Curly Hair Products: The Best Products for Styling Your Curly Hair

Out with the old, in with the new.

Being a curly haired gal is a blessing, beautiful ringlets and loads of volume–what’s not to love? The only problem: not knowing how to care for your curls. Understanding your curl type and what products it needs is key to showing your curls love and giving yourself a great hair day, everyday. Ready to get your best curls ever? It’s time to update your curly hair styling routine with the most effective curly hair styling products. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got your back! No need to worry about throwing all of your current products out unless you really need to.

If you’ve been wondering: How can I enhance my curls? Read on for the key curly hair styling products you need to step up your curl game:

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Tight curls can actually benefit with a bit of gel serum to help control their style while also giving a bit of nourishment.

1. Shampoo and Conditioner Duo

Before we dive into the products you need for styling your hair, let’s get the washing step out of the way. The key to a great hairstyle truly begins in the shower or during your hair washing step. Start with a duo that is geared toward moisturizing your curls and not stripping them or their natural oils. Suave Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo and Moisturizing Curl Conditioner work together to fight frizz and deeply moisturize your curls.

2. Cleansing Conditioner

Since curly hair types are naturally dry, a moisturizing wash and care system or a cleansing conditioner is vital for your strands. Love Beauty Planet Purposeful Hydration Cleansing Conditioner is one of our all-time favorites at the moment. This cleansing conditioner gently washes your curls and leaves them hydrated before you move on to the next step of your styling routine.

 

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Use a detangling brush to detangle your hair.

2. Detangling Brush

The right detangling brush will help you create the perfect tangle-free base for styling. Be sure to work from the ends up to avoid any breakage or further tangling, as you work your detangling brush through your hair.

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Find the curl defining technique that works best for you.

3. Hair Gel

Looking to create the best curls of your life? We’re helping you pick the right styling gel for your style. TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel gives curly hair the right amount of hold and definitionThe way in which you use this gel may vary by hair type. If you have looser curls opt for the plopping method to style your hair. For women with tighter curls, you can use the shingling method to define your curls while styling with the gel.

4. Hair Oil

Hair oil is every curly girl’s best friend! If it isn’t yours we’d like to think that you haven’t found the hair oil that works best for your hair type. Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Nourishing Oil is suitable for fine and thick curly hair types alike. Apply a few drops to your hair when re-styling to nourish your strands, or add it to your finished style for added shine.

5. Hair Spray

Hair spray may not be a product that many women with curly hair would have on their list. However, this is a product that you may want to include in your styling routine. If you’re aiming to have a style with long lasting curls without the use of a gel, a hair spray can be an alternative. After styling your hair, finish it off with a firm hold hairspray, like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4.

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Hair serum keeps your strands shiny and moisturized.

6. Serum

Meant to define ringlets while also providing some frizz protection and moisture, serum is a hardworking product that can also keep all your precious prep-work in check while you’re out and about. We love how Suave Define & Shine Gel Serum gives your ringlets much-needed moisture, shine and manageability, but in a lightweight formula. It works on either wet or dry hair too, which, you know, is super clutch.

7. Hair Mousse

Mousse is one of those styling products for curly hair that can definitely either make or break your look, depending on how it’s used. A light-hold product that moisturizes and defines your curls, without getting greasy or crispy, is the goal. Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse feels like whipped cream and styles—and defines and softens and manages your ringlets—like a dream. If you’ve been wondering: Is mousse or gel better for curly hair? The answer is it depends on your needs. Mousse is better for creating volume and shape while gel is better for taming frizz.