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Every couple of months, I like to give myself a protein treatment, to help re-strengthen my hair.   Constant manipulation will eventually weaken the hair shaft and adding a treatment will fill in the weak spots.

The lovely people at SheaMoisture sent me a couple of products from one of their newest product lines, the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Collection. This is touted as their “hair smoothing system” allowing users to go from curly to straight without permanently altering the hair. According to SheaMoisture, “The protein-based treatment products smooth, soften and control frizz, leaving textured hair more manageable for up to four weeks”.

All the products contain certified organic Shea Butter, Tahitian Noni, which is an antioxidant enriched with Vitamin C to help maintain hair health, Monoi Oil, which revives damaged hair, and Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts, to nourish, repair and protect distressed hair fibres. Of course this all-natural line does not contain sulphates, parabens, mineral oil and other stuff.

This line contains a number of products including the Smooth & Repair Straightening System. I got the Nourishing Hair Masque and the Hair Scalp Weekly Treatment.

NoireTropicalBeauty SheaMoisture Tahitian Monoi

I must admit that I was rather skeptical to try these products. Since the day that I decided stop relaxing, I have had zero desire to straighten my hair. So I did not want to apply anything to my hair that would alter its texture. I scrutinized the ingredients and the masque actually does not contain keratin (which is a naturally occurring protein and is the main component of hair and nails) or any ingredients that may straighten the hair. It contains mostly moisturisers and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. This masque is supposed to deeply condition the hair, impart intense moisture and strengthen and smoothen the strands.

So after cleansing, I applied this liberally from roots to tips, paying a lot of attention to my ends and left it in for 30 mins.  This has a very familiar, tropical smell, but the smell is not too intense. After rinsing, I was glad to find that it did not leave my hair feeling hard, which is very common with protein treatments. But I also felt that my hair did not feel super moisturized. I needed to add a moisturizing conditioner, but not a bad product at all!! I have only used this once so I have yet to see the long term effects of the treatment. And just to repeat, this will not straighten the hair, it is just a conditioner. I have not used the Hair Scalp Weekly Treatment, but this is supposed to nourish, protect and hydrate the scalp, which promotes hair growth. I will update this post when I try it.

NoireTropicalBeauty SheaMoisture Tahitian Monoi

This line is available at select Target stores and other retailers. Trinis check out Body Beautiful On D’Avenue.

The masque is worth a try, and it costs USD$12.99 for 12 oz.

Overall Grade: A-

FTC Disclosure: Products were provided by PR or brand for consideration for review.  All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.  I have not been compensated for this review.For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

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An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.