Nov 29, 2011

Product Review: Shea Moisture Curling Souffle'

When I heard that Shea Moisture was coming out with a gel, I was so excited.  I am a fan of their products so I was really curious about how an all natural gel would work.  I took full advantage of their recent BOGO half off sale at Walgreens and picked it up along with their Curl and Shine Shampoo.  Earlier that day, I watched a few Youtube videos online to see what other naturalistas were saying about this new product.   Upon opening the jar, I too had the same reaction many of them had: What am I supposed to do with this?

Source: swirlspearlscurls.blogspot.com
Ever see those cooking competition shows where one of the challenges is to take something obscure like the horn of a hippopotamus and try to make an entree out of it?  That is exactly how I felt as my fingers picked up the jelly like oily substance that is the Curling Souffle'.  It immediately felt like a challenge.  I carefully put some in the front of my freshly washed hair and became even more confused.  Then it hit me: it's oily and it's a gel.  My Paul Mitchell Sculpting Clean Gel is also a gel but can be drying. Why don't I just mix the two?  I mixed some Paul Mitchell gel in my hand along with the Curling Souffle and voila! A winning combination!    It took me a few days to figure out the ratio of souffle' to gel but when I got it, I got it. My second day and third day hair has never felt more moisturized.  To refresh, I spray my hair with my water bottle and then crunch some of the Souffle'/gel in my hair.  My curls look great.

If you've ever had problems with your hair getting dry due to defining your curls with gel, I would recommend pairing your gel with this product.  Otherwise using it by itself could leave your hair very oily. I'd be interested in trying it under Kinky Curly's Custard.  The two times I used that my hair looked wonderful the first day but was a dry matted mess the second day.  Although the Curling Custard is known to not play well with other products, I think the two could work well together because it's not a cream but a gel.  There would be less risk of hair turning white with product. If you've used Shea Moisture's Curling Souffle for twist outs or any other way, I'd love to hear how it worked for you.

Pros:
- All natural
- Affordable
- A little goes a long way
- Good for moisturizing hair that's been defined with gel with something other than a cream

Cons
- Very oily. May take a while to get used to.
- Runny consistency
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