Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo (Lavender)
Whole Foods Store – San Ramon, California
32 fl. oz bottle with measured pump
Retail Purchase Price:
Undiluted pH = 10 / Water Diluted pH = 8
- Shea Leaf Extract (antioxidant)
- Handcrafted Shea Butter (moisturizing, protective, emollient)
- Virgin Coconut Oil (cleansing, antioxidant)
Full List of Ingredients:
Liquid Shea Butter Soap (Aqueous Shea Leaf), (Butyrospermum parkii) Extract, Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter* (and)Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Polyglucose, Lavender Essential Oil.
*Certified Fair for Life – Social and Fair Trade by IMO.™
A creamy shampoo formulated with unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil and shea leaf extract; thoroughly cleans each strand without stripping away your hair’s natural oils. It’s scented with pure lavender essential oil and the manufacturer claims “gentle enough to be used daily on all hair types.” This natural product is handcrafted with unrefined, certified fair trade shea butter soap. It’s also paraben free. Produced with no animal testing, no synthetic fragrance and no sodium lauryl sulfate.
Apply small amount to wet hair and massage into a rich lather, massaging scalp and hair with fingertips. Rinse thoroughly. Follow with your leave-in or other styling treatments of choice.
For external use only. Keep out of eyes. Flush well with water and stop using immediately if irritation occurs.
How I Discovered This Product:
Some weeks ago I went to Whole Foods Market to purchase a few specialty food items, some essential oils and to take a look at the shampoos. I was looking specifically for something that claimed to moisturize the hair, that was a good value for the money, and that was a gentle yet through cleanser. I wanted something to use 2x per month to alternate with my avocado crème and avocado cleansing conditioning treatment. Though I’m sure they may have been great products, I passed by several 8-10 oz bottles with a price tag of $8-12 because they were not cost effective to use for my daughter and myself, both of whom wear our hair natural.
Though I’d never heard of Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo I decided to take a closer look. The fact that it had that “generic” look to it was a bit off-putting at first. However, the word “moisturizing” jumped out at me. The fact that it contained lavender (one of my favorite essential oils because it adds beneficial oils to the hair and scalp and assists in scalp purification), PLUS the fact that it contained shea butter were all very attractive qualities. I hesitated slightly because with 32 oz. of shampoo in the bottle, if neither my daughter nor myself liked it I’d be throwing away an awful lot of product. However it was only $10, so I figured what the heck!
I went to bed with my Vatika oil as I usually do as a pre-poo. The next day was hair washing day, which I decided to do in the shower. The first thing I noticed was the smell of Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo. The scent of lavender essential oil is noticeable, but not overpowering. After wetting my hair I squeezed a small dollop about the size of a quarter in my hand, rubbed them together, then distributed the product evenly through my wet hair. I added a bit more water then started the scalp massage.
The second thing I noticed was that my curl pattern jumped out immediately, which is a trait of products lower on the pH scale (acid) though this product is definitely alkaline. Hmm. The shampoo foamed up quickly which means that this product is soap based. I was able to clean my hair and scalp with just one blob of shampoo. I rinsed with lukewarm then cool water as usual, then blotted my hair with a towel. When I touched my hair I noted that the cuticle was slightly lifted, however my hair felt moisturized and soft. Though the shampoo removed a buildup of butters and oils from my previous week’s experiments, my hair did not feel “stripped” as some harsher alkaline shampoos will do.
I then applied my usual leave-in conditioning treatment which has a cuticle smoothing pH of 4.5. Once I felt my hair it was totally smooth and ready for twisting. Comb out and twisting was a breeze with maybe three tangles. My normal pattern is to seal ends of my twists with melted shea butter, which I did. However, even before twisting, there was no noticeable frizz. I couldn’t get over how “conditioned” my hair felt even before applying the leave-in mixture.
It should be noted that my hair is a finer texture than my daughters, and much less thick. I noticed a few days later (when we did her hair) that mine (by comparison) was slightly flatter but not greasy and therefore was not weighed down. My hair was so soft, so smooth and shiny that I didn’t care that it looked a little flat. Other than the leave-in conditioner mixed with aloe vera, avocado and castor oils that we always use, additional conditioner in the form of a rinse out deep conditioner would probably not be necessary after every shampoo unless your hair is super dry and very damaged.
Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo does the job it says it will do but, like I noted when I first saw the packaging, it has a generic look to it. This is not a shampoo that will send you running to tell everyone of your fabulous discovery, but there are no noticeable cons to using it either. A plus is that it is a fabulous value and you get a lot of product for the money. Not only that, a little bit goes a LONG way, so be very careful about using too much. Since it contains oils and shea butter, you may not get the “clean” feeling you are used to with chemically laden shampoos, but the dirt washing down the drain should tell you all you need to know.
If you tend to be heavy-handed with products, you might want to dilute your shampoo in water and put the solution in an applicator bottle before you get into the shower. That way you can’t use too much and it will be much easier to distribute through your hair and easier to rinse out.
The alkalinity of the product means it acts as a serious cleanser, removing product build-up by lightly lifting the cuticle for thorough cleansing, however the added shea butter buffers this effect somewhat. A follow up shampoo a week after the original trial, I mixed 2 Tablespoons of Aloe juice with 1 Tablespoon of shampoo to 1 cup of distilled water and used that to wash my hair. By acidifying the product with Aloe, I brought the pH to a desirable 4.5-5.5 range with no noticeable difference in cleanliness.
A nice natural shampoo offered at a “can’t beat it with a stick” price. Convenient to use in the shower pump packaging. Though the natural oils and shea butter contained in this shampoo combat moisture loss, this shampoo is still quite alkaline in its undiluted form. Even diluted with water, the pH of this product dropped only to an 8 which is still too high for those with dry, damaged hair. Mixing shampoo with an acid such as a bit of aloe vera juice as I did the second test, or with A FEW DROPS (that is all you need) of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice will lower the pH to the desirable level of about 4.5-5.5 range.
Though you may not have the same results, Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo combined with my leave-in conditioner left our hair clean, moisturized from root to end, and ready for action!
We give Everyday Shea Moisturizing Lavenderr Shampoo three stars out of four… one for my daughter who absolutely LOVED it, one for myself who liked it a lot, and one for the fact that the company was started by Olowo-n’djo Tchala, a young West African man with dreams of helping his community escape poverty and increase gender inequality. Olowo-n’djo believes that Africans can mobilize their natural resources in a sustainable manner to empower their own communities, and that this is a more sustainable avenue towards reducing poverty than waiting for outside aid or for corrupt governments to fall.
How cool is that?
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