Shea Moisture...which ones?!?!

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Hey curlies! Just looking for an overall opinion here. I'm hearing that Shea Moisture is on sale at Walgreens this week, and I've been DIEING to try them for a long while. Now that they're finally on sale, I'm thinking this is finally my chance! Besides, I need some heavy duty products (moisture-wise) for winter, and I desperately need a curl cream. So, I think it's buy one get one -- I'd get two products. I am definitely gonna get either the smoothie or milk as one (maybe both) of my choices, but my main question is, which is/do you like better -- the smoothie or the milk -- and why? I am looking for something to use as a curl cream and base layer with some moisture and curl-enhancing properties. I think the shampoo is out because it has fragrance in it (I'm fragrance-sensitive ), and I don't REALLY need a conditioner, although the DT mask looks nice. What did you guys think of that? What other products should I be looking for? BTW, I have coarse hair, low porosity, and low elasticity, just in case you didn't look at my siggie. Thanks so much! I'm so excited!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
SMOOTHIE. I think it would be perfect for what you're wanting. It is so moisturizing.

And for what it's worth, I love the shampoo. It doesn't make me itch and the fragrance is actually pretty light.
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
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SMOOTHIE. I think it would be perfect for what you're wanting. It is so moisturizing.

And for what it's worth, I love the shampoo. It doesn't make me itch and the fragrance is actually pretty light.
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl
+1 the smoothie would be a good bet for you. It's thicker and creamier than the milk, which has more slip and is more a LI than a curl cream, to me.
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Thank you guys!!! I am SOOO getting the smoothie now! From what you're saying, the smoothie is more a moisturizing cream, as opposed to the milk, which is more a LI? This is awesome! I am all too excited!! I would love to get the shampoo, but my scalp itches with any and all fragrance.
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
Woo hoo! I hope you like it. I think you will. Maybe if you're doing a BOGO you could get the milk too
Mod CG since 8/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, protein junkie. Itchy and allergic wavy!
Growing out
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pw: mountaincurl
Woo hoo! I hope you like it. I think you will. Maybe if you're doing a BOGO you could get the milk too
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl
True! I like to mix them together sometimes. It works well to add slip to the smoothie and use it as a RO.
I wasn't aware that the shampoo had any added fragrance? I thought the smell just came from the natural ingredients. But whatever the smell is from, it smells fantastic.
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I know, I am SOOO glad it's buy one get one! I don't know if I want the DT mask though. But I don't hear many great reviews on the mask, so I probably WILL get the milk, too! Are there any other products I'm missing? There's only the milk, smoothie, and mask (besides the poo and condish ), right?
Yeah, I think there's artificial fragrance at the very end. But, maybe the ingredient list was wrong. I don't know exactly what EOs I'm sensitive to (if any), either. I've heard so many great things about the shampoo, though, that I really want to get it!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
I just bought the mask and the smoothie last week before the sale. I wasn't crazy about the smell of the mask but it does a decent job. Don't think I'll buy it again though. The smoothie smells like pina colada. Yum! I used it as a leave in and layered LALSG over it. First time I used it I honestly had my best curly hair day yet. Haven't been able to replicate since though. I still recommend the smoothie.
3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
I'm excited for you! I love the smoothie!

Just FYI: it's buy one get one 50% off at Walgreens. So you get two for $15 instead of $20 - still a great deal!
2c/3a, fine, low-med porosity, below BSL, mod CG since 9/09

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I'm fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world." - Leigh Standley
Since it is just buy one get one HALF off, I think I am waiting until it is "get one free." Thank you for pointing that out, Kasden! How do you use the smoothie in your routine? CCE -- I LOVE the smell of piņa coladas, so that sounds really good!! I am glad you are liking the smoothie, too! Thank you for your reviews!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
I rotate the smoothie out with FSG and mousse. I emulsify LI with a few drops of jojoba oil, scrunchscrunchscrunch, then scrunch in either FSG, mousse or smoothie. My hair does better if I let it soak in for 15-20 minutes (I'm low - med porosity) then apply gel. I tried the smoothie as a LI...it weighed me down and left me with stringy curls. But it might work for you as a LI since you have coarser hair like CCE.
2c/3a, fine, low-med porosity, below BSL, mod CG since 9/09

"
I'm fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world." - Leigh Standley
I rotate the smoothie out with FSG and mousse. I emulsify LI with a few drops of jojoba oil, scrunchscrunchscrunch, then scrunch in either FSG, mousse or smoothie. My hair does better if I let it soak in for 15-20 minutes (I'm low - med porosity) then apply gel. I tried the smoothie as a LI...it weighed me down and left me with stringy curls. But it might work for you as a LI since you have coarser hair like CCE.
Originally Posted by kasden
Oh, so you use it as an all-in-one product! Cool! I think I will need another product over it to give me nice hold, but I *think* that I'm going to use it as a curl cream in winter. I LOOVE my product layering when the weather gets cold. Using it as a LI sounds promising, too! I'm low porosity, too, BTW. Do you have fine hair?
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Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
Yes - I have fine hair. I need some hold, too - I always use a gel over the smoothie.
2c/3a, fine, low-med porosity, below BSL, mod CG since 9/09

"
I'm fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world." - Leigh Standley
I know, I am SOOO glad it's buy one get one! I don't know if I want the DT mask though. But I don't hear many great reviews on the mask, so I probably WILL get the milk, too! Are there any other products I'm missing? There's only the milk, smoothie, and mask (besides the poo and condish ), right?
Yeah, I think there's artificial fragrance at the very end. But, maybe the ingredient list was wrong. I don't know exactly what EOs I'm sensitive to (if any), either. I've heard so many great things about the shampoo, though, that I really want to get it!
Originally Posted by wavynwild16
I looked at my bottle of the Coconut Hibiscus shampoo and there wasn't any added fragrance. Maybe it's in the moisture retention shampoo?
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Ha! Too funny that you mentioned this. I looked the ingredients lists up the other night, and there was no fragrance in either shampoo! Turns out that the only thing that worried me is the "exotic" flowery extracts, because I think I'm sensitive to some of those. I wish there was a trial bottle of these shampoos! I may just have to bite the bullet and try some. I have family members who like taking all the stuff that doesn't work for me, anyway, so it wouldn't be a total waste if it didn't work.
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
Im SO happy I read this thread earlier! I just got back from Walgreens with the smoothie and the holding mist. I LOOOVE both. OMG. Like, seriously. Love.! Smells AMAZING. And, I used the smoothie to scrunch out the nasty crunch that Fructise Pure Clean Gel left in my hair. Used the mist to finish. My hair looks soft and shiney and not cruncy or wet AND I smell amazing. Im doing the happy dance!!!
2b + 3a curl pattern
fine w/ normal elasticity
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I rotate the smoothie out with FSG and mousse. I emulsify LI with a few drops of jojoba oil, scrunchscrunchscrunch, then scrunch in either FSG, mousse or smoothie. My hair does better if I let it soak in for 15-20 minutes (I'm low - med porosity) then apply gel. I tried the smoothie as a LI...it weighed me down and left me with stringy curls. But it might work for you as a LI since you have coarser hair like CCE.
Originally Posted by kasden
Oh, so you use it as an all-in-one product! Cool! I think I will need another product over it to give me nice hold, but I *think* that I'm going to use it as a curl cream in winter. I LOOVE my product layering when the weather gets cold. Using it as a LI sounds promising, too! I'm low porosity, too, BTW. Do you have fine hair?
Originally Posted by wavynwild16
Hi Wavy! I was finally able to get the same great results I got the first time I used the smoothie. For me, I need to keep it simple--smoothie as leave in followed by hard hold gel (LALSG), that's it. I'd been layering too much stuff and was getting build up and frizz. Today I just used those 2 products and wow! No frizz, nice clumps, good shine, and great curls. Smoothie is definitely a great buy. Leaves my hair soft and shiny not weighed down. Am curious about the spray for refreshing... You like how I keep it simple! Haha 
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3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
OMG! I just wrote a really big reply and canceled it by mistake!! Stupid fancy technology. I hate it sometimes!

Anyway, I'm gonna make this short and sweet. I got tired of typing after I wrote out that other reply, LOL! I am very happy that both of you are loving Shea Moisture! All this product love is contagious. I was thinking about getting the holding mist, too, Sunshine! You are making me want it now that you love it so much! And I'm glad you got your routine to work again, CCE! I LOVE tons of layers in the winter, but it does funny things to my hair in the summer. So, I went out to Walgreens the other day and picked up the Moisture Retention shampoo and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I didn't use the shampoo yet, but a family member with a sensitive scalp like mine tried it and said they loved it. Supposedly, it was nice and tingly and cleansing on their scalp, but it felt moisturizing and creamy and rich, too. Not sure how I'm gonna react to it. My scalp is WAY sensitive. I don't know if the Japanese honeysuckle extract (or whatever the heck that extract is) is one I'm sensitive to, or if it will be too stripping, which also makes me itchy. I will report back on Tuesday when I do try it out. But, I just want to stop here for a minute to say that I did try the smoothie, and it was FANTASTIC. Like, seriously. It doesn't get much better than this!! I did my normal routine -- wash, condition, icequeen in the shower, scrunch out RO and scrunch in LI, scrunch in gel (it was FSG this time, which was definitely different than the LA Looks NutraCurl I've been using lately), and plop for about and hour and a half. I then pixie diffused for 10-ish minutes, mixed some LOOB and the SM smoothie in my hand, scrunched some of that in, and pixie diffused some more. I thought it was looking pretty good, and a family member told me my hair looked really curly. Okay, that was good! My hair was SO SOFT, though, that it was almost unbelievable. I have INSANELY dry hair that literally drinks up moisture like it's nobody's business. It's insane. But, my hair felt great -- so soft, as a matter if fact, that the curl fell out a little, and it was looking a little flat by the end of the day. So, I pineappled and went to bed. I woke up, scrunched some water into my hair, scrunched it some Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse and some of the Smoothie, and I pixie diffused until it was dry. And my hair is still soft. And I didn't even put any extra conditioner in. Usually my hair is a wreck if I don't do that on the 2nd day. It's a little frizzy, but I was sweating a lot today, and I diffused a bit too long. This stuff is AWESOME. And it's going to make an awesome curl cream in winter! Goodness, I love it. SO glad I bought it. I hope the shampoo is just as awesome!!

Edit: LOL, I just re-read that, and it was TOTALLY not short! Ha ha! Once I got going, I couldn't stop!! Thanks to all the advice and encouragement I got from everyone!! And thanks for the smoothie rec, MC and Swtndspcy!! You guys all rock.
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Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!

Last edited by wavynwild16; 09-04-2011 at 08:20 PM.
I'm glad you like the smoothie. I'm liking it more and more each day. Fun finding ways to use it!
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3a/b, fine texture, low porosity, normal elasticity, mod-CG 7/11/11

Poo: KC Come Clean, SM Moisture Retention
CO: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Renpure Argan Oil, YTCucumbers, Sevi Pumpkin
Style: AIF, HESMU, Biolage gelee, KCCC
LOOB for second day hair


Like BS/ACV rinses, limit protein/humectants.
Thanks, CCE! I am having WAY too much fun experimenting with it! I am glad it works so well. All these natural products are amazing at moisturizing my hair. I am too much of a drugstore product gal! It's amazing how dry my hair still is after all this time CG. Too bad all these natural products are so expensive. I will just have to concoct my own, ha ha!
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Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!

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