Product Review—Shea Moisture’s Curling Souffle

Hola peeps!  Today I am sharing a product review of Shea Moisture’s Curling Souffle.  I must say that I discovered their products a little over a year ago.  The very first SM product I used was their Organic African Black Soap Shea Butter Wash and fell in love with it!  I still use it as my daily facial wash, as it helps to keep my skin clean and free of breakouts.

I later moved on to their hair care products—Curl & Shine Shampoo, Curl Milk, and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.  Again all great!  However, sadly this didn’t work out as well.  Here is a list of their key ingredients just so you know what I was working with:

  • Agave Teqilana Leaf Extract:  Provides natural hold and shine
  • Sugar Cane Extract:  Provides natural hold and shine
  • Pectin: Provides natural hold and shine
  • Vegetable Glycerin:  Natural humectant and conditioner (just enough is  used in this special formulation to retain moisture, but not enough to cause  frizz and dryness in certain climates / temperatures)
  • Baobab Extract: Contains vitamins A, C, D, E and F to fortify and strengthen  hair
  • Coconut Oil: Rich in fatty acids, hydrates and protects hair from heat and  chemical damage
  • Certified Organic Shea Butter: Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, it deeply  moisturizes and repairs damage to the hair and scalp
  • Pro-Vitamin B-5: Provides moisture and shine, while repairing hair  shaft
  • Aloe: Conditions and softens hair, while acting as an anti-inflammatory to  help soothe and treat scalp irritation
  • Vitamin E (Vegetable Derived): Helps promote healthy hair growth and repair  damage

**list courtesy of:

After my semi-blowout that I did for my 2yr Nappiversary last week I applied this to my freshly washed hair.  Excited because I always had good results with SM I started to section off and shingled the product in my hair.  I immediately noticed how sticky **caused by the Agave nectar maybe?** it was on my hands and even more so in my hair—ick!  That was an instant turn off.  Not to be defeated I continued to work it through my hair in hopes that it would blend in like a butter/cream.  Nope, didn’t happen! 

After the product was all in I went about my daily routine in getting ready for the day.  Normally my hair would be semi-dry by the time I leave out the door **which is an hour later** unfortunately this left my hair wet and with a sticky film.  As the day continued on it was still wet and gross feeling!  Sadly this is one SM product that is not meant for me.  Perhaps it will work better in the summer or on fine hair, who knows? 

I washed my hair today and my tresses are finally starting to feel normal again.  I don’t know if it was the product or the blow-fry but I am not using nor doing either again!  This Curling Souffle will remain on my product shelf until I can find a new home for it.  So, has anyone else tried this?  Did it work for you–why/why not?  Do tell…

**Product was purchased by moi.



20 thoughts on “Product Review—Shea Moisture’s Curling Souffle

  1. I think it’s sticky because it’s practically sugar-based. So, I guess as a scientist, the consistency made sense to me. I use it whenever I do protective styles, AND THAT’S IT. It takes a LONG time for it to dry on thick hair. So if it’s a curly style you want to wear TODAY, steer away from this product. But it undeniably adds shine and curl when you take out the protective style.

    1. Hi! I see your point…after I used it a 2nd time mixed with the smoothie. It wasn’t too bad but not my fave. Sucks I would try it with a twist out but they never hold/work on my hair. Thanks for the feedback and stop by again soon !

  2. I tried this product and didnt like it at all. I usually wash my hair then shingle it with Kinky Kurly curling custard. I tried that with this souffle and I twas an epic fail. I had the same problems as you…stinky, never dried and left a film but it also attracted dirt and made my black hair look brown. I rinsed it out less than 24 hours later and my hair still wasn’t dry and smelled like mildew. I’m not a product junkie and don’t really try new products often. I was being cheap and lazy because I ran out of Kinky Kurly and this was a third of the cost. And it never provided any hold.

    1. Hi Ms. Brooks! Yes my 1st try was a horrible experience. However I did try it again mixed with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and it wasn’t to bad. I used it for a twist out. It isn’t my fave product but not my worst either. Thanks for the feedback and please stop by again soon.

  3. I didn’t care for it much after my first couple of uses either it but was determined to make it work for the price i paid for it. I found that it works better when my air is wet. I a section of my hair, did a few coils, and let dry. It didn’t take long and the coils were soft and not sticky. There was the slick feeling but it’s not excessive at all. Saves me from adding any other products to my hair. I plan to do my whole head later today.

    1. Hi Anne! Thks for the feedback. I have since tried the Souffle again but I mixed it with the Smoothie this time and used it for a twist out. It left my hair soft and not as sticky but I don’t think that using the Souffle alone works on my hair. I suppose that’s the beauty of natural hair, so things work for some and other products work for another person. Thks for stopping by and please do so again soon

  4. I just tried it today and I have to say so far I love it! I have very long( tail bone) 3b hair and I usually use a regular conditioner as a leave in. I did a co wash and used a quarter sized blob of this and my hair is big, bouncy, and well defined! I usually have a problem with crunchiness but didn’t notice any of that or stickiness with the souffle. As a bonus I LOVE how it smells! I’m dying to try the Curl Enhancing Smoothie but the Target by my house is always out!

    1. Hi Lydia! I have since tried it again but mixed with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Although still not my fave but it is much when mixed with something before I apply to MY hair. I have seen other reviews where people like it alone though. Thanks for the feedback and please stop by again soon :o)

  5. I ve been seeing alot of bad reviews too, and like Cece I wash my hair condish, and then used SM Curl Milk as a leave, and then twisted my hair with the Souffle! I LOVE IT! SO MUCH! I do admit I dont like the sticky film it leaves on my hand, but it seems to soak in my hair. Also, if you pay close attention to te directions, it says be sure to apply on conditioned hair.

    1. Hi Summer! I still have my jar I may give it another go once I figure out a combo that will work for my hair. I definitely didn’t like it alone so I know that I have to mix it with something else. Thanks for the feedback. Please stop by again soon:o)

  6. I have been using SM Curling Souffle for about a month now. I wash my hair with SM Curl and Shine Shampoo then condition w/ Tresemee conditioner for dry and damaged hair. Next, I add the curl milk as a leave-in. Finally, I section my hair and apply a little of the SM Curling Souffle in smal sections. I usually two strand twist my hair and leave it in twists for the week. By the end of the week, voila! I have beautiful defined curls that always get many compliments. In fact, just yesterday a co-worker asked me if I had done my hair myself. I told her yes and she said I am going to have to ask you to do mine too. Your hair is gorgeous! So, that’s my experience. Oh, did I mention that I am noticing growth since using it? It works well with my medium 4A/4B medium porous natural curly hair.

    1. Hi CeCe! Thks for the feedback. I didn’t try mixing it with the Curl Milk but now you have given me an idea. It was just too sticky on my hair and sadly enough twists never stay in my hair so I was using this with a WNG. I may give it one more try. Thks again and stop by soon!

  7. Most of the reviews of this product have made it seem like a total fail…what a shame! Do you know if they’re planning to reformulate the recipe?

    1. Hi ManeMan! I know I’ve seen other reviews too and they were pretty much the same. Believe me I never bash a product I always try to explain why or why not it didn’t work for me. As I mentioned it may work better in the summer or on someone else with fine hair—it was just a sticky mess in my hair. I really do hope that they take the reviews into consideration and think about reformulating it. I love their other hair care products though. Thanks for stopping by :o)

  8. That sucks when you try new products and they just don’t do right;) I rarely wear my natural tresses (normally just air dry then flat iron) but when I do I’ve used Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue which isn’t anything to right home about in my book but Mizani has a product I use that’s good for keeping your hair moisturized it’s Rose H2O conditioning hairdress.

    1. Hi Jeeda! I know and I love their other products. Oh well you win some and you lose some :o) Yeah I have tried Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding –it is ok but not my fave. I will look into Mizani as I haven’t tried their products for natural hair yet. Thanks!

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