First of all, I’m so sorry I’ve been missing for a few weeks. I had several curly hair products I wanted to finish up before testing new styling products. I have also been taking an online web development class. That’s another subject for a different day. There is never enough time in a day, right?

Lately, I’ve been struggling to understand my 2c 3a low porosity curls. Since I started my curly hair journey about one year ago, my curl pattern has changed around my face. I now have tight, little spirals everywhere. I even postponed my curly girl cut this month because I felt those curls needed time to grow. The rest of my hair has remained the same, but feels super dry.

Through my research, I found that low porosity hair can be sensitive to too much protein. In an effort to use curl styling products that are specific to my hair needs, I came across this conditioner by Shea Moisture. It’s called Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Conditioner. Below are all the cool details on this natural curly hair styling product. (Disclosure: Some of the product links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps keep my blog running!)

All Natural Goodness

No Parabens

No Parabens

No Sulfates

No Phthalates

No Propylene Glycol

Color Safe

curly hair styling product low porosity protein free conditioner

wash day with protein-free conditioner

I washed my hair with Giovanni Invigorating Shampoo. This product is fantastic as a cleanser. It removes all the styling products on your curls and leaves your scalp all tingly, clean.

I then applied the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Conditioner. It has a natural, fresh scent. My husband commented how nice my hair smelled. Starting at my ends, I finger combed the curly hair conditioner through my ringlets. Shea Moisture recommends you leave it in for 3 minutes. The perfect amount of time to finish up my shower. I rinsed the conditioner out thoroughly. Afterward, my scalp felt really clean. Even 30 minutes later when I was diffusing my hair, my scalp felt freshly washed.

I followed up my shower routine with my Simple Curly Girl Styling Routine: 3 Products. Unfortunately, my full size hair dryer was out of commission. Thankfully, I had my travel hair dryer handy.

Protein-free conditioner curl results

In an effort to be transparent, the photo to your right is 7 hours after I washed my curls. Immediately after diffusing, my roots were soft and full of volume. There was still a bit of crunch to my ends. I happen to like that as it keeps my spirals tight.

The weather on this particular day was overcast, 100% humid, very windy and in the 60’s. We had just come back from a 45 minute walk outside AND had gotten caught in the rain. I had not worn my hair in a pineapple, but let it blow in the wind. Sometimes, it just feels good to have the wind in your hair!

As you can see, my curls retained their shape. I did lose quite a bit of volume and my hair looks much longer than it normally does. However, my hair is soft, feels healthy and smells great!

low porosity curls protein free conditioner product review

day 2 & 3 results

I am not one to spend much time on curly hair refresh days. Many mornings I am at the gym or heading to the grocery store. I prefer to wear my hair in a pineapple or bun. Unfortunately, my hair felt dry and had quite a bit of frizz on day 2 and day 3. So, up my hair went! However, my hair still felt clean and soft. Perhaps a few refresh curly hair products would help. I’ll try that another time and get back to you.

As this is my first time trying the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Protein-Free Conditioner, I’m not giving up yet. The cleansing shampoo I used might have been a bit too much. My first thought is to change out that portion of my regimen and see what happens. Specifically, adding the Protein-Free Shampoo. What do you think of my results? Have you tried this product before?

ps: vendor love

Hair Band: I absolutely adore my mint colored headband. I wear it all year round. Under Armour no longer makes the design I am wearing. However, I found a vendor on Amazon with a similar design in the same color.

Enso Rings: I like to match my accessories and these silicone rings go with everything.

Peach Nail Polish: I recently found this fun, spring color in my favorite nail polish, Mineral Fusion. It’s called Juicy Peach. I plan on wearing it this Sunday for Easter. It’s a soft, pastel with cool tunes that match well with so many skin tones and fashion styles.

day 3 curls updo with headband mint



Diagnosed with Celiac Disease eleven years ago, I've been on a journey discovering what it means to be truly healthy. Join me as I share my personal fitness goals, gluten free recipes I've tried, travel tips, curly hair product reviews and all things creative.

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