Love them or loathe them, your curls need some extra care if they’re to look their best
Curly hair products that deliver on their promises are hard to find – but they are out there and we have the round up to prove it.
That said, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that it’s no easy task trying to find exactly what works for your specific hair type. There are so many different curly hairstyles out there, from tight corkscrew curls to looser ringlet styles, that there are almost too many curly hair products to choose from.
Plenty of us battle with the frizzy hair on a daily basis in an attempt to smooth, straighten or even eliminate altogether our natural curl pattern, but we’ve got a few great hair solutions tucked in our beauty arsenal at Marie Claire HQ. And the good news is, you’re guaranteed to find a match that’s made in heaven for your hair.
Curly hair rule number one: Always use one of the best sulphate-free shampoo to avoid stripping your curls dry. They foam less, but they’re better for you in the long run.
Then, be sure to make moisture the number one priority in the rest of your routine, to ensure your curls are nourished and in tip-top condition, 24/7. Argan oil for hair is your friend.
Fro Sister was created when British founder Hanani couldn’t find chemical-free products for her daughter’s hair. The range uses natural, plant based ingredients for ethnic and mixed hair without animal testing and has been created specifically to encourage growth and hair strength in afro and curly hair. Made with real shea butter, known to keep moisture locked into hair for more than two days, this product is suitable to use as a styling cream and detangler as it provides a frizz-free curl in the day, and when washing it off, gives great slip – meaning that combing your curls is actually possible. Result.
If you want a sleeker, smoother finish to your curls then this oil will sort you out. With 100% vegan ingredients and no sulphates or parabens (which can contribute to breakage) this oil is suitable for both loose ringlets and afro hair. Apply before using heat for extra protection, or use as a leave-in treatment to keep your curls soft all day.
This leave in treatment detangles hair, speeds up drying time and adds serious shine to curly and afro hair. Infused with coconut oil, fennel seed extract and xylose for intense moisture, the spray minimises breakage and split ends, protects from heat damage and shields from brushing and external aggressors, while improving manageability and sealing cuticles for calm hair that’s ready to be styled. This is EVERYTHING when you have natural hair.
If your hair is prone to dryness, your routine definitely shouldn’t be limited to just shampoo and conditioner. You need to keep your curls moisturised at all times to avoid breakage where they curl. Enter Macadamia Natural Oil, which not only leaves your hair feeling incredibly soft and silky, but also defines your curls, while minimising frizz and works as a brilliant styling product, too. The cream also comes in a handy pump bottle to minimise wastage – although something tells us you’re going to be scraping the last blob from the bottom once you try it.
Sulphate-free formulas that won’t dry out your hair (and make it flat and frizzy in the process) are essential in the quest for healthy curls. BB’s gives hair a good old deep clean with a silky formula that doesn’t strip hair of all life and lustre, leaving it perfectly cleansed for your follow-up conditioner or mask.
This promises to repair dry hair, add volume, prevent split ends, add smoothness and silkiness, provide shine and frizz control and a lot more besides. And although that’s a lot of promises for one little bottle, we can safely attest that this stuff is the absolute bomb and is one of the best curly hair products we’ve ever come across. Just a sample of it and we became blessed with the head of hair we’d always longed for – i.e. we could actually run our fingers through our curls, which is no mean feat as many of you probably know… We also loved how the product gave us a mega-volume-look when we combined it with the Style Masters Curly Orbital, and we could have sworn our split ends have improved a bit too…
This is one of the best curly hair products we’ve used. Also known as a ‘deep conditioner’ the Shea Moisture hair masques can be incorporated into your weekly wash routine after shampooing and conditioning your hair as normal. Leave on for 5-20 minutes and then follow-up with a leave-in product or oil for extra curl definition. (FYI: Shea Moisture also do an amazing leave-in conditioner, and when combined will leave your hair super-soft for days).