Gone are the days when only straight hair was considered pretty. Now, more and more curly- or wavy-haired girls are embracing their natural tresses — and we’re all for it! But of course, there will also be those days when you’d like to straighten your hair, especially if it’s a special occasion. To that we say, wear your locks however you want, as long as you keep ‘em healthy with the right wavy and curly hair products.
To help you out, we’ve handpicked the best products to add to your beauty routine; whether you’re looking to bring out your natural curls or waves, or keeping it straight for the day!
Best wavy and curly hair products to use in the shower
1. Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
This one has been considered one of the best shampoos for curly hair for quite some time now. It contains mostly natural ingredients such as wheat protein and organic aloe — both of which gently cleanse and help define your curls (or waves). It also has sustainable packaging, with the bottle made of 100% plastic and the brand manufacturing purely with wind power.
2. Lush Retread Conditioner
Revive your dry and frizzy tresses with this heavyweight hair conditioner. It’s packed with soya yoghurt, avocado, seaweed, fresh cantaloupe, and organic extra virgin olive oil to make your hair smoother and more manageable. Just leave it on for a few minutes to prep your wavy or curly locks!
3. Be Organic Bath & Body Gugo Sulfate-free Shampoo and Conditioner
The sulfate-free factor is an absolute must for choosing wavy and curly hair products. Simply put, this combo keeps your hair clean without stripping the natural oils. It also has gugo that’s good for hair growth and volume, while the botanical extracts help prevent dandruff. How’s that for hitting multiple probs with one stone?
4. Human Nature Hair Revival Coco Mask
This local brand boasts a number of great curly and wavy hair products, most of which are protein-rich to keep your locks balanced. But if we had to pick just one, we’d definitely go with this deep-conditioning mask best used at least once a week. Its key ingredient is virgin coconut oil, which is absolutely nourishing especially for such hair types.
5. Kérastase Bain Oléo-Relax
The brand’s Discipline collection boasts wavy and curly hair products with Pro-Keratin formula to tame even the unruliest tresses. This smoothing shampoo is perfect for those prone to frizz due to humidity; obviously, a lifesaver when you live in a tropical climate like ours! It also offers volume control without weighing down your hair.
6. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo
Hailed as one of the best shampoos for curly hair, you can count on this to give lots of volume with its shea butter and avocado oil ingredients. Meanwhile, the tomato fruit ferment is the key to maintaining well-defined curls (or waves) as it seals the hair cuticle. It’s completely free of silicones, sulfate, gluten, and artificial dyes — making it especially recommended for coloured or chemically treated hair!
7. Monea Keratin Blondie Purple Shampoo
Here’s another among the wavy and curly hair products that work best on colour-treated locks. It’s specially formulated to prevent blonde, highlighted, or bleached hair from fading into unsightly brassy or orange tones. And, of course, it’s packed with lots of keratin to protect your hair from any harsh chemicals!
Top hair products for styling curly and wavy tresses
8. TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Mousse
Doesn’t matter if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, or you wish that you do — this curl-boosting mousse is the way to go! It’s formulated to give a defined shape that will last for up to 72 hours, even in high humidity. It also comes with heat protection for styling, as well as a delightfully fruity scent.
9. Giovanni Mousse Air-Turbo Charged Hair Styling Foam
This is one of those products for curly hair that’s on the finer side. It adds shine and texture, while making your curls (or even waves) pop as they should. It’s also super easy to use: Just apply, scrunch your hair up to bring out the shape, and then let it air dry! It’s so lightweight that it doesn’t even feel like a styling product at all.
10. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Contrary to popular belief, dry shampoo isn’t necessarily bad for curly and wavy tresses. It’s all about finding the right one that won’t weigh your hair down or leave behind a chalky residue. This one is our top pick because it’s quite volumising and contains oat milk, which has strengthening effects. Of course, the cherry on top would certainly be that it’s a quick fix for those days when you don’t want to wash your hair!
11. Kérastase Huile Oléo-Relax
Put on some of this lightweight texturising oil on damp hair before heat-styling, to protect it from damage. It’s infused with the Morpho-Oil complex, which helps keep your hair not only shiny, but also frizz-free and just the right volume. That said, you can also simply use this as a leave-in treatment to let your natural hair look at its best.
12. Alaffia Curl Hydrating Oil
No matter your hair texture, it’s no secret that argan oil is great for your hair. But the best part about this one is that it’s specifically formulated for all curly types! It combines argan oil with castor and baobab oils to hydrate your curls, leaving them soft and manageable. It also keeps your locks bouncy without leaving a greasy residue.
13. Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener
A great thing about wavy and curly hair products like this is that you only need a small dollop when applying, so it definitely doesn’t run out easily! Aside from that, it keeps your blowdry look shiny and smooth all day, minus the heat damage. It also comes with a plant infusion blend of organic aloe, maize, and guar been — all of which reduce frizz and flyaways.
Calling all those whose tresses are on the wavy-curly spectrum! Did any of your favourite wavy and curly hair products make it on this list? If not, we’d definitely love to hear more of your recommendations on our Facebook page.