When I first went natural back in 2011, I had not idea what I was doing but I knew that I had to start with Shea Moisture products. I have tried quite a few of their products but most of them have not done anything fantastic for my hair so I soon gave up on trying every new release (I was a die hard product junkie).
In all the years of being natural I have only just (2 months ago) managed to wear a twist/braid out! Can you believe it? Twist/braid outs are like the ABC of natural hair styling but for a few reasons they never worked for me:
My hair would get really dry after an hour and I hate crispy looking hair
Definition would go from 100 to -10 before I even left my house
Keeping the twists in overnight took all the volume out of my hair
One of my best friends has been natural all her life so when I need a good natural hair recomendation I call her. Somehow I had never discussed my twist/braid out woes with her (moisture retention is always #1 on my complaints list) so when I did, she recommended the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. Now, if you know anything about Shea Moisture, you know that the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk is one of their first products and has been around for years so the suggestion threw me off, the product junkie in me was expecting a new miracle product. I had previously tried the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and it did absolutely nothing for me, it just left build up on my strands, and since that was everyone's Holy grail product I just assumed that the Curl & Style Milk couldn't be much better.
I expressed this in the conversation and as we sometimes do hair product swaps, I gave her my Curl Enhancing Smoothie for her Curl & Style Milk (she ended up liking the Smoothie by the way!).
So I twist my hair up with no expectations of being able to wear it out but hoping for a nicely defined braid out ponytail and the next day, after the take down I have moisture, volume and definition! I wore the braid out for 2 whole days! Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk is now one of my staple products when trying to obtain definition in my twist/braid outs and I now know I can actually rock one.
FACTS ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Packaging: It comes in a transparent 254ml plastic bottle wrapped in a coral coloured label. The product is dispensed through a press top cap.
Product: White, slightly thick lotion with a sweet but not overpowering scent.
Notable Ingredients: Coconut oil, vegetable glycerin and shea butter - all known to keep hair moisturised (individually these ingredients don't work for me but they do in this mixture).
How I applied it: At the end of my wash day I do the LCO (Liquid > Cream > Oil) method where the Curl & Style Milk is my cream. I then braid/twist my hair into about 10-12 sections and let air dry overnight.
It is a little pricey (in the UK) for a hair product but having been a product junkie and trying so many things, it's worth it to me.
As a low porosity girl, product build up is a real concern for me but this product is so lightweight that it doesn't weigh my hair down at all.
I love my hair to smell nice and this definitely does that.
It doesn't transfer to my scarf/bonnet which is another major issue for me; if the product is saturating my scarf/bonnet then it can't be moisturising my hair.
I really wish it came in a much bigger bottle!
Product overall rating: 4/5 - I like it and it's great for my braid/twist outs.
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