Tess Garcia
Updated July 15, 2019
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Any curly girl who’s spent a summer in New York City knows that the elements are bound to take an extra toll on her mane when coupled with all the pollution. I’m no exception—arriving in Brooklyn in June 2018 ahead of an internship, I could practically feel my once-nourished curls wilt as I stepped out of my cab from the airport. To make matters worse, I’d recently bleached my hair, making it even more susceptible to damage.

But in a matter of weeks, my roommate had helped me reverse the process, thanks to a product recommendation from the curl gods. Her hair was much more tightly-coiled than mine, meaning she knew better than anyone what crimes the Big Apple was capable of committing on curlies. She assured me that she’d found a solution in Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk, an amazingly-scented cream that gave her the ideal combination of hydration, definition, and hold. Lucky for me, she was right. I will forever preach the wonders of the Style Milk to every curly-haired woman in need—especially now that it’s currently marked down to $7.89 on Amazon.

I’ve never been a fan of strongly-scented beauty products (I can barely spritz on a body mist without wheezing), but the Curl & Style Milk is my vice. It smells like heaven and is full of natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter that transform my loose curls into a moisturized halo of good scents. I’m fully aware that I’m waxing poetic about a curl cream right now, but honestly, it’s worth it. No other leave-in product has ever left me with this level of bounce and shine, sans the usual tufts of frizz that make their way between my spirals in warmer months.

What I love most about the Style Milk is that it delivers equally wonderful results to girls like me and those with tighter, coarser curls. “Love it! Amazing stuff for my protective styles. 4C hair and it works wonders,” wrote one reviewer on Amazon. Some say it’s also great for wavy hair. “My waves became nearly curls with this stuff,” another reviewer wrote.

Normally priced at $11.15, now’s the time to invest in the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. Pair it with the corresponding co-wash from the same line for the best curls of your life.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk

Shop It: $7.89 (reg. $11.15), Amazon