Summer is officially here, which means no-heat styling should reign supreme. Instead of straightening your hair, let your curls do their thing. (Don't worry, your hot tools will still be there when you need them.) You're not alone if letting your natural curls come out to play intimidates you—I've shared the same sentiment before. Yes, it takes work to keep your curls healthy and thriving, but with the help of a few products along the way, you'll know how to self-style in no time. Speaking from experience here, you'll also form a closer relationship with your curls, which does a whole lot for your confidence. Embrace the experimentation process of trial and error!
Thankfully, the market has caught on to the fact that that every head of hair needs different things. The truth is, no one curl is the same—even on your head (fun fact: We all have a few different textures in our hair). There are curly hair products—new, old and cult classics—that are begging for you to try them. And to get you in the game, scroll on for 15 products for all curl types we can get behind. All textures, bends and shapes are accounted for in these.
TPH by TARAJI, a hair line for the curly hair community created by legendary actress Taraji P. Henson—who has a head of hair worth taking notes from is here to save the day. Dull curl days happen to the best of us, which is why this reviver is essential for a refresher. As the brand notes, this super-fine mist is made with "a filter more magical than the one on your phone," that guards your hair from humidity and the elements to prevent frizz and dryness.
Get your hair ready for outside again with this new strengthening shampoo that'll shield it from the bad stuff. Its star ingredient, venus bark extract, is rich in antioxidants. It also has kanka extract, biotin, and vitamins to promote healthy hair growth and soothe your scalp.
The one and only Tracee Ellis Ross, who has a powerful curl story, dropped new styling products to extend her haircare line on Juneteenth. This gel, created with nourishers like aloe vera, coconut oil and cacay oil, will give your curls the bounce and definition it's craving...without the crunch.
Oftentimes, prestige haircare brands miss the mark when they tread into the land of textured hair. Oribe changed that when they launched their line of natural hair products. This sleek emerald tube carries a styling cream, blended with shea butter and avocado oil, to hydrate and define curls. Apply this on damp hair for the best results.
When it comes to curls, dodging dryness is the number one priority. When your hair needs more than a shampoo or conditioner, add this intense moisture mask into your wash day routine. It deeply conditions coarse curls, minimizes frizz and coats each strand with a creamy, rich lather that won't weigh your hair down.
If you want a way to make styling your hair more manageable, employ this smoothing lotion. Treat is as a leave-in product on damp hair and allow the good-for-you ingredients to do the heavy lifting. It makes detangling, protecting your hair from the heat and fighting frizz feel like a breeze.
This reparative mousse will give your hair a comfortable hold with the help of blueberry extract, a powerful antioxidant we don't get enough of in our diets. Apply this before styling as a sculpting, smoothing treatment to keep your curls in place.
Beyond the unbeatable $7 price tag, this curl cream actually works. It's a vegan formula full of shea butter and pequi oil, with a creamy, pudding-like consistency that will drench your hair in moisture. Work this through your hair in sections before styling for a touchable, shiny finish.
Brittleness and curls simply do not mix, which is why you need a smoothing conditioner to replenish your hair with the nutrients it needs. This new $8 gem moisturizes to the max, so you can emerge from your shower with soft, happy strands. You can wash it out after a few minutes or use it as a leave-in treatment if you need a little extra.
Every curlista knows they can count on Carol's Daughter to come through. If you're already a fan of the cult-loved Monoi line, it just got three new additions featuring this strengthening leave-in cream. If you're dealing with serious damage, monoi needs to be your hair's BFF to bring it back to life. Liberally apply this on damp hair, letting it fully absorb to reap all the hydrating and strengthening benefits.
Co-washing, a.k.a conditioner-only washing, takes the guesswork out of things when all you want is hella hydration. It enhances curl retention and has the purest ingredients, which is what this Black-owned brand is praised for, like coconut water and ghee butter to get your curls soft and squeaky-clean.
This new superfoods mask will act as the ultimate gulp of green juice for your hair. Your curls need a boost of protein every so often and these potent ingredients are all you can ask for: kiwi, avocado and spinach for extra fatty acids and antioxidant benefits. Consider your healthy hair journey thriving, if you do this once per week.
African Pride knows how to do your curls justice on the moisture front. This heavenly-smelling leave-in is not only a delight to apply because of the scent, it will give your hair added shine and bounce with literally no residue left behind. Let flakes from products be a thing of the past.
Yes, your curls are the main attraction but it's important to show your scalp some love too, which is where most of the damage, dandruff and dryness starts. Protect your canvas with this soothing, no-rinse elixir that not only feels refreshing because of the cooling menthol and peppermint oil, but will also restore your scalp's health.
Another scalp savior to offer you some sweet relief. If you're dealing with a dry, itchy scalp, take your time while moisturizing with this serum. Made of vitamins A, C, D & E, it will hydrate your hair from root-to-tip and stimulate hair growth overtime.
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