What Hair Curling Products Really Do

How does this product help with curls? Let us count the ways. 

Getting gorgeous curls every single day isn’t as hard as it used to be, thanks to hair curling products. Without products to help shape and style, naturally curly hair can get frizzy and not retain the style you want. But we’re often asked, what can hair curling products really do? First thing you have to do though is determine your hair type. Stumped? Check out our handy-dandy curl chart.

Hair curling products are a curly girl’s best friend for so many reasons. Read on to learn how hair curling products help out curly hair:

Hair Curling Products: Helping To Moisturize Your Way To More Defined Curls

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Different curl types require different hair products.

1. Moisturize your curls.

Naturally curly hair tends to run on the dry side. It’s because your naturally occurring oils have a harder time making it down the shaft of curly hair as compared to what happens with naturally straight hair. This isn’t that big of a deal though, as there are so many ways to add moisture back into your hair. Hair curling products like Bed Head By TIGI Foxy Curls Spray gives you a double whammy. It first moisturizes your hair so you’ll get soft, shiny curls. It also uses a non-stiff, non-flaking resin to help curls stick to a defined ringlet.

2. Set your style.

Most hair curling products will set your curls so they can stay nice and defined. There are several ways to set curls: Gel-based hair curling products will give you shiny, clearly defined spirals, but they can be too much of a good thing if you apply too much product. Overloading on gel might give you defined curls but can tend to leave a crunchy-looking result. We recommend using a curl-defining gel like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel, but just be mindful of  how much you apply so you don’t have to deal with the crunchy-hair look of the early Aughts.

3. Encourage your curl shape.

Good hair curling products should help you to get defined curls without too much effort on your part. Nowadays, most hair curling products are going to do a good job at helping to create your favorite defined curl pattern. Products now focus on helping to set your curls without a heavy feeling or weighing down your hair. We like to use Suave Professionals Flexible Control Curl Mousse to achieve defined curls. This mousse is super lightweight so it can’t pull down your curls, and it works with you to create nice ringlets. To use, apply to wet hair and use your diffuser to dry your hair. Follow up with a curl-recall cream, like Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound, to give your curls some structure and springiness.

4. Tame frizz.

Frizz on curly hair is usually a result of a lack of moisture. Luckily, a lot of modern hair curling products can help tame frizz as part of the deal. Moisturizing sprays can hydrate your hair and help calm down staticky hair. Gels will help smooth down flyaways and halo frizz so they don’t stick out from the base of your ponytails or updos. As for mousse, well, it helps with both! Most mousses for curly hair, like Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse, hydrate and condition as well as set the stage for curly looks.