How to Choose the Best Products for Curly Hair

Curly hair is beautiful. I didn’t always think so. When I was a child I had super curly, often frizzy hair. It took me years to understand how to take care of my curls and honestly it took me a while to figure out that it was one of my favourite physical features.

Thank goodness for hair products. As a child I was stuck with frizzy unmanageable hair. We never had conditioner in the house because my Mom didn’t have curly hair and had no idea mine needed conditioner. In fact moisturizing products and curl tamers are my mainstay now as an adult with curly hair.


Choosing the Best Products for Curly Hair

People with curly hair have to take a different approach to hair care and it can often be a little difficult choosing the best products for curly hair. However, having beautiful, manageable hair is possible. You just need the right products for your specific type of hair and curls.

The first step is figuring out which type of curly hair you have. There are three types: wavy, spiral and kinky curls. The type of curls you have naturally will determine which products will work the best for you. Many products are available but certain ones can actually damage your hair by drying it out or over processing.

Once the natural balance is disrupted, it can be difficult to correct. Therefore, it’s important to learn how to manage your curls correctly to prevent causing unnecessary damage. Always read the labels carefully so you know what’s in the products you use.

Here are a few things to stay away from when choosing the best products for curly hair:

  • When choosing a shampoo, avoid products containing high levels of sulfate surfactants. This is the lathering chemical in shampoos but it can quickly dry out your hair by stripping it of its natural oils.
  • Avoid products that contain high levels of alcohol because these will also dry out your hair by stripping it of its natural moisture.
  • Stay away from products that contain silicone. These cling to the hair blocking essential nutrients and they can leave your hair looking dull and lifeless.
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Now that you know what to avoid here are a few things that you should look for in products for curly hair. The best products are the organic ones because they don’t contain any of these harmful chemicals. Instead, they’re made from natural ingredients that won’t harm your hair. For example, Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo, available on Amazon, is a good organic shampoo for curly hair.

When you have curly hair, you’ll need a good conditioner to help prevent it from drying out and to make it more manageable but look for one that suits your type of curls. A good quality product like Garnier Fructis, works well. Overusing conditioner can make your curls limp or greasy. If you don’t use enough, then your hair will frizz and be difficult to comb and manage. Love all the Garnier Curly Haired products. I also like the ones from this brand for coloured hair.

When using heat to straighten, define curls or simply to dry your hair, use products designed to protect your hair from the heat to reduce the damage heat can cause. Sprays and mists like Innersense I Create Finish Organic Finishing Spray, are the easiest to use but pomades and mousse work very well too. Aussie, Catch the Wave mousse and leave-in conditioner is a great product to try. Look for products containing aloe vera, coconut oil and jojoba oil.


Curl Management 101

If you’re using the right products but still having difficulty managing your curls, perhaps you need to look at different haircuts for curly hair. The cut you choose can make all the difference in the world. It may take some experimenting to find what works best for you and your specific hair type but when you do, you’ll enjoy your beautiful curly hair more than ever before. Choosing the best products for curly hair and the best haircut will simplify your beauty routine and make it easier to manage your curls.


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