Friday, March 10, 2017

Curlfluence: #ClarifyMeCrazy featuring Shea Moisture

As you guys know, I'm a natural gal. I have curly hair, and I loveeee every bit of my 'fro. I'm forever searching for cool platforms that cater to the natural community, especially black owned! When I stumbled upon Curlfluence on Instagram, I was like BINGO! I immediately followed, and noticed that they were looking for influencers. Normally I shy away from certain opportunities, thinking I don't have a big enough following, but I was just like hey, what the heck? I filled out the application and decided that this was for me. A few weeks later, I received the most exciting email. It read: "You have been hand selected to become one of our very first Curlfluencers!" I was sooooo excited. I immediately took a screenshot and sent it to my mama! Yes, it was a huge deal for me.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Curlfluence is a platform that connects bomb influencers with companies that make products for people of color. As a Curlfuencer, I get the opportunity to test and review different products that are useful and made for our community. I am thrilled to be apart of this awesome company! Within days of accepting the offer, I got my first box of products for the #ClarifyMeCrazy campaign: Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner. I tried 'em out, so keep on reading for the review.

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First off, can we take second to appreciate this super adorable box? I'm a sucker for great packaging. Good job, Curlfluence! Okay, let's get into the products.

I am a Shea Moisture fanatic! I literally trust anything this company has to offer. When I opened my box, oh my goodness. "They sent me the good stuff!" These products both state that they're best for dry, itchy scalp. They help treat dandruff, eczema and psoriasis. I'm not battling any of these conditions, but I'm certain these products are perfect for anyone who is. I couldn't wait for wash night. I added these babies into my usual routine and made a little bit of magic.

African Black Soap Cleansing Shampoo

This shampoo is sulfate free, that's a major key! It smells lovely, too. Kind of reminds me of bubble gum. I don't know if that's weird or not, but anyway... A little bit definitely goes a long way with this. I squirted a quarter-sized amount into the palms of my hands and lathered up. My hair felt squeaky clean afterwards, ready for conditioning.

African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner

Conditioning my hair is the most important part of my wash routine. Like most naturals,  my shampoo to conditioner ratio is never equal. I really did enjoy this conditioner, but I would have preferred a little more slip.  This conditioner was a little on the thick side. I have low porosity hair, so I try to refrain from using products with too much weight. I wasn't really able to detangle my hair easily, but I got it done. Overall, I got the proper moisture and hydration! My hair was left feeling super moisturized and I peeped a little bit of shine. I'm actually considering using this product to deep condition in the future!

Both products contain Tea Tree and Willow Bark Extract. Shea Moisture doesn't use harmful ingredients, so their products are always totally safe! I would recommend this shampoo and conditioner to anyone wth any of the conditions mentioned above, or for those who are just product junkies like me looking to try something new. There is actually an entire line of these products that include other kinds of shampoo and conditioner, a pre-poo rinse and a hair masque. I've listed direct links to each product, Curlfluence, and Shea Moisture below.  

Magazine: Ebony March 2017
Photos by Kyra Rosa

If any of you guys have ever tried this shampoo and conditioner feel free to leave a comment below, I wanna hear from ya! Thank you so much for reading.



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