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Curl-Enhancing Products: 5 Essentials to Help Define Your Ringlets

Get the curls you crave once and for all with these products.

Struggling to define your curls? We hear you! You may have found yourself trying a slew of curl-enhancing products and not finding the results you wanted. We’re here to help you pick the right one for your hair.

Amongst the many curly hair products on the market, there are some designed specifically for your hair type. The list that we’ve compiled includes curl-enhancing products that help give you the definition you desire, regardless of curl type.

Whether you have tight coils, loose curls, waves or are transitioning back to natural hair, here are some curly hair product ideas that may help give you the look you crave:

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curl enhancing products: tight coils
Use a shampoo and conditioner for curl hair to help achieve flawless and hydrated curls.

1. Shampoo and Conditioner

Believe it or not, what you wash your hair with plays a huge role in how your curls will behave. Use a wash-and-care system designed for your hair type, like Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo and Dove Amplified Textures Super Slip Detangling Conditioner, which both work to gently cleanse, hydrate, detangle, and define your curl pattern.

2. Hair Gel

Hair gels for curly hair can help “set” curls, provide some awesome definition and ensure that they last all day (sometimes even longer!). Most gels on the market are also formulated to enhance your true texture and help with shrinkage, and there are many variants that won’t make ringlets feel stiff or crunchy.

Many soften the look of your curls and are great to lay down your edges. Gels can be used to style hair daily and also work well when creating updo styles like a ponytail or a bun. Try TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel to help give curls definition without any crunch or stiffness.

curl enhancing products: beachy curls
Use a salt spray as a curl-enhancing product to achieve effortless beachy curls.

3. Salt Sprays

Salt sprays aren’t just for loose wavy hair textures. You can also use this hair product on curly hair types as well. This is great if you’re looking to create that beachy, curly texture that you usually get after a swim in the ocean. Spray on some flexible hairspray, like Nexxus Maxximum Finishing Mist throughout hair to create that beachy effect.

4. Hair Mousse 

Mousses are usually lightweight foams that help provide volume, hold and definition to your curls, like the formula seen in  TRESemmé Tres Two Flawless Curls Extra Hold MousseWork this through in sections on detangled locks, then dry using a diffuser. You can also use a mousse to when creating styles like flexi-rod curls, or use the product with rollers in place of setting lotion.

5. Hair Milk or Cream

Hair milks, serums and curl creams can do wonders for wavy or curly hair: They add shine, help smoothen and control any frizz and enhance the look of your ringlets. A few drops of a high-quality serum can also help to condition your locks, without making them look heavy or greasy! If you’re looking for a hair serum for natural hair, try out SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. Its lightweight consistency moisturizes your hair as you style. Use this product to help create styles like wash-and-gos, twist outs, braid-outs and more.

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