The Best 8 Products for Curly Hair


The Struggles of Curly Hair

Those of us with curly hair, or even on the wavy end of the spectrum, already know well how frizzy and unmanageable humidity can make our hair. If you’re embracing your natural curls, however, it turns out the opposite can be true as well.

Living in a hot, dry climate, as we at The Hair Standard do, can make curls lose their bounce and fall totally limp. If you have looser curls, a dry climate can make them collapse to a ‘wavy at best’ situation. If you have tighter corkscrews, your hair may maintain its shape but have little moisture, making it more susceptible to damage.

The Solution

The solution? As it turns out, one of the most important things you can do for your curls is to use high-quality products designed specifically for ladies with curly hair. We love Bumble and Bumble’s Bb. Curl collection for this reason. All of their products are designed to help enhance your natural texture, whether you have tight, bouncy spirals or looser beachy waves.

THS stylist Lindsey using the Bumble and Bumble Curl line to perfect her natural curly hair.

THS stylist Lindsey using the Bumble and Bumble Curl line to perfect her natural curly hair.

Even if your hair isn’t curly, products made for girls with curly hair can be great for you too! Those who live in dry climates or have hair extensions can benefit from these products. This is thanks to their focus on adding moisture to the hair without causing it to frizz up. Plus, who doesn’t want an extra bit of bounce in their strands?

Here’s a rundown of the products in the Bb. Curl collection.

Bb. Curl Shampoo

Based in a combination of Bumble and Bumble’s trademark Hydrasculpt Blend and a mix of exotic oils, this shampoo works wonders on all hair types, densities, and levels of chemical or color treatment (so, basically everyone).

THS stylists Heather getting up to date on the Bumble and Bumble Curl line.

THS stylists Heather getting up to date on the Bumble and Bumble Curl line.

The Hydrasculpt Blend uses a special, cross-linking polymer to ensure every individual curl is treated, and Cupuacu butter serves as a powerful moisturizer. It’s also sulfate-free, meaning it won’t dry out and irritate your scalp.

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

It’s already fairly common knowledge, especially among the curly crowd, that washing your hair every day can damage and leave it looking lackluster. Is there a magic number of days you should go between washing?

Some people find their hair looks and feels greasy after just two days without shampooing.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Some people find their hair looks and feels greasy after just two days without shampooing; others find their hair happiest when they never shampoo at all!

Bb. Curl Custom Conditioner

The magic of this conditioner is that it works well in three different forms of use. You can use it as a standard, rinse-out conditioner, a leave-in conditioner for when you need an extra dose of moisture in a dry climate, or for co-washing either between shampoos or in place of shampooing entirely. It’s meant for all hair types and curl patterns, and is safe to use on color or chemically-treated hair.

Bumble and Bumble Curl Custom Conditioner can be used as a rinse-out, leave-in, or co-wash.

Bumble and Bumble Curl Custom Conditioner can be used as a rinse-out, leave-in, or co-wash solution.

Should I Deep Condition My Hair?

If you have curly hair, extensions, or live in a dry climate, applying a deep conditioner once a week for five to thirty minutes can be a great way to add serious amounts of moisture, repair damage, and make your hair feel soft and silky. Check out Bumble and Bumble’s newest deep conditioner further down on this list!

Bb. Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer

Like all the Bumble and bumble Curl products, this pre-style/re-style primer is designed to define curls and keep them frizz-free, while also keeping them healthy and moisturized. What makes this primer special, however, is its built-in UV inhibitors, which help protect hair from sun damage.

THS stylist Bekah using Bumble and Bumble Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer before she styles out THS stylist Lindsey.

THS stylist Bekah using Bumble and Bumble Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer before she styles out THS stylist Lindsey.

As a styling tool, it works to detangle hair and help hold and define curls as the base of any hairstyle. You can also spritz it onto hair that’s between washes for a quick refresher.

Is the Sun Bad for My Hair?

If you’ve ever colored your hair, you know that sun exposure ensures color  to fade quickly. What about natural hair, though? While getting enough sunlight is important to overall health, just as with your skin, too much sun can be a bad thing for your hair.

UVA and UVB rays can damage your hair’s cuticles (the outside layer), leading to dryness, frizziness, and split ends. You slather on sunscreen before you spend hours outside; make sure to do the same thing for your locks!

Bb. Curl Conditioning Mousse

Mousse has been a favorite in the curly girl’s arsenal for years thanks to its curl-defining properties and ability to reduce frizz and add volume. It’s also lightweight and doesn’t leave hair feeling sticky and helmet-like the way hairspray does.

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We love this mousse especially because it treats your hair, not just styles it: Babassu and Pracaxi oil ensure your curls are kept soft and healthy while being defined and held in place.

How Do I Use Mousse?

You can use Mousse in several different ways because it’s so versatile. Apply it directly to wet hair with your fingers for basic curl-defining or comb it through your hair to add volume while blow-drying. Some people even work it into the roots of dry hair to help refresh between washes. Make sure you do not use too much, or your hair will get stiff and clumpy.

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Bb. Curl Defining Creme

This is the holy grail in embracing your natural curls. This curl defining creme gives you bouncy, silky strands, while emphasizing the natural curl of your hair,and giving serious hold. You can sleep on it overnight and wake up with your ringlets still frizz-free and in perfect springy condition. It also contains UV inhibitors to help keep your hair healthy and resilient.

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Will Curl Creme Work on Straight Hair?

Even if you don’t have much of a natural wave to your hair, curl defining creme can work wonders to help hair hold texture. You simply combine the creme with techniques like wet-braiding or overnight pin curls. Further, because the Bb. Curl line focuses on hair health and moisture, you get the bonus of softer and silkier strands as well!

Bb. Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil

To round out this article, we’re going to focus on the newest from the Bb. Curl line. This frizz-control styling tool is unique in that it combines the hold and sturdiness of a gel with the hydrating qualities of an oil.

This allows you to shape your curls without worrying about stiffness since the oil lets them retain their natural movement. It’s especially good for medium-to-thick ringlets and corkscrews.

THS stylist Lindsey checking out her natural curl styled with the help of Bumble and Bumble's Curl line.

THS stylist Lindsey checking out her natural curl styled with the help of Bumble and Bumble’s Curl line.

How Do I Shape My Curls?

If you’re already blessed with natural spirals, heating tools are not needed to achieve the look you want. When using this product, individual curls and strands can be coiled around a chopstick, the barrel of a cold curling iron, or set in pin curls overnight. The gel-oil guarantees your style will hold and maintain bounce and movement throughout the next day.

Bb. Curl Butter Masque

Remember when we mentioned how many benefits there were to deep-conditioning hair? If you have thick, curly, and/or chemically treated hair, this masque was made just for you. Leaving this product in your hair for just 3-5 minutes guarantees softer, more manageable strands with reduced damage and likelihood of breakage. It’s truly rehab for your hair.

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Why is Curly Hair So Much More Susceptible to Damage, Anyway?

The answer to this question lies in heat conductivity. Straight hair can easily distribute heat from any source all across the strand; but thanks to the contours and spirals of curly hair, heat is more likely to get concentrated in one spot, causing burns.

Ensure the right amount of moisture and repairing products is used to soothe your locks.

That’s why it’s especially important that those of us with curls take care to protect our hair from the heat; as well as ensure the right amount of moisture and repairing products (like this masque!) is used to soothe your locks.

Bb. Curl Luminous Oil Spray

The final and newest product in the Bb. Curl collection is the Bb. Curl Luminous Oil Spray. This super-lightweight spray doubles as a moisturizer applied to hair before blow-drying, or as a finishing touch of shine to hair that’s been styled already.

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It’s silicone free, meaning it won’t leave your hair feeling heavy and greasy (silicone is hydrophobic, making it difficult to rinse out). A mere spritz or two is all you need for healthy, hydrated locks, even in the driest of climates.

What Else Can I Do to Keep My Hair Healthy?

Besides using products meant specifically for girls with curly hair, if you live in a dry climate or simply struggle with your hair in general, there are a few other tips and tricks you can use to keep hair healthy and happy.

A diet rich in biotin and vitamins C and E, sun protection, and avoiding sulfate can promote strength.

A humidifier in your house can help stave off the effects of dry outside air. A diet rich in biotin and vitamins C and E can promote strength in your hair, making it less susceptible to breakage. Sun protection, shampooing only as often as necessary, and avoiding irritants like sulfate are all good habits to get into.

Also, silk pillowcases. Trust us.

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