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Shea Moisture Coconut Custard Make It Last Wash N’ Go Curl Primer
How To Make It Last With Shea Moisture
I was ecstatic when I received an email from Influenster stating that they were sending me the Shea Moisture Wash N Go Primer to review. As a naturalista I tend to stick to what works for my hair type but I don’t mind trying new products from time to time. While I have used products from this brand before I had not yet tried this curl primer. Since I also get asked a lot about what products I use in my hair, I decided to do an entire post about my hair routine altogether.
My Regular Wash N Go Routine
After washing my hair I dry it with a towel until its damped but not soaking wet and section it into manageable portions. Once that is done I go in section by section using the L.O.C method i.e. leave-in conditioner, oil and curl cream. But in my case I apply my oil last because it works better for me that way.
The product I start off with is my Design Essentials leave-in conditioner followed by the Design Essentials curl creme using the shingling method. During this time I also take the opportunity to finger detangle my hair. Sometimes I may skip the curl creme and use ECO Styler gel instead.
Once of all that is done I finish off with some Aunt Jackie All Purpose Oil all over my hair. This entire process usually takes about two hours. An hour to wash and an hour to apply products and detangle.
Putting The Wash N Go Curl Primer To The Test
On my hair-wash day over the weekend I went ahead and switched things up in order to give this Shea Moisture Coconut Custard Make It Last Wash N Go Curl Primer a try. So I applied a generous amount of product to my hair, substituting this for my Creme of Nature Co-Wash. Instead of using curl creme I decided to style with Eco Styler gel. Lastly I let my hair air dry for the remainder of the afternoon. Before going to bed I held it back into a low bun and tied it with my silk scarf.
Products used for the steps listed above for my wash n go were as follows:
- Shea Moisture Coconut Custard Make It Last Wash N Go Curl Primer
- Aunt Jackie all purpose oil
- Eco Styler Gel
I was blown away the minute I started putting the product in my hair and how soft was hair felt. Not only that but I was finished detanlging my hair in about 30 minutes. A process that used to take 45 minutes so that was a plus for me. Anything that can significantly cut down the time spent on my hair is deserving of buying. Additionally, I noticed that it made my hair appear elongated and stretched. Which I did not mind because one of the things I dislike about natural hair is the way our hair shrinks especially on a wash-day.
The following morning I noticed that my hair had maintained its softness, it still looked stretch out and was not kinked. But my hair noticeably had white flakes all over it as though it needed to be washed. Talked about disappointment! Not only that but that morning I wore all black so you could have imagined the sight of white residue on my clothes from a simple touch to my hair. Before leaving the house I had to spend a couple minutes dusting off flakes from my clothes.
It was a bitter-sweet moment because I really loved the results I got with the product on the previous day. Perhaps I need to test it again on its own to see if it would flake like that again. Usually my hair don’t flake on the first day after washing. I would be disappointed if I were to use the curl primer again on its own or with a mix of different products and end up with a similar result or worse.
- leaves hair feeling super soft and moisturized
- saves time spent detangling
- value for your money in terms of how much product you get for the price
- doesn’t make your hair look white when freshly applied to damp hair
- leaves hair airy, light and not feeling weighed down
- flakes badly
The only issue I had with the curl primer is that it left my hair with white flakes. Other than that, overall its a very good product. Do you have natural hair and have you ever used this product? If so, how did it work for you?