Add a few surprises to your curlfriends' stockings with these great finds for under $30.
It’s better to give than to receive – especially when you’re helping a curly girl have a good hair day. The best part is that you can do all of this for less than $30! Just peruse this gift guide to find the ideal items for all the curly recipients on your list in one place.
1. Microfiber towels
A microfiber towel’s smooth texture helps blot water from hair right after a shower without creating the friction (and frizz) that a terrycloth towel does. Plus, these smooth towels are so slim they're easy to travel with!
Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel; $12.24
2. A Satin pillowcase
Not only does this add a little luxury to bed time, but it protects hair while your curly girl sleeps. Rougher fabrics can cause tiny knots — especially when she moves around in her sleep — as well as frizz. A satin or silk pillowcase keeps hair smooth and free of fly-aways.
3. Curly Girl: The Handbook
Written by curl expert Lorraine Massey, this is a must-read for all things curly. Whether your gift recipient is new to wearing her hair curly or has been doing so for a while, "Curly Girl" provides insight into fighting frizz, identifying your curl type and getting the best curly hair cut.
Curly Girl: The Handbook; $13.95
4. Satin-lined headband
It’s cold outside, but when it comes to curls, just any old hat won’t do. That’s because rough fabrics can rub hair the wrong way disturbing their gorgeous, natural shape. The answer is a satin lined hat or headband to keep you warm and make it a good hair day.
Sequined Knit Headband; $19.99
5. Sulfate-free cleanser
Shampoo is a huge no-no for curly girls because the harsh ingredients it contains (called suflates) remove hair’s natural oils so curls frizz up fast.
Today, there are several sulfate-free cleansers available, so treat your curly girl to one or more of those you find at CurlMart.
DevaCurl No-Poo; $17.95
6. A bathing cap
If your gift recipient loves to take a dip in the pool for her workout, then help her protect her strands with an adorable bathing cap. This way damaging chlorine can’t seep into her strands drying hair and fading color.
Sports Authority; $10.99 - $14.99
7. DevaCurl One Condition
For curlies, the key to gorgeous hair is leaving some conditioner in your hair after you shower rather than rinsing it all out. This rich hydrating conditioner is perfect for that because it moisturizes curls and leaves them soft and manageable rather than sticky or crunchy.
DevaCurl One Condition; $17.95
8. DIY Beach Spray
On a beach vacation, curly hair needs something to ward off the frizz and snarls caused by ocean water and salty beach breezes. In a cute gift bag, toss a bottle of your favorite conditioner and a plastic spray bottle (about $3-4 at the drugstore, mass merchandiser or Sally Beauty).
Tie on a tag with this beach-relief recipe: “Combine equal amounts spring water and conditioner in spray bottle. Spritz on hair after a dip in the ocean or every hour or so on the beach.”