We formerly oohed and ahhed over the Shea Moisture products (you can read our review here) so when the Kids line was introduced, Mommy and I thought, “Hey, just what we need. Something made especially for me!” We checked that it was available at our local Target, and a quick car ride got us our purchase.
I have to be honest and say that after using them, I’m not very impressed with this new kids’ line. Once again, this is my own opinion and review. I was not paid to write this, and we purchased these products with our own cash. These weren’t free.
We got the Mango and Carrot Extra Nourishing Shampoo and the matching conditioner. These were made for dry, delicate hair and stated on the bottle that they moisturize, strengthen, and grow and are sulfate free. The main ingredients were Mango Butter (a moisture-rich emollient that leaves hair feeling silky smooth), Carrot Oil (which nourishes hair, helping to prevent breakage and promote growth), and Orange Blossom (which soothes sensitive scalp).
These, I admit, we do like. The shampoo has a nice consistency and smells yummy. It was also easy to rinse out. It doesn’t state on the bottle that it was tear-free, but while washing it ran down my face and there were no tears from me, so I assume it is. A big plus for me. Once again, these products are all-natural.
The conditioner comes in a convenient pump bottle and says to use a dollop, but we admit we used a little more than that. After all, I have a head full of hair and a dollop just wouldn’t do. After rinsing with warm water as directed, we noticed that there was no after residue in my hair. My hair was almost as silky smooth as they said it would be. Two little thumbs up for these two products.
Before we bought this next product, we were using the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Curl & Style Milk with Coconut Oil, Silk Protein, and Neem Oil for thick curly hair that moisturizes and shines. The kids’ line is the Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Butter Cream with Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Extracts for thick, wavy, unruly hair that is anti-frizz, gives body and shine. The main products in the Kids Coconut and Hibiscus Line are Coconut Oil (hydrates and protects while adding curl definition), Hibiscus (adds shine while maintaining volume), and Slippery Elm Extract (smoothing and soothing emollient).
We prefer the Curling Smoothie. Where the Curling Smoothie left my hair feeling soft and moisturized after using it, the Kids Curling Butter Cream didn’t. My hair actually felt dry and slightly hard after using it. It did leave my hair smelling good, though. The Kids Curling Butter Cream comes in a 6oz container while the Curling Smoothie comes in a 12oz container and they’re the same price. That sure doesn’t entice me to keep on buying either.
We also tried the Coconut and Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler with Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Extract as well. Also for thick, wavy, and unruly hair. It states on the bottle that “this mild, moisture-rich treatment detangles, defines, and tames children’s thick, wavy, or unruly hair without greasiness and restores luster to dry, dull hair while conditioning.”
This can be used on dry or wet hair and, unfortunately for us, did nothing but leave our hair feeling hard and crunchy. The smell is mild so it wasn’t overpowering which is good but we couldn’t get to love it
We have since gone back to the original products in the Coconut and Hibiscus line and have also found a detangler that works for us which we’ll review at a later date.
Don’t let my views deter you from buying any of these products. They may not have all worked for me, but they might work for you. We still love the Shea Moisture products and will continue to use them, just not all of them.