"What are your favorite products for your curly hair?"
I started my natural hair journey in 2011, transitioning with a sew-in weave for a few months before big chopping twice and then fully embracing my natural 3c curly hair. Here at NaturallyCurly it's time for Editor's Choice Awards, and per proper product junkie protocol, I have a list as tall as me filled with all of the products my curls have tried, loved, and enjoyed throughout my journey. I could go on for hours but for the sake of making this as helpful and concise of a resource as possible, I will be focusing on just a handful of my favorites, both new and old.
What to know about my curls
- I have 3c, highly dense, high porosity, color-treated curly hair
- I get a DevaCut every 6 months
- I am a lazy natural with a knack for trying new products and styles only if they don't require a whole lot of effort on my part
Why I love it: The Elucence conditioner has been a favorite since the beginning of my natural journey, and it makes my texture much softer for detangling.
With a detangling brush, I saturate the length of my curls with this product and in sections, work my way up gently to get rid of knots without tugging on my roots.
Before my stylist, Robin of Southern Curly in Atlanta, used Olaplex to prevent chemical damage in my hair, I had no clue it could be used prior to coloring. In one use my curls felt more elastic and I was able to see their true shape --also, I haven't noticed any damage whatsoever since color-treating four months later.
While one of my fellow NC editors have debated whether this product is technically a conditioner or not, I have been using it for almost a year as a moisturizer. And I love it for a number of reason -- one being the Fruity Pebbles fragrance, and another being the fact that I don't have to layer it with anything in order to reduce frizz and retain moisture all day long.
Hair Dew is another tried and true favorite since the beginning days of going natural. I will never neglect this product simply because it never lets me down. On the random days I'm craving rocking a super-defined twist-out, I reach for this -- it's perfect for cocktailing with literally anything.
This is my go-to for wash days that require a thorough clean of my scalp from styling product build-up. This shampoo doubles as a mini detox for bad allergies and head colds during the colder seasons, too! Use it next time you have a head cold and watch your sinuses clear up.
99 percent of the time I'm rocking a fluffy 'fro in true wash-and-go fashion. But sometimes I want to see my cut and bangs and on those occasions, I reach for my nifty DevaCurl diffuser attachment. It doesn't leave my curls feeling thirsty of dried out afterwards, but gives me just the right amount of water absorption.
Which products are your favorite?
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