From shea butter to glycerin, we look at the five ingredients that quench thirsty curls
It is the thirstiest of textures. Natural curls and kinks always crave mega doses of moisture. And there are many ingredients in curl-centric products that gladly answer that call. Flip over bottles of your favorite curl concoctions and chances are you'll see the same key ingredients time and time again. But what makes them unique for curly girls? Here is a roundup of the top five ingredients that pack the best moisture-filled punch — and a whole lot more.
What it does:
Tames and clumps curls, reduces frizz.
Works best for:
Dry, thick textures; 3B curl types and up. Fine hair? Stay away or find a product where it's found lower on the ingredient list.
Why curlies love it:
"Shea butter is heavy, dense and rich," says Stacey Canfield, founder of Blended Beauty
. "It is a great emollient and has slight sunscreen properties."
"It makes the hair really soft." says Jessicurl
founder Jessica McGuinty. "If your hair is chemically processed, it’s really good for that, too, because it’s so moisturizing."
"It’s very rich and is always best when mixed in a conditioner." says Marsha Coulton, founder of Curl Junkie
. "Even with the kinkiest thickest hair, though I wouldn’t put straight shea butter on the hair."
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