Product Review: Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser

Product Review: Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser w/ Silk Protein and Neem Oil

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning CleanserIt seems almost every naturalista is a fan of SheaMoisture products including myself. Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser was no different.  I was very excited to try this one.  Ingredients like Shea Butter and Coconut Oil are two of the best moisturizers for my hair. Unlike other cowashing conditioners, such as As I Am, that only have conditioning ingredients, SheaMoisture’s product also has cleansing ingredients such as Kaolin Clay and African Black Soap extract. This makes it a true conditioning cleanser.  As I Am Co-wash Coconut Conditioner  left my hair heavy and scalp itchy after about 2 days, so I was hoping this would not be the case with SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser.


INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut)*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Cetyl Esters, Kaolin Clay, Grapeseed Oil, Simmondsia chinensis seed (Jojoba) Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride (Conditioner), Hibiscus, Sabdariffa Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Sorbital Esters, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), African Black Soap Extract, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract, Caprylyl Glycol

DESCRIPTION: This detergent-free conditioning cleanser removes impurities without stripping hair of naturals oils. Lightweight moisturizers soften and control frizz in one easy step. Leaves curls vibrantly bouncy.

SUGGESTED USE: Massage in for 3 to 5 minutes working from root to ends. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat as needed.

Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

How I Used This Product

Upon using this product for the first time I was about 3-4 days post shampooing session. I shampoo my hair weekly with a sulfate-free shampoo.  This cuts down on build up on my hair and scalp.  On shampoo day, I did a twistout with only coconut oil and shea butter. No styling product was used.  My regular hair regimen consists of all natural ingredients. This is important to note because natural ingredients wash out easily with water and gentle cleansers.

Whenever I’m using a product for the first time I always apply as directed. I parted my hair into 4 sections in the shower.  I rubbed the conditioner on my scalp with the pads of my fingers first.  Then I smoothed the conditioners on my ends and applied to the rest of my hair. I detangled each section with a shampoo comb and twisted, then rinsed the conditioner out thoroughly.  Four days later I repeated the same process to rehydrate my hair.  I also wanted to test the product twice before giving my review.


Results: My hair and scalp both felt clean and moisturized after using SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser.   The product was easy to apply, it had a medium consistency that’s perfect for fine or coarse hair types, and there was nice slip for detangling.  The next day I noticed that my hair still felt both soft and moisturized.  I also did not feel itchy dry scalp in between co-washing.

 Better Than Others On The Market: I want to emphasize that this is a co-washing conditioning CLEANSER and not simply a conditioner.  It actually leaves your hair and scalp clean instead of simply coating the hair with conditioning ingredients.  This is the biggest advantage of this product compared to some other products marketed as co-washes.



Price: I have a lot of hair and that 8 oz bottle was half gone after one use! Okay, I’m exaggerating.  I used about a half dollar size amounts per section which is still a good amount per use of any product.   The suggested price of $9.99 is the average price for most SheaMoisture products.  While I believe the price point is fair, this product was only 8 oz compared to other SheaMoisture products that are 12 oz for the same price. I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs and wants this product in a bigger bottle.

Product Usage: It’s important to keep in mind that this is a co-washing cleanser.  It’s best to use a cowash to hydrate curls in between shampoo sessions, not to use as your sole cleansing product. I also believe that my consistent use of natural products did have an effect on my experience with this product. It’s possible for someone who use products that create buildup or have synthetic ingredients such as mineral oil, petrolatum, or silicones will have an negative experience.  Shampoo is needed to remove these things. As always, it is best to use natural products in your hair as much as possible.

Additional Conditioner May Be Needed:  My hair felt soft and moisturized without any additional conditioners.  However you can also say my hair was pre-treated with both Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, so my results may not be typical. I used SheaMoisture Coconut & Hisbiscus Co-Washing Conditioning Cleanser as my sole cleanser and conditioner for the purpose of this review (as directed on product’s label). But next time I will follow up with a rinse out or leave-in conditioner. Here are two reasons why: 1.) This product doesn’t leave your hair as soft and supple as a rinse out conditioner; which makes sense because its not one.  2.) I tested the pH and it’s slightly acidity.  This means it slightly raises the hair’s cuticle to remove unwanted particles.  A rinse out or leave-in conditioner will restore the pH of your hair and scalp, closing the hair cuticle and leaving hair softer and more moisturized.

My Final Thought

This may be the only co-washing conditioning CLEANSER in major retailers right now. As I mentioned before others are not formulated to clean your hair and scalp.  If you are looking for a gentle cleanser, this is it.  Make sure to rinse out thoroughly and follow up with a conditioner.  I’m sold on the performance of this product, but not the price. It would be a better value for me to buy one of SheaMoisture’s shampoo and conditioner combos.

I tried to be very thorough in this product review but if you still have question please ask them in the comment section below.

Disclaimer: I did receive this product as a freebie. But don’t worry thoughts and opinions are still true to my experience.

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Tamara is the Founding Editor of Natural Hair Rules!!! Natural Hair Rules (NHR) was originally created as her personal hair journal. Since its creation in 2008, it has grown to one of the top natural hair/beauty blogs online today.


  1. I was recently introduced to the curly girl ways, and found Shea Moisture at my local Walmart. Although I am Caucasian and switching directly from a high sulfate regimen, I found the Shea Moisture products to be wonderful! I heard that I would experience a greasy scalp when switching but that has not been the case! I did not realize that the co-wash was also meant as a cleanser as I have been using it as a conditioner following a normal cleanser. My hair has never been so healthy! Thanks for explaining what a co-wash is so I could understand :) I guess I’ll be switching to a conditioner to pair with my cleanser after this!

  2. emmaelisa Eguia says:

    Walgreens have a sale of the Shea product line. Buy one get one is the last day dec 20th

  3. I am a huge fan of Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash, which my favorite store has recently stopped carrying. They still have several new lines of Carol’s Daughter shampoos and conditioners but I don’t want to go back to washing my hair. It is still available on Amazon, as are the products that go with the line. Should I stock up? Are they going to be discontinuing that line?

  4. Coconut hair products had always been one of my favorite too. Not just for the wonderful aroma, but also the conditioning properties for the hair. Helps against hair loss too, which unfortunately am facing at the moment. Thats why maybe i tend to gravitate towards shampoos and conditioners containing coconut as an ingredient lately.

  5. Hi Tamara! I am white, but after losing my hair to chemotherapy, it came in very curly and dry. I have found that using products made for African American women works better for me. I straighten my hair with a flatiron, but still can’t get it it straight. I wash my hair too often to remove product buildup. Do you think this would be a good product for me? Thank you!

    • It’s definitely worth trying since it’s not as harsh as regular shampoos but still cleanses the hair. Clay & baking soda are other ways to remove dirt & product build up from hair. But this product has moisture & natural ingredients that condition the hair.

  6. I haven’t been a Shea Moisture fan. It always left me and my daughter’s hair really dry. But I have been looking for a cleansing cowash so I might give this a try.

  7. Shea butter is not a recent discovery or accomplishment. This natural product has been around for
    centuries. The history of Shea butter can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times. In fact, it is believed that some of the early users of Shea butter were great women such as Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba.

  8. I didn’t know there was a co-wash!!! Very excited to try. But if you wash your hair once a week when do we need to co-wash?

  9. Thank you so much for your quick response. I’ll try Sheamoisture and maybe since it’s so inexpensive and has such good reviews I’ll also give the AS I AM a whirl.

  10. I just found your blog yesterday and have been reading it voraciously. I just love all of your great, simple tips – I’m so appreciative that you put this together and look forward to following your posts as I begin my natural hair journey!

    I’m going to be doing the big chop on my 30th birthday in the beginning of May so I’m trying to get myself ready by doing all of the research I can ahead of time.

    Tonight is regimen night and I just wanted to ask about the co-wash. On this entry, you say that the AS I AM co-wash left your hair feeling heavy and your scalp itchy after 2 days, but on your entry about your 2012 regimen, you call it heaven in a jar. I just wanted to know if it just started to irritate your scalp this year and if now you would choose this product over that one.

    I know we all have to use what works for us, but I guess I’m just wondering which one is worth my $10 to try first.

    Thank you so much!

    • Naturalhairrules says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for reading my blog. I’m glad you are finding it helpful. I will have to update my regimen. When I wrote my 2012 regimen the product did make my scalp itchy but I kinda ignored it due to how moisturized my hair felt. That was until I did more research on the product ingredients and also tried this product.

      I really appreciate you asking and being it to my action. Congrats on your journey.

  11. I love the AS I AM co wash and hated this brand, BUT I didn’t know they had a co-wash too. I must give it another spin!

  12. Kimmaytube has a co wash for our hair, and you are right there are no other natural co-washes out for us.

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