SM curling soufflé!

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I saw a Youtube video from a lady who mixed the SM curling souffle and curl enhancing smoothie. Her WNG lasted 11 days!

So, despite the bad reviews of the souffle, I broke down and bought them. I just did my usual braid out. While I was applying the products, my hair didn't look that good. It was a bit frizzy and dull looking. Once it was dry, it looked really great. My hair was soft, moisturized, and shiny all week long. I didn't even have to do touch ups.

While I was applying the products, I noticed that I had a some itchy bumps at my hairline and a red blotch on my arm. My eyes were burning, but I just assumed product was running in my eyes.

The second time I used the smoothie and souffle combo, it was a complete disaster. My hands and eyes were itching and burning. The inside of my nose was burning, and my throat started closing up. I have never had such a severe reaction to anything.

That's just the way it goes for me. Whenever I find a product that works on my hair, I end up being allergic to it. I hate my skin. I'm always turning red or breaking out in hives.

I'm still trying to figure out which ingredient is the culprit. I first eliminated the smoothie, and used the souffle with a different leave-in. I, once again, had that severe reaction. As soon as the product touched my hand, my skin started itching. The next time I did my hair, I used only the smoothie. I think my hands itched a little, but the reaction was nowhere near as severe as with the souffle. I use the SM Curl & Shine shampoo and the Curl & Style Milk with no problems.

I've never read about anyone else having an allergic reaction like I did. So, for anyone who has normal skin, I highly recommend the SM curl enhancing smoothie and curling souffle. If my allergic reaction had been milder, I really would still be using it.
Originally Posted by jeduende
HOLY CRAP! Girl, put that product down!!!! I get the red bumps on my hairline, too. It's weird. But, no throat closing here.
Originally Posted by Houseofcurls
LOL. Sometimes, when I see the jar sitting there in my bathroom cabinet, I'm tempted to give it another try...but, I think I've learned my lesson.
fine/med, dense, low porosity

low-poo: SM Curl & Shine, SM African Black Soap Shampoo
RO: One 'n Only Brazilian Tech Keratin Smoothing Cond.
leave-in: Giovanni 50/50 cond.
stylers: KCCC, KMFUM
Ok...I am so happy with this...my curls are shiny and frizz free. The finer canopy looks a bit producty but overall it's great!! I got some smoothie to add to the mix tomorrow so maybe that will HP with that. I also got Yucca & Baobab thickening shampoo so I'll try it all tomorrow...so excited!
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Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
Jas I can't believe you've never used KCCC. I bet you'd like it! I find it to be very similar, only without the agave & aloe in the soufflé. I think the smoothie is more of a moisturizer, or curl cream.
Originally Posted by lcl0706
Oh, actually, I just looked at the ingredients (bc my inner PJ is interested now - lol!) and both have agave and aloe. The soufflé has flax and some other things, and the KCCC has chamomile, horsetail, nettle and marshmallow root.
Originally Posted by Jas76
They both have agave and aloe? Well damn. I hadn't looked at the ingredients in KCCC in a while I wonder why KCCC works a lot more often than the souffle works for me. I figured it was the agave and aloe, most likely to be problem ingredients, in the souffle but guess I was wrong! Pretty sure the souffle has glycerin and KCCC doesn't? maybe that's it. Maybe I need to head to my product closet and double check the ingredients!!

KCCC is a bit more pricey but honestly I've been through so many products and frustration I'd about pay an arm and a leg to find something that works consistently. Which KCCC does not, but it's more hit than miss. Sigh.
fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
Gels: SCC spray gel

Jas I can't believe you've never used KCCC. I bet you'd like it! I find it to be very similar, only without the agave & aloe in the soufflé. I think the smoothie is more of a moisturizer, or curl cream.
Originally Posted by lcl0706
Oh, actually, I just looked at the ingredients (bc my inner PJ is interested now - lol!) and both have agave and aloe. The soufflé has flax and some other things, and the KCCC has chamomile, horsetail, nettle and marshmallow root.
Originally Posted by Jas76
They both have agave and aloe? Well damn. I hadn't looked at the ingredients in KCCC in a while I wonder why KCCC works a lot more often than the souffle works for me. I figured it was the agave and aloe, most likely to be problem ingredients, in the souffle but guess I was wrong! Pretty sure the souffle has glycerin and KCCC doesn't? maybe that's it. Maybe I need to head to my product closet and double check the ingredients!!

KCCC is a bit more pricey but honestly I've been through so many products and frustration I'd about pay an arm and a leg to find something that works consistently. Which KCCC does not, but it's more hit than miss. Sigh.
Originally Posted by lcl0706
Well, perhaps it's the AMOUNTS of the aloe and agave in the two? Or perhaps the glycerin, like you said.

It's likely I'll break down on a whim and try it some day! Lol!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
well, maybe I need to get some mineral oil. If it works for you, it should work for me, right? lol!

I wish I could get clumps, too. It just wont happen. You should post a hair pic, so I can see if our curls are actually similar or if it's just our properties. They sound SO similar!
Originally Posted by Houseofcurls
Lol! Well, all I can say is I'm porous and it has made a world of difference for me!
I've actually started using more products with MO in it, too.

And I do have a couple pics up, I think?? If not I'll find a couple more!

ETA: Ok, that's weird. I had uploaded a couple pics a while back, but I can't find them, nor even a place to upload pics at all. I must be missing something.

Btw, the clumps - that took me a while to figure out. The biggest thing was getting moisture into my hair. Then lots of LI. Way more than I ever would have thought. And tons of water, of course.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing

Last edited by Jas76; 01-10-2013 at 08:43 PM.
Ok, hair twin, I finally figured out how to load pics. Lol! So they are on the before and after thread, just for you!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I am a complete fiend for anything Shea Moisture and I LOVE all their products EXCEPT this one. I tried it thrice and three strikes, it's out!

It left my hair feeling gummy, sticky, tacky and sweet...ugh! I tried spritzing my hair every day with water for a week to try and dilute it or thin it out but it still felt the same

I think the problem is that the main ingredients are agave and sugar cane extract. Every time I even slightly touched my hair it left an icky, glaze-like film on my hands.

While it did give my twist-outs "good enough" hold and definition, it made my hair feel so disgusting. To me, this is Shea Moisture's only misstep in their product line and I wish they would reformulate it.
Really?? That's so odd. I have none of those issues. Of course I put it on soaking wet hair over LI. If that's not when you apply product then it may not be right for you.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I so loved my hair today. I will have to play with amounts a bit more. I think I could stand to use a little less for more movement. But I am loving this product. Interested to see how moisturized it feels when I rinse it all out tomorrow.
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Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
Really?? That's so odd. I have none of those issues. Of course I put it on soaking wet hair over LI. If that's not when you apply product then it may not be right for you.
Originally Posted by Jas76
That's exactly how I use it on my type 4 hair. I even tried different leave-ins, no change *smh*

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Goddesscurls - I was worried when I tried it, bc when I put it in my hair felt... Idk, like it would feel dried out after it dried. But all was fine! Everything rinsed fine, too, and I've noticed no ill effects.

Skeeter - that's so odd! Maybe there is an ingredient or two that aren't playing nice. Just curious, have you tried KCCC? Maybe you said already and I'm not remembering, but I was just wondering if you had better results there, since they are similar products.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
So used the Yucca lo-poo for fine hair to thicken just now...it lathered alot cause I just lo-poo'd yesterday. But I did use the soufflé yesterday and when I bought the smoothie I put some in on dry hair before I went to bed last night...figured it was so moisturizing. So when I washed today my hair didnt feel stripped at all...like it kind did with the SheaMoisture Raw she butter lo-poo I used yesterday. Not sure if that's because of the different lo-poo or because if the soufflé and smoothie. Anyway...it smelled nice. I used both smoothie and soufflé today...combed them all they and sprayed with water some more. Think I used more smoothie than soufflé..it's dripping now but looks good so we'll see. If this stuff works I may have found hg's. I am a bit afraid that if/when I decide not to lo-poo and just to cowash that I may be way too moisturized. I'll try it eventually but does anyone know that assuming the lo-poo doesn't strip ur hair or make it feel dry and damaged...if it's ok to use that every time?
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Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
Ladies...I think we have an HG! My hair is 95 percent dry. Perfect frizz free curls...plus it smells great. It was a little crunchy earlier but I put in a little more smoothie on dry hair and scrunched some...man it looks awesome!!
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Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
Ya'll have won again! I just went out and bought this. Will give this a try and report back!
Ladies...I think we have an HG! My hair is 95 percent dry. Perfect frizz free curls...plus it smells great. It was a little crunchy earlier but I put in a little more smoothie on dry hair and scrunched some...man it looks awesome!!
Originally Posted by GoddessCurls
Well, now you've got ME - I'm going to pick up some smoothie after I get paid!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Hope it works for ya Jas. I am just loving my hair!
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http://public.fotki.com/curlygirl1978/

Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
I got the Yucca thickening mask which I had heard makes ur hair strong but sometimes kind of course and tough to comb thru. I used it today...left it on for like a hour or so...when I rinsed it out it wasn't super slippy but certainly not tough to get thru. I had detangled before I put the stuff in and I also combed while the stuff was on. Anyhow...it did feel a bit stronger...I may use again tomorrow...
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http://public.fotki.com/curlygirl1978/

Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
I was hoping the kccc would be a substitute for flaxseed gel only with a longer shelf life. Havent tried it yet but it is on my hair wish list. (Which is an actual list that I have been working on for future purchases hehehe).
Lol! We all have that list, don't feel bad!!

That's the same thing I wanted - a sub for FSG when traveling or when I run out. I thought the soufflé would be good bc of its texture, and bc it has flax in it.

So far I'm liking it better than FSG!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Could someone pls clearly articulate the difference between the Smoothie and the Souffle?

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