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: Invest in a microfibre towel to keep your curls soft, happy and healthy. These bad boys will minimise frizz and breakage while quickly absorbing the water from your hair, allowing it to dry quicker.
Curly hair rule number two: 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 is your friend.
First things first, invest in a towel specifically designed for your locks. It may sound like a gimmick, but the microfibre fabric draws water from your hair without leaving it prone to breakage in the way a traditional towel can. We love Only Curls' super soft ones.
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.
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 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).