What products should I use to help maintain my curl and shine?

Dear CurlySuzy: I have recently cut all of my relaxed hair off and I am having an issue with keeping my natural locks curly and shiny. My hair type is 4b. I put tons of moisturizer on my hair and it still looks dull and dry. What products should I use to help maintain my curl and shine?

Dear Klinae: I think to keep your new curls really moisturized, you have to start out with a really gentle cleanser when you wash your hair. I would also suggest co-washing as well (washing your hair with conditioner).

The best cleansers would be non-sulfate ones. Are you using a leave-in conditioner? That will help hugely. What about a deep conditioner once a week for 30 minutes? I know this can be so overwhelming but new curls and curls in general are often so dry and fragile. I will give you some suggestions below to getting your curls moisturized from the start and to keep them that way. I hope this helps. Please email me if you have more questions.

Good non-sulfate cleansers

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Gentle Cleanser

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo

HPO Hair Body Shampoo

John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo

DevaCurl No-Poo

MYHoneyChild HoneyNutt Scalp Cleanser

L'Oreal makes a good one too - it is in their Ever Pure line

Deep Conditioners

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Curl Junkie Hibiscus Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair

Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque

MYHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioners

Kinky-Curly Knot Today— super top favorite!!!

Here is our Curly Cocktail (Curlarita Cocktail) for your hair type and an article about the woman who created it: The Women Behind Our New Curly Cocktails

Great article about transitioning: Making the Transition