Whether natural or styled, curly hair is loved for its big beautiful volume, mobility and versatility in styling. We’re talking about everything from afro hair to smooth beach wavy hair you can run your fingers through. For all the fun curly hair provides, it does require a frequent amount of care to maintain its manageability. Curly hair tends to have more density and weight, and be the driest hair type due to absorbing less water i.e. prone to frizz and low porosity. Without proper management, curly hair is also vulnerable to knots and tangles as curls may cling and twist into each other causing breakage and making hair a painful nightmare to comb through.
Forget popular opinion, curly hair doesn’t have to be a frustration. With the help of the appropriate products, curly hair can be a breeze to maintain and comb. Great curly hair products should be lightweight and offer hydration, moisture, detangling. Since curly hair is high density, products need to be deep penetrating to actually reach the scalp level. Here’s our Beauty Pro’s top picks of the most essential products to maintain curls and wavy hair :
This essentials kit contains: Kerastase Curl Manifesto Bain Hydratation Douceur 250ml, Kerastase Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Essentielle 250ml and finally the Kerastase Curl Manifesto Masque Beurre Haute Nutrition 200ml. The Bain Hydration Douceur is infused with Manuka, Honey and the special cleansing ingredient Ceramide for a deep clean on the scalp to remove buildup. The lightweight formula cleans while keeping already thick coarse hair feeling weightless. The Fondant Hydratation Esentielle is the conditioner in this set to detangle curly to coily hair by helping to loosen knots. Finally for curly hair that has long suffered damage the Masque Beurre Haute Nutrition restores brittle and damaged curls and helps prevent future breakage.
A curl defining cream is an essential in every curly hair product collection. This Curl Perfectionist by milk_shake is an excellent styling cream that defines curls and helps maintains your curly hairstyle for longer. The Organic Fruit Extracts and Milk Proteins contained inside provide hydration, conditioning and heat protection to hair. A big bonus is this curl enhancing cream is safe to use on colour treated curly hair; it even contains a UV filter that helps prevent hair colour fading and dryness caused by sun exposure.
Give this spray a good shake before use to allow it to form a lightweight emulsion to work into hair. It contains a Hyaluronic Moisture Kick to offset the moisture balance in dry, brittle and curly hair. Added moisture means hair is strengthened, shiny and less static- which is good news for sufferers of frizz and over combing damage. Curly hair can’t benefit enough from a natural detangler like this conditioner.
This leave-in conditioner spray is a heaven send for curly hair prone to severe dryness caused by dry harsh or hot weather. With a fast absorbing action, hydrates and detangles hair to increase slippage for easier combing and styling. It also protects your hair from ageing. With frequent usage, curly hair is left glossy, manageable and more resistant to drying elements.
Anyone looking for curl or coily hair definition will find it in this creamy gel Curl Contour from Kerastase. The Manuka, Honey and Ceramide infusion is a combination of a hydrating cream and a holding gel for day long frizz control. Curl patterns are visibly shapelier, full of body and bounce. It can be used on dry or damp hair after cleansing and worked onto the hair using fingers for precise distribution to each curl.
A mousse that injects hydration and defines curls. This is for anyone looking for curls that need help maintaining structure and volume. It’s also an excellent choice for dry curls that need to eliminate hard crunchy texture. The mousse can be applied to dry or damp hair before styling or used as a finishing product post-styling to hold curly hair in place. Bonus: it contains Panthenol as an ingredient which improves the texture of damaged hair. A must have for recovering from knots and tangles.
Some good housekeeping to remember when maintaining curly hair: Go easy on the combing. The quickest way to breakage is forcing a comb into curl textured hair. A light brushing will suffice. A habit of hydration, cleansing and deep conditioning will serve your hair well in the long term and prevent future hassles caused by dryness and buildup on the scalp.
Choose lightweight products that are liquid, creamy and foamy so they don’t add more weight to your curly hair. Heavy oils and butters should be kept to a minimum because the risk weighing the hair down and clog pores on the scalp. Now show off those curls with pride with the most essential products to maintain curls and wavy hair.
*All products available in UAE only
*Disclaimer: Products are recommended and not meant to treat diagnose or cure any condition. Consult nearest salon stylist for professional help.