Hair Scarves, Shea Moisture Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk and A Rookie Mistake


Good morning sunshines ;). Hope you all enjoyed your weekends!! I had a good, long one!! Took Friday off from work to clean house … but fudged around online, watched some videos, wrote some posts and played with my hair instead. Saturday morning, I did most of the much needed housecleaning and then had lunch with the Sci-Five, minus one permanent and two auxiliary members ;). And Sunday, ran a couple quick errands, did some laundry, had a heart-to-heart with a friend and chilled some more :).

Fun with Hair Scarves
Anywho, on to what you’re really here for … hair. *lol* On Friday, in the midst of perusing the hair sites and test driving that Janelle Monae inspired updo, I came across this video tutorial by Naptural85, “10 Ways to Tie a Silk Hair Scarf”:

Since I wasn’t too sure about “Shelli Monae” *lol*, I had no plans to wear it out and about. So, I fell back on my old standby, a high bun. However, this time, I made it with a Goody Ouchless elastic and a few bobby pins (*gasp* no banana clip?!?! IKR?). On Saturday morning, remembering the scarf video I’d just watched the prior day, I decided to “dress up” the bun. But … ummm … yeah. I wasn’t able to pull off any of the styles I tried … The Gypsy Knot (realize now that I didn’t do it correctly) … The Twist Knot … The Criss Cross. All no gos. So, I ended up just tying the scarf at the back and kept it moving! But, I’ll be revisiting some of these soon. Although Whitney touted these as summer scarf styles, I don’t see why they wouldn’t work into the fall!

Shea Moisture Haul & A Review of Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk
In other news, if you follow my FB page, you know that I hit the Shea Moisture BOGO sale at CVS last week and picked up three products from the Yucca & Baobab line. I have been wanting to try this line for over a year!! “Thicken?!?!”  “Volumize?!?!” I resisted for a looooong time … but it was on now!! I hightailed my way to a local CVS and, after scouring the hair product aisles a few times to no avail, was about to give up and accept that I wasn’t in an area that catered to a SheaMoisture clientele. Then … insert *angels singing* there it was!! Shea Moisture!! And, what’s this?!?! They have the Yucca & Baobab (and Aloe?) line too!! “This is meant to be, because these are the very last bottles of Thickening Growth Milk and Anti-Breakage Mask on the shelf!!” They had a few bottles of the shampoo and a scattering of the Coconut & Hibiscus and Raw Shea products. So, I snagged up the last bottle of Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner to round out my “Get One Free.”

Welp. On Saturday, before making my bun, I tried the Thickening Growth Milk. I smoothed it down my hair from roots to tips in sections. Then, I applied Wild Growth Hair Oil Light to seal. I placed my hair in the bun seen far above. On Sunday afternoon, when I released the bun to pre-poo … let’s just say my hair was just as crunchy as it wanted to be … like KFC extra crispy recipe. Okay, LOL!!  I’m being a little dramatic, but it was greasy and dry like an over-cooked chicken breast and that is not a feeling that I’m used to or like ;)!

So, what’s this about a rookie mistake you ask? Ummmm … yeah … well, you see … what had happened was … I got so caught up in the name of the product … “THICKENING!!! … and it’s claim, ” THIN, FINE HAIR … Thicken, Volumize … ” … I didn’t read the ingredients. DOH!!

Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Olea Europaea Oil (Olive), Vegetable Glycerin, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Triticum Vulgare Oil (Wheatgerm), Grapeseed Oil, Sorbitol Esters, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cetyl Esters, Yucca Filamentosa Extract, Vegetable Protein, Adansonia Digitata Extract (Baobab), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Rosemary Extract, Bamboo Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

So, what are the second and third ingredients? Shea butter and coconut oil, respectively. And, guess what else? It also contains vegetable protein. So, what’s up with the first two ingredients? Well, my hair LOVES coconut oil as a pre-poo. But it DOES not seem to like it much in leave-in products or to seal … KFC. Shea butter is another mixed bag for me. It works pretty well when I mix it with Eco gel to smooth and hold my edges. But, again, my hair does not like it to seal. It just sits on top of my hair, weighing it down and making it dull and ashy-looking!

And then there’s the protein. Now, don’t get me wrong! I have a whole new appreciation for protein and don’t avoid it like the plague as I did for most of 2010-2011. I LOVE what protein has done for my hair. It’s stronger, curlier and has better elasticity due to the treatments that I’ve incorporated into my regimen, which are (and this is the key) always followed with moisturizing conditioners (instant, deep and/or leave-ins). However, that being said, I find that many moisturizers/stylers with protein also leave my hair with a dry, brittle feeling. And, this is not uncommon according to the following post by my fellow blogging friend Michelle (note: this is the article that turned me around and taught me how to properly use protein):

via Radiant Brown Beauty

If you apply a leave in or other “surface” treating product with protein in it, your hair is prone to feeling hard and brittle.  The brittle, hard hair is then susceptible to additional hair breakage –defeating the purpose of using protein in the first place.

And…wait for it…It-Will-Stay-That-Way causing you to have what you think is ”protein sensitivity” until you wash and use a moisturizing conditioner to resoften it. That’s because the application of the products containing protein (other than a deep conditioner)  sits right on top of your hair shaft.

I’ll add one further note to that. In order for protein to fill in the “gaps” in the cuticle and provide the maximum benefit, it has to be small enough to do so, otherwise it just sits on the surface of the hair. Protein that has been broken into smaller segments is called hydrolyzed/hydrolysed (check out this post by JC of Natural Haven for more on that, Size Matters: Protein Conditioning). That vegetable protein in the Thickening Growth Milk? Hydrolyzed? Not so much.

So, the Shea Moisture Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk has two ingredients that don’t work well for me in stylers/moisturizers, coconut oil and shea butter. It also contains a non-hydrolyzed protein that may or may not have had anything to do with the crispy, crunchy aftermath given that it was so low down on the list … but it was something about which I should have been aware.

All that being said … yeah, I’m gonna need to take a look at the ingredients in the other two products and make a decision about whether or not I’m going to use them or just return the whole Shea Moisture Yucca kit and caboodle!! I hope that by sharing, you can learn from my rookie mistake ;). And … if you’re new to this … here’s the … *imagine this flashing*

Tip of the Day

Pay attention to the first 5-6 ingredients in products that you use, those that work well and those that don’t. These ingredients are of the highest content in the product. Understanding the key ingredients that your hair likes and dislikes, as well as when and where it likes them, can save you a lot of grief, money and time ;)!


 What ingredients have you learned to avoid? Which ones do you embrace?


11 responses »

  1. Girl I have that video saved on my iPhone. I wear scarves ALL the time now! Turns out my mother in law had a bevy of scarves she never used so that took care of where to find them 😛 If I go out with my hair out, I almost always put it in a scarf when I get in.

    This is part of why I’m grateful my current brokeness keeps me from trying new products all the time. I simply don’t have the extra funds to play around with new stuff, and if I do I have to get it for CHEAP. Only thing I’ve experimented with are poos and conditioners. I couldn’t figure out how to use baking soda efficiently enough and I was NOT about to drop $30 for a bottle of DevaCurl! (Could not BELIEVE that when I saw it at my local drugstore. I was like “what?! That is two month’s worth of conditioners! That’s half a week’s worth of groceries!!” lol) So I use Dr. Bronner’s to wash; I don’t find it too expensive because we ALL use it, I even use it around the house. Also, what does what (cones, petrolatum, etc) is confusing, so I figured I would keep my products simple and pure as possible. So it’s conditioner, water, shea butter, and I mix my own DCs. Simple, effective, inexpensive. Done and done 🙂 The trial and error I had, though, was figuring whether my hair likes oil or butters to seal. It’s butters 😛


  2. I’m in the same boat as Pennie,I’m toooo broke to try new products.I keep it simple as possible and my hair loves me for that. My hair loves butters too;however,I’m enjoying making my own oils right now. Oh, you really should consider rockin the “Shelli Monae”,it’s a cute style.


  3. this was good info Shelli! I wanted to try that black soap purification mask (or any of the DC’s) by shea moisture but the CVS around here doesnt carry any of the shea moisture products! But i think i found a new boo in the Organix macadamia oil shampoo and condtioner. ive learned to gravitate more towards moisture and not so much protein. Oh and I found it cheaper all organix are on sale at ulta this week 4.99-5.99!


  4. I’m in the “too-broke-to-experiment” boat, too! “Hmmm…pay ALL of my rent or try this new product line? Eh…who needs a roof overhead!”

    I haven’t found…or probably just haven’t noticed…any particular ingredients that my hair doesn’t like. My staples are pretty much set though (I love “Sweet Nature by Eddie’s” Growth Spray and her Wisdom moisturizing cream…my hair DEF loves those!), so I don’t really have the urge to splurge.

    Thanks for that video. I needed some style ideas and these are great!


  5. Thanks Shells for sharing my post 🙂

    I have that Yucca shampoo too and it’s OK for my hair. I wouldn’t repurchase again. I felt like my hair was not left very moisturized with it. I bought it a while back. I’m going to use it up though because I don’t like wasting money LOL. I just have to moisturize well after.


  6. I picked up the anti.breakage masque. Hopefully it will help some with this shedding. And one can never have too many deep conditioners. So we shall see….


    • The Y&B one Gina? My shedding slowed down again. I think it’s the change in seasons that’s causing it to pick up for many. Just be patient. You may what to try the ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Tx and see if that helps.


  7. I’ve used the Yucca & Baobab Anti Breakage Masque as a deep conditioner and used the growth milk as a leave in. I found that the growth milk worked when I used only a dime sized amount over my entire head followed by my own home made hair butter (adapted from our girl Naptural 85) as a sealant. Didn’t purchase the Shampoo. The deep conditioner is just okay for my fine hair. Will continue to use both, but won’t repurchase.


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