The Best Products For Curly-Haired Girls
Unruly, frizzy curls that just won’t behave the way you want them to? Finally, a haircare conundrum that (at least some of) our Caucasian sisters can empathise with, right?
Not necessarily. You may assume “a curl is a curl”, no matter the skin tone below your crowning glory. But even though the goal is the same for both (nourished, frizz-free and naturally bouncy curls), the road to getting there is very different – and so are the challenges that stand in your way.
If you’re familiar with our informative Curl Type Chart, you’ll see that black women and Caucasian women with curly locks may boast similar looking hair, but at the microscopic and biological level, they struggle with vastly different problems. For ethnic hair, dryness, brittleness and breakage tend to cause the most frustration – causing the hair strands we’ve been trying to grow for ages to break prematurely, and adding months to your timeline when you’re trying to achieve the perfect Afro (and let’s face it, that’s months we don’t have to spare). This is because tightly coiled or zigzagged hair makes it difficult for oils to travel from the scalp along the hair strands, leaving them undernourished and exposed to harsh elements like sunlight and dry winds with little or no protection.
Caucasian women, on the other hand, tend to suffer exactly the opposite problem. Their smooth hair strands mean that natural oils travel easily from root to tip – so curls may be heavy and lacking in bounce, or greasy and lifeless – not exactly a good look either.
Lucky for us, a whole host of high-quality, nourishing products have entered the market to solve these specific types of problems, and whether you’re black or white, the word you should be on the lookout for is “lightweight”. Products containing heavy oils, and those prone to build-up on the hair strands will never lead to an amazing Afro or a cascade of shining curls, but these two top picks just might.
For Ethnic Hair: Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion
Packed with natural dryness-fighters like olive, marula and coconut oils, as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this conditioning leave-in lotion for textured hair enhances, defines and prevents frizz without crunch. Its rich, nourishing properties ensure hair stays healthy and soft through its growth cycle, making it easier to grow with less breakage along the way. It also improves curl definition and gently controls frizz – no more need for harsh hairsprays or crunchy gels to complete your look.
For Caucasian Hair: Kérastase Sérum Oléo-Relax
The main enemy of perfect Caucasian-curls is frizz – essentially the result of too much volume with not enough definition, and often accompanied by plenty of painful tangles. Kérastase Sérum Oléo-Relax is designed to address these problems with a single product. It’s a lightweight smoothing serum that conditions and nourishes dry hair, while reducing volume and improving definition – everything a girl needs for bouncy, eye-catching curls.
Just remember – curly hair is a journey, not a destination, and it all starts with knowing your hair type, and following the right regime to keep it healthy while growing to the curly proportions you prefer. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional stylist who can help you understand your unique problems, and suggest the perfect daily routine to overcome them.
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