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5 Things That Make you Love and Dislike Maui Moisture

Maui Moisture

Maui Moisture is one of the newest product brands on the market. Not sold as a “natural hair” product line, but one that is geared towards assisting with hair issues such as dry, damaged, frizzy and a term that I’m not sure if it’s meant for the kinky hair – unruly. In this blog post, not sponsored by Maui Moisture, I will go over 5 things that I love and dislike about the product brand.

Maui Moisture Packaging and Price * * * *

Looking in the store for bobbi pins, I came across a bottle, at a quick glance, resembled a fruit smoothie. I immediately thought why isn’t this bottle in the refrigerator section. Closely noticing that there were others — it was indeed a hair care line. I was intrigued to stand in the aisle, and read the label of each one and the underlining ingredients. Being a natural for some time now, I have learned that you cannot just buy a product because of popularity, main ingredients mentioned on the front or because it smells nice. This product line was packaged nicely and very easy to handle in the shower. With some research, I see that the bottles can range in price from $7.99 to $9.99 for 13 ounces. I will look for and catch a sale to grab more of the conditioner.

Maui Moisture Fragrance * * *

The line that I choose to purchase and try for mini me and I was the curl quench and coconut oil for thick, curly hair. I immediately smelled the coconut and papaya scent when I opened the bottle of shampoo. Wish I could get the smoothie too, but it was not available in the store. After two washes with the shampoo, and a use of the conditioner, the smell was not as strong as other product lines, but it was present. With the spring to summer season upon us, too many fragrances may not be the best for allergies and the attraction to bugs.

Maui Moisture Cleanliness * * *

Using a unique blend of aloe vera juice and coconut water, the Maui Moisture Curl Quench and Coconut Oil Shampoo cleans the scalp very well. Does it make the hair squeaky clean? No. There are no harsh ingredients in the product line to fully break down any product buildup. I wouldn’t suggest using this line if you want a fully clean wash to take all products off your hair. I would definitely use this shampoo again. 

For us, especially since mini natural has eczema, getting the scalp clean and not dry in the end of the process, Maui Moisture, Curl Quench & Coconut Oil, could do this. There were no issues with her hair and mine being in a tapered cut, my scalp felt very clean. I found that a little of the creamy shampoo, goes a long way. Once you start to lather, you will see that it creates a lot. Those memes about using a dime size, applies to this product line.

Detangling with Maui Moisture * * * *

Along with using the shampoo of the same line, detangling mini natural’s hair was a breeze. There were some trouble spots, but that was my laziness of not detangling thoroughly before washing. It happens, no judgement. Even with this, detangling sections of her hair, did not result in screaming bloody murder. Yes, we occasionally still have our moments. I generously used the conditioner in her hair to assist in her comfort while I detangled, a little does go a long way. It did not just sit on her hair like some other conditioners – I was content with using it on her hair and for my own.

Variety of Maui Moisture products * *

With so many brands on the market, it’s difficult to narrow down which product line is right for your hair. Maui Moisture already has six shampoo and conditioner mixes that are for different hair texture issues. Their main goal is to help you get your hair looking healthy on a trip to the Maui islands without a need for a passport. I don’t think this brand should continue to create further lines. In my opinion, when a brand stretches their arms wider than they physically can, older lines become obsolete or formulas are changed that actually work for people such as myself who can not use just anything.

Here are the six product lines for the Maui Moisture brand:

Maui Moisture

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate and Shea Butter for Dry, Damaged Hair – Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask and Raw Oil

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Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore and Bamboo Fibers for Weak, Brittle Hair – Shampoo, Conditioner, Fortifying Mask and Blow Out Mist

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Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage and Agave (Rich Honey Raw Oil) for Chemically Damaged Hair – Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask.

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Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture and Coconut Milk for Dry Hair – Shampoo, Conditioner and Weightless Oil Mist.

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Maui Moisture Smooth & Repair and Vanilla Bean for Frizzy, Unruly Hair– Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Maui Moisture – Curl Quench and Coconut Oil for Thick, Curly Hair– Shampoo, Conditioner, Curl Milk and Curl Smoothie – this brand is the one that I personally purchased and tried on mini natural and my hair. I was nervous seeing many reviews on YouTube with hair similar to ours. If you recall, mini me and I have complete opposite hair textures. Both in the Type 4 Natural hair category, hers with a looser curl pattern to my tight curl, Maui Moisture did what the label mentioned, which was to hydrate, smooth and defrizz our hair. The tutorials all had something in common, they were using product lines that weren’t intended for their hair. Mini and I both have thick, curly hair – back to the packaging, you must read and purchase the line that will work best for the description of your hair. I wouldn’t use the thicken and restore because our hair is not weak and brittle or chemically damaged. Be mindful of the product lines and your hair texture to have the best results.

Is it the best shampoo and conditioner combo for our hair – no, but I will finish the Maui Moisture Curl Quench line for my hair when in need. 

Have you tried any of the Maui Moisture products? Tell us about it.

In Our Opinion

Blogging Does Not Pay Your Bills

I will say it again. Blogging does not pay your bills. OK, maybe that was too harsh. Blogging alone can pay the bills for some, but for the majority of us that is not the case. Let me explain. 

I was talking with a group of girlfriends over brunch, we were catching up on life and got on the subject of money. One commented and said “You’re a blogger right? You gotta be balling.” This woman is a new friend and doesn’t know my life yet, nor does she read our blog because I’ve written several posts about how my life is going. So I politely told her that the average blogger is not balling, and she was in disbelief. She then said “but on Instagram I see all the bloggers going to events, trying out the newest products and dressing on fleek on Instagram.” After laughing, everyone looked at me like I maybe had too many mimosas. I assured them I wasn’t drunk and proceeded to educate everyone at the table.

Events. Yes we do go to events, but it’s not that simple. Often times these events cost money to attend, have a wait list or you won’t even get invited if you’re not cool enough.

Products. There are many companies out here that send products to bloggers so that they could test it out and tell people about it. But guess what? In many cases the companies send product alone. You’re expected to spend your time reviewing the product(some companies have strict rules on that too)but may never receive compensation for your work.

Instagram. It’s very easy to make your lifestyle seem better than it is on social media. I know of people who: Photoshop in a thigh gap, rent luxury clothing just so that they can be seen in it for Instagram, spend tons of money to buy followers and other drastic measures.

The reality is that blogging takes work. Blogging can lead to success but it doesn’t happen overnight. While it may seem as if all bloggers are balling, don’t believe the hype.

Natural Hair

5 Things My Hair Stylist Taught Me

I am grateful for what my hair stylist taught me. I thought I could be a lazy natural, I really did. My hair has decided that it’s not about that life. For months, I was super busy and becoming a lazy natural just made life easier. Everything was well until my hair stopped curling right, shedded more than usual and didn’t have any body. It was time to go to a professional and see what was going on. After getting advised to start doing the things I had stopped doing before and some other tips, my hair is back on track. Here’s what I learned:


  1. Trim. Every hair stylist I have ever had has told me this and I always do it for a while and then stop. So far I have been doing well, getting a trim every 3-4 months and my hair has been much easier to handle that way.
  2. Mix it up. Change your hair styles around, not only will you avoid boredom, but you wont put stress on any one part of your hair.
  3. Color. Speaking of mixing it up. Color is fun, lots of fun. Y’all know this redhead phase im in is going to be here for a while right? Color can be done and not damage your hair, just leave it to the professionals.
  4. Condition. Deep Condition. Hot Oil Treatment. Leave-in Treatment. Protein Treatment. All of the above, just not all at once. I do some kind of treatment each week, depending on what my hair needs.
  5. Pre-poo. I’m still guilty of forgetting or skipping this step sometimes, but it makes a difference. When I pre-poo my hair comes out softer once its styled.



What have you learned from your hair stylist?

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Shea Moisture Alternatives for Kinky Hair

Shea Moisture Alternatives

Ok, so by now many of you have heard about the backlash against Shea Moisture? If not, do read our opinion on the matter.  #BoycottSheaMoisture is really happening and many are wondering what other black owned brands are out there that can work with kinky hair. But you all are in luck, having Type 4 hair can be challenging but in our natural hair journeys and blogger life we have tried many products. Here is our top 6 list of Shea Moisture alternatives:

Bel Nouvo.

By Founder and CEO Arcman Durosier, in 2011 he created natural hair care products for his sister when she came to America from Haiti to visit. She was newly natural and had difficulty finding products that worked on her kinky hair, so he successfully formulated products that kept her hair so popping all her friends wanted some product too. Remember when we did a Fall Giveaway of the entire Bel Nouvo line? Kat and Kory wanted to keep it for themselves – ha! Learn more about and buy Bel Nouvo here. Shea Moisture Alternatives Bel Nouvo

Mane Choice.

Founder and CEO Courtney Adeleye built the Mane Choice empire in her kitchen. Courtney’s personal healthy hair care journey, science background and drive led to the success of the Mane Choice solution which has a focus on the hair health. Check out our review of Mane Choice . Learn more about and buy Mane Choice here.

Shea Moisture Alternatives The Mane Choice

Shea Moisture Alternatives Naturalcious


By founder and CEO Gwen Jimmere, The first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. Her products specialize in managing kinky hair effortlessly while also cutting wash and styling time with the use of only a few products. We have all used this product and liked it, check our reviews on youtube, the 4b hair review and 4c hair review .  Learn more about and buy Naturalicous here.

The Pomade Shop.

Owned by Erma Williams-Nurse. The Pomade Shop promotes and celebrates wellness through beauty with our all-natural hair pomades, shampoos, and conditioners. The Pomade Shop supported our very first meet and greet with no strings attached. We have used her products and featured her on our site as a Woman in Business. Check out our interview with Erma of The Pomade Shop.

Shea Moisture Alternatives The Pomade Shop

Koils by Nature (KBN).

Owned by Pamela J. Booker, KBN products are certified vegan, cruelty free, infused with organic essential oils, and handmade with the finest of ingredients. They even have a line of men’s grooming products. Pamela also supports other black owned business’ in her collaboration of Black Biz Scope on Periscope. Allowing black owned businesses to advertise their product or business ventures to a diverse audience. Check out Koils products here.

EDEN BodyWorks.

Founder and Owned by Jasmine Lawrence. EDEN BodyWorks was started by Ms. Lawrence at the age of 13. This brand has expanded throughout the years and now includes body wash and creams. We haven’t tried the skin care product lines but the various hair product reviews can be found here. You can find the affordable product line here.Shea Moisture Alternatives Eden leavein detangler

The above brands are just a few out of many that we have tried and liked for the time which can be great Shea Moisture alternatives for your kinky hair. Depending on the weather climate, your diet and hair regimen even our reviews may not match to your experience when trying out the products. Here are a few other brands that we have tried. If you don’t see a brand that you absolutely love, let us know in the comments, our next review may feature that product.