Curly Hair Survival Guide: The Best Products To Tame Your Curls

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Topshop Unique, Alexander Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg were just a few of the designers that made curls cool again this season. It’s refreshing to see that fashion is embracing natural hair and to see models walking the catwalk in a look other than being polished to within an inch of their life. Hair had become a little boring for a while. Every magazine you opened, campaign lookbook you flicked through, it was the same straight hair, centre parting, unrealistically perfect hair.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad curly hair is back but let’s be honest, naturally curly hair can be a pain. If like me, you have naturally curly hair you’ll know it’s not as easy as it seems and some days it takes a little more work than others to try and tame the mane.

If I had a pound for every time someone has said “oh my god I wish I had curly hair”, I can safely say that I would have enough money to support the curly blow dry addiction I’ve developed. Hey – somedays there’s just no alternative but to admit defeat with the frizz. In fact when discussing curly hair in work recently, one of my colleagues was talking about how she actually has a blow dry fund that allows her to get a blow dry once a week. To some this may seem totally ludicrous but if you’re a curly hair gal like us, you’ll understand that this is an entirely justifiable fund.

One thing I’ve learned with curly hair is that products are everything. It’s a little sad but I get a bit of a thrill when I go into the Boots hair care section to be greeted with endless options of curly hair products. Even better – there’s almost always a new product (or 5) to try. That being said they aren’t all suited to every curly haired gal so it’s key to find what works for you. Between me, my mum and my little sister we’ve managed to suss out what does and doesn’t work for us fairly well. The best thing about the 3 of us having curly hair is that someone always has a new trick or tip to try out. Honestly, although a lot of the time you find yourself frustrated with your curls, there’s a lot of fun to be had with naturally curly hair. Read on to find out more about my favourite products and how to use them.

1.Paul Mitchell – Flexible Style Super Sculpt Styling Glaze, £10.50

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This is my current favourite hair product. It’s a tip handed down from my mum and having been using the product for the last 6 months, I have no idea how I coped without it. It’s great for quick styling in the morning and is one of the few products that don’t make your hair frizzy when you add a blast from the hair dryer.

With this product I use quite a lot and it’s one of the products where the more you use, the better it is so don’t be shy with this one. I usually pour enough to fill the palm of my hand. I then rub the products between my hands, flip my hair upside down and scrunch it through. The next step is to grab your nearest hair clamp/clip and divide your hair into sections. Then, using your fingers, simply twirl your hair into tight ringlets, section by section. Usually I leave my hair to air dry and after and hour or so, I shake out the tight ringlets for much looser curls. If you don’t have time to leave your hair to dry a quick blast of the hair dryer using the diffuser attachment and flipping your hair upside down works just as well. I go for about 20-30 seconds on each second and then shake out the curls as I mentioned before. Feel free to add a little bit of hair spray and you’re ready to go.

2. Bumble and Bumble BB Curl Pre-Style/Re-style Primer, £20.50 

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This product is a life saver for second day hair. Before I discovered this product, second hair curls were a lost cause for me and ended up tied on top of my head in a frizzy top knot. (Yes, it was as disastrous as it sounded.) My only issue with this product and it’s very, very slight but the scent of the product is very perfumed and a little too sweet. Other than that, you’ll struggle to find any faults in the product itself. All you have to do is spritz it all over and scrunch your curls up a little and just like that what once looked like limp, day old hair comes back to life in all of its curly glory. Thank me later.

3. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Touch-Up Crème 100ml, £5.99

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The secret weapon every curly hair gal needs in her handbag. I don’t go anywhere without this product. This is the product I would turn to on the bad hair day, top knot days I mentioned above and boy, did they do some serious frizz fixing. You only need a pea sized amount for this one, a little really does go a long way. Simply put a small amount of the product on your hand, rub together, smooth onto your hair and watch the product work it’s magic. Don’t worry about reapplying through out the day, thankfully the product doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy so reapply until your heart is content.

Bonus: SMELLS AMAZING.

Trust me on this one, you need to try at least one of these products. I love finding new products to experiment with and would love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.

Photos by Kellie Scott

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