Best Curly Hair Products That Make Curls Look Better

My parents are especially thrilled that curls are back in style. Products that make your curls look even better are flying off the shelves, and knowing how to use curly hair products correctly results in a look that's just as easy to create as it is stylish. Curls are making their first real return since the '80s, and that’s why awesome hair curling tools and the best curling sprays for straight hair are making a definite comeback.

Gone are the days of the Japanese hair straightening trend that I would’ve sold my soul for the permission to do in middle school. That’s another massive “I Told You So” award for Stephen and Patricia, and I’ve gotta say — it looks pretty great on the shelf next to the “We’re Definitely Right About This,” when they said no to a bedroom decorated entirely with inflatable furniture.

Frankly, I’m a little relieved, even despite the fact that my parents were right after all. My hair is naturally curly, and a little curl and volume (even when I blow dry it straight beforehand) is much easier to keep up, especially in the hot and humid months of summer. Whether you want to make straight hair curly, or keep curly hair defined and frizz-free, check out these awesome hair-curling products for every hair type.

1. Curly Hair Starts In The Shower

Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Curly Hair , $32 (Was $35), Amazon

Amazing curls start in the shower, and because curly hair typically needs more moisture, a great cleansing conditioner like Matrix Biolage's cleansing conditioner for curly hair works wonders. This stuff cleanses away dirt and build-up while leaving your natural oils intact, so the end result is beautiful, deep-conditioned curls that hold well and smell fruity and awesome.

2. Amplify Curls, Tone Down The Frizz

TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier , $10, Amazon

This TIGI Catwalk curl cream is a best-seller when it comes to keeping curls defined and in place. It’s especially great for super curly hair that naturally has tons of frizz because it provides an all-day hold that’s reliable, but lightweight and won’t crunch up. One happy reviewer with super curly hair says, “This is a staple in my life at this point.”

3. Check Out This No-Heat Option That Works On Straight Hair

Diane Twist-Flex Curl Rods, $10 (Was $13), Amazon

For ladies with naturally straight hair who are looking for a heat-free option, these Diane twisting curl rods can be put into wet hair overnight, and when you wake up, you’ll have effortless curls that you can personalize with different sized rods. Because they’re soft, they’re comfortable enough to sleep in, and they also work with a blow dryer when you’re in a rush.

4. Add Definition And Separation

Aunt Jackies Curl La La Defining Curl Custard , $10, Amazon

This shea butter- and olive oil-based serum called Aunt Jackie's curl custard is ideal for adding definition and separation to frizzy, hard-to-tame hair. It provides a little bit of hold and a lot of moisture for hair that’s soft to the touch, and reviewers love it because it’s really healthy — especially on damaged or color-treated hair.

5. Curl Hair, Even If You’re Lacking Hot-Tools Skills

Infiniti Pro Conair Curl Secret , $80 (Was $120), Amazon

The Infiniti Pro Conair 'curl secret' is getting tons of recognition on blogs and YouTube beauty channels right now, as it’s an easy way to curl your hair quickly and effectively, no skills needed. It heats up fast, pulls hair in, and when you release, you’ve got a perfect, loose curl every time.

6. Cover All Your Bases With A 4-In-1 Tool

Ceramic Hair Straightener Curling Iron , $36, Amazon

You’ve got all your bases covered with this ceramic hair straightener curling iron because it functions as a flat iron, curling iron, heat brush, and conical wand all in one. The curling iron is especially effective because the bristles keep your hair separated and in place, and it’s got some pretty cool features, like a swivel chord and ionizing ceramic technology.

7. A Blow Dryer For Curls

Bed Head Curlipops Watt Diffuser Dryer , $30 (Was $35), Amazon

This Bed Head watt diffuser dryer is a blow dryer that’s specifically designed for curls. Instead of your usual flat and narrow grille, this one’s got a wide opening and little fingers that grab and scrunch the hair while you’re drying. It’s great for medium to short length hair, and the tourmaline and ionizing technologies make sure that your hair is frizz-free and less damaged.

8. Get Shinier Curls From Argan Oil Mousse

Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse , $25, Amazon

This volumizing mousse is formulated with antioxidants to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy, while argan oil nourishes dried-out strands to ensure curls don't lose their shape or definition. One fan of the mousse said, "It has a light hold but still allows my hair to swing free and natural and stay soft to the touch." If you hate the stiff crunchy feeling some gels leave behind, this high volume solution is a great way to go.

9. Hold Hair All Day Without The Crunch Or Grease

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine , $7 (Was $11), Amazon

Shea Moisture is one of the best brands for curly hair, as it gives you defined curls without any of the grease or crunch that other products create. Shea Moisture's coconut hibiscus moisture mist is definitely no exception. It’s a lightweight spray that leaves hair feeling bouncy and soft, but don’t be fooled — this stuff keeps your curls in place all day, whether natural or styled.

10. Try This Bizarre-Looking Diffuser

DevaCurl DevaFuser , $20 (Was $36), Amazon

Yes, I know — “What the hell is that thing?” Surprisingly, though, the DevaCurl DevaFuser’s hand-like shape is a great way to scrunch your way to effortless curls. It attaches to the end of your blow dryer to provides a flow of hot air that dries curls while it styles them into beautiful ringlets, no frizz included. For an awesome review and tutorial, check out this video right here.

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