At A Glimpse: Shea Moisture C&H Curling Soufflé



On Friday, I went on a Shea Moisture-induced PJ mission at my local Target, only to be thwarted. With a Buy 1 Get 1 50% sale going, they didn’t have the product I wanted on the shelf!! So, I decided to hit a CVS on my way home and, yet again … NOTHING! But, my inner PJ would not be denied and I went online to search availability at various Shea Moisture retailers. After seeing “in stock,” I hit the Walgreen’s next to me house and …


Mission accomplished!! I was able to successfully acquire the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Soufflé from Walgreens on sale for $9.99 with card and coupon (because, you know CVS and Walgreens prices are typically higher than Target’s).

Now, what you may be asking is, why was I on a mission to get this stuff?! Well, I had been reading a lot about the souffle lately, some good, some bad. Curlfriend Gina told me that it was very thick and she didn’t like how it felt the first night that she applied it, but the next day her hair was soft and moisturized and she didn’t need to apply any additional product for days. She was able to simply re-twist her hair and that seemed to “reactivate” the product. She warned that only the slightest amount of product was needed, just as the jar indicated.

Then, on Instagram (IG) I saw a picture of MahoganyCurls’ twist-out results with the product layered with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. She actually showed the very little amount that she used for each section of her hair and then posted her gorgeous twist-out. I think I saw a few other people posting about it on YouTube and IG and the inner PJ started itching. So, I had to track some down and give it a try on my fine hair, with the knowledge that I should only use a very small amount as the product is oily, heavy and made for thick hair.

Now, this is not a full review. I’ve only used the product once on an old braid-out and I used the teeniest, tiniest amount. Like, seriously, I just swiped the surface of the product to get a little of it on two fingertips. I didn’t dig my fingers into the product at all. I also applied virgin coconut oil (VCO) to help finger detangle any difficult sections (crown, you know who you are) before applying the Soufflé.  This is what my old braid-out looked like on Friday night (if you remember, I re-set my dry hair on Tuesday night too).


As I indicated above, I used the Soufflé and VCO to restyle, setting my hair in 12 braids (3 in each quadrant). Then, I dampened the braids with water and set the ends on small grey perm rods. The next morning, I applied some Wild Growth Hair Oil (WGHO) to my scalp while my hair was still braided. Then, a couple of hours later, I released the braids and these were my results.


My hair was nicely defined and full. However, it was oily when I went to fluff it too. The thing is … I think a big part of this was the WGHO that I applied to my scalp! I was kind of heavy-handed and I couldn’t differentiate what was product on my hair and what was the oil from my scalp. I do think the Soufflé left oil on the surface of my hair, but it wasn’t an excessive or troublesome amount from what I can tell.

Anywho, by the end of the day out and about in a humid environment, the definition faded and my hair got fluffy.


I do love fluffy hair. However, gotta admit, I do wish that I could get a defined look to last a day or two so that my styles have more longevity and the fluff happens day 3 or 4!! I think that I may need to add some gel to my sets in order to accomplish that. I have in the past with TnCs, but it’s been a long time since I’ve used gel to set my hair in a braid-out or TnC. So, I think I’ll throw some Eco Styler into the mix my next wash day.

So yeah, again, this isn’t really a review. Just sharing how this product seemed to work the first time. It’s now three days since I styled my hair with the Soufflé and my hair hasn’t had any oily residue since Sunday. It actually could stand to be re-moisturized. But, it won’t be with the Soufflé … because I gave it to my BFF to try!! She has very thick hair and will be running around a lot the next few weeks. So, she doesn’t have time to worry about dealing with her hair, which can get dry quickly. I told her to try it when she washes her hair this week, using a small amount for each section, and see if it helps keep her hair moisturized for a longer period than her normal products. Can’t wait to hear how it works for her!


Have you tried the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Soufflé? If so, how did you like … or dislike … it? How did you use it to style your hair (WnG, braid-out, twist-out, etc.)? Did you apply to wet, damp or dry hair? Did you use any other product with it? 


7 responses »

  1. Maybe if you used the souffle on freshly washed hair or used more of the product, you would see a difference in the lasting power of that amazing braid out! I must say – I can’t wait for the full review! Even though our hair textures are different, I think because my hair shafts are fine, our hair reacts to products the same way in some instances… Good luck! #ilovefluffyhairtoo


  2. The souffle is one of the very few products from SM I haven’t tried. I must say though I think your braid out does look chunkier than usual 🙂

    I’m so in love with the smoothie though, I don’t think I need to even bother with the Souffle.

    I hit Target up a few weeks back when they had the buy 2 get 1 50% off. I just did a video review of the Organic African Black Soap Purification Mask. Love that stuff!


  3. Let me start by saying I have very kinky coils and get good WNG results with KCCC/KCKT.

    I tried the SMCHCS and did not like it. I guess I applied too much because the next day it remained sticky, and yielded zero curl definition. I couldn’t wait to wash it out of my hair. It definitely keeps your hair moist, but I didn’t like the greasy, sweet sticky feel of my hair.

    Shea Moisture products provide generic instructions on how to use their products – they definitely require patience, trial and error.

    Users are advised to use a very small amount of the souffle. I guess I used too much – one cannot apply it like KCCC, but it was too lightweight to make my coils clump.. I didn’t throw the product away – I will hold on to it and try it again on a twist-out someday. For my tightly coiled texture – SMCHCS was a definite fail for WNG coil definition.


  4. I’ve tried this product 3 times. The first time I used it last summer, I layered over other products and didn’t like the results on the small section so I gave it away. I bought it again during the Holiday shops season in Bryant Park, NYC. I learned the product should not be layered with anything else. The first time I used it, I was a bit heavy-handed and my hair felt tacky and heavy. I co-washed and attempted my flat-twist out again but with less product. Much better but I still get that sticky/tacky feel. Definitely a work in progress; I have to keep at it til I get the right amount. Hopefully the next time you try it, just use the product by itself and see what happens. Thank you for this post!


  5. I used the souffle on my daughters 4 day twist out which I remoistened with AVJ and distilled water 1st then applied souffle. The next evening I untwisted my daughters hair and it was the best twist out ever! The next night I twisted it dry and last night re wet w/ AVJ and souffle and again BOMB DiGGITY! my daughters hair is what people would call a 4A thick course but wavy and curly. I am currently rocking a 3 1/2 inch TWA with 3c s typle curls and I wet w/ AVJ and then applied Souffle which came out nice. I will admit it is sticky but well worth it for my daughters twist out as for me I get the same results from other leave ins and gels.


  6. I’ve only been using this for a week. I love it! It’s great on my dry two-strand twist-outs. It provides moisture, sheen, oh-so-much efinition, and the smell is very light. A little definitely goes a long way!


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