April 22, 2011

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This was certainly one of those new to the hair care aisle products that I knew I wanted to get my PJ hands on several months back, yet never seemed to commit to simply because I knew it would finally always be there. Ever since the SheaMoisture line of goodies hit the stores of Target many moons ago, and most recently the shelves of your nearest Walgreens, flocks of natural hair ladies have been bum rushing, stocking up & relegating themselves to rainchecks (this gal included) in hopes of trying this line.

Even though these hands weren’t quick enough to snag a few things during the recent Walgreens BOGO sale, safely stored away in my stash was the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, a styler for natural hair ladies with thick curly strands that enjoys a ton of moisture. Formulated with shea butter, cococonut oil, neem oil (my personal fav), mango seed butter this smoothie that sets itself up as a pretty dense & creamy hair cream, managed to moisturize my growing fro quite easily.

After first using this with Oyin’s new Hair Dew a few weeks ago to set my weekly two-strand twists, hair was soft, pliable and stayed this way for the better part of 7 days. This week after experimenting with the Shine & Hold Mist as a leave-in, I experienced a bit of crunch that was more so to do with my heavy handedness than anything else.

The final outcome was actually pretty impressive after smoothing a smidge of hair butter over the top & issuing some major fluff action. This is definitely one of those stylers where you need to apply sparingly because it will deliver in the moisture department, especially if coupled with a good leave-in underneath. It promises to deliver body & shine, and having hair that’s was practically BORN with more than enough to spare, I can attest to the fro having some added bounce to it’s step. Did not experience much shine because of the slight over use, but still experimenting how much to use when twisting and using different leave-ins.

Apart from how well this works, I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed in the smell! *pauses to sniff*. Could it be the mix of Coconut & Hibiscus? I dunno…but it’s a fragrant, soft almost sweet smell that’s not overly bearing, but pleasant if you enjoy the smell of flowers.

For the price ($9) at most Walgreens & Target locations, this is a great styler if you’re planning on wearing protective styles, two-strand twisting for a weekly twist out, braid-out, flat twist etc. Have you guys tried the Smoothie? What were your results?

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/imadeyoulooksc thatgirldapsc

    I have not been able to get that result from the pudding I used it on my hair and my childs hair and I let it dry overnight and it had white residue I tried it w/wo another product and I got the same effect. I have a barely used jar and a unopen jar and I’m not sure if I would try it again. Want to condition myself to use it again maybe its just how I used it I’m not sure.

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      it does take a bit of trial and error…I got a bit of flaking in parts where I was a bit heavy handed, but they went away once I smoothed it over with some hair butter. I also have varying textures throughout, so many products react differently in each…frustrating! I’d say give it another try, maybe use a smaller amount with one of your favorite leave-in conditioners. another trick is to make sure hair is sufficiently wet/damp before applying a product that’s more prone to white flakes. I try to keep a spray bottle handy while styling to make sure I’m all good;)

  • http://missmoonsmusings.blogspot.com Miss Moon

    While I was not overjoyed by the results of my twist out using the Curl Enhancing Smoothie on wet hair (For me it was great a few days, then quickly went awry in the frizz department!), I LOVE using it on my dry hair for a mid-week touch of moisture!!

    A word of warning though, do not use the smoothie and then use the body wash at the same time…. strange men will sniff you on the subway! LOL
    Miss Moon recently posted..Yummm! Pelau Chicken

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      oh no…frizz! I’m on day 3 of the style, so I’ll keep a lookout for excess. Haven’t used it on dry hair yet, but love that it’s an option!

  • http://www.dirtyprettythangs.com PBG

    I just started using this product about two weeks ago and I can say I am very satisfied. It works great for my twist-outs and braid-outs.GREAT definition and keeps my hair soft at the same time. I’ve only been a loose natural for about 6 months, and I never thought I’d “love” any products from the store since I’d been making a lot of my own, but I can say I really love this one. It going to be a staple of my styling regimen.

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      I’m so happy it’s available in so many places now! I’ve used it only twice and half more than a half jar left…this never happens w/most stylers I typically use *thumbs up*

  • Kim thomas

    I use it on my wet hair and get mad compliments all the time. I should be on their payroll the way I advertise for them lol. I rinse my hair in the shower and apply the smoothie all over…put on a headband and go. I will rewet and reapply sometimes thruout the day though because I like the wet look.

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      hey kim, do you use a leave-in underneath? if it can be used as a wash-n go styler, I might keep it in the rotation for the summer

      • kim thomas

        yes I spray a leave in conditioner in it by Jane Carter Solution and it works great.

  • Maria

    I used it on my hair but it left it very oily and greasy maybe its because my hair is not A.A. hair, its just medium curly coarse. Im hispanic and my hair get very dry specially since i cut it and started flat ironing it. For now i use it as a deep condioner and it works wonders. I love the scent its soo fresh.

  • TheBrownBabe

    I have to agree that learning to use this product takes some trial and error, and is different for every head of hair. Now, I cant say I know exactly what to do now to get great results, but I definitely know what not to do!

    I first tried it as a leave in on freshly washed & conditioned wet hair – as a leave in I applied generously. While it worked wonders at melting away tangles & smoothing out my hair, my twist out was stiff and crunchy.

    I’ve used it sparingly as a styler over a leave in, and while it gives better results, its still a bit crunchy. Despite the crunch though, after it wears off its sooooo soft and moisturized, its almost worth it.

    I also really like it as a moisturizer after spritzing dry hair.

    A word of caution though – it inspires MAJOR shrinkage on my 4a/4b hair when styled wet…I guess thats the curl enhancing part :o)

  • http://thecurlworld.blogspot.com Tiffany

    I can’t even say how EXCITED I am that this at Walgreens. I too missed the BOGO but just knowing that its there, local, handy, ready EXCITED. Definitely on the must list, and I will hear no ill words :)

  • Ariele

    I used this product with Kimmytube Leave in and it made my hair real curly . Using it by it selg cause me to have a kinky afro :(

  • Michal Artist

    Can men use this product

    • http://backtocurly.com chai

      of course, I don’t see why not;)!!