About a month ago, my co-worker came into the office and handed me a jar of Taliah Waajid’s Curly Hair Curl Souffle. She had just attended an event by the hair care brand and said the other women in attendance were raving about the product like it was the best thing to happen to Black hair care since Madame C.J. Walker, and since she wears her hair straight she thought I could use it. I’m never one to turn down a free hair product, especially one with a reputation like that, and when I had the opportunity to put all of Taliah Waajid’s Pure and Natural Shea-Coco line to work on my locs I couldn’t wait to see how everything worked in unison.
By now you know wash ‘n go is my thing, and now, so is this Shea-Coco 2-in-1 Conditioning Co-Wash. Every couple of days, when I’m in the shower and I notice all of my curly products are starting to build up, I squeeze just a hand-palm’s worth amount of the conditioner in my hand and let it sit on my hair while I’m in the shower and rinse at the end. Any residue I had is gone thereafter and my hair feels soft and pliable again for styling, which usually goes in the direction of applying the Curl Souffle and letting my hair air-dry, or I sometimes blow dry with my diffuser when I’m in a rush. Unlike many other curl hair creams and puddings, with the souffle, I don’t feel the need to add another gel-like curl product on top. The consistency actually provides enough hold and definition by itself and my hair is much softer because of it.
Still on a mission for an oil that actually adds luster to my curls without weighing them down, I’m gave the Monoi Oil a whirl three different ways: applying it to wet hair on top of the souffle; adding it to damp hair about 5-7 minutes before I was done blow-drying; and putting the product on once I was done styling my hair completely. The third application method appears to have worked best for me, once I learned a little bit of this product can go a long way (instead of sopping it on my hair when I was done styling). The Monoi Oil is thick, though not as heavy as Jamaican Castor Oil for example, so you really only need a dollop of this serum to seal in moisture and add shine. And as a bonus, you can also use the oil as a pre-poo treatment or even a skin softener.
For touch-ups when my hair is just damp and I’m not starting over from scratch, I also incorporate the Shea-Coco Condition Daily Leave-In Conditioner which gives my curls good hydration so I don’t have to overdo it with too much of the other curl defining products.
The products in the Shea-Coco line are all 97%-100% natural as well so you’re not just making your hair look good, you’re actually doing your hair some good, by moisturizing and conditioning, and also protecting it from harsh elements.
To check out this line, you can head to your local beauty supply, Target, Walmart, or Sally’s, or purchase online at www.naturalhair.org.