Curl Defining Products: How Do These Curly Hair Essentials Work?

Let those curls shine.

It’s no secret to anyone with curly hair that not all curls were created equally. While some girls have tight coils, others have loose waves, and many have locks whose pattern falls somewhere in between.

Wherever your hair falls on the curly hair spectrum, you’ll need an arsenal full of curl defining products. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite curl defining products and how they work:

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Love (and enhance!) your curls with a few core products.

1. Wavy Hair

Wavy hair is categorized by a loose pattern that falls somewhere between straight and curly strands. This hair type is almost always prone to frizz and can sometimes fall flat, therefore the products you use are essential.

2. Rounded Curls

In contrast, rounded curls are tight, all-over coils that start right at the root and extend all the way down to the bottom of your hair. These curls are usually springy and can be found on women with dense or thin hair.

3. Coily Curls

Finally, let’s talk about coily curls. These curls are generally tight and reminiscent of an S or Z pattern. They can be spiral-shaped, are often wiry, and can sometimes feel coarse.

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Curl defining products give your strands the boost they need. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

Curl defining products are designed to sculpt, tighten, smooth, and define your 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 locks to enhance your look and make your hair easier to style.

As a result, you’ll find that your curls will be looking and feeling their best. Curly hair can be somewhat temperamental, therefore it’s important to find the curl defining product that’s best for your unique curl type. Here are some of our favorites for each hair type:

1. Wavy Hair

Those with wavy hair should certainly use curl defining products that can soothe frizz and that are lightweight enough for everyday use. This will ensure that your waves stay defined without getting weighed down. You will also need a product that will impart some shine. Try The Good Stuff Curl Definition Jelly whose formula works to nourish curls adding bounce and definition to your hair.

2. 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 humidity. Try Dove Amplified Textures Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel whose formula can help you lock in your curls as it maintains their hold.

3. Coily Curls

Finally, those with coiled 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. Also, look for products that can stand up to humidity as well as those that can revive any dryness or dullness in your locks. Try Nexxus Between Washes Revived Curls Shape & Moisture Cremé Spray, whose formula can help make your curls soft and defined.

Curl defining products can help you enhance what you have and create a unique look that stays fresh all day long, so don’t forget to prep your stands with one of these before you leave the house next time.

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