Curly hair can be tricky to take care of. Underlying factors such as bad weather can ruin a potential good hair day; dreaded humidity can cause your hair to soak up excess moisture from the environment and frizz up. But there are amazing curly-hair products in the market today that can solve your curl conundrum—in all types of weather—including treatments, shampoos, conditioners and masks.
Don't forget that when drying your hair after applying a product, squeeze (never rub) curls with a towel and be sure to use a diffuser when using the low setting on a blow dryer.
Best Leave-In Conditioner: Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Leave-In Conditioner
New, and available exclusively at Target, celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess (known for her work with Lauren Conrad, Lucy Hale, and more) has a line of affordable, high-quality hair products that you need to try ASAP. Those with curly hair know what a tangled mess your tresses can be when you first get out of the shower. Spray this leave-in conditioner all over your wet hair up to 10 times—seriously, it's so weightless, there's no need to be frugal—and it will leave your hair soft and shiny. Bonus: This conditioner smells amazing (think tropical breezes and piña coladas)!
Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Leave-In Conditioner, $10, Target
Best Shampoo for Curly Hair: Kerastase Bain Fluidealiste
Kerastase makes some of the best products for curly hair. Their Bain Fluidealiste Nutritive Bain Elasto-Curl Shampoo is praised by beauty experts for its intense moisturizing properties. It will soften coarse, curly hair while enhancing your natural curls and eliminating frizz.
Best Curl Definition: Kristin Ess Hydrating Curl Defining Creme
There's nothing worse than a curl-defining mousse or cream that gives your curls a crunchy texture, or the alternative, uncontrollable frizz and ill-defined curls. For perfect curls that are both soft and weightless, skip the expensive salon brands and try Kristin Ess's Hydrating Curl Defining Creme. A little product goes a long way, which means a single bottle lasts a long time. Say goodbye to crunchy curls for good.
Kristin Ess Hydrating Curl Defining Creme, $14, Target
Best Conditioner: Kerastase Smooth-in-Motion Masque High Concentration
For conditioners, go the Kerastase route again. There are several options for curly hair, but a good bet is Maskeratine Smooth-in-Motion Masque.
Best Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Curly Hair: DevaCurl No-Poo and Lo-Poo
These shampoos contain no sulfates, so they won't lather. But this also means there's no bad ingredients to dry out your curls even further. Try the Lo Poo if you have curly hair that's not too dehydrated. The No Poo has no lathering capabilities at all, but will cleanse the hair and scalp while not stripping it of its natural oils.
Best Diffuser for Curly Hair: DevaCurl's Diffuser for the Hair Dryer
When you have curly hair, you may find the hair dryer can be your enemy. Too much heat and you get frizz. But now there's an entire industry around maintaining healthy curls, resulting in products like this diffuser, which attaches to the end of your hair dryer (try Iconic dryers to cut drying time in half) and coaxes the perfect ringlets out of hair.
Best Weekly Deep Conditioner: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
Use this weekly treatment on extra dry or over-processed hair. It provides intense moisture to frizzy hair, smoothing out even the most dehydrated hair. It uses natural oils including olive, meadowfoam seed and sweet almond.
Best Relaxing Balm: PhytoDefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm
Another great way to tame coarse, flyaway hair is to use a relaxing balm. You'll love the lightweight texture that won't leave hair feeling greasy.
Intense Moisture: Aveda's Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
If you have super dry, coarse hair that needs intense moisture, Aveda's Dry Remedy was created just for you. This product is not too heavy, creates soft curls, and it's even good for the environment.
Keep in mind that if your hair is fried, there's nothing short of a haircut that can save you. Conditioning masques and oils are great for naturally dry hair, but can't do much for hair that's been over-processed or is suffering from massive split ends.
Best Styling Balm: Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight
This styling balm promises to smooth curls, making them less tight. Use on towel-dried hair and with a blowdryer for best results that last several days. It's a buildable formula. After five consecutive applications of this product, your hair will stay straight for up to three washes.