SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk


SheaMoisture is a company that makes bath, body,face, hair, and baby products from natural, organic ingredients. Its line of products is extensive–it even makes hair dye! The company has a pretty cool history too: Sofi Tucker started selling Shea nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. She then created hair and skin products with those Shea nuts and started selling those. Her grandchildren started SheaMoisture and today are continuing her legacy. Its products are free of lots of the baddies we’re supposed to avoid like phthalates, parabens, artificial colors and fragrances, mineral oil, and petroleum. And of course the company is cruelty free.

SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk is a great leave-in styler and curl tamer. In the summer months, my wavy hair gets really frizzy. If I let my hair air dry without any product, it would triple in volume. I know that I could blow dry it, style it, etc., but I’m SUPER lazy and let it air dry every day even though I know it will look terrible.

This styling milk is the perfect solution for people like me who are hair-lazy. I towel dry my hair and then comb a generous amount of this product through my hair. Then I braid it or put it in a bun (I suppose curlers would also work) and leave it alone. When I eventually let my hair down, it’s not frizzy; the curls are defined. Other pluses:

  • Smells lovely, like sweet coconut
  • Is not sticky at all
  • Acts as a detangler, so great for wet hair
  • Hard to use too much (i.e., doesn’t seem to weigh my hair down even if I use a bunch)

Abba Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion


I don’t blow dry my hair often because it usually ends up a big frizzy mess, and then I have to use a flat iron or curling iron to tame it. Which ends up being an hour-long endeavor, so I just skip the blow dry and let it dry naturally (which results in other issues, but I digress).

But on the rare occasions I do blow dry, I need to use some sort of product to keep the frizziness down. I had a bunch of weapons at my disposal before going cruelty free, but now I don’t have many options for good hair styling products that aren’t tested on animals.

My one go-to is abba’s Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion. It really does make my hair smoother looking, reducing fly aways and making the ends of my hair look “piece-y” instead of like straw. I use it on my towel-dried hair before blow drying and sometimes after, just on the ends to make them look healthier. The big plus to this is that it’s a lotion. I’ve had pretty bad luck with cruelty-free sprays, gels, etc. because they make my hair feel sticky (you’ll hear that complaint a lot when I review some more hair styling products down the line). This product is a must have for those of us with big hair.