The Best Products For Curly Hair

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Calling all curly girls! We have learned a thing or two about curly hair care over the years and wanted to fill you in on our favorite brands and products – our curly hair holy grail, so to speak 😉


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Hair Care Lines:

SaveKristin Ess – We were pretty excited when this brand collaboration with Target was announced because Kristin Ess is the stylist who is in charge of Lauren Conrad’s hair {whom we are pretty sure has never had a bad hair day, ever}. We’re all for drugstore products, but some drugstore hair brands contain a lot of chemicals and harmful ingredients *cough, Pantene, cough*. These are formulated without sulfates, which cause frizz and breakage in curly hair. Plus, the pretty blush packaging looks so chic in the shower.

Mid-RangeRedken – Another amazing curly hair line is Curvaceous by Redken. They have two shampoo options, lo-foam or high foam, each designed for your type of curl {or if you prefer a sudsier shampoo}. Although the lo-foam is recommended for most curls, our hair felt cleaner when using the high-foam version. The line offers a variety of styling products, however the ringlet anti-frizz lotion is something that we reach for daily.

Mid-RangeBumble and bumble – Not all curls are made equal, and Bumble and bumble has mastered that! This brand has a full line of products specifically formulated for different curl types, ranging from waves and spirals to ringlets and coils. Some of their products veer on the heavier side, especially if you have fine hair, so a little bit goes a long way – plus with this mini kit you can test out the products before fully committing to the larger sizes.

SplurgeOribe – Oribe products are a splurge, but oh so worth it. This might be our favorite brand, ever. The products smell amazing, and the line is all formulated with the same scent – so if you use a mixture of products, you are building on one scent, rather than mixing several together. You only should use a small amount of their products at a time , so even though this line is a splurge, it lasts forever. We kid you not when we say that we have had one jar of their styling cream for a YEAR. They have an incredible lineup of products and we cannot recommend them enough if you feel like treating yourself.

Favorite Hair Care Products:

Drybar Triple Sec – Truth be told every product listed above smells fantastic, but we LOVE the Drybar smell. Maybe that is because it’s associated with a fresh blowout so it makes you feel glamorous?! Whatever it is, this product works wonders on days when you are in between washes. It adds texture, volume, and has the benefits of a dry shampoo!

Wella EIMI Perfect Me Beauty Balm – Our friend who is a runway hair stylist turned us on to this brand. This is a great styling lotion that can be used for wet or dry hair – perfect for touch-ups on in-between wash days.

Wide tooth comb – Only use a wide tooth comb for curls, never a hair brush.  A brush will only cause further breakage. We comb our hair from the ends upwards to the root – this works through knots without yanking through them. We typically comb our hair before showering, then in the shower with conditioner.


Honorable Mention:

Garnier Curl Nourish – If you are loyal to drugstore brands, this is another inexpensive option. Smells great and feels like a deep condition treatment, but on a budget.

Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion – Kevin Murphy is advertised as skincare for hair, meaning that it is formulated with only healthy ingredients and no chemicals. The scent is not our favorite, but the lotion is lightweight and feels great in your hair. This is an Australian brand and can be tough to find in stores, but Amazon typically sells it.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray – A lightweight, leave-in conditioning spray that works as a detangler, anti-frizz, heat protectant and seven other benefits {hence the name}. We prefer the lite version, as the keratin can weigh your hair down.



Lastly, we wanted to leave you with our general rules of thumb – the curly hair commandments 😉


Don’t wash your hair every day.

Curly hair does not show oils as quickly as straight hair, since the oil has to travel around the curl as opposed to straight down the follicle, which means that it takes longer for curly hair to look greasy and thus eliminating the need for daily washing. Daily washing strips your hair of its natural oils and can make your hair dry and brittle and prone to breakage. Curly hair is already naturally more sensitive to breakage, so why add flames to that fire? We recommend only washing two to three times per week.

Style your hair wet.

Not just damp hair, we mean dripping wet, straight out of the shower. Sometimes we will even leave styling creams in the shower, and apply them right after turning off the water, before toweling off.

Sleep on a silk pillowcase.

This helps to combat frizz, leaves your hair shinier, and an added bonus is that silk pillowcases are great for your skin in preventing wrinkles and acne. We love this option.

Be hands free.

The less you touch your hair, the better! Constantly running your hands through your hair promotes more frizz – so once you have finished styling, just let your hair be.


We hope that you enjoyed this post! Do you have any favorite curly hair products or tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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