After years of fighting it, you’ve finally embraced your natural texture. Let us be the first to say congratulations! Your hair probably looks healthier and feels better than it’s ever been—but if you’re being honest, you’re still trying to figure out the perfect hair care routine.
Whether your hair is naturally wavy or coiled tight, there’s a learning curve when it comes to figuring out how to care for your natural hair and textured hair products.
We think embracing your natural texture should be easy, so we’re breaking down all of the products you should have in your arsenal based on your hair type. Prepare to fall in love with your hair.
If you have wavy hair:
You’ve been naturally blessed with the beach waves stylists spend years trying to perfect, but that doesn’t mean styling your hair is a walk in the park. Wavy hair can quickly go from boho chic to a frizzy mess, so it’s important to use products formulated to nourish and smooth your strands.
Begin your routine with a moisturizing system of shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Biolage’s R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner. The duo feeds dry, dull hair for healthy-looking, softer locks. If you’ve been battling major frizz or just want to treat your strands to a little TLC, use a deep conditioning treatment like L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Prokeratin Liss Unlimited Intense Smoothing Masque on a weekly basis.
Because you’ve nourished your locks with your shampoo, conditioner, and weekly treatment, you might want to take a more laid back approach to styling. Let your natural texture work for you and allow your hair to air dry with just a little curl defining cream. Marix’s Air Dry Twisted Boho Curl Defining Air-Cream defines curls for a frizz controlled finish. No heat needed, no fuss, all the definition!
If you have curly hair:
Curly hair comes in all shapes and textures, but curls almost always resemble a corkscrew pattern. Corkscrew curls are beautiful, but their shape sometimes prevents the oils produced on your scalp from traveling all the way down to your ends. This can cause product to build up, leaving you with a greasy scalp and parched, brittle ends.
To help prevent that from happening, start your routine with a shampoo that can cleanse your hair without making it feel dry. We love Redken’s Curvaceous Lightweight Cleanser. Follow your shampoo with a hydrating conditioner like Redken’s Curvaceous Conditioner Leave In/Rinse Out. Apply you conditioner to the mid-length of your hair down, focusing on your ends. This will ensure your ends receive the moisture they desperately need without risking major product buildup. Once a week, swap out your regular conditioner for a strengthening deep conditioning treatment like L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert B6 + Biotin Inforcer infused with vitamin B6 and biotin, for instant reduced breakage action and intense conditioning.
Bring out your gorgeous curl pattern with lightweight styling cream like Mizani’s Curl Defining Pudding, which is infused with coconut, olive and marula oils. Smooth a quarter size dollop onto damp hair section by section from root to ends, as you define your curls with your fingers. Hair feeling parched by day two, but there’s no time for a wash day? Refresh your curls with Mizani’s Style Refresher Milk for 24 hour frizz control refresh unwashed curls, coils, and waves with a lightweight, nourishing spray.
If you have tightly coiled hair:
This hair type is defined by tightly coiled curls, your strands often lack definition. Because this particular hair type usually has a difficult time retaining moisture, it’s important to impart hydration into your locks early on in your hair care routine. Begin with a hydrating system of shampoo and conditioner like Mizani’s Moisture Replenish Shampoo followed by Moisture Replenish Conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner duo can help your hair retain moisture and help maintain the natural curl pattern for touchable texture. Two to three times a week, swap out your regular conditioner for a hydrating deep conditioning mask like Mizani’s Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment to revitalize and intensify for touchable texture.
If you style your hair right after you wash and your locks feels parched by midday, you could probably benefit from a leave-in conditioner. Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In boasts 25 benefits including reducing dryness, aiding in restoring softness, and helping control frizz. To bring out the definition in your curls for a killer final style, invest in a moisturizing style cream like Kérastase Paris’ Oléo-Curl Definition and Suppleness Creme. This cream helps unruly curls feel smoother, supple, and look defined.