Like so many others with curly hair, I'm pretty loyal to my curl cocktail. I mean, it only took years of trial and error to get my curl-defining and frizz-fighting lineup right, so naturally, once I found it, I was pretty locked in. The challenge is, as a beauty editor, there's always a new product to try — and honestly, I'm always game. So testing out the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, a coconut oil-based leave-in conditioner to hydrate split-ends, was a no-brainer.
But the thing about curly hair products, particularly in the styling category, is that there a million-and-one options to choose from and a very real issue of styling for multiple curl patterns on one head. My curls are a lot tighter in the back of my head than they are in the front (thanks, heat damage), so I tend to go more lightweight products in the front that won't further stretch out my already-compromised curls. The back of my hair takes to defining products a lot better, but then there's also the issue of shrinkage, so I actually need products that are a little heavier to help lengthen those curls a bit.
In general, my texture overall is dense but fine. Heavy oils and creams can quickly weigh down my hair and leave it feeling greasy. Knowing this, I can usually tell from the look and feel of a product if it's going to work on my hair or not.
That being said, after opening the jar of SheaMoisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie, I immediately noticed it was right for me (and my hair). Although I was skeptical of the cream's thickness, when rubbed into the pads of my fingers, it breaks down into a lightweight, oil-like texture (thanks, to its coconut oil-based formula) — without any added greasiness. Already a good sign.