I think I speak for most of us when I say that coping with curls can be a real struggle. There was defs a time when my hair saw the inside of a straightener more than it saw daylight, but trust me when I say that there are ways to manage your mane! All curls are different, so it’s all about finding the right products and processes for your hair. This can take a while (I’ve done the leg work for you), so to put you on the right track, I’ve pulled together my top five picks for girls with curls.
Get the basics right
Curly hair is naturally dry, so use shampoos and conditioners that are free of parabens and sulfates, which add to the problem. Shea Moisture has a range of hair-washing products that are designed for different curl types – and they smell amazing!
TOP TIP: Apply some conditioner on the ends before you shampoo to ensure maximum moisture.
Don’t drag a brush through your curls every day. It will cause breakage, increase the frizz factor and leave your hair dry and damaged. The trick is to use a detangling solution. Cantu Coil Calm Detangler is my morning go-to.
Growing up, I thought frizz was simply a force of nature that I just had to accept… WRONG! When your hair is frizzy, it’s because it’s dehydrated – which means it’s mask time! I tried this Protein Pack from Palmer’s the other night and it gave my hair a much-needed moisture boost. 10/10 recommend!
TOP TIP: Coconut oil works like magic on dry, curly hair, so any hair product containing it will keep the frizz at bay.
Curl Definer = life
Now this is a product that genuinely changed my life. I spent years putting mousses and styling oils in my hair, hoping they’d help my curls look less blah and more YAAAAS! They never really worked, and it was only when I started rooting around in the curly hair section that I discovered curl definers. My favourite is the Twisted Sista Curl Activator Cream. It works a dream on my hair and keeps my curls looking great all day.
Hair oil…yes or no?
There’s some debate about whether oil is good for curly hair. In my experience, I’ve found that styling oils make my hair look greasy and #returnofthefrizz. What does work is oil-masking your hair. I use Vatika Naturals Enriched Coconut Oil once every couple of weeks as a hair treatment. Section and smother your hair in the stuff, then wash it out and show off that shine.