Gone are the days of three shampoos, a singular mousse, and not a leave-in in sight for curly hair. Today, there are so many products available for different curl types that it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to figure out what is going to work for you. When it comes to curls, there are few ‘one size fits all’ products out there. First up is determining which curl type you have, and how best to treat it. The general rule to follow is the tighter the curl, the more moisture it needs. But with everything from curl definition to frizz in between, decoding what’s right can still be difficult. We’re here to take away the confusion and help you find the best products for your curl type.
When it comes to waves, the biggest challenge is maintaining volume. The soft S-shape curl pattern (which can easily be straightened) means that it can be prone to lacking in height and volume, as well as easily getting weighed down with product. The key to maintaining your best waves is to limit product build-up as much as possible and focus on products that provide lightweight hydration. The Mane ‘n Tail Gentle Clarifying Shampoo is the perfect formula for giving your strands a good clean, getting rid of build-up, oils, and dirt, without leaving it feeling stripped. For getting that hydration back in, try out the Shea Moisture Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment or the Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Hair Masque for weightless moisture that leaves your hair looking (and feeling) its best.
Classic curls have a more defined S-shape, so even though they don’t struggle maintaining volume like waves do, frizz and curl definition are the main challenges to manage. Although classic curls can stand more moisture, too much will weigh it down, making your curls look lacklustre and greasy – it’s all about finding the balance that works for you. A favourite frizz-busting go-to is the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate & Repair Leave-In Conditioner, as it provides balanced moisture whilst controlling frizz and flyaways. To get the most out of your curls, the Ouidad Botanical Boost Curl Energising & Refreshing Spray breathes a new lease of life into your locks, helping them to look more defined and bouncy. Finally, for when your hair is in need of a little TLC, the Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Castor Oil Argan is the multi-tasking hydration hero you need in your bathroom cupboard.
COILY & KINKY
Coily and kinky hair have the tightest curl pattern – typically a very tight coil shape or Z-shape, which are mainly common in Afro hair types. The biggest challenge here is dryness, shrinkage and tangling. Coily and kinky curls crave hydration as due to the curl shape, natural oils and moisture struggle to travel down the curl pattern and distribute through the hair. This can result in a lot of product build-up around the scalp, but not enough moisture throughout the lengths of the hair leaving it dry and prone to tangling. This is where hydration (and lots of it) is key. Co-washing really lives up to the hype for coily and kinky hair types. Our fave is the Ouidad Curl Immersion No-Lather Coconut Cream Cleansing Conditioner for deep, de-tangling, and cleansing moisture. To get rid of build-up around the scalp, try the Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Castor Oil Tea Tree – the tea tree cleanses the scalp whilst the castor oil hydrates. The ultimate hero curl product? The Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a coveted curly girl product for a reason. Hydration, curl definition, and a multi-use formula? We’re sold.