Say it with me: having curly hair is an honor and privilege. Then, repeat it one more time. Solange, who so eloquently reminded us that our curls are our crown with her heartfelt lyrics featured in 2016 single "Don't Touch My Hair", further reaffirmed that we should be proud to treat our hair like royalty. With that being said, natural hair is still a lot of work, and requires top-notch products to keep curls flourishing. No one curl is the same, and it's important to know what works for you and the universal hair rules that apply to every single hair type.
Thankfully, there hasn't been a shortage of amazing products that cater to natural hair. There's literally something for everything. Considering that the curly styling options are endless, your product shelf has to be in alignment. And as hard as it is, don't be afraid to try something new! Testing new products will only allow you to get to know your curls better—embrace the experiment, even if the results don't always add up. From sophisticated styling creams to next-level leave-in treatments, ahead find the very best curl products naturalistas should know about.
Upgrade your wash day product lineup with this shampoo meant to make the ritualistic experience that much more enjoyable. Using a liquid micellar technology, this aloe-packed micellar water transforms into a soft foam once activated by water, which lathers and grabs grime from your scalp and hair. The pointed nozzle is made for "easy scalp access" the brand notes, and wont leave any residue behind.
No one strand of hair is the same. Even your head of hair, yes, yours, is holding several different textures at once. Prose is using the power of personalization to create a custom product made for you and your curls only with the help of active botanical ingredients. Not only does taking this very detailed survey about your hair and receiving this very personalized product make you feel very special, it also drives results.
Facts: nothing can ruin a good hair day like an itchy-as-hell scalp can. Get to the root of the problem with this peppermint oil and cooling menthol-infused elixir that'll soothe your irritated scalp in seconds. Whether you're dealing with dryness or build-up in-between protective styles, like box braids or twists, or refreshing your curls, it's the self-care moment your scalp is screaming at you for.
Detangling will be less of a doozy with this hydrating spray. After you part and section your damp hair, spritz this through and use your fingers to work it into your hair shaft. For good measure, follow up with a wide-tooth comb to rake it through even more. The golden milk, honey, and coconut oil makes for a moisturizing concoction that'll unravel stubborn kinks.
You can use this foam conditioner as you please. To smooth and slick down your curls for a light and non-tacky hold, to define your curls, or to set and mold your style. It's a styling product made of castor oil, papaya fruit extract, and mango butter, which means it smells absolutely delightful (think: tropical vacay vibes) and nourishes your hair with a feel-good formula.
"Detangling is fun," said no one ever. It's certainly a chore, but your curls will endure way less breakage if you use this priming lotion. You don't have to put your poor tender scalp through hell anymore because its nourishing blend of cupuacu and mango seed butters will stop the snagging. Raking your comb through your hair shaft from root to tip will feel so much easier.
Naturalistas know: keeping your curls moisturized is #1 of the top ten curly hair commandments. This buttery cream keeps dryness at bay, but also adds the most amazing definition to your curls. Whether you're styling your twist-out, braid-out, or bantu knot-out, lather this through each section to enhance your curl pattern.
When it comes to hair oils, you have to tread a thin line so they don't weigh your curls down. You won't ever to worry about that with this feather-light, silicone-free, silky oil because it does the complete opposite. I've been spritzing it on my naturally wavy extensions, and it controls frizz while adding the most gorgeous, glistening shine that doesn't get dull later into the day.
Wash n' gos are arguably the most unpredictable natural style there is. Tons of variables (like, the weather, styling products, your hormones etc) influence the final product, which further confirms our curls truly have a mind of their own. However, you can live your best wash n' go life if you prep with this sulfate-free shampoo: the coconut oil, kokum butter, coconut milk, and plant peptides work together to cleanse your hair of build-up and restore hydration.
Suave recently launched its very first collection curated for natural hair with the help of 5,000 women, which is major. This defining gel will keep your coils freshly-shined, and feeling extra-soft. If your ringlets tend to unravel and fall throughout the day, this will pro-long the life of your curls.
If you're over edge controls flaking up and drying out your hair after approximately 30 minutes, allow me to change your life. This gem, the newest addition to Pantene's Gold Series line for textured hair, uses the hydrating benefits of argan oil to smooth down your hair in seconds.
The truth: you can never have enough detangling products to cut your mirror time in half. This moisturizing cream — free of mineral oil, sulfates, and petrolatum — creates the softest slip on your hair. Bye, knots, see you never (Okay, maybe not, but you can temporarily get rid of them).
PSA: The mousse you swore by in middle school is making a major comeback. Except this time, you can enjoy a new-and-improved formula full of fatty acids from avocado and tons of vitamins to nourish, restore your hair's PH levels, and cleanse your scalp.
I'd like to shout from the mountaintops that hair masks are just as important as face masks. Your scalp and hair shaft deserves TLC, too, which is why you should let this rosemary mint mask marinate on your hair whenever you need a hydration re-up. I love lathering this on, putting on a shower cap, and taking a hot shower to open up my cuticles and allow the masks' juices to penetrate even deeper into curls.
Dealing with a dry, itchy scalp? This potent dose of pure tea tree oil contains antimicrobial properties that will soothe your scalp. It's a concentrated amount so the brand recommends diluting this with water or a carrier oil before application.
I can go on forever about the magical benefits of coconut oil (read more about them here), and this styling cream infuses the best of both worlds. Utilizing the various powers of coconut oil in a cream form to moisturize and condition your curls.
The name says it all: this miraculous leave-in treatment works overtime to keep your curls in tip-top shape. The brand has identified 25 benefits that fall into the prep, protect, and moisture category. So, essentially this does it all and there's no reason you shouldn't be using it.
Time is a luxury, and going through a 10-step haircare routine every single time your curls need a refresh is impossible. Working women: you need to spritz this through your hair any time your curls need to perk up. Plus, the lavender scent is so soothing it will zen you out.
Want longer, thicker, stronger curls? This leave-in conditioner, made of tropical moringa sweet oil, promotes hair growth and retention. Stronger, longer strands are ahead.
We put our scalps through a lot—especially when the seasons change. Combat dirt, debris, and over-oil production from spring's heat and humidity with this restorative mask. It will cleanse your scalp and make your hair feel so fresh and so clean, clean.
If your curls are on the finer side, you need this lightweight conditioner designed specifically for low-porosity hair that's easily weighed down. The hibiscus water will add hydration and give you the bounciest curls.