Yesterday, I went to the Shea moisture pop up. The Shea Moisture Pop up ran from July 30th-August 2nd. Each day had loads of activities to get involved in. From Soca Fitness classes, panel talks and hair masterclasses. The pop up itself couldn’t be missed because of the bright painted walls on the outside. When I went inside, I was offered a sample of a mask for signing in. I choose to try the Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Treatment Masque.
When I went upstairs, there were about 4 stylist doing various styles such as wash and go’s and braids. I really wanted to get my hair done but all the stylists were booked up. So I just went to the back of the shop where all the products were on sale for 30% off. All the lines that were at the shop were the ones sold at Walmart.
When deciding what product to buy, I asked one of the associates what she would recommend for frizzy hair. She said the Red Palm Curl Stretch Pudding would be good because the product was thick and would give good definition.
I didn’t want to get carried away at this event because I had products at home that I really wanted to finish first. And I usually like to finish one product that I like before trying another. So I went with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Shampoo.
After I purchased the shampoo, I went downstairs for the Natural Hair Masterclass.
The Masterclass was done by Sister Scientist a chemical engineer who does product development for beauty brands. I was super excited about this event because I’ll never turn down a moment to learn something new, especially if it’s about hair. I really enjoyed the event because it had a scientific approach to hair. Everything I’ve learned about natural hair was through YouTube, so it was nice to hear a scientists opinion on how hair works.
At the Masterclass, your girl stayed taking notes so that I could share with you some of the things I learnt!
Start with the scalp
The first thing Sister Scientist talked about with mastering Natural hair is the scalp. The scalp is where hair growth starts so taking care of it will allow your hair to have optimal benefits from the root. One thing she suggested was using an exfoliator on the scalp to remove buildup. You could use something as simple as a toothbrush. (NOT the same one you use to brush your teeth.)
Density vs thickness
Another thing I learned was hair density vs thickness. Hair thickness has to do with the diameteor of hair, where as density is how much hair is in a section of hair. So just because you have high density doesn’t mean you have thick hair. Someone with a lot of hair just has dense hair.
Shampoo and Conditioner
She also talked about how shampoo and conditioner affect the hair cuticle. Shampoo opens the cuticle to get it clean. Shampoos have a higher ph to do that. Conditioner on the other hand has a lower ph which closes the cuticle. The best time to manipulate hair is when the cuticle is closed because it reduces breakage. Her suggestion was not to detangle hair after shampoo because the cuticle is still open.
Alcohol is good!
The last thing I wanted to share was about alcohols. I always thought alcohols were bad for the hair because the thought of what alcohol actually is and the image of putting that in my hair leaves a bad image in my mind and also because alcohols dry out the hair. But today I learned that there are actually good alcohols and guess what? They moisturize your hair!
Overall I really enjoyed this event hosted by Shea Moisture. I loved that I got chance to get discounted products and learn about how hair products work in my hair.
Let me know! Have you tried Shea Moisture? And if so, what’s your favourite product line?
Sidenote: I would’ve loved to show you pictures of the products I got, but I lost them on the bus ride home!