Anyone with at least a natural wave to their hair will know that it feels like you are on a constant quest to find the best curly hair products. Whether it’s fighting the frizz, making curls more defined or just trying to tame the tousles.
So when we land upon products or tools for curly hair that make the daily chore of bringing those tresses under control, it feels like we’ve struck gold!
To spare you months of trial and error, and to save you time and money, we’ve shared the best curly hair products below that we just can’t live without.
Below are the best curly hair products we believe every curly hair type should have in their arsenal but if you have any products, or tips, then please share them with us in the comments, on Facebook or Instagram.
For anyone with curly hair, whether waves or ringlets, taking an ordinary hair brush to your dry curls is a definite no-no.
For starters, curly hair is dry and brittle by nature so requires a delicate touch, not to mention the frizzy mess you’ll end up with.
If you don’t want hair breakage, split ends and frizz, it is recommended to comb out your curls from tip to root whilst they are wet and smothered in conditioner.
We have summarised below a few of the best tools for this delicate detangling process.
Why we love it: We’ve always been a huge fan of the revolutionary Tangle Teezer range with its patented teeth technology. A real game-changer, Tangle Teezer has developed a detangling brush specifically for curly hair.
With its two-tiered firm-flex teeth, which are longer and stronger than the brand’s previous brushes, it promises to leave curls super-defined and totally tangle-free.Buy now from Lookfantastic
Why we love it: This acetate wide-tooth shower comb has smooth rounded teeth which gently massage the scalp and glide easily through curly hair.
Not only is it attractive in appearance but the handy hook on the end allows it to be conveniently hung in the shower.Buy now from Only Curls
£6.99 | Buy now from Boots
Why we love it: The most budget-friendly of our recommendations, Lee Stafford’s Shower Comb is one of the brand’s bestsellers – and one of our all time favourites.
It gently glides through curly hair, quickly removing tangles and knots without snagging or pulling and putting life and bounce back into your hair.Buy now from Boots
A diffuser is an attachment for your blow dryer that disperses the air to reduce frizz and keep from disrupting the natural wave pattern.
It’s great for any texture, from wavy to corkscrew curls. If you don’t have time to air dry your hair, which is the preferred method for retaining that vital moisture, then a diffuser is the next best thing.
It is recommended not to diffuse your hair until completely dry but aim for about 80%.
Also it is best to use a medium-to-low heat setting so as to prevent drying out your curls.
£12 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Is there anything that GHD can’t do?! This clever addition to your styling kit will give you perfectly formed curls and waves as you blow-dry.
Contoured hard fingers lift and separate your hair as you dry to create soft volume as well as giving a frizz-free finish to naturally curly hair.
FURTHER READING: GHD Helios reviewBuy now from Amazon
£20 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Designed to fit most dryers (hurrah!) this diffuser from Remington uses a silicone adaptor for attachment purposes.
With a really reasonable price tag and the added bonus of not having to spend on a whole new hairdryer, this is the perfect addition to your toolkit for those of us on a budget.Buy now from Amazon
£34 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Whether you’re trying to fit yet another styling necessity into a bathroom packed with beauty products, throwing your hair essentials into a duffel bag before spending a spontaneous weekend with your best friend, or grabbing your purse and running halfway around the world, this collapsible diffuser is for you.
The silicone construction is built to stretch and shrink to fit almost any hair dryer that accommodates attachments, and the flexible material lets you collapse your diffuser into a flat, packable shape that slips easily into your bag or the corner of your overstuffed suitcase.
This means you’ll always be able to carry the tools you need to keep your tresses smooth, springy, and styled.Buy now from Amazon
In defying frizz, silk is your best friend.
The soft nature of silk reduces friction, doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton and is also naturally hypoallergenic.
For curly hair, silk basically ticks all the boxes.
There are various silk products on the market, which understandably you can spend an awful lot of money on.
We have highlighted a few of the more reasonably priced options if you want the same result without having to spend an arm and a leg.
£13.59 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Smooth, soft, breathable, cool-to-the-touch, hypoallergenic, naturally dust-mite resistant – the list of benefits goes on.
Said to not only reduce hair breakage and frizz , these silk pillowcase also said to reduce facial wrinkles.
For us, a silk pillowcase is a must to protect our curly tresses.Buy now from Amazon
From £35.99 | Buy now from This Is Silk
Why we love it: For those who like to have co-ordinated bedding, then a silk hair wrap might be an option for you instead of getting a pillowcase.
The pure Mulberry Silk works hard to condition your hair with its own amino acids, protecting it from all friction while you sleep like a baby!
This is ideal for those of us who are short on time and who want to wake up with that ‘just washed’ look.Buy now from This is Silk
£10 | Buy now from Only Curls
Why we love it: The smooth silk fabric of these elasticated scrunchies helps reduce tangles, breakage and frizz.
Wave goodbye to your horrible metal hair bobbles, which yank the hair out of your head!Buy now from Only Curls
One of the most underestimated curly essentials is the shower cap. As less is more when it comes to washing curly hair, a 100% waterproof shower cap is essential for those non-washing days. We have also found ones that protect your curls against humidity to assist in the battle against frizz.
A shower cap also comes in handy when applying leave-in deep conditioning treatments. You can sit back and watch the tv without fear that your sofa is going to be covered in conditioner within minutes!
£35 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
Why we love it: With its premium nano-technology, this shower cap actually repels water resulting in water beads just sliding right off.
This innovative technology means that the Shhhowercap is practically dry before you get out of the shower – perfect for trips to the gym.
The brand has also created a fabric which is both breathable and has antibacterial properties. There isn’t much more you could ask for.
The only downside is that as a premium product, it demands a premium price.Buy now from Cult Beauty
£6.95 | Buy now from Fragrance Direct
Why we love it: With its beautiful flamingo print, this waterproof shower cap has both style and substance.
If wearing a shower cap can be called glamorous, this certainly goes a long way to help.
With a very reasonable price tag and the option of a leopard print pattern, you can’t go far wrong with this shower cap if you’re a curly hair type.Buy now from Fragrance Direct
£4.50 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Our budget option is this Amazon No. 1 best seller.
With plenty of unique designs to choose from, this double layered shower cap ensures your curls remain completely dry and secure throughout.
You can also buy co-ordinated scrunchies to match and who doesn’t love a good bit of co-ord action.Buy now from Amazon
As mentioned above, frizz is caused either by friction or lack of moisture.
Using an ordinary cotton towel manages to exacerbate both of these problems.
The material is surprisingly rough on the hair cuticles and will wick out every ounce of moisture, which curly hair so desperately needs to look its best.
The way forward in hair drying is to use a microfibre towel.
The material is softer and gentler on curls, whilst also speeding up the drying process with its super-absorbent properties.
Below are a few recommendations to suit every budget, and we’ve also listed additional options on our list of the best overnight hair, face and foot treatments.
£27 | Buy now from Amazon
Why we love it: Its smooth, microfibre texture helps absorb excess moisture and enhances curl shape without roughing them up so your curls dry with more definition and less frizz. Win/Win! The perfect size for caring for curls, it also includes a loop to hang it up for easy drying.Buy now from Amazon
£8.80 | Buy now from Boots
Why we love it: Consisting of microfibres for super quick, fast drying and designed to be lightweight, compact, and durable, this hair turban is ideal for everyday use at home, in the gym and travelling.Buy now from Boots
Why we love it: For those on a tight budget, a cotton t-shirt does the job just as well and the process even has its own name, “plopping”!
The t-shirt will soak up moisture without creating frizz while your hair dries, significantly cutting down your drying time.
Curly hair types rejoice!Buy now from Lookfantastic
Lisa is a curly-haired redhead mum of two who graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Law. When she’s not testing skin and hair care, and writing beauty articles, you will find her baking up a storm in the kitchen over at Bake Along with Lisa