Curly hair doesn't come with a handbook - at least, not officially. Having a good curly hair day is so much harder than it looks. But curly hair doesn't have to feel like a curse. It may feel like a chore, but it's actually pretty awesome if you think about it - It's fun, versatile and an effortless way to stand out.
I'd always considered my hair texture too unmanageable, unruly and unattractive to let it thrive in its natural state. Having ironed my hair till it's pin-straight for years, I concluded that fighting your natural hair texture can leave it with more frizz, damage and breakage, so embracing it is a better route. Growing to love my hair has been an enlightening experience, but it can be tricky and stressful figuring out where to start. Whether you've dry, frizzy curls or soft, bouncy ringlets - the right products and steps can really make the difference.
For all my curly-haired folks, I took it as my personal mission to find out the concoction of shampoos, leave-in conditioners and serums that will help you find the best version of your curls with minimal effort.
Curious to see the game-changing products that'll turn things around for you? Keep scrolling.
Fact: If your shampoo lathers and foams, there's a good chance it's filled with harsh, tripping sulphates - a big no-no for curly hair. The formula is free from silicones, parabens and sulphates, so you can cleanse and condition guilt-free, knowing your scalp and hair isn't compromised with harsh chemicals.
How To Use: Use this sulphate free shampoo as your regular shampoo. This formula nourishes hair and allows it to resist frizz and humidity.
There are days when all you want is to let your curls hang freely, wearing them down for the day. But how about giving your locks the much-needed TLC? This product is highly conditioning and will give you soft and shiny tresses without harming your hair or scalp.
How To Use: Take a generous amount of conditioner and apply it on damp hair, starting from mid-length to tips. Leave on for a couple of minutes, Rinse thoroughly and get ready to flaunt your flawless hair. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner.
I love this curl cream. On days when you want to pull off a celebrity-inspired hairdo - this cocktail of ingredients can really help! It tames the frizz by giving a silky finish. Thus, making your hair smooth and workable. The Formula is perfect for managing your curls and waves effortlessly.
How To Use: Apply a small amount on damp hair to define and hold the natural curls. Diffuse or let air dry.
Honestly one of the best formulas I've ever tried, and I've tried a lot. This formula provides a caring shield against breakage and heat damage for long-lasting, gorgeous curls and waves. This is one of the best leave-in cremes for chemically treated or coloured hair.
How To Use: Work into towel-dried hair. Take a dollop of this cream into your palm and define the curls with your fingers. Leave in and air-dry or diffuse on a low setting.
If your second - or third-day curls are usually relegated to a twist, bun, or braid because they're so dry, dehydrated and undefined, may we introduce you to your new BFF? Formulated with wheat protein and organic aloe Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer expands when hair is wet and retracts when hair is dry to help intensify your curl or wave.
How To Use: Generously apply the curl enhancer from ends to the scalp, keeping most of the product at tips. Twist large sections of hair into tight coils and secure ends to your head using large butterfly clips. Cover with a fine hair net to avoid flyaways and frizz and blow-dry with high heat using a diffuser.
These products will give you really excellent curls in no time. Tell us your new favourite lineup rn!
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