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If you have curly hair, you know the struggle to find products for your hair type. No one ever told me what to look for in hair products so I neglected to wear my hair out curly for most of my middle and high school career. Instead I burned it with a flat iron. It wasn't until the end of my sophomore year in high school I decided to stop flat ironing my hair and finally learn how to take care of my hair. I watched endless YouTube videos to learn every little detail about curly hair. Now I know the type of products to look for when shopping in the store.
One of the first products I bought after deciding to go natural was Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Along with that, I also purchased the shampoo and conditioner. I thought those were the only products I needed and my hair was going to be perfect and curly and just like all the YouTubers I had watched. So when styling my hair, I used the smoothie and the smoothie alone. My hair dried curly but extremely big and I wasn't comfortable with it. I soon learned that just the smoothie wouldn't do the job.
So I added a leave-in conditioner and an oil with the smoothie and I could finally control my hair. This method, for those of you who don't know, is called the LOC (leave in conditioner, oil, and a styling cream) method. This is an order of which to apply your products that guarantees moisture for your hair. I used this method first. I would use Shea Moistures JBCO leave in conditioner, coconut oil, and the curl enhancing smoothie. I loved the way my hair looked after using these ingredients. However, I soon discovered that the LCO (leave in conditioner, styling cream, and oil) method was better for me because using the oil at the end sealed in all the moisture of the products.
Now, let's discuss the product itself. It has all natural ingredients. It contains silk protein and neem oil and claims to be for thick, curly hair. Which I do stand by. Their curl enhancing smoothie is from their Coconut and Hibiscus line and yes, it smells like coconut. I liked the smell at first but I used it for a while and I soon got sick of it. According the Shea Moisture's website, the smoothie claims "Coconut oil used in this moisturizing formula hydrates and protects hair against breakage while replenishing lost oils. Neem oil imparts brilliant shine and adds volume and definition to dull, lifeless curls and coils. This enhancing smoothie bottles in the benefits of Silk Protein, an important ingredient that softens unruly locks making them irresistibly smooth and easy to manage."
The product lasts a very long time, and you do not need a lot. It is a very thick creamy product that will moisturize your hair and define your curls. You can even use it for twists and coils, as I have before. I don't suggest using it alone but different hair types can use it alone. It is quite expensive, as most Shea Moisture products are. On their website, it costs about $14. But it lasted me around six to eight months. Out of 10, I would give it a nine because it is a little expensive and I'm sure you can find cheaper products that do the same thing. Overall, its a great product if you want to be safe. You can't really go wrong with this product.
If you are interested in buying this product, you can purchase it at Shea Moisture's website, Walmart, Target, and some drug stores. To learn more about this product, you can head over to Shea Moisture's website, linked here.