20 Curly Hair Products That Will Change Your Life

Best Products for Healthy Hair

20 Curly Hair Products That Will Change Your Life

06 March 2019
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

Curly girls are only as strong as the hair products they use. With so many products on the market, it can be hard to decide which are right for your curls. We’ve gone ahead and done the hard work for you, rounding up 20 curly hair products from the L’Oréal portfolio of products that will help cleanse, condition, moisturize, and define your curls.

Whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde ringlets, we’ve got you covered with everything from shampoo and conditioner to hair masks and stylers that’ll help you achieve your best curls yet.

Best Curly Hair Shampoos

Mizani Moisture Rich Shampoo

Mizani Moisture Fusion Moisture Rich Shampoo

Curly hair needs tons of moisture to look and feel its best. If your curls feel like a desert, begin your hair care routine with a shampoo formulated to quench your curls.

Mizani’s Moisture Rich Shampoo is infused with cupuaçu butter, argan oil, and honey to cleanse and condition hair gently. The Moisture Fusion system of Moisture Rich Shampoo and Intense Moisturizing Mask quenches hair for soft, moisturized, manageable hair.

Mizani Moisture Fusion Moisture Rich Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP

Mizani Clarifying Shampoo

Mizani Moisture Fusion Gentle Clarifying Shampoo

Curly girls are notorious product junkies and as much as we love to shop, piling on product after product can leave hair looking and feeling dull. Mizani’s Moisture Fusion Gentle Clarifying Shampoo resets hair so you can get rid of product buildup and impurities without feeling overly dried or stripped. The shampoo is formulated with charcoal and a coconut-derived clarifier to thoroughly cleanse the hair, leaving it feeling clean, refreshed, and ready for an efficient deep moisturizing treatment.

Mizani Moisture Fusion Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP

Pureology Curl Complete Shampoo

Pureology Curl Complete Shampoo

If you love to color your curls, you need a shampoo formulated to nourish your ringlets and your hair color. The Pureology Curl Complete Shampoo is a ZeroSulfate, anti-frizz system formulated with coconut oil and the brand’s exclusive AntiFadeComplex to respect the hair fiber’s natural lipids for gloriously conditioned color-treated curls.

Pureology Curl Complete Shampoo, $29.50 MSRP

Redken Extreme Shampoo

Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo

The twists and turns of your gorgeous curls can sometimes lead to unsightly breakage. Help to fortify your strands at the beginning of your hair care routine with Redken’s Extreme Strengthening Shampoo.The hair-strengthening shampoo cleanses, strengthens, restores, and repairs hair while protecting hair's natural shine. The exclusive RCT Protein Complex treats hair from the root to the core to the tip.

Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo, $20.00 MSRP

Kérastase Discipline Shampoo

Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo

Curly hair is notoriously frizzy—and as much as we love big hair, we want volume without frizz. Kérastase’s Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo is a hair-smoothing, sulfate-free shampoo for frizzy or curly hair.

Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo, $33.00 MSRP

Best Curly Hair Conditioners 

Conditioner is a Holy Grail product for anyone with curly hair and we’re here to let you in on a little secret: Your shampoo and conditioner are formulated to work together. If you want to achieve the best results possible, always use the conditioner that pairs with your chosen shampoo.

Redken Extreme Conditioner

Redken Extreme Strengthening Conditioner

This hair-strengthening conditioner protects shine, repairs your hair, and leaves it supple and shiny. The exclusive RCT Protein Complex treats hair from the root to the core to the tip.

Redken Extreme Strengthening Conditioner, $20.00 MSRP

Pureology Curl Complete Conditioner

Pureology Curl Complete Conditioner

Detangle and treat your beautiful curls with the versatile, richly conditioning Curl Complete Conditioner. The anti-frizz system with coconut oil and the exclusive AntiFadeComplex smoothes the hair cuticle to help lock in moisture and protect against humidity.

Pureology Curl Complete Conditioner, $31.50 MSRP

Kérastase Discipline Conditioner

Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner

Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner is a rich hair-smoothing conditioner for frizzy or curly hair.

Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner, $40.00 MSRP

Best Curly Hair Masks 

Mizani Intense Moisture Mask

Mizani Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Mask

You may have noticed we didn’t include a matching conditioner for the Mizani Moisture Fusion Shampoos. That’s because some curl types need a conditioner that’s a bit more heavy duty to get the job done. When using these shampoos, we recommend following up with the Mizani Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Mask.

The Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Mask helps to restore essential hydration and vibrancy to dry, brittle, and lifeless hair. This creamy intensive moisturizing mask is infused with cupuaçu butter, argan oil, and honey, helping to improve the condition of hair without adding weight. Use with the Moisture Rich Shampoo for more manageable hair that feels soft, healthy, conditioned, detangled, and is visibly transformed.

Mizani Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Mask, $30.00 MSRP

Biolage Smoothproof Pack

Biolage SmoothProof Deep Treatment Pack Hair Mask for Frizzy Hair

If you’re dealing with what feels like unmanageable frizz, it’s time to bring out the big guns. The Biolage SmoothProof Deep Treatment Pack Hair Mask for Frizzy Hair is formulated with camellia and castor oil to help control frizz. Hair feels softer and more manageable for smooth, polished hairstyling results.

Biolage SmoothProof Deep Treatment Pack Hair Mask for Frizzy Hair, (available for purchase at Ulta in March)

Redken Color Extend Mask

Redken Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask

Color-treated curls need a little extra TLC to maintain color and vibrancy. Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask provides that extra nourishment and then some. The dual chamber mega hair mask provides deep, intense conditioning, and acts as a care extender to provide ultimate vibrancy that lasts up to the washes. The Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask has the power of the RCT Protein Complex to treat hair from the root to the core to the tip.

Redken Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask, $29.00 MSRP

Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Mask

Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Hair Mask

Damage happens to the best of us and while it may not be as visible on curly hair as it is on straight hair, it needs just as much care. Shu Uemura’s Silk Bloom Hair Mask is a restorative treatment formulated with vitamin E and argan oil for damaged hair. 

Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Hair Mask, $68.00 MSRP

Best Curly Hair Leave-Ins 

Redken Hydramelt

Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt Leave-In Treatment

If you’re looking for a leave-in that will help your hair look and feel moisturized far beyond wash day, Redken’s All Soft Mega Hydramelt Leave-In Treatment is the one for you. All Soft Mega HydraMelt is a moisturizing lotion that leaves hair moisturized but not weighed down. The lightweight formula provides increased softness, manageability, control, and shine.

Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt Leave-In Treatment, $24.00 MSRP

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk

If you’re looking for an all-in-one product that can literally do it all, look no further than Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk. The leave-in conditioner boasts 25 benefits including heat protection, controling frizz, and repairing damage.

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, $20 MSRP

L'Oreal Professionnel Inforcer Cream

L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Cream

Help reduce unsightly breakage with L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Cream. The professional formula is infused with vitamin B6 and biotin for an instant reduction in breakage.

L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Anti-Breakage Cream, $27.00 MSRP

Best Curly Hair Stylers

Matrix Air Dry Cream

Matrix Air Dry Twisted Boho Curl Defining Air-Dry Cream 

The phrase “going natural” leads many people to believe that embracing your natural texture greatly simplifies your hair care routine. Those people are sorely mistaken.

While most curly hair care routines involve countless products, Matrix’s Air Dry Twisted Boho Curl Defining Air-Dry Cream may seriously cut down the amount of hair products in your arsenal and shorten the time you spend styling your hair. The air-dry cream defines curls for a frizz-controlled finish. No heat needed, no fuss, all the definition—just apply to damp hair and leave to air dry.

Matrix Air Dry Twisted Boho Curl Defining Air-Dry Cream, $18.00 MSRP

Biolage 3 Butter Cream

Matrix Biolage 3 Butter Control System Day Cream

Coarse, curly hair tends to be dry, so every curly girl needs a super moisturizing cream in her routine. If your locks always feel parched, consider swapping out your regular styling products for one a heavy duty cream packed with moisturizing ingredients. Matrix Biolage’s 3 Butter Control System Day Cream, made with a blend of three butters (cupuaçu, shea, murumuru), provides silicone-free control.

Matrix Biolage 3 Butter Control System Day Cream, $23.00 MSRP

Biolage Curl Defining Cream

Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Curl Defining Styling Butter

For some ladies, achieving super defined curls is no harder than wetting their locks and walking out the door. For others, it’s not so simple. If your ringlets could use a little more definition, try Matrix Biolage’s R.A.W. Curl Defining Styling Butter with cacao. Nourishing butter defines for tamed and naturally finished curls—not to mention a touchable twist and twirl for your curls.

Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Curl Defining Styling Butter, $19.50 MSRP

Mizani Lived In Texture Cream

Mizani Lived-In Texture Creation Cream

Most hair creams are formulated to moisturize and define your curls for a wash-and-go, but you may crave a more structured style every once in a while. If you’re in the market for a sculpting and styling cream with medium hold, look no further than Mizani’s Lived-In Texture Creation Cream. The cream creates and supports texture, body, and dimension.

Mizani Lived-In Texture Creation Cream, $17.00 MSRP

Mizani Perfect Coil Oil Gel

Mizani True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Gel

If you feel like your curls need a little extra hold, you need a gel in your arsenal. Mizani’s True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Gel is your key to no-fuss style, defining and shaping your curls and coils until your next wash day while helping to keep them moisturized.

Mizani True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Gel, $22.00 MSRP

With these products in your arsenal, every day can be a good hair day!

Looking for more personalized advice about the best products for your curly hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

You may also like: The Only Guide To Healthy Curls You'll Ever Need

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