PICTURED: NATURALLYCURLY READER ELAINE

I have been experimenting with so many different curly products throughout the months. While I fell in love with so many of them, it made choosing my favorites quite difficult! I finally narrowed it down to my ultimate must have products. While choosing my 2015 favorites curly hair products, moisture, scent, and ingredients played a big factor. 3A curlies, what are your Holy Grails and why?

All of these products are easily online-accessible and can be bought at either your local drug/grocery store, NaturallyCurly, or Amazon.

Sulfate-Free Shampoos

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

This product is great-- not only does it smell heavenly, but it also contains all natural ingredients. It is a gentle, non-drying shampoo for curls and is my favorite to use.

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Cleansing Shampoo

I love this shampoo because it truly is a gentle and light cleanser and it smells great. The only con about this product is that it can leave your hair feeling slightly squeaky-clean.

Cleansing Conditioners

Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner

This cleanser is my ultimate go-to product. I love the way this product smells and how quickly and gently it detangles my hair. It has such a nice smooth consistency to it and is simply a must-try!

Daily Conditioners

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

While this product is a bit thick in consistency, it smells great, contains all natural ingredients, and does wonderful things for your hair! A great daily conditioner!

Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner

This conditioner is a must-try--it smells lovely, is a great detangler and has a smooth silky consistency. A great daily conditioner!  

Leave-in Conditioner

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion

This is my ultimate favorite moisturizer/leave-in. I love how it smells. This product will leave your hair smelling like a freshly baked cupcake. It has a light pink consistency and leaves your hair feeling deeply moisturized. For best results, I recommend applying this after you're done showering. Flip your hair over and apply it to sopping wet hair.

Deep Conditioner

Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

This is deep conditioner truly does the job in giving my hair the moisture it needs. I love how my hair feels afterwards--the only con to this product is that it smells a bit like minty medicine.

I like to apply this to sopping wet hair, put on a cap, put on a heated cap over that, and leave it in for about 15-20 minutes!

Oil

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

This has been a product that I have never been able to live without. I put a tiny bit into my hair after I have applied my styling gel. This oil smells heavenly and gives your curls the shine it needs.

Styling Gel

Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Perfecting Lotion (For Elastic Curls)

Out of the styling gels I have tried so far, Redken’s Curvaceous Ringlet has been the gel that I cannot live without! It is a smooth lotion that not only smells great, but also defines curls and brings them back to life!

I recommend applying this to sopping wet hair after you apply your moisturizer!

What are your 3a Holy Grails?

Let us know in the comments so that fellow Type 3a curlies can give them a try!

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Pictured above: Our NaturallyCurly community member Elaine shared her photo with us on StyleNook. In case you're wondering, she used the Bouclème Travel Kit and Rainbow Henna on her hair in the photo. If you'd like to share your own curly selfie and your regimen with the community, you can post it here


This article was originally published in 2017 has been updated for grammar and clarity.