First Impressions | Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in-Conditioner


This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions shared are my own and are based on my experience with this product.

I recently purchased this product from Shea Moisture called the Jamaican Black Caster Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in-Conditioner at the Pennywise, TunaPuna branch in Trinidad. I have been using this product for about two (2) weeks now and I really like it so here are my thoughts. Please note that this is simply considered my first impression as it is a bit too early to do a detailed and reliable review.



Knowing that this product contains Jamaican Black Castor Oil, I was expecting a serious pungent and unflattering smell. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the clean, fresh smell which somewhat resembles that of the beach when you apply sunscreen on your skin, to be very specific – I know weird right? If your nose is as sharp for detail as mine, you will still realize notes of Jamaican Black Castor Oil but nothing serious… at least not to me.


Upon opening, observing and feeling out the product in my hands, I realized that it was not as thick, like a cream, as the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in-Conditioner for Natural Hair, that I would usually use. In comparison, this product had a more smooth yet creamy feel with a thinner consistency. I was a bit skeptical about this in terms of how my low porosity hair would react and allow the product to be incorporated with my oil and moisturizer. On the contrary, through use, this did not prove to be an issue. My hair soaked up the product very well and incorporated well with all other product applied. Also, due to this kind of consistency, I believe that one may not need to use a lot of this product in one use – a little goes a long way.


This product, when incorporated in the L.O.C. moisturizing method, does a good job in allowing moisture retention for a few days within the week. I do believe it performs well in moisturizing my hair, especially as this is a struggle for low porosity, naturally curly hair. My recent uses of this products have left me satisfied and my curls hydrated. After performing the L.O.C. method, I usually do not re-apply the conditioner until a few days after my initial application. This is due to the retention of moisture and so I would just lightly spritz my hair and lay my edges for the following three (3) to four (4) days. I do this because as I realize that after just lightly dampening my hair, I can almost feel a revival of the conditioner on my hair as it starts to feel freshly moisturized again – if that makes sense.

As I have not used this product in isolation, I will be anticipating testing this product on my hair without any additional oils and creams. Following this, I will be updating you on the results.

Feel free to share your opinion and experience of this product if you use it, as I would like to learn from you as well. For full reviews from other consumers of this product, please check out this link.

As always, to God’s blessings, prosperity, faith, happiness and love!

Simone Inspires

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