Our favourite products for curly hair

Arianna | 29 May 2016
products for curly hair

You’ll never look back after trying these…

Curls, coils, ringlets, whatever you want to call them: we think they’re fabulous. If you’ve been blessed with naturally curly hair, embrace it! And what better way to do so than by accentuating your natural texture with some great products for curly hair. After all, they’ve been created specifically for your hair type, so rest assured that they’re all formulated with curly tresses in mind.

To help you decide, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite products for curly hair, so, just keep on reading to find out the ones we think you need to try!

Editor’s picks: The best products for curly hair

Wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner for curly hair.

Shampoo and conditioner

Curly hair is more prone to dryness than naturally straight hair, because the natural hair oils produced are not able to travel all the way down the hair shaft due as easily, due to the twists and turns of the curls. So it’s essential to invest in an extra nourishing shampoo and conditioner duo to help replenish and restore any lost moisture from your tresses.

Specifically tailored to the needs of women with curly or wavy hair, the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Shampoo (£5.99*) and Conditioner (£5.99*), which has a blend of Buriti oil, protein and Omega 9, can help deeply nourish and quench dryness from the inside out. Healthy-looking curls, here you come!

Prep your hair with a prepping oil.

Prepping oil

Regardless of whether you use heated styling tools on your tresses on a regular basis, you should still protect your curly hair by prepping it with some Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil (£6.99*). The advanced, ultra lightweight, non-greasy formula won’t weigh your curls down, but it will help them to retain their shape. Simply apply it onto damp hair and then let it dry naturally, or, if you’re in a hurry, blow-dry with a hair dryer with a diffuser. Perfectly-formed curls are a go!

Quench curly strands with a serum.


Serums are the perfect product for curly-haired girls to use in between washes, to help define your curls and keep them feeling ultra soft and nourished. Not only do they help to add shine, but they also aid in making your hair more manageable (and manageability is key for curly hair, which can sometimes be tricky to style!). The Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum (£6.99*) provides on-the-go nourishment to instantly smooth hair, and help reduce frizz without weighing your curls down. Plus, it helps improve manageability for up to 3 days!**

Define your curls with a cream.


“Creams are really good to achieve curl definition and manageability, plus they nourish and condition the hair to give it more definition and frizz protection.” – Unilever R&D Technical Manager for hair in the UK, Francesca Rapolla.

Meet one of the best products for curly hair: TIGI Bed Head On The Rebound Curl Recall Cream (£14.95*). This hero product helps to transform rebellious curls into soft and defined ringlets that also have excellent hold. The curl recall technology ensures that curls spring back into shape with just one scrunch, meaning that you can touch up your coils on-the-go. Clever and practical, styling curly hair has never been so easy!

Reduce frizz with a curl defining mousse.


Fact: mousse is every curly-haired girl’s BFF. It helps define your curls by reducing frizz and adding bounce, but it’s no secret that some mousses can leave hair looking crispy and feeling hard. Well, not the VO5 Smoothly Does It Curl Defining Mousse (£3.99*), which leaves hair feeling soft and looking smooth.

Top tip: when applying mousse, work it through damp hair, and then use a hair dryer with a diffuser to dry your tresses. This will help to set the mousse without leaving it feeling crispy and hard.

Want some ideas on how to style your curly hair? Check out our article on easy hairstyles for curly hair that you can wear to work, here.

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

**Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum. 80% of women agree.

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