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By Terez Howard

A few years back, a Sisterlocks consultant recommended the Shea Moisture line for my hair.  She sang its praises, proclaiming it will calm down my dry scalp, pull out build-up and moisturize my locs.  Since I had never heard of Shea Moisture back then, I headed to Target after my appointment and picked up a few products.

Fast forward to today and in my arsenal of dry scalp conquerors stands Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo.  This product lifts build-up from my scalp.  It gives that squeaky clean feeling after use.  I was very pleased with the results.

A word of caution: I shampoo weekly, and I used this Shea Moisture shampoo every week for months without putting moisture back into my scalp.  So, I ended up with (you guessed it!) a dry scalp.  It wasn’t that the shampoo wasn’t doing its job.  It was doing its job too well, and I wasn’t giving my scalp the attention that it needed to recover.  So now, I alternate between various types of shampoos, using the Shea Moisture Black Soap shampoo once every other week or so.

I modify the directions on the bottle for use, which read:

Gently massage a quarter-sized amount onto wet hair and scalp.  Rinse thoroughly.  For best results, use every other day.  For maintenance, use one or two times a week.

My directions:

Gently massage a healthy dollop-sized amount (or whatever amount needed for the length of your hair) onto wet hair and scalp, focusing on the scalp.  Rinse thoroughly, taking your time to get all of the product out.  This may take several minutes, but it’s worth it, so you don’t have dried up shampoo, which translates into more build-up.

Other benefits to Shea Moisture Black Soap Shampoo

In addition to improving a dry scalp, users report the following benefits:

  • Removes build-up
  • Calms dandruff and flakes
  • Gentle on sensitive skin
  • A remedy for psoriasis
  • Improves seborrheic dermatitis
  • Tames itchiness
  • No chemical fragrance
  • Non-sulfate shampoo

While this product is marketed for black hair, white women have used the African Black Soap shamposhea moisture shampooo and indicated it improves their hair as well.  One woman said that daily use was fantastic for oily hair along with an itchy and dandruff-ridden scalp.

The smell?  Some love the scent, calling it pleasant, fresh and natural, while others feel it resembles an over ripe plastic banana.  Personally, I do not care for the way it smells, but it isn’t so repulsive that it makes me want to switch products.  I feel that the benefits to my scalp far outweigh this one disadvantage.  I totally disagree with the plastic banana description!

Sadly, for weeks I could not find my staple product.  I went to my local Kroger, CVS, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, all places that sell the Shea Moisture line.  When I went out of town, I checked other grocery stores and drug stores.  But to no avail.  Of course, I could have just ordered my coveted shampoo online.  I just really wanted to find an actual store that sold it.  Finally, when I was not looking for it, the black labeled bottle caught my eye in my local Sally’s.

On my quest to find this shampoo for my dry scalp, I discovered something amazing.  In my very small town, the shelves now are stocked with a decent supply of natural hair care products.  When I started wearing my natural hair more than 10 years ago, I didn’t use any products designed for my hair because they weren’t available in my local stores.  Now, I’m happy and proud to see great product lines, like Shea Moisture, expanding and taking on more shelf space.

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