8 products that'll make you love your curly hair
It’s about time, girl
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / August 22 2019
2019 will forever be the year we put down our hair straightener and realised that our natural hair is actually kinda awesome. These days it’s never been cooler to embrace your natural texture (just ask Ariana Grande and Lili Reinhart), because why spend time battling with Mother Nature when you can just own it?
However, those of us who are blessed with wavy or curly strands know that it’s a little easier said than done - because there’s a fine line between effortless texture, and Hagrid-worthy frizz. The truth is, your curls are only as good as the hair products you use. You gotta treat ‘em right to get them to do what you want them to do!
The best kind of products will work with your hair type and curl pattern, helping you to *finally* get the confidence to let that natural curl off the leash. So where do you start? From hair masks and styling creams, to leave-in conditioners and sprays, we’ve got you covered on the haircare front, so get ready to fall back in love with your curls!
#1 / SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shine Shampoo
If you have curly hair, you’ll know that using the right shampoo is *everything* (if you didn’t know that, well, now you do!). A good shampoo is key, because it will set up the foundation for all of the styling to come. One of our faves is SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shine Shampoo. It’s sulphate-free (FYI, some people find sulphates quite drying, and curly hair is generally pretty dry as it is), and has strengthening silk protein, plus hydrating coconut and neem oils. So, while it gently cleanses your hair, it also restores moisture and shine and helps with frizz, too.
#2 / Oribe Deep Treatment Masque
Not only does Oribe’s Deep Treatment Masque make your hair smell expensive (seriously, you need to smell this tub), but it actually does what it says it’ll do (we love when that happens!) and restores even the *driest* locks. It’s basically a deep conditioner that's packed with a whole heap of natural oils - like macadamia oil, coconut oil and almond oil - and works to quench thirsty curls without weighing them down, while helping to repair breakage and split ends. Your hair is left silky, hydrated and WAY healthier.
#3 / KMS CURL UP Control Crème
CURL UP! CURL UP! Prepare to meet the genius that is KMS CURL UP Control Crème. If your major qualm about going au naturel is your frizzy situation, this is the perfect weapon to calm things down. You basically work it through towel-dried hair and it’ll reduce frizz for a whopping 72 hours (yep, no joke). It shapes and bundles your cute curls, so they look all defined and gorgeous.
#4 / Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Spray
Aveda’s Be Curly Curl Enhancing Spray is everything you’d ever want in a hairspray. It’s made with corn-derived conditioning agents so it’s super flexible (aka it won’t make your hair go all flaky and crunchy), but at the same time it’ll lock in those curls and make sure they don’t go AWOL for the rest of the day. You basically just scrunch and go.
#5 / John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl-Perfecting Spray
If you have curly hair, chances are you’ve seen this little purple delight floating around - John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl-Perfecting Spray. And if you haven’t tried it before, we’re here to tell you that that it’s pretty darn good at what it does, and you should probably give it a whirl. Formulated with conditioning and glossing agents, it transforms wilted waves and curls by nourishing the hair and fighting ALL levels of frizz (chemically-treated hair, colour-treated hair, you name it), while providing heat protection to prevent any further damage. It’ll make your hair look shiny, defined and happy.
#6 / R+Co Twister Curl Primer
How cute is this packaging?! We love. R+Co’s Twister Curl Primer is a super lightweight curl cream that’s perfect for people who hate what clean hair does to their curls. It adds a hit of moisture (it contains shea butter) and preps the hair for other styling products, preventing the hair from feeling all crunchy and gross.
#7 / Innersense Create Lift Volumizing Foam
If you’ve singed the life out of your curls, they’re probably looking a little sad and droopy. For this you need Innersense Create Lift Volumizing Foam. It’ll add texture, boost volume, and define your curls in a cinch, making them bouncy and frizz-free. It has an incredibly workable mousse texture (which we're all about) and can be used on wet hair or dry hair. You can even use it as a root refresher in-between washes. We love an over-achiever!
#8 / Original & Mineral No Knott Conditioning Detangler
Waking up with next-level bedhead hair? If your curls are a mass of knots and dreads, Original & Mineral No Knott Conditioning Detangler will do the trick. It’s a leave-in conditioner that’s formulated with argan oil and macadamia oil to get curly hairstyles to behave again. It’ll nourish, strengthen and detangle your hair, making it manageable and glossy.
Want more hairstyling advice for curly hair? Check out these styling tips every curly girl needs to know (including more of the top hair products, why you need to use a diffuser instead of a blow-dryer, and how to create more texture with a curling iron).
Do you have a curly hairstyling routine of your own? Share it with us in the comments section below.
Main image credit: @emmyrossum
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.