You’re gonna hate this product at first, at least I did! But once you figure out the best way to use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, this curly hair product can become your holy grail (HG) – something you can’t do without! Here is my review of another one-product-wonder!
My Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Review and Results
Purpose: Frizz-free defined curls
Texture: Creamy but not sticky
Fragrance: Sweet coconut-y-shea-buttery
Recommended for: All hair types, except quantity differs for different hair types.
How long will it last? The 12 FL OZ or 200 ml tub of cream can last a long time depending on usage.
Does it give a cast? No
How much did I buy it for? I got my 6 FL tub for INR 450 from Target (and a friend of a friend brought it to India)
Would I buy it again: YES!!
Bonus: It pairs really well with Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel
- Where to Buy? Naturalistic Products – they ship worldwide!
How To Use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Section hair and apply product sparingly to damp or dry hair. Do not rinse out. Style hair as desired. For best results, use as a styling cream for twist-outs, braids and wash-and-go styles.
The Shea Moisture Smoothie is an amazing product and can be used in the following ways:
As a curl cream – Use it after a leave-in and before gel for LOC method, as I have for this above viral-video-worthy result.
As a leave-in – You can use it by itself on washed hair or even dry hair! You can even dilute it with warm water (for low porosity hair) or cold water in a flairosol bottle and spray on, and scrunch!
For refresh – Use the Smoothie on dry hair to refresh non-wash days.
For Twist-Outs – This method is great if you were struggling to get curl clumps or if you wanted to “train your curls“, specifically for Type 4 curly hair, please scroll down to see a video!
Braids – This is a go-to method to tame flyaways too. Apply the smoothie, brush and detangle hair and braid!
- Baggy Method – According to Ro, a.k.a. Lotusflower078 The baggy method is a technique used for locking in your moisture. First, you apply a moisturizer to the hair and then wrap with a baggy, plastic cap, or saran wrap for an extended period of time. Most curlies will wear this overnight for maximum benefit. The baggy method is great for softer, moisturized hair, but it doesn’t need to be done every day. Your hair must have time to dry out completely. This method is done on clean dry hair you do not follow up with shampooing your hair. The next day let your hair dry and fluff. This method might weigh down 3A hair. The baggy method works best on 3C 4A 4B and 4cC textures. You must use this method sparingly. Only do this method once a week. Consistent use of this method is likely to cause hydral fatigue.
How To Use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie On Dry Hair – My Video !
Yes! Yes! It’s true. Not all products can be used on dry hair but this one you can!! So if you are in a hurry to get to work, or just need a quick pick-me-up routine, then this is it. Check out my result here. I used it on a dry Day 2 hair after my morning scalp massage with Righteous Roots Oil.
How To Use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie On 3B/3C Hair
Here’s one of my favourite YouTubers Bianca Renee Today on how she styles her 3B/3C curly hair with the Shea smoothie.
How To Use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie On Type 4 Curly Hair
Curl Enhancing Smoothie For Waves
My daughter has wavy hair and we use just a smidge of this Shea smoothie either on wash day or to refresh her waves. The Shea smoothie gives her super defined frizz-free waves BUT if we use too much then it gets oily for her, as it does for my 3A curls. You can click on this image below or the link here if you want to learn about my top tips for wavy hair routine.
A word of caution about the Shea Smoothie
The Shea Smoothie worked better, for me, in the colder months. For winter hair care, using this product goes a long way to give your curls that extra hydration.
The key ingredients in this product are Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, Silk Protein, so it’s rich! If I use over one finger scoop, it weighs my 3A curls down and feels sticky and I have to shampoo it all out. This is part of the reason I was shampooing a lot in Nov 2017, remember that?
Anyway, here is a quick video of how I refresh with the Shea Smoothie on dry hair.
The Biggest Con
Any shea butter based products can “build-up” on your hair. This means it will build a barrier between your hair and your products. So the new products you may be using later can’t penetrate through and do their job optimally.
Therefore, you must use a strong shampoo like Pantene Lively Clean to strip out the shea butter out of your hair!
I don’t like to use shampoos so I do a Bentonite Clay Mask instead. This is a shampoo mask, so I have to condition after I wash it out but it helps to detox scalp and hair.
So overall, I use the Shea Smoothie maybe just once or twice a month. I use it on wash day, go 3-4 days with a refresh in between and then boom, clarify.
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