Curls, curls, curlz. Taming them is a funny ol’ task, isn’t it? We’re out here trying to bolster their big personality, whilst also ~manipulating~ each individual curl into submission. “Be full of life”, we say! But as a team, it’s all, “Please don’t go flying off, you wispy rogue strands!”
Styling curly hair may be a mission, but finding natural hair products that actually work (!!) is a whole ‘nother ball game entirely. The lack of lathering power, the untouched grease residue, the sad limp locks, you name it—when it comes to products that don’t work, I’ve tried ’em all. So, over the course of a month, I decided to test out curly natural products that were highly recommended to me from those in the know, in order to save us all the time, money and heartbreak that comes with using products that don’t werk.
Read on, my frizzy-headed friends, so you and your curls may harmoniously coexist forever…
Bumble and Bumble Curl Shampoo & Conditioner
The Shampoo: To my pleasant surprise, I was met with an overabundance of bubbles frothing about the place and right into my very roots! That’s a big yes from me, dawg. I knew that I wouldn’t have to wash it twice immediately—as is often the case with natural shampoos. Upon rinsing, my hair had that squeaky-clean texture, whilst smelling soft and sweet but subtle. My hair drying into relaxed curls with less frizz. To give away the ending, this was my favourite product! Buy some for yourself here
The Conditioner: I am an everyday fan of messy-bun but it leaves my locks in constant knots. The best thing about this product is when I untied the band, my curls fell gently down upon my shoulders, rather than staying in a confused ‘fro. Great if you like soft and loose curls, not so much if you want definition and grit. Buy some for yourself here
Davines Love Shampoo & Conditioner
The Shampoo: I was hit initially with a strong “clean” scent. An ideal smell when cleaning your hair is the objective, sure, but my nostrils were personally overwhelmed. On the upside though, it lathered with impressive foam, and upon drying, it had fab twirl and bounce. I felt lifted by my hair’s volume that day. Buy some for yourself here
The Conditioner: The royalty treatment of conditioners, this paste is beautiful from first touch. Thick and creamy, you scoop it out onto your finger like dessert, with a little going a long way. I found myself unable to stop touching my hair, it was so silky. Perfect for anyone prone to splits. Buy some for yourself here
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Style Cream
This cream was also pleasantly light but actually managed to entice my curls into an orderly fashion. Amplifying their twists and minimising frizz. What I love about this product is I can comb it through my wet hair then bop about my day. Leaving it unattended to work its way into a well-held package of curls. Buy some for yourself here.
Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydration Mask
It is as it says, a mask. The moment I applied it, I could feel my strands lapping up the hydration, soaking in all dat nourishment. It was a pampering experience, which made me appreciate it in another light. I hydrated my ends, did a face scrub, and shaved my legs! #TreatYoSelf. Washing it out, my hair slipped about in silky goodness between my fingers, and then afterwards, my curls fell soft and loose, and I can say with absolute certainty that they are healthier for it. Buy some for yourself here.
Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheet
These sheets are an easy go-to that work. While I wouldn’t commit to the wastage of using a wipe every day, they are super handy for last minute ‘dos. Literally swipe over your hair, whether it’s up or loose, and see the frizz lay down upon your head for a few hours. These are one of those keep-in-your-handbag types! Buy some for yourself here.
I hope this helps you curly haired ladies out there. If you have any other product recommendations, please pop them in the comments below!