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Five Products for Curly Hair

I have naturally curly hair… and it drives me crazy! A lot of people tell me that I’m lucky to have it. But those people always have smooth, straight hair. They have no idea what kind of work goes into achieving a perfect curl or the time spent trying to straighten our frizzy mops. I spent years fighting my hair. I cried many tears over bad cuts, bad chemical treatments, and heat damage. I have a lifetime of trials and errors that have resulted in me nearly-perfecting both straight and curly hair. Although there will always be work involved in styling my hair, I am finally starting to see that having curly hair can, indeed, be a blessing with a little help from the following…

1. Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Cream Gel

I love this for a couple of reasons. It really enhances my curls, sculpting them into bouncy ringlets without the crunch of most gels! The cream formula also delivers moisture for all-day frizz control. My favorite part, though, is the smell. There isn’t a harsh alcohol smell, like many haircare products have. The lime scent is tropical and pleasant. This retails for around $4.

2. Redken Smooth Lock Stay Sleek

This product is awesome for curly hair, no matter how you decide to style it. It isn’t a straightener… it’s a leave-in smoothing cream. Costing around $15, it is worth every penny! Smooth Lock is weightless, provides unbelievable frizz control and smoothness, and lasts up to 3 shampoos. Yes! You read that correctly. It really does! When I flat-iron my hair, this product seals and nourishes to leave my hair straight and sleek.

3. Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray

This is the BEST smelling humidity-resistant hairspray ever! It’s important for those of us with curly hair to protect it from humidity. Whether we’re rocking the bouncy curls or looking chic with our straight tresses, humidity is our number one enemy. It seconds, humidity can make us look like a monster. So this hairspray with argan oil provides long-lasting natural hold without flaking, build-up, or stickiness. And the amazing shine is icing on the cake. The retail for a large bottle averages $20.

4. Hair Dryer Diffuser

No matter what kind of product that you put on your hair, you will NOT get defined curls if you use a hair dryer without a diffuser. The best way for me to get perfect curls is to allow my hair to dry naturally… but I seldom have time for that. Not many people do. So, I strongly encourage purchasing a hair dryer with this attachment. If you already love your hair dryer or if you travel a lot, you can purchase a travel diffuser that attaches to most hair dryers. I love my hair dryer diffuser set, purchased at my local CVS for under $30. The diffuser securely clicks into place and disperses the air. For a guide on diffusers and how to use them, please check out this great Folica article.

5. Chi Flat Iron

I spent year using flat irons from drugstores and department stores. I wasn’t willing to pay over $50 on a straightener. The brands that I used were popular, well-respected brands in hair dryers and curling irons, so I assumed I was getting a good product to straighten my hair as well. I had terrible results. I could never get my hair as straight as my hair stylist. And what straightening I did achieve turned to fuzz several hours later. Recently, I finally broke down and paid for a top-of-the-line flat iron. Boy! Am I glad that I did? There is absolutely no comparison between the straighteners I had been using and my new Chi Air. Chi has a large assortment of flat irons. After reading reviews, I chose to purchase the more economical Air. Right out of the box, I got amazing results. This flat iron delivers smooth, long-lasting results for under $100. I suggest you visit Chi’s website to see all of the different flat irons and decide which works best for you. You will NOT be disappointed in this product.

I hope that, if you try my suggestions, you receive the same great results that I have. I would love to hear from you! Please head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment if you have any other recommendations for fellow curly-tops.

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