How do curl defining products work?

Let those perfect curls shine.

Those with curly hair tend to have an internal struggle of wanting to maintain their coily locks to wanting to straighten them. And the struggle is real: this battle is often fought with heat and an arsenal of products. One thing that can really help define your gorgeous curls? Curl defining products that work to both tame frizz and enhance the natural curl pattern in your hair, producing beautifully bouncy results. Read on to learn more about curl defining products and how they can work for you.

Types of curls

Not all curls are created or look the same. Some curls are oval in shape, while others are rounded coils. Knowing what type of curls you have can help determine the best hair care routine and products that can benefit you.

Common curly hair types

Wavy hair: These are looser curls and are generally a cross between straight and curly bends. Some people who have waves may even have straight hair at the crown and kinks at the bottom. These curls are usually prone to frizz and don’t have enough bounce. They’re also the easiest curl type to blow out straight.

Rounded curls: These are tighter, all-over curls that start at the top of your crown and go down to the bottom of your hair. These curls are usually springy or smooth, and have a texture anywhere from dense to fine.

Coily curls: These are generally tight curls reminiscent of an S or Z pattern throughout the hair. These curls can be spirally, wiry, or coarse.

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The right products can make styling curly hair much easier. Credit: Dvora

How curl defining products can help

Curl defining products are designed to sculpt, tighten, smooth, and define curls. They work by taming frizz without foregoing any of your natural texture and body. In general, they won’t make your hair crispy or unmanageable, but rather work with your curly locks to enhance your look and make your hair easier to style.

For wavy hair: Those with wavy hair should use curl defining products that smooth frizz and are lightweight enough for everyday use. You’ll also need a product that can define your waves and impart some shine. Nourishing curl mousses are excellent for those with waves, too.

Try: TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam (£5.50*), an ultra light product, packed with Sea Kelp extract, which helps to create natural looking waves in each strand.

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Curl defining products work on a variety of curly hair types. Credit: Dvora

For rounded curls: Weather is usually an issue for those who have all-over curls. Treat your tresses in the morning with a curl defining product that can control your ringlets and help them resist to humidity.

Try: VO5 Smoothly Does It Curl Defining Mousse (£3.99*), which gives 24-hour humidity protection and helps to prevent frizz for big, voluminous hair that holds all day.

For coily curls: Those with coiled or coarse curls will need a product that adds hydration and moisture to their tresses. Look for lightweight products that don’t weigh down your curls or flatten their shape, as well as those that combat dryness.

Try: Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil (£6.99*), which smooths and conditions curls and fights frizz for improved definition and control. Tip: we especially love oils on dry hair for healthier, more nourished-looking locks.

So there you have it: curl defining products are your BFFs when it comes to keeping beautiful curls!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.