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Friday, April 17, 2015

Product Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Treatment Masque

I normally I use Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Masque, but I thought I try a different deep conditioner this time around...because of all the raving reviews...

Product Name:

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen,
Grow, and Restore Treatment Masque Product Review  (JBCO Masque)

Price and Size:

$10.99/12oz (Target)

Product Description:

This deep conditioning masque restores strength and resilience to damaged, brittle or chemically processed hair. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Helps promote growth by supporting hair's elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shredding. Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience. Leaves hair soft, manageable and shiny.

Package Instructions:

 After shampooing, apply a generous amount of the strengthening masque from root to ends. Pay particular attention to hair ends. Comb through for even distribution. Place a plastic cap over hair and sit under a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes. May be left on hair for up to an hour without heat. Rinse thoroughly. Style as usual.


Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Yeast Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vinegar, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

Featured Ingredients: 

Organic Shea Butter - Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Loaded with reparative omegas that promote healthy hair growth.
Peppermint - Stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience

My Experience:

After washing my hair with my organic Mud Wash, I parted my hair in 4 sections for manageability (hair was detangled).
With the first section, I added the JBCO Masque and made sure that I focused on the ends. Then I put my hair in a loose bantu knot.
I continued this along the rest of my hair, until my hair was full of JBCO Masque and 4 bantu knots.
I placed my plastic cap on my head and sat under my hooded dryer for an hour.
Once done, I rinsed the JBCO Masque completely out of my hair and moved on to adding my leave-in and planned for African Threading.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black
Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Treatment Masque Product Review 

My Own Thoughts:

When I first opened the container at Target, I noticed that JBCO Masque had a "play-dough" type of smell...it did make my nose turn up from it. I absolutely despised the smell...but I decided to try it, since I saw all the raving reviews.

When using JBCO Masque, it did not have too much of a slip (not as much as the Yucca Masque) which I really want a deep conditioner to have. Now it is creamy, but it was too runny to grasp onto. This really should have been in a pump bottle instead of a container.

Once I rinsed the JBCO Masque from my hair, I noticed that my hair did not feel moisturized at all. My hair felt stringy and was really tangled after using it. It was even tough to style my hair. I did not change anything from my hair regimen other than using this Masque. So I think it's the culprit...

I'm also a big stickler on ingredients and I did not like the line up on the product label. If I'm going to purchase something based on advertising or the featured ingredient, I would like to at least see it in the 5 ingredients. Castor Oil was in the middle of the product label. That kind of made me sad and disappointed.

With all of this said...


Have you tried JBCO Masque? What did you think about it?

More Products From Shea Moisture:
Shea Moisture Coconut And Hibiscus Curl And Shine Shampoo 
Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Gel Soufflé
Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen, Grow and Restore Styling Edges Treatment
Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Masque
Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Frizz-Free Shine Mist
Shea Moisture Yucca And Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk

Natural hair says: search for the products that are the best for your hair type and texture. Make sure to do your research when searching for products...especially when the line changes. But if your hair loves the product, make it your 'tried and true.'

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J


* Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Treatment Masque was purchased with my own money and the review is my honest opinion.


  1. Toni L4/17/2015

    Wow! Too bad it didn't work for you. I actually like this masque for my thick hair. I don't like the smell though. Great review

  2. LOL. I am not laughing that it didn't work out for you but at the very bold and big " I don't plan on using or purchasing this masque again". Sorry to hear that it isn't a product for you but at least you tried and found out right :)

  3. I really wanted it to work for me too :( Kinda sad about that. But I know when something just does not work to not force it. Glad you like it though!

  4. Lol girl! I wish it did work for me, but my hair knows when something just does not cut it. I really wanted it to work too. But back to my regular deep conditioner

  5. Havana6/14/2015

    Yea I don't like the product either. And the label is ridiculous. I love the raw Shea butter masque tho. You should try that.

  6. Yes I was a little sad, but I'm not bashing the product. It's just how it didn't work for my hair. I will try the raw shea butter masque next. Thanks!


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