Curly hair, as we already know, can be a bit of a handful. It often comes with its own unique set of challenges, and among them is choosing the right products for it. The struggle is real—I get it. Whether you’re an experienced curly or a new curly, at the end of the day, you have two primary goals as it relates to curly hair products; to find the best products that work for your curl type, and to use them in the way that works best for your curls. Last week I shared some of my favorite products from Naturally Curly’s Best of the Best Awards, and in today’s blog, I’m sharing how other curlies use some of the Best of the Best products.
1. Erika @curlsandsports
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In this journey of curly hair, I never would’ve thought how high maintenance it would be, but once you get the hang of it, you got this and own every single wash day. My wash days consist of sticking to low porosity products. I start by pre-pooing with Righteous Roots Oils, and at times, I might leave it for 24 hours, sleep with it, and then wash it out the next day when I deep condition with another product. Please remember that oils are amazing for our hair.
When I deep condition, I use Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi deep conditioner or Camille Rose Algae Renew deep conditioner. I alternate between the two. Every 6-8 weeks, I then deep condition with Palmer’s protein deep conditioning pack, since being a low porosity girl, I need some protein but not too often. I also limit the deep conditioning to no more than 20-30 mins. while sitting under my hooded dryer.
Since Shea Moisture discontinued their low porosity line, I did some research, and @themestizamuse shared her recommendations of low porosity products. Along with my friend at Righteous Roots, she recommended the Rizos Curls line as a replacement, and I also use the As I Am leave-in conditioner. It’s been an amazing mix.
I usually air dry for 1-2 hours and then diffuse on warm/cool temps. I scalp massage daily and only use Righteous Roots oils while massaging. Once I’m done, I put my hair in a pineapple style and call it a night.
2. Letty @letts_curl
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One of my favourite Deep Conditioning products is the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque. Not only does it smell amazing, it leaves my hair feeling so hydrated and moisturised. I usually apply this Masque to clean wet detangle hair from root to tip, which I will then thoroughly work through using a brush before covering with a shower cap and leaving on for around an hour before rinsing. This fully prepares my hair, ready for styling.
On Co-Wash days my go to product would be the As I Am Coconut Co Wash. The consistency of this product is ideal for my fine hair and it smells so good! I apply the Co-Wash to my hair and scalp by massaging it in using my fingertips before rinsing thoroughly. I love that this product always leaves my hair and scalp feeling so clean and moisturised. Great for those who like products with NO foam.
3. Renee @brunettewithbounce
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Innersense Organic Beauty I Create Lift has long been one of my holy grail products. I often refer to it as liquid gold because it is one product I can always rely on for a killer curl day.
I typically apply 1 to 2 pumps of I Create Lift upright, in the shower to soaking, wet hair. I then flip my head over and rake in 2-3 more pumps of Lift. For a softer look, I will use it on its own, but for multiple-day hair, I seal it with a gel. For additional volume, I will scrunch in 1-2 more pumps of Lift prior to diffusing.
Lift is a versatile product and is also great for a quick and easy dry refresh. I use my curl by curl refresh technique to gently go over each curl with a small amount of Lift. I then diffuse for 5 minutes, and my curls bounce right back.
For additional root volume on wash or refresh day, I massage my scalp with a small amount of Lift and then diffuse.
Lift plays well with other brands of products and is always a part of my product rotation.
Jessicurl’s Deep Conditioning Treatment has been a staple in my routine from the start of my curly girl journey. It is protein-free, and I find it to be extremely moisturizing.
I apply the deep conditioning treatment to my hair, paying special attention to my dryer top layer. Once applied, I flip my head over and use the “squish to condish” technique to ensure the treatment has penetrated my hair. I then apply a disposable shower cap before putting on my Thermal Haircare Hot Head. I typically deep condition with Jessicurl’s deep treatment with heat for an hour before thoroughly rinsing it out. I then style my hair as usual.
The Jessicurl Deep Conditioning treatment leaves my curls soft, bouncy and moisturized.
What products or tips are a must-have in your routine? Share them with us in the comments!