We get a ton of requests asking for more information on curly hair including how to style curly hair, what products to use for different types of curly hair, how to reduce frizz, and how to tame unruly curls. Help for curly hair is in such high-demand and we are dedicating this post entirely to curls curls CURLS!!
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The first step to getting a great look for curly hair is to get the right cut. This step is essential in getting the right shape for your specific type of curls. Many women with long curly hair complain that it tends to fall flat and straight on top, while having a lot of curl towards the ends, giving an unflattering triangle shape. This can easily be remedied by having a great cut with proper layers to help remove weight from the bottom, allowing the root area to not be dragged down. Some curly types may need to be cut when the hair is dry to see how it lays naturally. Each type of curl is unique to the individual client, and this dictates the type of cut that is needed. No 2 heads of curls are exactly alike, and no 2 heads of curls should be cut the same way. Once you have a great cut you’ll need to invest in the right products for your hair and curl type.
Having the right products, designed to moisturize, protect, and accentuate curly hair are imperative to getting the desired result. Not every head of curly hair is the same and neither is every curly hair product! African-American hair may tend to be more curly and dry compared to hair of other ethnicity’s. Because the curl pattern is tighter, it can prevent the natural oils of the scalp from flowing down the hair strand to moisturize at the ends. If possible, try not to shampoo your hair more than once per week for this type of hair.
Here is a breakdown of several amazing products meant to bring out the best in your curls!
Choosing the right shampoo for your hair type and curl type is a big part of ensuring that you retain the right moisture balance in your hair. You don’t want to use any harsh cleansers that strip the hair of natural oils. We strongly suggest not washing your hair more than a few times per week regardless of the shampoo you’re using. These are the 3 shampoos we recommend for curly hair.
Curl Conscious Smoothing Shampoo: $23
This is an ultra gentle shampoo that helps to smooth and tame curls, add shine, and control frizz. It contains Transglutaminase, which helps to form curl-enhancing bonds, that give shapely, soft curls. It also contains an exclusive moisture complex and glycerin, which help to promote the absorption of moisture, locking it into the hair. This is the shampoo for all types of textures and curls with no guesswork needed.
Color Minded Sulfate-Free Shampoo: $29
If you have curly hair that is also color-treated, the Color Minded shampoo is also a worthy option. Sulfate-free cleansing helps prevent color washout while revealing lustre. This is an ultra-mild cleanser that protects and prolongs color, while adding mild conditioning. It contains a few long words (Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Phenyl Trimethicone) that are used to condition and help with ease of combing, along with a combination of methicones to lock in color. Highly recommended for our brightly colored curly clients.
Creme de Coco Shampoo: $24
This is a super rich, luxurious shampoo perfect for curly hair that craves extra moisture. It’s extra-mild, with a blend of moisture-rich Coconut and Murumuru Butters to help restore sheen & softness, improve flexibility and minimize frizz. Contains Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil & Extract and Palm Tree Butter to add moisture and shine, Milk Thistle Extract to protect, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch to restore elasticity, body and moisture. If your curls seem to be super dry and frizzy, we highly recommend this amazing shampoo!
Curly hair loves conditioner and seems like it just can’t get enough! The problem for a lot of clients with curly hair is that you may be afraid of conditioner if you have flat or limp, lazy curls, or fine hair. You get a great curl pattern on the midlengths and ends, but it falls flat on top. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a conditioner, or that you can only use light conditioners. That problem is easily solved with the right conditioner, the right cut, along with styling products and techniques. These are our picks for curly conditioners and masques.
Curl Conscious Conditioner: $24
This conditioner is perfect for most curls! It has a nice amount of moisturizers that turn tangles into tendrils, yet isn’t too heavy, and has curl-enhancing ingredients, making it the perfect curly conditioner. The conditioner also has Transglutaminase, that wonderful ingredient that forms curl-enhancing bonds, and a patented Moisture Complex that includes Glycerin for moisture & water retention, Panthenol/Pro-Vitamin B5 for sheen & manageability, Trehalose to reduce frizz and flyaways, Hyaluranate to regulate humidity, and Polyquaternium-51 that helps to define curls and prevent frizz. When in doubt and not sure exactly which is right for you- all curly heads will love this conditioner!
Creme de Coco Conditioner: $25
A moisture-rich conditioner that softens, adds shine, improves flexibility, and tames frizz. Contains Coconut Oil and Extract to add sheen and moisture, Palm Tree Butter for incredible moisture, Milk Thistle to protect, and Wild Olive Seed Oil to soften. If you need a conditioner with more weight and with as much moisture as possible, this conditioner is a winner. Not for those clients afraid of falling flat!
Leave In (Rinse-Out) Conditioner: $24
An amazingly versatile product! Use as a rinse out conditioner or mild detangler, or leave it in hair as a styling aid to moisturize, tame frizz & soften without weighing hair down. Great for all hair types! Rinse out of super fine hair, or work a dab through your hair and stop there for a natural look or give it more structure or texture (or both) with additional products. Contains Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 for moisture and smoothness. Makes a great base product for very coarse hair types, before using other products, or stands alone for softly defined curls without extra weight.
Curl Conscious Nourishing Masque: $27
Give yourself a weekly or monthly conditioning masque to help keep moisture locked in, repair dry hair, and protect. This deep conditioning masque softens texture and helps curls feel fabulous without adding weight. Contains the same great curl-enhancing ingredients as the Curl Conscious shampoo and conditioner, and is the perfect monthly masque for even the finest curls!
Creme de Coco Masque: $27
Your weekly or monthly ultra moisturizing masque. An indulgent masque with a trio of tropical butters which bestows intensive moisture, softness, silkiness and gloss. Contains Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter to restore softness, improve flexibility and minimize frizz, Shea Butter for mega softness, and Mango Butter for tons of moisture. Leave on over night if your hair is super coarse or really thirsty. Not suitable for fine hair.
Now is where the real fun and customization begins! African-American hair can certainly benefit from using the right styling products, but be careful not to use too much. If you only shampoo your hair a few times per week, use any styling products sparingly to prevent product build-up. Also keep in mind that Bumble and Bumble products are really concentrated and a little goes a long way. You can always add more product, so start with a little and add as needed. Wear a silky scarf wrapped around your hair to sleep on those in-between days, it will help keep your hair in great shape for the next day! And don’t forget regular trims to keep those damaged ends away and keep the amazing shape of your curls!
Tonic Lotion: $20
Tonic Lotion is our recommended start to curly hair styling. It has a blend of herbs, vitamins and Tea Tree Oil that replaces moisture, soothes, detangles, and enhances the performance of products. Used right out of the shower to detangle and prepare hair for styling, or in-between shampoos to dampen and reactivate products already in hair. Also a great scalp elixer for dry or flaky scalps. This is Step 1 in the styling routine for every curly head!
Curl Conscious Defining Creme: $29
This amazing curl creme helps to support soft, fine curls that tend to droop, keeping them shapely and resilient. It keeps the hair moisturized while reducing frizz and flyaways, regulates humidity and improves elasticity. Won’t weigh down your hair & keeps your curls looking bouncy and beautiful!
Curl Conscious Calming Creme: $29
Smooth, soften and loosen tight curls that tend to frizz, while keeping them tamed and defined (without crunchiness). The perfect curl creme for more coarse hair types that need the extra weight to calm them down and define them without the crunchy feeling of a gel.
Curl Conscious Holding Foam: $28
For a bit more hold and defined structure, we love Holding Foam! Keep curls together regardless of heat or humidity with flexible, durable hold. Has great curl retention and memory, while controlling frizz and humidity.
Styling Creme: $25
This is a truly versatile product that can work like a mousse or a gel and was voted as a Best Beauty Buy in 2011 by InStyle Magazine! Love it for its versatility and simple strength – slick back, add body, lift roots or define curl. The more you use, the more it holds – wet or dry. Great for any hair type. Work through damp hair and style; use it with heat (like a mousse) to create manageable volume, or without (like a gel) for control. Reduces static, provides UV protection, retains moisture, and adds body and fullness.
It does what it says (and more): protects against frizz, acts as a barrier to humidity and leaves hair soft, silky and flyaway-free. Anyone can use this amazing product, it’s good for curls and frizz-prone types. Use on damp hair to define curl and control frizz (blow dry or let dry); on dry hair to add sheen, control flyaways and add movement. Can use in combination with any other products!
Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist: $25
Reawaken soft waves or tame hyperactive curls – perfect for mid-morning touchups (and evening revivals). Perfect for all curl types looking to refresh curls throughout the day. Mist anytime throughout the day to tidy and refresh curls (use last when layering with other products). Great for extending the life of your style and extra day or two!
Get these looks, created with these amazing product combos!
Jennifer has fine, loose curls. To get her look, prepare hair with Tonic. Work Curl Conscious Defining Creme through hair, while diffusing, scrunch & twist sections into buns, holding until dry; then shake out.
Sabrina has course, tight curls. Work Curl Conscious Calming Creme through hair, beginning at the nape, moving forward. Lift & squeeze curls as you go. Dry with diffuser or under a hooded dryer. Restore bounce the next day with Reactivating Mist.
Kendra has fine, medium curls. Prepare hair with Tonic Lotion. Work Curl Conscious Defining Creme through hair, squeeze while letting air-dry.
Chanel has Fine, Wavy Curls. Dispense a bit of Holding Foam in palms to activate, work through hair. Twirl, cup & squeeze curls into shape while diffusing. Finish with Defining Creme on select pieces, shaping as you apply.
Sarah has course, medium curls. Dispense a bit of Holding Foam in palms to activate, work through hair. Twirl, cup and squeeze curls into shape while diffusing. Restore bounce the next day with Reactivating Mist.