Curls, coils and kinks have special needs when it comes to hair products. Whether you are a current transitioner or a natural-haired veteran, there are five general hair product categories you can’t live without. After identifying your hair type, look for products in these categories that cater specifically to you.
1. Clarifying Shampoo
Though shampoo isn’t recommended on a day to day basis, every curly-haired gal should have a good clarifying shampoo in her beauty closet. With all the daily styling and product build-up you can accumulate, it’s important to occasionally cleanse your hair and scalp thoroughly. A good clarifying shampoo will leave your hair clean and free of build-up, in preparation for the next step – conditioning.
Recommended: Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Shampoo can be the first step to achieving softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky hydrated hair with unforgettable body.
2. Conditioner (Rinse Out)
After clarifying your hair, curly girls should immediately follow up with conditioner. A great rinse-out conditioner can also be substituted for shampoo on a day to day basis with a process most naturals refer to as Co-Washing. Whatever regimen you choose to follow, whether you opt for shampoo or conditioner to cleanse your hair regularly, conditioner needs to be part of your regimen at some point.
3. Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler
After all product is washed out of your hair, you want to keep your curls in shape with a leave-in. A great leave-in serves multiple purposes. One, it can help detangle strands post-wash, making your styling process much easier. Two, it can help restore moisture to the hair after day 2 or 3 of a particular style. A great leave-in conditioner is an absolute must-have in every curly girl’s hair arsenal.
Recommended: ELASTA QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioner. This rich cream is both a conditioner and a styling aid. Curlies are able to replenish moisture to freshly cleansed tresses or use a dollop to re-style and add shine and fight frizz.
4. Deep Conditioner/Treatment
Sometimes our curls need a little tender love and care. This is where the deep conditioner comes in. How often you deep condition depends solely on your strands. If you tend to heat-style or color your hair, you should be deep conditioning more often to prevent your hair from potential breakage and to restore moisture that is often lost. If you don’t do either of these things, you should still aim to use a deep treatment or mask at least once a month for overall hair health. Try applying it with heat or steam to release the full effects of your deep conditioner into your hair shaft.
Recommended: Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner allows you to embrace more versatile styling options, while protecting your hair from the inside out.
Particularly if your curls are prone to dryness, a staple hair oil is incredibly important. There are so many different types of oils, but you should choose the ones that work best for your curls. Thinner oils serve as a great way to prevent itchy scalp, dryness and irritation without causing buildup. Thicker oils are great to use on your actual hair strands to lock in moisture after using a leave-in conditioner or even as part of a bi-weekly “hot oil” hair treatment to restore hair after damage.
Recommended: Beautiful Textures Shine & Silken Growth Oil deeply penetrates the hair from the inside out, promoting the perfect balance of moisture and hydration to tresses. It helps protect, rebuild and repair damaged hair promoting healthier looking growth.
What hair products are must-haves on your list?