Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner Review

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This is a long overdue review of the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. It's a product from one of their earliest collections and it was one of the first Shea Moisture products I ever used.

If you didn't already know, I'm a bit of a Shea Moisture collector. Over time I have bought and used a lot of their products and I owe you guys A LOT of reviews. I figured we'll start with an oldie.
This is a good time to mention that I bought this with my money, though I will always give my honest thoughts on any product I review regardless.

IMPORTANT: I usually copy and paste ingredient lists directly from brands' sites for my reviews. It was in this process that I discovered that there are two different Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioners from Shea Moisture. One of them is the one I used, pictured below. Under the name, it says "Dry, Damaged Hair. Heal, Grow & Strengthen". It's free of protein.

The other one on their site in exactly the same container says "Damaged, Transitioning Hair. Moisturize & Fortify". It is a different product with a different, longer ingredient list that includes silk and soy protein. You can see it all here.

This review is for the former, pictured below.

Packaging: Transparent pump bottle with orange label

Price and Availability: Varies wildly.,, carry it, as well as (the official Shea Moisture distributor in Nigeria) but they all seem to be sold out now. I can only find it on Konga and Jumia for N6500. I was fortunate enough to get this months ago from on sale for N3000.

Smell: Mild, floral. I love it.
Colour and Consistency: White, thick.

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IngredientsDeionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii ( Shea Butter)*, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil*, Behentrimonium Chloride, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Sea Kelp Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) Avocado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica ( Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil 

       Clean, awesome list.

How I used It
The directions said it can be used as a rinse-out, a deep treatment and a leave-in. I used it in all these ways and as a co-wash conditioner.

My Assessment
Holy grail product!

As a pre-poo: It softens my hair on contact. Just melts right through. If my hair is dry and matted, this is what I reach for and it tames the wild creature ( I love my wild creature, don't get me wrong).
For a deep treatment in my pre-poo step, I leave it in for longer under a plastic cap and my hair feels like SO hydrated, soft and detangled when I take it off. When I do this step, the rest of wash day is a breeze.

As a rinse-out: After shampooing it helped soften and detangle but once I rinsed, it felt like I had wasted the product. It completely rinsed out. That's a good thing if you want a rinse-out conditioner that leaves no residue, but I missed how it made my hair feel. I no longer rinse it out.

Co-wash: Didn't work for me as a co-wash. I found it too rich to cleanse anything.

As a leave-in and hair moisturiser: This is the conditioner's purpose in life. Kaiii. I'll say it again. Holy grail. I have experienced consistently soft, moisturised, can't-stop-touching hair with this conditioner. When I use it as the cream step in my LCO method, there's a clear difference. I can go days without re-moisturising. Since I've been using it consistently, my moisture levels have gone up and my hair looks and feels healthier. It's also not greasy.

I'll stop gushing now. A picture is worth a lot of gist:
I will scrape out the last of this product any way I can. Don't worry, I have a full bottle now
A reminder: My hair is thick and kinky coily or type 4.

Cons: You need some elbow grease to keep using the pump mechanism. It's a bit too flimsy for such a thick product and sometimes even stops working (I just unscrew the cap. It's inconvenient but...)

Verdict: I highly recommend.

Will I repurchase? Already have and will continue to.

Have you used this product before? What was your experience?


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