Hey y’all, sorry I’ve been MIA, but now I’m back! I was recently in DC, where I heard you can get SheaMoisture’s infamous leave-in on the ground, rather than order it. So obviously, this became my quest. I am not familiar with beauty supply stores in the area b/c I went natural right before I moved, so I had no idea where the good ones were, and these stores don’t ever have online sites with their inventories. That’s cool. WildChild was not going to lose!
Initially, I randomly found a BSS while driving into DC (I was staying outside of the city in MoCo), and made my bf pull over so I could check and see if they had the leave-in (he really likes me). However, they were closed – fail. I peered into the windows like a weirdo stalker to see if I could see it in the store, and recognized the bottle in one of the aisles, thinking I had hit the jackpot.
The next day, I drove back out to the store IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC in order to pick it up. Seriously, the drive should be about 20 minutes, and it took me over an hour. But I really wanted it!! So I go to the store – right to the aisle where I had seen the bottle the night before and….FAIL. MAYJAH FAIL. I had seen a bottle of SheaMoisture Body Wash, which looks EXACTLY like the Leave-In. Sigh. Not to be discouraged, I got out my trusty Evo and Googled nearby stores. Hmmm…there was another store a mile and a half away down Georgia Avenue. Being the oh so efficient person that I am, I decided to just walk thinking, “Well I need some exercise anyway…”
As I walked down Georgia Ave, I came across some interesting characters. Shout out to the lady with no teeth yelling on the street, the old dude who tried to hit on me at the gas station, and all the people I passed hanging out outside of dominican salons. Hey y’all! Anywho, after walking in 90 degree HUMID weather, I get to the store – it was called #1 Beauty Supply. Hmm, that’s debatable.
I went inside the store and there were aisles and aisles and aisles of…junk! LOL, no kidding, just about every single “ethnic” hair care product you can think of…but that is filled with mineral oil, petroleum, wax, cones…and just about everything else I don’t want to put on Izzy! Except for Long Aid…they had a ton of that, but the jars were half empty and said “not for consumer resale.” You’ve got to be kidding me!!! I wanted to take pics on my phone of the place but I didn’t want them to think I was from the BBB and kick me out.
Oh well…I searched up and down the long aisles for the SheaMoisture, and found a little section of their products. They had that darn body wash, some lotion, exfoliating black soap…and an empty space that my little heart knew had been the leave-in. I looked down at the floor in despair, hoping that the PJ gods would come help me. Then, I got an idea. I began shifting all of the bottles out of the way, hoping that someone had tried to hide a bottle (I used to do this all the time when I was younger). Then…BAM! At the very back, there was MY LONE BOTTLE of the SheaMoisture Leave-In! I did a little dance in the aisle, twirled, and clutched my bottle with my humid, sweaty palm. MINE! I had won. For good measure, I also grabbed a bottle of the Exfoliating Black Soap and headed to the check out, where the woman looked at my picture and said, “You cut your hair!”
I replied, “Yea, I had to cut off the relaxer.”
Then she looked at me funny and says, “What were you relaxing your hair for?” I ask myself that same question often.
With my new products in tow, I made the triumphant walk back to my car, the heat only making me stronger (and the fact that I stopped for a Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sammich on the way) and with a big ol’ PJ smile on my face. A review is coming soon.
Elle: 1, Washington, DC: 0