Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract And Maca Root: Resilient Growth Protein Masque

Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract And Maca Root: Resilient Growth Protein Masque

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I have densely packed, yet fine strands, with a combination of ziggly and tiny corkscrew curls and let me tell you, my strands love protein treatments, but it’s hard to find one that doesn’t weigh my hair down.

I didn’t want a really hard protein treatment like the ApHogee 2-Step Protein Treatment, mainly because I didn’t feel like adding another step to my wash routine, plus I hate the smell of that stuff. It reminds me of relaxer.

Since I was in the mood to try something new and didn’t have any protein conditioner anywhere in the house, I decided to try the Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract and Maca Root Resilient Growth Masque.

Why I Grabbed It

I’ll be honest I really grabbed this particular product because of the color of the label as well as the words “PROTEIN MASQUE”.  Plus it’s a Shea Moisture product so I knew there were no silicones! It was an easy choice for me.

Price

I paid about$12 for a 12oz jar

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
  • Sodium Cocoyl lsethionate
  • Glycol Stearate
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • Glycerin (Vegetable)
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
  • Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Lepidium Meyenii Root
  • Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract
  • Linum Usitatissim (Linseed) Seed Oil
  • Panthenol
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
  • Stearamide AMP, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend)

Some of these ingredients are a mouthful, but what I didn’t see were silicones and another thing I noticed was the first ingredient listed; water.

This immediately gave me an image of a product that would be light and not super heavy that contained protein, which was exactly what I was looking for.

Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract and Maca Root Resilient Growth Protein Masque

Texture

This particular product is a light cream. Not too thick to spread but not so light that I have to use a ton of it to saturate my hair. Perfect!

Smell

Like it came from the Gods! No, seriously though this stuff smells amazing. it smells fresh and airy and it also smells sweet. I’d definitely eat something that smelled like this stuff.

How I Used It

I’ve used it both ways (which are included in the instructions)

Method #1: Cleanse hair, use a rinse out conditioner, then deep condition with Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract and Maca Root Resilient Growth Masque, rinse and apply leave-in then finish with a natural oil.

I’m a lazy natural and I like to take as few steps as possible. While the results were great in the sense that my hair felt stronger, smelled amazing and the product didn’t leave my hair feeling greasy or heavy, I just prefer to pre-poo overnight then end with a rinse out and leave-in. For some reason this just suits me better.

Method #2: Use Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract and Maca Root Resilient Growth Protein Masque as a pre-poo, cleanse hair, use rinse out conditioner, then finish with a leave-in and seal with oil.

While the instructions say to only leave this in your hair for 3-5 minutes (what?!) I decided to leave this on my hair overnight. I felt it was light enough to be left on that long without causing my hair to become crunchy. It wasn’t crunchy 🙂

I Broke The Rules A Bit

Other than leaving it on longer than recommended, I also chose a product intended for a looser curl pattern. On the label is says it’s for “WAVY/CURLY HAIR”. When it comes to describing curl patterns, Shea don’t play, so if this product was really intended for my hair type it would have said “COILY/KINKY HAIR” but this ended up working out just fine.

Would I Recommend This?

I definitely would, but I would also like to mention that if you’re looking for a heavier protein treatment then you probably aren’t going to like this.

For those with fine strands? I would definitely throw the name of this product at you because it’s gentle enough to be used weekly and I’m even considering trying this as a leave in just to see what happens!


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