I Tried Shea Moisture’s New Bond Repair Collection

shea moisture bond repair full collection

There’s been a complete explosion of bond repair products. Most major brands have released some sort of repair system or “hair filler” range, and Shea Moisture is no exception. The brand recently released its five-piece Amla Oil Bond Repair Collection, specially formulated for type 3 and 4 hair and hair that is damaged by heat, color, and protective styling. Since the release I have tried all five main products, and after multiple consecutive washes, here are my thoughts.

Tl;dr – I tested the entire Shea Moisture Amla Bond Repair line during my wash day.

*The shampoo and conditioner featured in this article were sent to me by Shea Moisture and Influenster sent me the shampoo and conditioner featured in this article in exchange for my honest review. I purchased all other products with my own funds. This article may also contain affiliate links, where I may receive a small commission, at no additional charge to you, if, and only if, you decide to make a purchase. Thanks for helping me continue to bring you content!

About the Amla Oil Bond Repair Collection

The Shea Moisture Amla Oil Bond Repair collection is a slate of products designed to strengthen and restore hair by rebuilding broken hair bonds. It consists of four core wash day products and an oil. Infused with Shea Moisture’s HydroPlex infusion, the collection claims to aid in 84% less breakage and six times stronger hair when the four-step wash day products are used together.

There is also a Minoxidil 2% Hair Treatment that was released in tandem with the core collection, but I did not try it as I do not currently need a medicated solution.

What is hair bond repair?

Before we get into this product line, we need to talk about bond repair. Bond repair is one of the hottest waves in hair technology.

Hair is mainly made of protein – keratin protein to be specific. The protein structure of our hair is held together by three types of bonds: hydrogen bonds, salt bonds, and disulfide bonds. Hydrogen is the weakest of the bonds and disulfide bonds are the strongest.

  • Hydrogen bonds are temporarily altered when you wet your hair, for example. When you dry your hair, the bonds come back together to form their original shape.
  • Salt bonds are altered when the pH of the hair is suddenly changed.
  • Disulfide bonds are responsible for the permanent structure of your hair. They are impacted when you expose your hair to chemicals like relaxers, perms, and bleach, as well as things like prolonged heat exposure. Once these bonds are broken, they are broken permanently.

Bond repair and hair filler products may use different products or formulas, but they aim to repair or minimize damage by building a bridge between the broken bonds in the hair. For example, Olaplex, the big player in bond building, focuses on repairing the disulfide bonds in the hair.

For more information, check out this expert interview from Allure.

What are the key ingredients and what do they do?

  • Amla Oil – Moisturizes and nourishes the hair; it also has properties to help with hair loss.
  • HydroPlex – Helps rebuild internal hair strength
  • Amino Blend – Helps fortify, protect, and replenish strands. Amino acids are the long-chain building blocks of protein.
  • Fair Trade Shea Butter – Moisturizes and softens hair

What ingredients are NOT in these products?

These products have no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, or petrolatum. They are not tested on animals and are safe for color-treated hair.

Shea Moisture Bond Repair Collection Review

Amla Oil Bond Repair Shampoo

Shea Moisture Bond Repair Shampoo

Ulta.com

The first step in the four-step routine is the Amla Oil Bond Repair Shampoo. This shampoo claims to “gently cleanse dry, processed hair,” help repair it and add 60% more moisture. The texture and appearance of this shampoo is pearly and slippery. The scent is slightly perfumed.

This shampoo does deliver on the gentleness it promises. It leaves my hair clean but not stripped. It does not irritate the scalp either. Now, if you are like me, and you like a little slip in your shampoo, don’t look for it here. It lathers really well, but it’s not that great to use as an initial detangling step. You’re going to want to detangle prior to using this shampoo.

Verdict: Very good.

Amla Oil Bond Repair Conditioner

Shea Moisture Bond Repair Conditioner

$14.99, Ulta.com

Step Two in the routine is the Bond Repair Conditioner. Like its partner shampoo, it also claims to add moisture and reveal “shiny, renewed curls.” It has the same scent as the shampoo and the same creamy texture as most other Shea Moisture conditioners if you have used them before.

After using the conditioner, my hair does feel more moisturized. It has a smoother feel without any waxy or sticky residue. The only drawback I see is that it’s not super “slippy.” If my hair isn’t already detangled, this conditioner doesn’t help as much as others do. That said, it isn’t bad.

Verdict: It’s decent.

Amla Oil Bond Repair Masque

Shea Moisture Bond Repair Masque

$15.99, Ulta.com

The Bond Repair Masque reinforces the work of the shampoo and conditioner, by adding shine, softness, and 13 times more moisture. Shea Moisture claims that this product will “nourish and visibly repair dry, processed hair.”

I love the fact that this is a 5-minute masque. During my first use, I found that it detangles better on rinse-out than the Bond Repair Conditioner. It also left my hair feeling quite smooth and moisturized, but not spongy. I also noticed, when used in conjunction with the other products, I had a significantly smaller amount of broken strands than usual. My hair seemed to have better elasticity and be more resilient to manipulation.

Verdict: Very good.

Amla Oil Bond Repair Leave-In Conditioner

Shea Moisture Bond Repair Leave-In

$15.99, Ulta.com

Rounding out the four-step system is the Bond Repair Leave-In Conditioner. This is the protective step in the process. It is a very lightweight cream, and it smells less fragranced than the previous three products. Applying it to my hair added softness and more slip for detangling.

Now, as I’ve mentioned before, Shea Moisture is notorious for producing collections of products for wash day but not including a styling product. This line is no exception. However, in testing this product the first time, I did use it as my styler. Upon unraveling my twists, I found lots of tiny flakes after it was dry. There was a slight film, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Even having probably used a little too much product, my hair still had lots of body and movement.

Verdict: It’s ok.

This leave-in is probably best used sparingly and in conjunction with a separate compatible styling product.

Bonding Oil

Shea Moisture Bonding Oil

15.99, Ulta.com

The Bonding Oil is a lightweight oil formulated to smooth frizz and strengthen hair by locking moisture. I can attest to the lightweightness of the oil. It does not weigh the hair down and it works great after refreshing second or third-day hair.

Verdict: Very nice.

Should you try the Shea Moisture Bond Repair Collection?

In retrospect, although I gave some of the products lackluster reviews individually, I would recommend the collection as a whole (or at least the shampoo and one of the conditioners). I see a noticeable reduction in breakage, greater elasticity in my curls, and even increased vibrance in my hair. This collection delivers on its claims. I would definitely recommend this line to anyone who is looking to strengthen their hair and restore its overall health.

Overall Verdict: Very Good.

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