Gone are the days of eighth grade, and thankfully, so are the following hair trends: raccoon highlights, Bumpits, and utilizing your flat iron in three-minute intervals. Now, naturally curly hair is all the rage, and Reddit is behind this movement 100 percent with its curly hair threads focusing on the best products for curly hair.
If you're in the market for the best curly hair products, whether they be creams, cleansers, or custards, Reddit is the place to go. They've got subReddits on everything from the most effective routines to the most foolproof ways to reduce frizz, and I'm always floored with how supportive, friendly, and helpful the users there are. (If you've spent more than 30 seconds in any internet comment section ever, you know this isn't always the case.) Basically, everyone's really knowledgeable and always willing to lend a hand.
When you shop in a drug store for your go-to curly hair products, you probably see the same ones over and over again on the shelves. However, if you're willing to do a little online shopping (and a little online research), you'll be able to find new and innovative holy grails for your ringlets that you never would've heard about otherwise. Check out these top suggestions from the Redditors of the best curly hair threads.
1The Online World Is In Love With This Curling Custard
"It definitely took a few tries, but holy crap am I in love with [Kinky Curly Curl Custard]!" said aitheos. "Proceed to scrunch for about 10 minutes, adding about 2 quarter-sized amount of KCCC, and then I diffused for about 10 minutes." It gives shine, hold definition, and moisture in one genius product, all without grease or crunch, and some reviewers say it's the best frizz-free hold product they've ever used.
2This Full-Body Soap That's Gentle Enough To Care For Curls
"I also stay away from sulfates and silicones," said nevernoteveragain. "I use Dr. Bronners Pure Castile soap for shampoo," which is extremely effective at removing build-up without stripping hair or causing breakage. "The less product in my hair, the happier it seems." It lathers well, cleans well, and actually helps to balance your scalp.
3Nourish Hair With Food-Grade Ingredients
When it comes to cowashing curly hair with conditioner, Reddit users are thrilled about Yes To Carrots Nourishing Conditioner. This pack of two contains mostly natural food-grade ingredients that help to feed tired hair without weighing it down, and it can even be used as a style cream. "I also love the Yes to Carrots!" said briliantlyfreakish. "I'm so bummed because my Target stopped carrying it! Now I have to find it elsewhere. Ugh."
4Soft, Hydrated, And Natural Curls Without The Added Weight
"Desert Essence products don't have sulfates or silicones and are fantastic with my hair," says ToniBlessed. "I use the coconut shampoo and conditioner. It makes my hair really soft and is slowly coaxing out the curls naturally. It smells fantastic and adds shine and strength to my hair." If you've got super thin hair, these also add hydration without weighing it down.
5Get Rid Of The Build-Up; Leave The Hydrating Oils
When it comes to sulfate-free cleansing options, missnaughtypuss is all about "Devacurl no poo. I love peppermint on my scalp." Instead of using harsh ingredients, it gently cleanses away build-up with hops and plant oils. Because it doesn't have your usual detergent, your natural scalp oils leave your curls bouncy and well-moisturized, instead of dry and frizzy.
6This Conditioner That Nourishes With Tea Tree Oil
Kaylore says, "I have the Giovanni tea tree conditioner, which is awesome," and loads of other Redditors agree. It's got genuine tea tree, which stimulates scalp circulation, detangles hair, and even cleanses it from the scalp down. Best of all, it leaves hair feeling soft, hydrated, and strong.
7This Brush That's Amazing For Detangling Hair In The Shower
"Tangle Teezer is heaven for curly hair!" says Snowwhitesevencats, and tons of other Redditors agree. That's because it painlessly gets out knots and tangles without damage or breakage, and it massages your scalp for better circulation. It's also waterproof for use in the shower, and because most curly-haired people only brush their strands when wet, that's a must.
8This Repairing Cream That Works On Thin Or Thick Hair
In the category about incredible leave-in products, aster_marie says, "Briogeo Don't Despair Repair deep conditioner," and TheHammerIsMy replies, "Oooh I got that in an Ipsy bag a few months ago, and it was wonderful!" With rosehip, avocado, and argan oils, it hydrates and strengthens hair with essential vitamins and proteins. It works on everything from fine to thick hair, and smells amazing, too.
9This Holy Grail For Damaged Hair — Leave It In Or Rinse It Out
According to dangerousphoenix, "SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner" is another great conditioner for curly hair, whether you leave it in or rinse it out. "It removes gunk super well and doesn't dull my natural blonde hair!" It's especially wonderful for those trying to rejuvenate chemical- or heat-damaged hair, because it's loaded with vitamins and oils that heal strands from the inside out.
10Remove Build-Up And Gunk Without Removing Moisture
According to the__verifier, "As I Am Cleansing Pudding" is a "Sulfate free cleanser that is super hydrating and removes all gunk like a dream." It gets rid of sebum and product build-up without drying out your hair, so ringlets stay hydrated, moisturized, and bouncy. Reviewers also love that it smells wonderful and a little goes a long way.
11A Shampoo That's Gentle Enough For Curls
"Jason Normalizing Tea Tree shampoo" is another gentle cleansing option, if cowash is too oily for you, which what_the_deckle loves because it's free of laureth sulfates, parabens, and phthalate. "This is perfect for those with itchy scalps/dandruff!" It also fortifies hair follicles with natural plant extracts, and because it's gentle on scalp oil, it's great for thin but curly hair.
12This Blow Dryer Specifically Created For Curly Hair
"I got my Devacurl dryer and defuser and I think I'm in love," says lovelylyss91. "It was so easy to use (I watched a ton of tutorials before I got it, so I was prepared) and lightweight. It also got the job done faster then my dinky drug store dyer/defuser combo." The ionic three-temperature dryer is ideal for creating soft, frizz-free curls, and the hand attachment has 360-degree airflow to gently dry your curls from root to tip.
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