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Frizz-free, defined, moisturized, non-crunchy curls aren't just a dream — they can be yours for under $10!
It's made with coconut and neem oils, which work to hydrate, soften, increase shine, and reduce frizz. It's also formulated without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates, and it's cruelty-free! It smells like coconut and fruit (I think it smells just like a piña colada), and while it does have a pretty strong scent in the jar, I don't find it overwhelming once it's actually on my hair — if you have a super-sensitive nose, though, your mileage may vary.
I will note that it is specifically formulated for thick hair — and I mean thick. I have the kind of hair that has made every single hairdresser I've ever encountered say, "Oh, wow! You have a lot of hair!" so this is perfect for me. If you have fine or thin hair, but still want to define curls, the Curl & Style Milk ($5.59) from the same line is a great option, with all of the same nourishing ingredients but a lighter texture.
"So great for natural hair in any curl pattern. I use it on my coarse, super-coiled curls, and on my son's loose, bouncy curls. I've used this product for years now and it works great." —Cleopatra111
"I live by this stuff and most of the associated products with the same scent. I have super-thick and curly hair (I'm talking corkscrews) that's also more on the dryer side. You don't need a lot, so the container lasts months, which is nice for the wallet as a poor college student. I like the smell, sweet and not overpowering, and the texture doesn't make me wrinkle my nose. Best part is, it's not filled with alcohol and chemicals, which is great because I hate both. I'm a loyal user and would cry if the products were discontinued." —Lizzy
"Can I rave about how much I absolutely love this product for a little bit?! I LOVE IT and so does my hair. I recently did the big chop after transitioning for a year and this product has been a staple in my twists and wash-n-gos. The smell is absolutely wonderful and not overpowering at all. What I love the most is that it is truly moisturizing for my dry hair, and gives great hold, especially when I just wash my hair and leave. My hair dries and holds in perfect little coils and curls for about 4 days before they turn to frizz." —TheCraftyGradStudent
"My hair will dry relatively flat unless I take steps to maximize the (almost invisible) waves. I like this product for several reasons — it works without being stiff, even a little bit makes a difference, and it smells good. It's not sticky while I'm working it into my hair and drying it. I notice quite a difference in volume and it lasts all day — even the next day when I brush my hair out, it has more volume than usual. I find that, because it's a cream and not a spray, I have less problem with frizz as well. I would recommend trying this." —Songbird
"I have curly mixed hair that changes textures a lot. Parts of it can be wavy, straight, or curly all at the same time. While my hair is softer and more manageable than the average black person, it tends to get dry A LOT! I end up weighing my hair down with too much product because I have to put so much moisture in my hair. When I tell you after using various Shea Moisture products that my hair is very hydrated and moisturized. I love this product because it feels like creamy butter going on your hair. It also smells amazing! It's great for adding life to your hair without weighing it down or making it feel greasy." —Paula Thompson
"This product is a miracle for my natural hair. If I wash my hair and not do anything more, it will be dry, wiry, brittle, and totally non-manageable. Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie works wonders for me. I apply it after I shampoo and condition, and also use it before styling to go out. This product is a must for me. I have been using it for quite some time. It is a godsend. Thank you, Shea Moisture." —Vivien Peterson
"I am pleased with the way this product adds moisture and reduces frizz for my toddler's hair. She has several different hair textures, and this leave-in conditioner was perfect for managing loose curls and tight curls alike. A little goes a long way, and it is best to work in small sections of hair with small amounts of product. I ordered this because I loved the smell of the conditioner. So pleasant and not overpowering." —Emily
"I am as old as dirt and have spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to calm my fuzzies. Now that my hair is gray it's worse than ever. Recently I had been wetting my hair daily and putting on product so that I didn't look like a dandelion. I tried this product without high expectations. But boy am I happy with it. Today is day three since my wash, conditioner, and moisturizer. I haven't had to wet and reapply anything on my hair. Happy, happy, happy!" —Gail Ragsdale
"I've tried lots of other curly-girl products and every single time, I come back to this. It adds a much needed boost of moisture to my hair while also holding and smoothing my curls without letting them get frizzy. The scent on this is absolutely, utterly amazing. Every curly girl should have a tub of this." —Leela
"I've been on the hunt for a product that would get rid of my frizz 100%. I've tried gels, mousse, creams, sprays, leave-in conditioner, not washing conditioner out, different conditioners, coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan... The list never ends. This honestly was my Hail Mary, and I'm SO HAPPY this worked. Frizz is GONE. Hair isn't greasy in the slightest, hair is bouncy, weightless, GORGEOUS. For the first time in eight years, I've liked my curly hair." —Smalls
"I get SO MANY compliments on my curls since I started using this! I put it in my hair while wet then go to sleep. I'm always worried I'll sleep on it funny and have a flat spot, but my hair is always gorgeous by the morning! It completely tames the 'poofy' curls, frizzy, lion-hair look and gives my curls so much definition! I won't use ANYTHING else — EVER!" —schroeder.bs