I received the GroHealthy Shea and Coconut range just in time to celebrate my Three Year Natural Hair Anniversary! So what better way to celebrate than to do a good old blow dry on my hair, to see my length and just enjoy my hair for a while?
WOW! The growth of my natural hair has amazed me, and I’m just as happy to say that these products have left both my curly and straight hair feeling SO SOFT with a healthy shine! Check out my video below to see the amazing results:
This is going to be my full review of the products that I used for my blow drying process, so get comfy and chill with me for a while!
The GroHealthy Shea and Coconut Range
The GroHealthy Shea & Coconut range consists of eight products:
- Moisturizing Shampoo
- Moisture Rich Conditioner
- Leave-In Conditioner
- Flat Out Frizz Fighter (Moisturiser/Lotion)
- Curling Custard
- Shea & Coconut Oil
- Smooth Edges (Edge Control)
- Color Edges (A black coloured edge control)
I received all of the products, except for the Color Edges.
Appearance and Packaging
The packaging for this range is clean, simple and effective. Earthy tones allude to natural ingredients, and the bright green makes them stand out from other hair products.
The bottles were easy to use and they all came sealed – it was a bit fiddly trying to remove the seals before use, but at least I know that my products arrived untouched!
The packaging for this range proudly boasts of having no petrolatum, mineral oil, sulphates, phthalates, colourants or parabens. So if you’re avoiding any of these, you’re in luck. What is included is great stuff – shea butter and coconut oil, of course – but argan, soybean, olive, Sacha Inchi, eucalyptus leaf oil (a rich source of Omega 3, 6 and 9) and menthol also feature across the range in various combinations.
These products are not 100% natural, although many of the ingredients are natural in origin. The Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner, Curling Custard and Shea & Coconut Oil all contain silicones of some form. Be aware of this if you follow the ‘Curly Girl Method‘.
For my Low Porosity Folks
As is obvious from the name of the range, coconut oil is a prime component of all the products. So if you have extremely low porosity hair or hate coconut oil, this is obviously not the range for you. BUT I will say this with a caveat. If you can stand some coconut oil or a little protein, you may want to try this range out. The only element of the range with protein included is the leave-in conditioner. And in the other products, coconut oil tends to be further down the ingredient list, which suggests there may not be a high amount of it present.
Price and Size
These products were sent to me for free to review on my channel – but I have checked out the prices and I am pleased to say that they are on the more economic side! Not to say that the products felt that way on my hair and scalp at all, but they are definitely great value for money and affordable. Especially since the bottles for the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in and moisturising lotion are 355ml or 12 fluid ounces – you will get bang for your buck with this range!
In the US, the online prices range from $3.99 – $6.99 from the official brand site. They cost slightly more on Amazon but there are discounts available if you buy multiples of each product, such as this offer here:
In the UK they range from £4.45 – £6.59 on Amazon – a nice price range to suit most budgets. And in local hair shops, I’ve seen the bottles selling for only £2.99 each! Bargain!
The best words I can use to describe the scent are ‘gentle’ and ‘tropical’! (Insert heart-eyed emoji here!) The smell is pretty heavenly, especially if you like fruity coconut, banana and pineapple smells. It is not overpowering in the least.
As you can see in the video here, the shampoo lathers instantly on contact with water, and goes through the hair easily. It even provides a bit of slip, which meant I could finger detangle slightly in the shower too. A coily girl’s dream!
I applied the Moisture Rich Conditioner, covered my hair and deep conditioned – it’s recommended to do this for 30-45 minutes if you’re not using heat. (But you know I love to deep condition for ages longer!) I then rinsed my hair.
Be prepared for the tingle!
If your skin is very sensitive and you have shoulder length hair, you may want to avoid using this conditioner for too long – it tingles!
When I first applied it, I immediately noticed a minty smell and started to feel a sensation on the nape of my neck and my upper shoulders, similar to tea tree oil or peppermint. Upon quick inspection of the ingredients, I saw that eucalyptus oil and menthol were mentioned in the latter part of the list. These ingredients are not in any of the other elements of the range.
The tingle was quite strong and a bit of a surprise the first time, particularly as these ingredients are not mentioned at the front of the bottle. But I got used to it and actually enjoyed it a bit after the second time of using the conditioner. I actually grew to love the invigorating feeling it gives, and it does die down over time.
If you want to keep the tingle to a minimum on your shoulders then it’s best to get your hair off your shoulders as soon as you can. The tingle does persist a bit longer on your scalp though, as it did mine. However, if you are a person who likes to use oils to stimulate blood flow to your scalp for hair growth, this conditioner may just be your new best friend!
Detangle and Blow Dry
This leave-in is light and moves through the hair easily – it also works well for detangling. I was actually surprised at how well it worked for blow drying my hair – it provided great shine, and yet my hair was not greasy or weighed down.
Smooth and Seal
After blow drying, I used a heated straightening brush to straighten my roots out more and create a sleeker look. I sealed my ends with a small amount of the Flat Out Frizz Fighter and the Shea & Coconut Oil.
The Flat Out Frizz Fighter has a slightly thicker consistency than the leave-in (as it should). This makes for a potentially effective moisturiser for my hair texture. I will have to use it more on my curly hair to determine how effective it really is. But for now, it combined easily with the oil from the range and absorbed into my hair well.
If I used too much, even with the oil mixed in, it did start to revert my hair slightly! This indicates a high water content, which is always a positive thing in a lotion/moisturiser for me.
Is this really oil, though?
In all honesty, I am sceptical of any manufactured product with the word ‘oil’ on the package. That is, unless it also has the words ‘unrefined’ and ‘pure’ on it, and even then, I inspect the contents carefully.
Coconut oil and shea oil are definite ingredients in this product, but it is not a 100% pure oil. It has dimethicone and a few other ingredients included in it. That may be the reason why it foams slightly – a little strange for an oil!
Nevertheless, this oil is addictive! I actually used too much on occasion, just because I was addicted to the smell. A little really does go a long way but I forgot this most of the time. It also added a great shine to my hair, and left it moisturised, especially in combination with the Flat Out Frizz Fighter. It must be something to do with the avocado, argan, olive and jojoba oil that are also components of the product.
Did somebody say SOFTNESS?! I can safely say that the GroHealthy Shea and Coconut range has resulted in the best blow drying experience that I have had since I went natural. The products gave me an unparalleled level of softness with my curly hair that I haven’t had in ages! To say I am pleasantly surprised is an understatement.
You can check out my YouTube video for the full details and to see the products in action.
Have you tried the GroHealthy Shea & Coconut range? How did they work for you? Comment below and let me know!
Wishing you health, happiness and beautiful hair,