The best curly hair products are often hard to discover, but love them or loathe them, your curls need some extra care if they’re to look their best. We've got the lowdown on butters, styling creams, detanglers and conditioners.
The best curly hair products are out there – but it’s a truth universally acknowledged that it’s hard to find what works for your specific hair type. Plenty of us battle with the frizz on a daily basis in an attempt to smooth, straighten and eliminate our natural curl pattern, but we’ve got a few solutions…
This conditioner dramatically reduces frizz and defines curls thanks to its wheat protein and organic aloe blend, which expands your hair when it’s wet and retracts it when dry to enhance your curls.
A touch of this through damp hair before drying and your curls will be perfectly defined and healthy looking. The curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.
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.
We don’t know how this clever duo do it but, with regular use, they hydrate and redefine curls. It uses a styling polymer to help shape your curls and it’s colour-safe too so you don’t have to worry about washing your colour down the drain. The result is frizz-free, defined and healthy looking.
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.
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.
Having lived with curls you’re probably aware that if you have any chance of them behaving well they have to be treated nicely. Rough drying them with any old towel is likely just to rough up the hair’s cuticles and create a halo of frizz. Boucléme’s towel is made of 46% organic cotton, 46% bamboo and 8% elastin. It’s like wrapping your curls in a layer of silk. Expect de-frizzed curls from here on in.
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).
This isn’t a conditioner or a co-wash or anything like that but it really could completely makeover your curls. Curly hair tends to be drier that its straighter counterpart so the nourishing lipids in this product will restore lost hydration. It also – as the name implies – makes light work of knots so you’re left with nothing but perfectly formed curls. Apply the rinse to wet hair, from roots to tips, and wash out immediately. Job done.
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…