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Which Shea Moisture Hair Collection Is Best For You? @SheaMoisture

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FTC: This post is not sponsored. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

If it seems like every time you turn around there is a new Shea Moisture Hair collection out… you may be right. I remember when I started my natural hair journey I only knew of two hair collections. Now Shea Moisture’s brand has expanded beautifully and have over 15 hair collections to meet your hair needs. If you’re new to the natural hair game, lost, or just want to learn more about what is out there I’ve broken down the Shea Moisture hair collections by your hair needs. I’ve personally had experience with over 10 of their lines (I’m a product junkie I just can’t help myself) and each one is really formulated to help address different issues our hair may be experiencing. With specific key ingredients there is a Shea Moisture hair collection that is made specifically for you.

Which Shea Moisture Hair Collection Is Best For You?

Dry/ Itchy Scalp (dandruff/psoriasis): African Black Soap Line


The African Black Soap Line from Shea Moisture focuses on relieving dry itchy scalp. People who suffer from dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis would benefit most from this line. The key ingredients prevalent in the African Black Soap Hair Collection are obviously African Black Soap, coconut oil, and plantain enzyme.

Low Porosity: Baobab & Tea Tree Oils


This is one of the latest Shea Moisture hair care lines and I stumbled onto it at Target just a few weeks ago. I am so happy to see this line was created because Shea Moisture is a crucial line to naturalistas everywhere but certain ingredients can really be detrimental to our hair care. Women with low porosity hair have a hard time taking in moisture. Therefore the focus in this hair care line is all about moisturizing and balancing your moisture resistant strands.


{Proper Hair Care Routine For Low Porosity Hair }
{Best Oils for Low Porosity Hair}

High Porosity: Mongongo Hemp Seed Oils


The Mongongo Hemp Sead Oils is the opposite of the Low porosity hair care line, as high porosity hair requires different things. This line focuses on sealing the moisture in to your hair that often escapes if you suffer from high porosity.


{Proper Hair Care Routine For High Porosity Hair}
{Products To Tackle High Porosity Hair}

Thick/ Coarse Hair: Coconut & Hibiscus


This was the first line I ever used from Shea Moisture and it is what made me fall in love with the brand as well as my natural hair. The key featured ingredients of this line are coconut oil, silk protein, and and neem oil. These ingredients are great for tackling/ detangling/ moisturizing and nourishing thicker courser natural hair.

Fine/Thin Hair: Fruit Fusion Coconut Water


The Fruit Fusion Coconut Water hair care line is made for finer/thinner hair that requires a lighter thought. I like to think of this as the counter product to the Coconut and Hibiscus line. What I like about this line is it has a styler, cleanser, hair masque, conditioner, and spritz!


{Thin Hair vs. Fine Hair: What’s The Difference? }
{Hair Care For Fine Natural Hair }

Type 4 Hair: Raw Shea Butter


The raw Shea butter collection is great for damaged hair and for those who are transitioning because of the presence of  Shea Butter, Argan Oil, and Sea Kelp. However I find that the Raw Shea Butter line also works great for women with type four hair in general. It provides moisture, great slip, and is thick enough to help ease the detangling process.

Type 3 Hair: Superfruit Complex


This is absolutely one of my favorite Shea Moisture hair care lines and the hair masque is my favorite product. I think the Superfruit complex works best on type three curls, but really you cant go wrong with this line on any hair type you have. Then why the type three suggestion? The super fruit 10-in-1 complex helps with elasticity that gives that extra boing in your curls especially when doing a wash and go. While women with type 4 hair can certainly benefit (like I said this line is awesome for ALL) I worry about recommending wash and gos to women with type 4 hair for fear of the single strand knot! If that is not a huge concern of yours then please please please feel free to give this amazing line a try!

Dry/ Damaged Hair : Jamaican Black Castor Oil


When Shea Moisture came out with their JBCO line the natural world went crazy and with good reason. This line catered to women’s prized possession: their Edges! It also contained ingredients that focused on strengthening and growing your hair. Women who suffer from dry or damaged hair should definitely give this line a try. I do warn that it does contain a strong amount of protein and if you have a protein sensitivity you should avoid this line!

Color Treated: Zanzibar Marine Complex


This is another Shea Moisture line that I stumbled on while aimlessly wandering the beauty aisles in Target. This line is focused on protecting your hair from fading if color treated as well as adding in extra protein that our hair often loses when colored. I’ve been using this product lately to upkeep my recently colored hair and I’m loving how soft it leaves my hair without worrying about fading my color out.

Oily Hair: African Water Mint & Ginger

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If you’re like me and want to oil your scalp more often but realize your hair would become an oil slick… then you need this product in your life. The African Water Mint and Ginger hair care line is meant to detox your hair/scalp, refresh your hair while being gentle as well. It takes away the excess oil without stripping your hair down and making it feel dry.

What Shea Moisture Hair collection is your favorite? Which one has worked wonders on your natural hair? Share your thoughts with us below!

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16 Discussions on
“Which Shea Moisture Hair Collection Is Best For You? @SheaMoisture”
  • Good job and nice products.

    My hair is very soft and keeps breaking. I mean it keeps chopping off, I am now becoming bald. I don’t know what to do. AndI have be doing natural for the past 4 years now. Pls I need help

    • Could you possibly be experiencing alopecia? I think it is best to see a dermatologist to see what could be the resulting cause of the sudden hair loss.

  • Thanks for this. just bought my first shampoo and conditioner in the manuka honey and mafura oil intesive hydration. Wanted it the raw shea butter they were not in stock. but bought the extra transitioning milk and the damage and repair serum.

    • You can check on their website, Ulta,and Target one of em usually has it but I know the feeling! I’ve searched for a few of these sometimes and came out buying others because of the same situation! lol !!

  • I am a huge fan of Shea Moisture products! I transitioned for 6 months before BC, right away I used and fell in love with their products. I started with JBCO products, all of them, lol. I wanted length and I wanted it fast! I truly believe using that product line and developing a routine helped my TWA become a medium sized fro in less than a year. I have since branched out and started using the raw shea butter and coconut and hibbicus products, which have worked great on my hair as well. I would say my hair type is 3b-3c, and its very thick!!! Like forreal thick lol. I mostly wear my hair in wng, twist outs, and coils. I’ve worn some protective styles, but mostly I rock my fro. I’m excited to try the fruit complex products, to see what wonders they’ll bring. Great article!!!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by and reading! I totally agree you should stick to whatever is working before jumping the gun! Best of luck on your hair journey!

    • I tried the fruit complex conditioner. I love the slip. Knots, kinks no problem. I was pleasantly surprised. And it smells so good.

        • my hair is kinky curly super curly and I am not sure which product is better for keeping it soft and manageable……….. those curls turn to little beedy beads that I pull out and I am so sick of doing that. It has almost tempted me to perm my hair and I have been natural since july 2014

          • I would try the Pink Coconut and hibiscus line for softness and manageability but if you are having other issues with your hair such as dryness or low porosity there are other options that may be a better fit.

    • You have several different concerns. I personally would pick the most pressing issue and try the line dedicated to that issue first before overloading your hair with products. My first choice would probably be the African Black Soap line since you mentioned dandruff.

  • I have natural blonde, medium thickness hair. I always have to brush it since it is never nice and smooth, it becomes super stringy and lifeless not too long after I go through it with a brush. I just want my hair to be smooth and soft without looking oily and weighed down like some products do. I have tried so many products I just don’t know where to go from here. Which one of these products would work best for me? I really want to give Shea Moisture a try.

  • I have type 4 hair that often feels oily, gritty and dry. It’s also thick yet fine and I’m not sure what my porosity is. I’m trying to grow my hair and define my curls but I feel like it’s damaged. I’m not sure which line to choose.

  • Hello, I’m currently in my 6th month of transitioning to natural. I just had to stop getting relaxers, It was good for my hair but not good for my scalp. I was diagnosis with a type of dermatitis a few years ago. The product/medication that I used, thinned my hair out pretty bad. I changed the product/shampoo on my own and began using sulfur 8, which wasn’t the best, but it worked. My stylist washed with sulfur 8 initially then rewashed with another due to sulfur 8 creating a very dry texture. Four years later and having dry scalp /hair, I’ve decided to go natural. I’m using the Shea Moisture line with the shampoo, condition(which I use as a leave in) & the hair milk. Its’ okay but I think that I must try something else. I have not big chopped and don’t plan to at this time. I plan to continue with protective styles until a year from now. I do have high porosity hair, do you think your high porosity line will work better for me? My stylist has retired and never used Shea moisture products. We discuss my transition often, he has also recommend the high porosity line. Thank you

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