Real Women Share Their Curly-Hair Love Stories (and Holy-Grail Products)

Updated 03/25/17

If you have curly hair, you are likely cautious of hot tools, are prepared for the all-too-real frizz, and try to avoid humidity at all costs. While we find natural curls to be absolutely stunning, we know that general curl care can be a bit daunting. Hence we created a series called Girls With Curls in which we ask top models and influencers for their best-kept curly-hair secrets.

I've spent my entire life as a curly-headed woman, and I've become familiar with the oft discouraging jargon associated with the texture. Words like banish, tame, and fight were written on every product I picked up at the pharmacy, desperate to figure out how to handle my hair. For years, I straightened it, gelled it, pulled it back—the works. I went through every possible phase of denying my natural texture. Now, as a beauty writer with several curly-hair success stories under my belt and a newfound respect for my hair, I have an outlet to try and change the conversation.

I reached out to nine real women whom I've admired both up close and from afar (meaning I've stalked them on Instagram, naturally). They each have their own personal relationships with their curls and hero haircare products, and they laid it all out below. The one thing they all have in common, though, is that special empowering feeling that comes with learning to love your natural texture. Keep scrolling to find your new curly-haired heroes.

Jasmine Plantin, designer at Outlier

"My relationship with my curls has definitely been a long and winding road. I have a lot of hair, so it's not easy to run out and go in the morning or find the right products or curl maintenance regimen. But overall, I wouldn't trade them for the world. Also, they are fun to head-bang with.

"I am fairly lazy when it comes to managing my curls, but I generally finger-comb and run a glob of Pantene Pro-V's Curl Perfection Conditioner ($5) through it when I wash my hair. My hair will stay soaked for ages, but I let my hair air-dry when I can, as I find towel-drying makes it frizzy. If I want chiller, more defined curls, I French braid my hair at night and let it out in the morning. This also keeps my hair from getting too tangled throughout the day."

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