Ever wondered why your curly hair is significantly drier than that of your straight-haired friends? It’s all about the texture. For someone with straight hair, oil from the scalp can travel down the strand with ease. The way the fibre is formed in curly hair, oil has a harder time cooperating with gravity – as the hair follicle is curved. This is why it’s even important to invest in quality hair products for curly hair.
When browsing the hair aisle, look for ingredients that nourish your hair like coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, argan oil, glycerin, aloe vera, and honey. To maintain a good balance of oil in your curly hair, one of the best curly hair products is a sulphate-free shampoo. The ability of sulphates to remove oil, debris and dirt from hair can dehydrate the scalp area, which you absolutely do not want as a curly-haired person. This is also why you shouldn’t shampoo your hair too often.
After your hair is clean and it’s time to dry your locks, opt for a microfibre towel or a cotton t-shirt; a regular bath towel which will be much harsher on your hair. It’s also important that you brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb, as this will disrupt your curl pattern less than a fine-toothed tool. Always detangle from the ends first and work your way up to the roots; this way you won’t pull the knots down and break your strands.
To get a kickstart on your new and improved curly hair routine, here’s our pick of the 10 best products for curly hair.
Kérastase, Curl Manifesto Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo: $54, Conditioner: $56.50
Shampoo: This sulphate-free shampoo hydrates while removing dirt and build-up. With no weigh-down, it leaves your curls radiant and voluminous.
Conditioner: This lightweight, moisture-replenishing conditioner nourishes your curls, leaving them shiny, soft, and free of frizz.
NAK Hair, ORI Lab Curl Creme
One of the best products for curly hair is a quality curl cream. With a silicone-free formula, this weightless product works to bring definition and bounce to your locks.
With a nourishing and residue-free formula, this treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection.
Aveda, Be Curly Co-wash
Your hair will be moisturised for up to three days with this sulphate-free formula with organic babassu oil.
Shea Moisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo: $18.95, Conditioner: $18.95
Shampoo: Moisturise and protect your curls hair with this hydrating formula. While working to replenish lost oil, improve hair elasticity, reduce the occurrence of split ends, it also makes hair silky, soft and shiny.
Conditioner: Blended with Silk Protein and Shea Butter, this conditioner leaves your hair smooth and hydrated. And no more knots, snarls or tangles to be seen!
Briogeo, Curl Charisma Leave–In Defining Cream
This curl-defining cream works to boost hydration and minimise frizz, while providing soft and flexible control of your strands.
Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross, Curl Mousse
Define your curls with this ultra-light mousse that delivers weightless volume and touchable hold.
This deep conditioning masque is formulated with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Shea Butter to replenish moisture and restore damaged hair.
Alfaparf Milano, Semi di Lino Curl Reactivating Spray
Sulphate and cruelty free, this reactivating spray revives curls, coils and waves to keep your hair looking and feeling fresh.
Maui Moisture, Curl Quench Smoothie Hair Treatment
With papaya and plumeria extracts, this leave-in treatment smooths and detangles your hair, no matter how thick!