Ladies, having curly hair can get frustrating. I should know since I’ve always had curly hair. Frizz is the number one battle with curls, and curly hair is thirsty for moisture. Having your hair properly moisturized and the right amount of protein will help cut down on the frizz. It’s tricky though, to much moisture & protein can add frizz and breakage. Sounds crazy right? (Click here to learn how to do a strand test to see if the moisture and protein in your hair is balanced). Here are some tips and tricks you can use, to help you work with your curls, and love what your mama gave ya!

Use a shampoo & conditioner specifically made for curly hair

Products made for curly hair are going to be moisturizing and formulated specially for your curly locks, and that’s what you need.

Deva Curl DevaCurl is a breakthrough in shampoo & conditioner for curly hair. Deva’s sole focuses is curly hair, so you know it’s amazing. DevaCurl even has salons dedicated to cutting curls with their special techniques, and using their curly hair produces. DevaCurl suggest, after you rinse your conditioner apply a little more and don’t rinse out.

Davines Love  Davines creates such beautiful products. This shampoo and conditioner is made to help with the elasticity of your hair. Love shampoo & conditioner is lightweight and moisturizing so it will leave your curls bouncy and voluminous. It has the word right in it, Love. You will looove this shampoo and conditioner for your curls.

Kevin Murphy Luxury Wash & Rinse Luxury is exactly what this shampoo and conditioner is. Made to keep curly hair well balanced with the right hydro-lipids so it’s to not create frizz or breakage due to over moisturizing. Your curls will be crying out for Kevin Murphy Luxury shampoo and conditioner.  

Aquage Sea Extend Silkening – I keep my house stocked with this shampoo and conditioner all the times. It’s great for coarse, curly, frizz hair. Aquage uses unique ingredients like, red sea kelp and algasilk that leaves your hair smooth, shiny and feeling addictively soft.

Moroccanoil Smoothing – I Love Moroccanoil! Just because it says smooth doesn’t mean it’s only used if your looking for straight results. Smooth can also refer to taming frizz. This shampoo and conditioner is great for both. I love how versatile it is. I can use it when I want to leave my hair natural and curly to it de-fuzz my frizz. If I’m feeling in the mood to do a blowout, I’ll use this shampoo and conditioner to help prevent frizz when drying. Infused with argan oil this won’t let you down, only your frizz.

 Oribe Cleansing Crème  is magic. I’m #oribeobsessed. If the smell doesn’t get you hooked, the awesome moisturizing power will. This shampoo and conditioner will take the most rebellious hair and slap it smooth. If your curls tend to get to big this shampoo helps deflate unwanted poof. Take back control of your curls.

Oribe Moisture and Control Conditioner

***Tip- In the shower comb the conditioner through your hair. Don’t rinse out all of the conditioner. Leaving in just a little bit helps with frizz. Use a t-shirt to dry off your hair instead of a towel. Blot your hair, instead of rub. This with help reduce frizz as well. Once you are out of the shower don’t re-comb your curls.***

 Use the right products

Don’t be afraid to splurge a little; products are you friend when you have curls. It’s all about finding the right products that works for you. Everyone has different hair so we all need different products.

Start with a leave-in-conditioner and/or serum. Here are a few suggestions:

Leave-in-Conditioners & Serums.

It’s a 10 This is my #1 favorite leave-in conditioner. This leave-in smooths and controls frizz, while leaving behind a beautiful shine. It’s also protects against heat styling tools. How I like to apply this product, is when my hair is still very wet, right out of the shower, I spray it all over. My magic trick with this product is, if I see a little frizz when my hair is dry, I spray the product into my hands and then very gently, and very lightly run the product over any frizz. Bam! It disappears.

Paul Brown Treat Elite Fall in love with this product after your first use. What makes this leave-in conditioner so unique is you can also use it on your skin. I love taking it to the beach to spray in my hair before I go in the water, and then when I get out. It helps keep skin and hair moisturized. Another amazing thing this product does is when you are done applying your makeup you can lightly mist your face it it will set your makeup in place. This is a multi-purpose product. Love that!

Deva Curl (leave-in) – If you are going to use the Deavs shampoo and conditioner, why not go all the way and use the whole line? This product is perfect for very curl, thirsty hair. It is packed with moist and protein to give your hair a great balance in the moisture department. Deva suggest if you want more curl scrunch in the product. If you want a looser curl apply the product in a downwards raking motion. This is a great technique when apply curly hair products.

Moroccanoil (serum) – When your looking for argan oil go for the original. Moroccanoil is great for conditioning your hair, and putting protein back into the hair where it was damaged due to styling with a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron. Apply this product after using a spray leave-in conditioner or use it on it’s own. When I’m done applying the oil to my hair, any oil left on my hands I like to rub it on my skins, it leaves it soft and smelling amazing!

After the leave-in-conditioner or serum (whichever one works with your hair), use a curly hair styling product like:

  • Moroccanoil Curl defining cream, or the intense curl cream. The intense curl cream with help tighten your curls. For a more relaxed look go with the defining curl cream.
  • Oribe Curl by Definition or Oribe Curl Control Silkening Creme
  • Living proof curl define styling cream

3. The finishing touches

Now we have two ways to take curls from wet to dry. I feel like I get a better result when I let my hair air dry. But, let’s be real; we don’t always have that kind of time on our hands. Using a diffuser attachment on the end of your blow dryer can leave you with beautiful results as well. You just need to take your time and not rush it when diffusing your hair. If you have the time, try to let your hair air dry and see how that works for your curls. If not, try these steps to diffuse curly hair.

  • With a little bit of curl cream on your hands, take about a one inch square section of hair and twist away from your face. Do this all over your head until all your hair is all in little twists.
  • Start with the blow dryer on a high heat and a medium to low speed. Slowly move the blow dryer around your head trying not to touch your hair with your hands. The more you touch the more frizz you will create. Just slowly keep moving all over until your hair is completely dry. For extra volume do this with your head upside down.

Once your hair is all dry you may still see a little frizz. Don’t get frustrated, because this can be expected. Some women don’t mind a little frizz. It can be beautiful and boho. If you’re like me and it will bug you the rest of the day, try some of these post-drying hair products to help take down that last bit of frizz.

  • Oribe Apres Beach wave and shine spray
  • Kevin Murphy Resort spray
  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Curls can be frustrating, but once you find the right cocktail of products you will learn to love them. It took me years to appreciate my hair in its natural state. Go curly for a fun and easy look that’s great for summer. Good luck on your mission to rocking your curls! If you have questions you can always contact me. I am here to help you help your hair.