Product Review: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo and Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

Monday, July 08, 2019

Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo

Promises: This sulphate-free shampoo cleanses while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Mafura and Baobab are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to soften and revitalize hair. Antioxidant-rich Fig helps helps boast hydration while protecting distressed hair from environmental influences.

How to Use: Apply to wet hair and gently massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat, if necessary.

Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Laurel Lactylate, Fragrance, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter, Ficus Carica (Fig) Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearamide AMP Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol.


I've used this sulfate-free shampoo after a prepoo (protein), and with/without following up with the Intensive Hair Masque. This shampoo is creamy, opaque and thick in consistency. The scent is very mild but pleasant (can't really describe what the scent reminds me of but it's very unique) as I always get compliments on how good my hair smells when I use this line. Overall, the shampoo is moisturizing and it softens my coarse 4b/c hair. But it does NOT detangle my hair the way I envisioned it too, especially since it really softens up my hair pretty well. For me, that's kind of a 'deal breaker'. I guess I've been spoiled to expect shampoos to provide moisture, softness ANDDD slip/detangling abilities all in one. Shampoo's really help set the foundation for a successful wash day. I don't think that's too much to ask, especially since I've found those qualities in a few shampoo's throughout my hair journey. With that being said, it lathers well and my hair feels soft yet clean with each use. I notice the best results when using it prior to deep conditioning with the Intensive Hair Masque. But if I use the shampoo alone with a deep conditioner from another brand, my hair feels "blah". So for me, the shampoo works better when the entire product line is used all together.


Thick consistency
Softens the hair
Lathers well
Smells good


No detangling abilities!

Price: $14.99 CAD 12 fl oz.

Hairlicious Rating:    (3/5) Pretty good

Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

Promises: This intense conditioning deep treatment infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to restore and lock in moisture. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

How to Use: Section clean, wet hair. Apply generously. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly from root to ends. Leave in for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. For extra conditioning, cover hair with a plastic cap. Apply moderate heat for up to 30 minutes. When using a steamer do not cover hair. Moist heat will add to masque's hydration.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Trichilia Emetica (Mafura) Seed Oil, Honey, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissma (Avocado) Oil, Ficus (Fig) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol Butter.


Revisiting this hair masque has been such a treat and it reminded me of why I like this DC so much! I've been using this masque with heat for 25-30 minutes right after using the Intensive shampoo. Both products go hand-in-hand perfectly - I must say. I have used this masque without using the Intensive Shampoo and it still delivers great results. The Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Intensive Hydration Hair Masque provides instant softness, moisture and smoothness upon application and rinse-out. With this DC, I get lots of slip which helps detangle my coarse 4b/c hair easily. It makes air drying such a breeze! The "Hydrolyzed Rice Protein" in the ingredients, is nothing to be overly concerned about it as it won't make the hair feel hard or rough but mildly strengthened to accept moisture better. HRP (Hydrolyzed Rice Protein) not only adds shine but it also increases hair volume, increases the hair's ability to bind to moisture and improves the elasticity. So it's not a "light or hard" protein perse. Too, with this ingredient being so far down the ingredient list, I'm not concerned about it throwing off my protein balance in anyway. I love how this conditioner makes my hair look and feel. My hair retains moisture until the next wash day and it remains frizz-free because it smooths my hair so nicely! This conditioner is also great to use as a follow up to a protein treatment in efforts to rebalance the moisture levels in the hair. Overall, awesome deep conditioner! Would definitely recommend it for a relaxed or natural healthy hair regimen.


A little goes a long way
Great slip for detangling
Instant moisture and lasting hydration
Softens hair on contact and after rinse out
Detangles well
Thick consistency
Gives hair body and fullness


Small jar
Pricey for size

Price: $16.99 CAD 12 fl oz.

Hairlicious Rating:     (5/5) Excellent

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