Curly hair: your guide to daily care

There’s no doubt about it: curly, wavy and frizzy hair can be difficult to manage. But don't worry, that's part of its charm and another one of the many reasons we love curls! Here are a few great reasons to go for curls and a few golden rules to apply when caring for them.

Curls and frizzy hair: trends that are here to stay!

The natural look has been all the rage for a few years now, both in makeup and in skincare. And that’s also true for hairstyles. Today’s woman is proud to show her hair the way it really is, with all its glorious texture. Just think of actresses Lupita Nyong'o and Kerry Washington—they’ve been flaunting their curls and frizz on red carpets for years, or singer Beyoncé. Like those powerful women, you’ve got every reason to sport your curly mane with pride.

5 reasons to love curly hair

  1. You don’t need to use a hair dryer.
  2. Lack of volume? Not my hair.
  3. Your hair style will look different every day of the week.
  4. You can try a world of styles, from straight to ultra-frizzy.
  5. You’ll have that casual-styling look for effortless chic!

Managing your curls: 9 golden rules…

Curly hair requires a certain amount of care. So, here are a few best practices to help you tame and enhance your curls..

A black woman with beautiful curly hair.


Nourish and moisturize your hair

Curly hair is naturally lacking in oil. In fact, that’s what causes the hair to curl. But that lack of oil can also lead to dry, brittle hair. So, it’s best to choose care products like ultra-moisturizing shampoos, masks, serums and conditioners to help nourish, repair and protect your curls.

A few key ingredients

Want to pamper your curls? Read product labels carefully and look for rich, moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, argan and shea butter.

A young women with glasses and curly blond hair flashes a giant smile.


Don’t shampoo too often

To avoid making your hair any dryer than it has to be, try to shampoo no more than twice a week at most. That’s easy, because curly hair hardly ever gets greasy. Need to revive your curls between washes? Just wet your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner.

What’s the best type of shampoo for curly hair?

Try using dry shampoos between washes to give your curls back their bounce.


Choose the right styling products

Choose care and styling products that have gentle formulas without sulfates, alcohol or silicone, and you’ll avoid stressing out your hair. You can also try styling foams and serums to help you get the style you want without weighing down your hair.

Whatever the formula, make sure it’s effective at defining your curls and controlling your frizz.

A tip for proper use

Apply your styling products to your hair when it’s still a little wet so the product gets fully and evenly absorbed, right down to the roots.


Use proper styling tools

Want to straighten out your curly hair? Choose professional-grade tools that let you control the heat as you work. Make sure your hair dryer or flat iron is set to the minimum temperature or you risk drying out and weakening your curly hair.

How to dry curly hair...

Beware: the heat in hair dryers can damage your hair. So, it's best to let your hair dry by itself as much as possible. If you’re in a hurry and you have to use a hair dryer, set the temperature as low as possible and use a diffuser to ensure the air gets right down to the roots.


Avoid hairbrushes

Unless you like that scarecrow look, or you’re trying to damage your hair, you’ll want to avoid hairbrushes.

If you absolutely, positively have to use a hairbrush...

Use a wide-tooth brush to detangle your freshly washed curly hair while it's still wet and supple.


Rinse in cold water

No, it might not be pleasant, but rinsing your hair in cold water helps smooth out the keratin scales that make up the fibres in your hair. As a result, your hair will be softer and more radiant!

Want a few more great tips?

Get more tips on washing your hair here.


Use overnight hair treatments

The best time for a restorative hair treatment is while you sleep. Apply a moisturizing oil to your curls before going to bed and leave it on overnight. Then, in the morning, just proceed with your usual washing routine.

Pro tip

Wrap your hair in an old sweater or spread an old towel over your pillowcase to protect it.


Choose a hair style adapted to your natural look

Choosing the right hair style is vital to enhancing your curls and your face. A huge ball of unruly hair lacks structure and tone. It also makes a poor frame for your face.

Want to have an easier time styling your hair?

It's important that you straighten out your curly hair on a regular basis, especially if your hair is extra thick.


Add dimension to your style

Fact: curly hair doesn't reflect light as well as straight hair does. So, if you want to create volume and prevent your hair from looking dull and lifeless, try highlights. They’re an easy way to increase the volume and dimension of your curls while making them look healthy and radiant.

A look that’s easy to achieve

You can get this look at home by using your own hair colouring. Not comfortable with home-dye kits? No worries, you can always go to the salon.

Our product suggestions for curly hair

Carol's Daughter Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter, 340 g

Free of silicone, parabens, petroleum, mineral oil and artificial colouring, this ultra-moisturizing hair butter helps make your hair stronger, silkier and more radiant.

Maui Moisture Curl Quench Coconut Oil Conditioner, 385 ml

This creamy conditioner gives your hair the perfect combination of coconut oil, papaya butter and frangipani extract to help detangle and define your curls while boosting both softness and volume.

Cantu Finishing Spray with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, 118 ml

Created with Jamaican black castor oil and a blend of sweet almond oils, this leave-in finishing spray is a highly effective way to moisturize and care for all types of curls.

OGX Locking + Coconut Curls Air Dry Cream, 177 ml

Made with coconut oil and shea butter, this cream helps you achieve luxuriously supple, well-defined curls without using a hair dryer.

Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter, 340 g
Carol's Daughter

Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter, 340 g

This Enhancing Butter offers an extreme moisture experience leaving hair stronger, shinier, and touchably softer. Plus, it contains no silicones, no parabens, no petrolatum, no mineral oil and no artificial colors. Lisa Price, Carol's Daughter Founder: "My love affair with Coconut began with my Nana, she made delicious Coconut turnovers, Coco Creme is a homage to the beauty of Coconut and the magic of childhood memories in her kitchen."

Curl Quench Coconut Oil Conditioner, 385 ml
Maui Moisture

Curl Quench Coconut Oil Conditioner, 385 ml
Finishing Spray with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, 118 ml

Finishing Spray with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, 118 ml

Specifically formulated for type 4 curls, effective for all curl types. Lock it in with this waterless L.C.O. regimen (leave-in conditioner, cream, then oil) finishing spray. Helps decrease drying time, lock-in moisture and add shine. Made with Jamaican black castor oil and a blend of sweet almond, coconut, and safflower oils. Helps maintain moisture and shine with daily usage. Helps prevent frizz and maintain soft coils, absorbing into the hair with no oily residue. Cantu restores your authentic beauty with carefully curated formulas designed for curly, coily and wavy hair.

Locking + Coconut Curls Air Dry Cream, 177 ml

Locking + Coconut Curls Air Dry Cream, 177 ml

For curls that all envy with no blow-dry needed! Leave strands air dry soft with OGX ® Locking + Coconut Curls Air Dry Cream. With coconut oil and shea butter, this creamy blend helps hold bounce without the crunchiness. Hair is left soft, with smooth coils that bounce without the frizz. So you can keep those strands smelling like a tropical oasis without the heat. Tighten those tendrils up with our OGX ® Locking + Coconut Curls styling collection!


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Curly hair: your guide to daily care

Here are a few tricks and practical tips to help you manage your curly hair and tame that unruly frizz.
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