Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner (Former Staple)

Last updated on June 29th, 2020 at 05:45 pm

fine natural hair staple(Updated Aug 2016) Conditioner is one of the most important products in a woman’s arsenal of hair care products. As a matter of fact, conditioner may be the most important product as it is a multipurpose product that can accomplish the important task of cleansing, moisturizing and fortifying the hair.

zanzibar marine complex conditioner

If you’re anything like me, you have more than one brand of conditioner that you use. I don’t have many because I’m all about my staples. 🙂

Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age Defy and Color Protect Conditioner was a staple of mine for many months but I’ve since scaled back on the number of products i use. It’s a fairly new product line from Shea Moisture (as of this writing) so it doesn’t have the longevity of use that my other staple hair products have.

How I use Shea Moisture’s Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner:

  • as a final rinse
  • as a hair softener after a protein treatment
  • as a leave in conditioner
  • mixed with water for impromptu moisturizing

Here’s a video sharing my 411 on this conditioner:

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This conditioner really surprised me because I didn’t expect it to have the slip that it does. While my fine hair is typically easily manipulated with any conditioner, I still like to use conditioners with a lot of slip.

The Zanzibar Marine Complex conditioner is not as slippery as other conditioners of mine but I absolutely love how it has the ability to soften my strands after a protein treatment, as well as create an easier finger detangling session. This is another surprising revelation since this conditioner contains protein (Black Pearl Protein).

Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carrageenan, Panthenol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopherol, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Plankton Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) *Certified Organic Ingredient
Note: Shea Moisture lists the additional featured ingredients on their website:
Zanzibar Marine Complex – A blend of Kelp, and Carrageenan (Red Algae), rich in polysaccharides; Black Pearl Protein – A natural marine protein (*great for fine hair); Sea Buckthorn Oil – Rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9.

*my commentary


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  1. Hi, I’ve been using henna to dye my hair for a couple of years now. I do a red henna with amla, then 3 days later I use a mixture containing amla & indigo. I’m covering grays so I dye my roots every 3-4 weeks. I love the way my hair feels after henna. I also follow with applying oil to my hair since the henna/amla dries it out. I wash my hair maybe every other day and use conditioner. I don’t have to wash it but to get the waves at all, i have to get it wet so I usually condition in the shower it every day. I have naturally wavy hair. I have two problems I’m hoping you can help me address. Problem 1: About 10 years ago (I’m 44 now) I noticed my hair won’t grow longer than just past my shoulders. I’ve worked with my stylist to trim it as little as possible but it just doesn’t seem to grow. I’ve been reading about protein treatments and since my hair is fine, perhaps that would help? I’d appreciate any ideas! My hair is fine but also a lot thinner than when I was younger, many women tell me this is hormonal and normal. But I know women my age who still have thick hair so I’m not sure I believe it’s just part of getting older. My 2nd problem is that I’ve lost curl from the henna. I think the amla helps but especially in the winter my hair feels limp and stringy. In the summer, the humidity helps my hair be more bouncy but it’s still not as curly as I’d like. I was reading good things about zizyphus. Do you have products that might help with some of my hair issues? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Paula-

      A few things that stand out to me…

      1- I think you are washing your hair far too often. To wash you have to manipulate. You are like detangling more than you need to as well because that’s just the nature of what we do while washing and then styling. When you manipulate your hair too much, breakage is imminent.

      2- Zizyphus can be used to help with maintaining a more uniform curl. Check out this blog post:

      3- Oil is not a moisturizer. It only helps to seal and lubricate. You can use the oil for those purposes but make sure the oil doesn’t contain any drying ingredients like vitamin C.

      4- Do you protective style? Consider incorporating hiding your ends away and keeping the style in for 1-2 weeks. You can take your hair down every couple of nights to moisturize your ends if necessary but then put it back up.

      I too cover my greys with henna but I dont bother with indigo because of the many steps. When it comes to fine hair, less is really more. If you want to dye your greys with the henna/indigo combo, consider doing it every 10-12 weeks.

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