Although bone-straight hair was all the rage in the 2000s and 2010s, curls are finally starting to make a comeback. Since many of us have been grabbing our straighteners or swearing by keratin treatments for years, we’ve often got to the point where we’ve forgotten what our natural do even looks like. This means many of us are completely lost when it comes to managing our naturally wavy or coily locks when we finally let our follicles breathe and be themselves. Fortunately, there are many items on the market that will help your hair maintain a healthy, bouncy look. Here are 5 Great Products for Naturally Curly Hair.
With all natural vegan ingredients, this sulfate free shampoo/conditioner set restores much needed moisture within curls by nourishing their essential oils. It also enhances shine and eliminates frizz without sacrificing the curl’s definition and bounce. Although the brand is on the high-end side price wise, the expense will prove to be worth it considering the amount of product. The purchase also won’t have to be made very often, especially since the vast majority of curly hair owners aren’t supposed to be reaching for their shampoo every day.
Although air drying is optimal when it comes to minimizing heat damage that dries up curls, if blow drying cannot be avoided, then make sure to use a diffuser. These gadgets are designed to redirect airflow to disperse over the entirety of your hair, reducing heat damage, while its spiky design allows ringlets to maintain their shape. The Drybar Bouncer Diffuser is unique because it is known to work quickly while still being gentle on your hair, and attaches to most blow dryers.
Many curl aficionados have been warned against the dangers of brushes, especially paddle brushes when it comes to their locks due to the breakage, and the often ridiculously volumized poofball mess it can create with its texture. However, there is one brush on the market that is specifically designed for curly hair. Meant to be used as a definer instead of a de-tangler, the Denman brush works best on wet hair. Make sure to section your hair and brush it downward from the root, and remember, scrunching is your best friend!
All curly hair owners know what it’s like to love their texture after initially air drying, but struggle to figure out what to do when their locks become depleted and crimped on the third or fourth day. This can prove especially difficult considering most products geared towards curls are to be applied on damp hair only. However, this serum is perfect for touch ups on dry hair throughout the week, making your style look as fresh as it was on day one.
Loving your hair’s natural texture is a year-round must. However, when summer comes around with its sweet rays and longer days, our hair deserves just a bit more tender love and care. As a curly gal myself, I know firsthand how much damage can occur to super textured locks—from the heat of the sun to the chlorine found in pool water, our hair can get a little crazy with what this season throws at it. Now as much as I love a disheveled mane, we can all agree that good hair days with our locks are golden and something we’d want more of. Whether your hair curls, waves, or is somewhere in between, here are a few tips, products, and inspiration for embracing your summer curls for natural hair all season long.
Bounce, volume, and last but not least, texture. These are the three “yeses” us curly cue gals aim for when it comes to our (sometimes untameable) manes. Now, it’s no secret that when it comes to taking care of our bounciful locks, we want the best products out there, especially ones that will give us the most bang for our buck. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is always on the lookout for a bargain. And luckily, I’m here to share with all of you gorgeous gals a few curly hair products from one of my favorite beauty spots (hello, Ulta!) that won’t hurt your wallet. Embrace your curls and let them always be #curlgoals with not one, not two, but fiveof the besttexture sprays that will make your hair feel full of life—one spray at a time.
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Among the many endearing nicknames given to us by our friends, family, or ourselves, our curls have been called lion manes, mermaid waves, frizzy fros, and jungle hair. When it comes down to it though, they are simply our curls that we love in their natural state. However, our curls can have a mind of their own, which goes perfectly with how much life they appear to have (on the really good hair days, of course). They can be magnets to humidity during the summer season, which of course equals frizz, the total enemy when it comes to wanting our curls to look and feel just right. Thankfully, there are summer hair care products discovered and tested, by yours truly, that will keep your curls bouncy, frizz-free, and feeling like Sasha Fierce all throughout the season! Grab your favorite pen and notebook to take down these must-have notes on how to rock your curls this summer. Say goodbye to any bad hair day, and hello to the good days with these fun and easy-to-use curlycue essentials.
Over my summer days spent outside basking in the warmth or relaxing on the beach, I’ve come by hair brands that are holy grails in my book. OGX is one such brand that I have been using for years on my curls with no complaints or worries. OGX is all about elevating and helping your natural hair shine in all its glory. It’s made with ingredients that nourish your hair, so there is no going wrong when choosing one of their glorious hair products.
OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum has been my all-time favorite ever since my days in elementary school. When it comes to curls, handling them with care is a must, especially when combing because breakage can happen often since hair cuticles face different directions. To help strengthen my curls, stop any hair breakage, and keep frizz at bay, I add a dime-size of this product everyday to my ends. It’s the answer to keeping your curls intact and shining without having to worry about too many strands falling out throughout the day. If you’re also a lover of coconut scents, then you’re sure to love this product even more; it’s coconut heaven for your curls and will easily fit into any hair care routine.
(OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray $7.99, Ulta.com)
OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray is ready to be tossed into any tote for a day spent at the beach. I especially love spritzing this into my curls when I’m basking in the sun to protect them from the heat.Another option you can use to protect your hair from the sun’s rays are any hair care products you may have that are heat protectors; they do the same job just as well! This product not only helps protect your curls, but gives them some more life that the beach atmosphere can easily take away. Saltwater can dry out our curls super quickly, but with a couple of spritz of this you can help hydrate them easily. Personally, I always make sure to pack a bottle of this and a comb into my beach tote before heading off. After I’m done enjoying a dip in the ocean I shake out my curls, working through them softly with my fingers first to get rid of any tangles. Then I spritz some OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray in and comb through my curls until everything is tangle-free. All you have to do after that is scrunch your curls a bit for shape and let them air dry. You’ll have mermaid curls in no time!
During the week for an everyday look I am obsessed with using the L’ORÉAL Evercurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream. On hair washing days (curls shouldn’t be washed everyday, but rather every two or three days) after I comb out my tangles, I add a small amount of this product, scrunch it throughout my curls, and let them air dry. In no time, your curls will begin to shape beautifully and be more defined than normally. This product truly works wonders and leaves your curls feeling bouncy with natural shine. It’s a quick way to create your curls perfectly too when you’re on the go. Just scrunch and let air dry — the magic will happen all on its own.
(TRESEMME Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray $4.99, Ulta.com)
Now, I know hairspray can be a hit or miss when it comes to curls — some make them frizzy, other make them hard, but TRESemmé has never let me down when it comes down to it. The TRESemmé Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray keeps curls frizz-free, intact, and protected from any climate worries. I’ve sprayed this throughout my curls even on rainy days, and they’ve remained fresh and moisturized even against the humidity. Talk about a game changer!
(Simbi Graphic Print Hair Ties $24, www.shop.nordstrom.com)
On days when the heat is just too much, I opt for hair accessories to save the day. Work that up-do, girl! I find fabric hairbands to be the most delicate for curls unlike rubber bands that can snag easily and deconstruct them. Hairbands with fabric textures are much softer on curls, allowing them to still keep their bounce if you let them be free. The best part is that they don’t get lost in our manes either and come in a variety of designs to rock as well. You can accessorize these even more if you tie your curls up into a top bun or ponytail and pair it with a head wrap. Head wraps slick back any frizz, bumps, or fly-aways, making it look like you spent a lot longer on your up-do than you really did. Curlycue trick? I think so!
Who doesn’t love those long summer days that are either spent at the amusement park, catching waves at the beach, lounging around the poolside, or just taking a road trip with friends? That all sounds great, but all that fun can leave your hair feeling brittle and frizzy. It happens all the time—we get ready to conquer the day and our hair is just the way we want it… until we take one step out the door and poof, we look like we just got electrocuted. We all know no matter how much hair spray we pile on and how long we take getting ready, the moment our hair meets the humidity, it’s over; yet we do it anyway in hope of a miracle. Well, there is hope. Below is a list of five great products that will help defeat the frizz.
Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner:
This leave-in conditioner leaves hair looking healthy and rehydrated. It’s packed with Living Proof’s signature Healthy Hair Molecule that is said to be 70 percent better than other humidity-defying silicone and oil treatments. Another plus about this product is that it is sulfate-, silicone-, and oil-free.
John Frieda Unwind Curls™ Calming Crème:
Most of the frizz tamers out on the market are made to work on straightened hair, but what if you just want to manage those curls? Look no further than John Frieda Unwind Curls™ Calming Crème. It loosens and smooths tight curls, leaving them feeling soft all day.
OGX Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner:
If you want to start managing frizzy hair while you’re in the shower, I suggest using OGX Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. Together they are designed to leave hair looking healthier, straighter, and frizz-free over time. If you love your curls and don’t want to go for that straightened look, this product still works wonders—just don’t flat-iron your hair afterwards.
Bumble and bumble Defrizz: This product is a really light serum that works great with fine hair and in just about any climate to manage curls, frizz, and flyaways. It leaves hair looking shiny and healthy. Just apply a few drops to damp hair and you’re ready to take on any weather headed your way.
This product contains argan oil which repairs and nourishes damaged hair, leaving it moisturized and feeling soft for up to 48 hours. It is said to stand up to 97 percent of humidity, so why not give it a chance?
Feature photo courtesy of Del Mich, Flickr
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