7 products that'll make you love your curly hair
Your curl care routine, sorted
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / January 18 2022
PSA (just in case you still need to hear it): your natural curls are awesome. In fact, there's never been a better time to embrace your chic natural texture (just ask the stars), and we'll bet everyone passing you on the street is envious as hell.
However, those blessed with curly strands know that the wash-and-go approach is a little easier said than done when it comes to curls, because there’s a fine line between effortless texture and Hagrid-worthy frizz.
The truth is, your curls rely on you to treat them with care (AKA the perfect mix of products) to look their best. 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 let that natural curl off the leash while still keeping your texture looking polished.
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. Get ready for the healthiest, most hydrated, stunning curls of your life...
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. This is one of our faves; it’s sulfate-free (FYI, some people find sulfates 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.
$19.99 at Oz Hair & Beauty
Oribe Deep Treatment Masque
Not only does this lush mask make your hair smell expensive (seriously, you need to sniff 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.
$92 at Oz Hair & Beauty
KMS CURL UP Control Crème
If your major qualm about going au naturel is your frizz situation, this is the perfect weapon to calm things down. 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.
$32.95 at Oz Hair & Beauty
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Spray
This spritely spritz is everything you’d ever want in a curl-friendly hairspray. It’s made with corn-derived conditioning agents so it’s super flexible (and 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; it's that good.
$42 at Aveda
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. And if you haven’t tried it before, we’re here to tell you that that it’s pretty darn great 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. Your curls will soon look shiny, defined and happy; the ultimate trio.
$16.99 at Priceline
R+Co Twister Curl Primer
How cute is this packaging?! We love. On top of that, the formula inside 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 (thanks to shea butter) and preps the hair for other styling products, preventing the hair from feeling sticky or stiff.
$42 at Adore Beauty
Original & Mineral No Knott Conditioning Detangler
Waking up with next-level bedhead hair? If your curls are a mass of knots and tangles, this sweet-smelling spray 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 without dullng down their vivacious texture. It’ll nourish, strengthen and detangle your hair, making it manageable and glossy once more.
$33.95 at Oz Hair & Beauty
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.