s porosity determines which products will be the most effective for you.
Here’s my story: When I was first considering making the switch to Shea moisture products, I went straight to the store and bought what I hoped would be good for my hair. All I really cared about was that my shampoo was sulfate-free, that it would remove product build-up, and that my conditioner would help soften my hair. So, the first Shea moisture product I bought checked off all of those requirements but it was missing what I would soon find out was the most important one: it was a low porosity product.
Needless to say, I wasn’t happy with it!
I didn’t like the way the shampoo made my hair feel and the conditioner didn’t even give me the softness that the bottle promised to deliver. So, I stopped using both products and even gave them away to get them out of my shower. I was so frustrated! I just thought that a Shea moisture product was going to deliver phenomenal results based on what I’d heard up to this point. But since that definitely wasn’t my experience, I went back to using my regular shampoo from Trader Joes or Giovanni.
A few months later, I heard about a Jamaica black castor oil shampoo that was supposed to be good for strengthening your hair so I went out and got a bottle. No change in my hair. Again, I found out later that castor oil actually isn’t good for dry hair like mine because it dries the hair too quickly. So, while I was disappointed again, at least I understood why this particular product didn’t work for me.
Finally, I had had enough of my endless search for the right products. So I did some research about my hair type which led me to discover the meaning of “porosity” and how it determines what products work best for my hair type. Turns out, I’m a 4c type.
And so, with that knowledge I went back to the Shea moisture products and found out that they have a line specifically for high porosity hair types! After trying their brand out again, this time with the right porosity level, I was finally happy! Within a few washes, my hair was much softer and very manageable – all because of porosity.
Moral of the story? Learn your hair porosity! It’s very important when it comes to treating your hair. If you want to learn more about how to test your hair for porosity, you can go here for more information. It definitely helped me and I’m sure it will help you too!
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