Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Showing Some Love: Shea Moisture Curling Souffle

Hiya, Curlie-Pies! So, I really wanted review this product because it has been one of the most polarizing new natural hair goodies we've been introduced to in a minute! I mean, curlies either adore it or hate it....but whichever team you roll with, the feelings expressed are typically strong! Admittedly, I purchased mine back when it came out (last summer), immediately shelved it, & only recently developed a love for it. Because I learned how to use it. The Shea Moisture Curling Soufflé kicked up quite a bit of noise when it was introduced to the natural universe last year. I'm saying, some curlies swore by it, others returned it to the store. Because of my sheer love of Shea Moisture products in general, I didn't take it back to the store - even though my spirals weren't smitten with it upon the first use. The consistency (like unfinished Jell-O) definitely takes some getting used to. Now, because I can at times behave as a product junkie (not in purchasing products, but choking my curls with product) I went about my initial application ALL WRONG. I mean, I just scooped up a big ol' handful & went at it! FAIL. I was left with a cute, but gloppy mess on my noggin. Yuck. MAYBE, if I read the instructions more carefully, I would've paid attention to the little notice saying not to do what I had just done. It took forever to dry, it was sticky and just, ugghhhh. So I put it away months ago. Recently though, I revisited my old foe, and paired it with the SM Curl & Style Milk. I went very light with my application, and POW! Can't (pronounced cai'nt) nobody tell me nothin', lol! Seriously though, my curls are shiny, bouncy, defined, have major hold without the crunchy or sticky dramatic situation I had the first go around. I am receiving so many random compliments on my coils, it's unreal. I really do love this stuff indeed, and it's worth every dollar (even though this little baby costs a buck more than other SM products). I can rock my curly fro for at least a week (pineappling & such at night) and my crown still has a nice sheen & minimal frizz. Shoot, I tried a conditioner only WNG the other night & had to call the Soufflé my rescue from the frizz monster the next morning! It wasn't BAD, per se, but the Soufflé made it a little more polished, you know? I spayed some water, quickly shingled & it was on & poppin. Not to mention, I didn't have to wait for my hair to dry through the Whiteout time (when the condish or styler is clearly sitting on top of our heads, waiting to take up residence in our bed of curls). So there you have it, Curlie Pies! $11.99 at Target, Walgreen's or other retailers who carry SM products. A teeny bit actually travels far through the most stubborn of curls! I love it & encourage curlies who've decided they hate it to try again utilizing a different technique. You just may see a difference. I know I did! There's 2 sides to every Frizz, natural dancer

11 comments:

Shones said...

Thank you! I have a tendency to do the exact thing you did -- grab a glob, slap it on my hair. And like you, I wondered if it was just me who kind of shrugged shoulders at this product. I held onto it, but I don't love it. Now I know what to do... so thank you! I'll give it another shot.

Anonymous said...

Such a nice long post. Do you have pics?

PartiCURLY Natural said...

I love your product review. I also am a fan of shea moisture products I'll have to go out and by the Soufflé and try it out!

Ordered Steps Productions said...

Hi, ladies!!!! Did you try it?

curlyclaire said...

I absolutely LOVE the curling souffle - I think because others seem to not like the consistency of it they return it and it doesnt sell as well as some of the other products so now im having a hard time finding it at my local Target and Walgreens!! However, for those of you who are NOT following how to use this you are missing out!!! I pair this with the Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie and I have to say "KABLAMM!!" about how awesome the results are!! there is a little stickiness to it (very light) but worth it for the results.. Shiny, loose wavy curls and easy to manage and detangle. I can go 3 - 4 days without adding more product. Just spritz with a little water and olive oil to "reactivate" the product and BAM!

Anonymous said...

I have not too short afro 4a hair and MY GOD, my hair has never been so defined. I followed a tip I found on another blog mixing 3 tbsp aloe vera juice with 1 tbsp souffle. Used KCKT for leavein but I guess u can also use the Shea Moisture Milk, then I applied liberally (I used it all actually) on my soaking wet hair right in the shower in front of my shower wall mirror. WOW! Marvelous! Regine

Anonymous said...

I meant Aloe Vera Gel not Juice
Regine

Anonymous said...

I also tried 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp of the souffle on soaking wet hair (without any leave in) and my hair was SUPER SUPER defined like with when I used a combination of 1 tbsp souffle + 3 tbsp aloe vera gel but the difference being that this time my hair had a much softer hold (which I like). This product is a MUCH cheaper (but I admit more TRICKY) version of Kinky Curly and, at least for me, way better. Give it a try but you might have to use it a couple of times before you figure out the best amount for your hair. Regine

Anonymous said...

I love the product...i use it with Hawaiian Silky 14 n 1...my curls are so defined...hair is soft with a nice sheen...(i must admit i used too much the first time as well...Haha! we live and learn)

Anonymous said...

I made the same mistake but in one section of my hair. I looked at the directions and it said "SPARINGLY".. Oh that word reins all so true.. But I love this stuff.. I love the product line and I would not give up my souffle, for I, myself, was a product junkie..

C Rob said...

I tried it for the first time last week and, I too, used too much. I was considering returning it and moving on to the next product but I am so glad I chose to research the issue first. I am now going to try it again with the smoothie and that's it. My hopes are high, I think I will like it. I expect to have touchable curls without the dryness caused by other gels.