Hair Products & Tools for Stylish Healthy Curls
Winter weather can be really harsh on our bodies, affecting everything – from skin to hair & nails.
I’m always on the lookout for the best products to lock in moisture in the cold and dry NYC Winter months, and today I’m sharing my favorite products, tools and recent discoveries for bouncy curly hair, along with a few tips that I use to keep mine shiny & healthy-looking, all year round.
The first thing you need is a good haircut. If your hair is naturally very curly, I always recommend getting it cut in layers to frame your face. A layered cut keeps it from getting bushy, and allows for a versatility of looks – whether you prefer to wear it down or half-up, in a ponytail or even blow-dried straight. This works well for short and long hair – as the layers give your hair volume and dimension, allowing all the curls to fall into place naturally. I love my hairstylist Dawn at Timothy John Salon in Manhattan, she does an amazing job with my curls. If you’re looking for a great salon, give them a call & tell them I sent you – they’ll give you $20 off your first appointment! Devachan Salon is also fantastic as they deal with all sorts of curly hair all the time, and have a great product line to boot (more on that later).
- After you’ve gotten your haircut right (which means you’re half-way there), the best place to start is a great shampoo + conditioner. Curly hair generally requires extra moisture – dryness creates frizz and that’t not a great look unless you’re going for the 80’s vibe 😉 The shampoo should be less sudsy/lathery than one used on straighter hair, and the conditioner should be lightweight and absorb well. I apply my conditioner in the shower, and after the first rinse, apply a bit more and don’t rinse that out; leaving it in locks in the moisture. I also like mine to be fragrance-free because I use other products that are fragranced (like my shampoo, hair cream and gel – see below), and I don’t like to cocktail together too many smells. I recently discovered 2 amazing products for my hair: a Buildup Booster from DevaCurl and a Natural Hair Treatment Conditioner from Allurials. The Buildup Booster is meant to complement your regular shampoo, so you can use it once or twice a week, and it’s great for removing buildup that can accumulate due to hard water and products you use on your hair. It smells fantastic (it’s either the Jojoba or the Abyssinica Seed Oil that it contains – not sure which gives it the smell), and I really feel that it takes off the extra weight that’s drying out my hair. The Allurials Conditioner complements the Buildup Booster nicely, as it’s fragrance free, and contains silk peptides and EMortal Pea peptides that are natural proteins which keep hair glossy, shiny, thick and healthy. It also contains a blend of 6 natural oils that keep your scalp clean and your hair lustrous and healthy by targeting common hair issues. Thank you, Allurials & DevaCurl for bringing these 2 products to my attention and sending me complementary bottles!
- After I’ve shampooed and conditioned my hair, I use a microfiber towel. I love my DevaTowel from Devacurl, but any microfiber cloth or towel will do, and in the absence of one you can even use a cotton tee shirt to lightly pat your hair dry; sometimes I grab one of my husband’s white undershirts and use it – don’t tell him though 😉 The reason microfiber works best is because it doesn’t create friction and frizz – the enemy of curly hair.
- The next step is a hair cream. I use Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream, you can buy it at Sephora or Amazon. It smells amazing, and a little bit goes a long way. I usually use a nickel-sized amount, and run it through my wet or damp hair, trying not to rake through it too much so as not to disturb the curls. After the run-through, I scrunch my hair gently, and part it into place to prepare for drying.
- Getting the drying part right is the next big step. The key here is to use a diffuser, and start on a lower setting of your blowdryer, gradually increasing the heat. I use the DRYBAR Baby Buttercup Blowdryer (it conveniently folds for storage and is great for travel) with a Bio Ionic Universal Diffuser from Sephora. I typically start drying by flipping my hair upside down, and then flip it back up towards the end of the drying cycle to set the curls into place.
- The last step is to let your hair cool a bit, and finish with a little gel or spray. The DevaCurl Light Defining Gel works perfectly – it’s not stiff but still gives great hold. I also spritz a bit of Macadamia Curl Enhancing Spray on the ends for texture and shine as a final touch.
What are some of your favorite hair tips & products? Would love to hear in the comments below. Happy Styling!
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