Hair Witchcraft: Shea Moisture Hair Masque

We can all be guilty of neglecting our hair sometimes, putting it through its paces with heated appliances, hair dye and bleach. I have a confession, I’m a huge sinner when it comes to this!

Back in October 2015 I decided to do something different with my hair, and perhaps a little bit risky. Grey ombre was all the craze at that time and is still a popular look today. Of course having dark Asian hair I was told that it would be near impossible to get my virtually jet-black hair light enough to then be toned grey. However, my well informed hair dressers told me I could try if that’s really what I wanted to do, and of course I took the leap.

My first bleaching session and the end result with a steel toner.

This is starting to sound like the chronicles of my hair but I can promise you it’s not! Long story short, 14 months on and the ends of my hair having been bleached four times, my ends were in very poor/damaged condition and I was suffering a huge amount of breakage. My hair salon recommended I use TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Treatment Mask which I used every time I washed my hair, so around twice per week. At first, it helped my hair regain some moisture but my ends still looked and felt dry no matter how long I left it on for. I tried it out for a couple of months but I wasn’t seeing any real improvement.

Results after my second bleaching session with an ashy toner.

Feeling frustrated and contemplating just chopping my hair off (dramatic, I know), I thought I’d try a new hair mask product, anything would have done at this point as I was losing patience. I was in the hair isle at Superdrug and saw Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and thought it sounded like a good choice as it contained Argon Oil, which has always worked well on my hair.

After the first use I could already see and feel a huge difference in my hair, it was softer and I was having far less breakage. My hair finally felt like hair again! I stuck to the instructions on the tub and left it on my hair for 5-10 minutes then rinsed with warm water every time I washed my hair. Occasionally I’d leave the hair mask on for 30mins for a deeper treatment, I do this every 6-8 weeks.


December 2016, grey toner – The very ends of my hair now being bleached 4 times and the mid-length twice.

Of course you hair salon will try and sell you the products they stock, as business is business. It’s quite easy to get sucked up in what they recommend, and most of the time their products are of good quality and work. However I highly recommend Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque to anyone suffering with very dry or damaged hair, containing Sea Kelp (which is a mineral rich nutrition), it seals and smooth’s cuticles. Argon Oil restores shine and helps promote hair elasticity, and Organic Shea Butter deeply moisturises while conditioning hair. It’s great value for money at only £10.99 so there’s no breaking the bank.


Please let us know if you try this product out and what it does for your hair! We’d love to know. Email us at


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