“Shea” ain’t sh!t I used to think. No that’s not true; I’ve always been a fan of raw Shea butter ever since I bought a tub of that stuff from these Ghanese guys at a flea market stand in Austin, TX. It’s only second to my love of horse fat. But back to Shea…here is my new enthusiasm:
After bleaching the hell out of the ends of my hair for a belayage ombré new ‘do, I was left with straw ends. Ok it’s not THAT bad but it’s pretty dry from its previous condition. This was me right after 4.5 hours of being at the salon to get blond tips:
The color calmed down a bit after this picture was taken, but between bleaching and going to Miami and LA (poor me) my hair was super fried. I tried looking for good leave-in treatments but found them all to be full of silicone polymers. Silicone polymers (Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone) are cosmetic bandaids that immediately smooth the hair but seals it from getting actual moisture in the long run. Very very bad.
I looked through all the aisles and it seemed this was one of the few that didn’t feature silicone as one of the main ingredients:
I was happy to see that the ingredients were what the label claimed to contain. It immediately coated my hair and added very nice shine. I didn’t notice my hair getting drier after usage the way it did with other “treatments.”
This is before treatment
So while going blonde ombré with too many damn layers is definitely horrible for your hair texture, at least you can grab this hair salve until you cut it all off and sport a brand new silky human hair wig.
Pros: smoothing, cheap and widely available at any drug store, much less damaging than silicone polymer-based treatments.
Cons: nothing really, it’s not greasy, and while the effect is temporary I don’t think it does any harm to your hair after the fact.