The quest for the best curly hair products can be difficult one. A single wrong product, and you end up with ringlets crunchier than overcooked French fries or greasier than a piece of pizza. This isn’t the 90s anymore; we have to step up our curl game.
Fortunately, we’ve tried many products in our curl-loving lives, which means we’re uniquely placed to tell you which are worth your time and which you shouldn’t waste your money on. Join us on a journey to discover the very best curly hair products EVER.
R+Co Aircraft Pomade Mousse ($29, randco.com) is truly essential for giving shape and style to wayward curls. It sprays into your hand like a lightweight mousse but shapes your ringlets and waves like a pomade—all without weighing your hair down. It's a miracle!
One of the keys to controlling curly hair is beating frizz. Use John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Cream
to touch up frizz and create shine.
If your natural curls need some hydration, you can't do any better than SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Moisturizing Smoothie ($11.99, ulta.com). Amazing for adding moisture to even the driest hair, it's our number one secret for keeping curls soft and touchable.
For wild curls that refuse to be tamed, use Miss Jessies Quick Curls ($32, drugstore.com) styling cream and see how quickly those wild curls transform into beautiful ringlets.
Leave-in conditioner is a curly haired girls savior. TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Leave-In Conditioner ($16, target.com) smooths frizzy, unmanageable hair to leave you with full, soft locks.
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hairspray ($21, aveda.com) locks in curls with a strong but flexible hold. Use it as the last step in your routine.
A good style starts with a good wash. Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner ($25, sephora.com) makes styling your curls easy by moisturizing hair in the shower.
Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray
) is another leave-in conditioner that makes hair more manageable and locks in moisture to fight damage.
If you want some extra bounce to your curls, you need Curly Sexy Hair Curl Power Spray Foam ($17.95, ulta.com). Not only does it define and add spring to your ringlets and waves, it also gives you that coveted second-day texture—without adding weight or sticky buildup.
When the humidity increases, curly hair can easy slide into frizz territory...but not anymore: Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($36, sephora.com) officially makes your ringlets impervious to the weather. Plus, it adds an outrageous amount of gloss and shine to hair, making it one of our summertime essentials.